It’s a dreary and drizzly Sunday afternoon. The temperature is hovering a few degrees above freezing, so we’ve got rain, not snow.
I finished the Apple Pie socks.
The pic I posted on the second sock in progress showed a coilless safety pin pinned to the sock. Vickie asked in the comments:
Can you tell us what the coilless safety pin is for in your sock? I know I use them to count every ten rows so that I don’t get carried away. Do you use it for counting rows?
Yes, it’s my measuring device. Because I knit socks on the train, it’s not always easy to lay them flat and measure them. So at intervals, I measure them and put a pin in to mark the length. Then I know I need to knit, say, 2 inches beyond the pin before doing the next shaping or whatever. It’s much easier to measure 2 inches on a moving train than 8 inches. Or, I just count rows up from the pin because I know how many rows per inch I’m getting.
I notice that you knit your socks toe up. Do you have a special way to bind off? Whenever I make toe up socks my bind off is always too tight. I bind off as loose as possible and have gone so far as to UNbind off and rebind off several times to try to get it as loose as possible. Any tips would be appreciated.
One nice loose bind-off is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Stretchy Sewn Cast-off
I used to use that technique on all my toe-ups, but lately I’ve been doing a variation of a Russian bind-off. The technique (worked loosely):
Knit 2, slip these 2 sts back to the lefthand needle, k2tog, *k1, slip 2 sts on righthand needle back to the lefthand needle, k2tog*. Repeat from * to *.
I’ve seen it stated that you work it in purl all the way around, or in knit all the way around. When I am doing a ribbed cuff on a sock, I do the bind-off in ribbing. I generally do k2 p2 or k3 p3 ribbing, so I knit the knits and purl the purls. When it comes to working the 2 stitches together, I work it knit or purl, depending on what the second stitch of the two is. And the top edge looks just fine to me. And it’s stretchy enough for me, too.
In other news, I have at long last finished the center panel of the Maltese Lace shawl.
Now comes the task of knitting on the edging. It always surprises me how long it takes to knit an edging on a shawl and this one will probably be no exception. It’s an extremely long shawl — the center panel is 528 rows long.
So I’ll hunker down and do the edging a bit at a time. And try not to moan about it too much.
I did start another sock . . .
And Lucy still loves her cozy cushion!