Just in case you wondered why I haven’t posted any progress photos of Keelan (well, you probably haven’t wondered, but I’m telling you anyway), the reason is because there is no progress.
I appear to have sustained an injury to one of my dainty fingers. Said dainty finger is integral to my cabling process, so knitting on Keelan, where cabling occurs on nearly every right-side row, is not comfy. This has been going on for several days now with no appreciable improvement. I am hoping it is indeed just a bruise, and not something more permanent, like arthritis. We live in hope.
Seriously though, it’s no big deal. It’s simply that it is pleasanter not to be knitting cables just now. If the pain persists too many more days, I’ll see the doctor about it.
So, some information about the log cabin blanket. Yeah, I could have told you all this stuff yesterday, but I was busy being all cutsie with my open letter to Ann & Kay.
I am knitting this using a 3.25mm needle — sized way up from my 2.0mm needle that I use with this yarn when I’m knitting socks, eh? I’m using a single strand of sock yarn, and I am very happy with the way it looks. There are variatons in the sock yarn, of course. Some are finer than others. But so far, I think the blanket is looking good.
Wendy, do you have any advice as to how to pick up the stitches on the log cabin? Are you picking up between the ridges? Single strand? I’ve been working on one square and keep ripping out because the back looks so sloppy. Thanks!
I am picking up on the ridges themselves, in the “bumps” created by the garter ridge. I pick up a stitch by inserting the tip of my needle into the bump and wiggling it under a single strand of the yarn. So far, I like the way this looks.
And look what I got in the mail today from L-B!
Socks That Rock in the Rainforest Jasper colorway. Oh, man — those leftovers are gonna look awesome in the blanket!
I did stop working on my log cabin blanket yesterday evening to put some time in on my current sock-in-progress.
I turned the heel:
And then I started a simple lace pattern for the leg:
Brigitte asked in the comments:
Do you increase the stitches for feather & fan for any other reason than to make the repeats match up? Or does it need it for size reasons around the ankle? I’m pretty small boned, and I’m thinking if I up it 12 stitches it might sag around my feet. Dunno.
I increase the stitches partially to make the repeats work. And partly because at my gauge and with my ankles, I like 72 stitches around for the leg of my socks. If you have small ankles, you very well might find 72 stitches around to be too many. Unless you are knitting to the gauge of 10st/inch or something. 😉
Hey, guess what? It’s hot outside. It’s on days like this when I com straggling home, hot, sweaty, hair damp and stringy, that I envy Lucy, who has spent the day basking in the comfort of the a/c.
“Sheesh! If it’s hot outside, stay home with me!”