I made some progress on my current sock, but this morning decided that I’d rather use the lovely Rosewood merino/tencel for something other than socks — it would be so beautiful knit into lace. So off the needles it came!
And I pulled out of my stash a recent sock yarn acquisition: some handpainted superwash merino from an etsy shop — Lavender Sheep.
The colorway is Blue Raspberry — isn’t it gorgeous? I love that the turquoise and raspberry work so well together.
So, on the train this morning I started a toe-up sock with a crochet chain provisional cast-on, as is my wont.
But I did the short rows a wee bit differently.
I recently saw a tutorial on a different way of picking up your wraps that is supposed to eliminate the holes that plague some people on their short rows — it is here, on the Misocrafty blog. It’s a popular tutorial! I saw that Lolly linked to it today as well. The basic idea is that instead of knitting the wraps together with the stitch, you pick up the wraps, put ’em on the right needle, knit the stitch, then pass the wraps over the knitted stitch.
Anyhow, I read through it with interest a couple of days ago, so tried out the technique on my sock toe this morning.
Yup, no holes on the sides of my toes.
And it looks nice and neat.
My only complaint is that there are bumps on the inside of the toe, running up each side. And I’m wondering if those bumps will annoy me when I’m wearing the sock. Remember, I’m a delicate flower.
So I’m going to switch back to my old method of picking up the wraps and knitting them with the stitch. I’ve never had holes when I do my short rows this way, and the inside of the toe feels smoother to me.
But I encourage you to give this method a try, particularly if you are plagued with holes. The inside bumps may be due to my own stupidity while executing the technique. Your mileage may definitely vary!
Speaking of sock yarn . . .
This is some Claudia Handpainted in new colors I just got from The Loopy Ewe. Top to bottom, the colors are Toast, Leopard, and Boot Camp. Are they not gorgeous?
Denim Sweater Update
Still working on the first sleeve.
Wendy I didn’t think about this from the post the other day when your sweater looked like a tank design after you washed and dried it (and were cheated on by your dryer). But my brain has caught up to your process, do you recommend washing and drying the pattern of most of your garments before doing the neckline and sleeves or is it more of what the properties are for the individual yarn your using?
I’m washing each piece separately and then putting the sweater together because it is what is recommended for the denim yarn, which shrinks on the first washing, It is important to seam the washed pieces with washed yarn, too, otherwise the yarn you used to seam will shrink the next time you wash the sweater, and the rest of the sweater won’t.
Yesterday for a chunk of time my comments weren’t working. Thanks to Josette woh mentioned it in an email to me, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have figured it out for a while. I did manage to fix the problem of my corrupted comments script by uploading the backup, after which I hid in a darkened room and rocked back and forth, whimpering, for a while. I don’t know nuthin’ about birthing cgi scripts. Anyhow, things are working more or less now, but I noticed that the database seems really slow from time to time. So if things are moving slowly on this here blog, I apologize! Hopefully all will return to normal at some point.
Lucy! Lucy! Lucy!
There was a suggestion in the comments that I offer a Lucy coffee mug for sale. There are now two in my Cafepress store. Buy a mug and the $1 profit will be donated to animal rescue.
Wednesday Oct. 25 is my Daddy’s birthday! Happy birthday, Daddy!