A couple of questions about socks and sock yarns.
Do you find yourself buying more sock yarn, due to the exemption of the Knit from Your Stash?
Huh? What? Mumble, mumble, mumble . . .
When you finish knitting socks, do you wash them and dry on the sock blockers? Or are the sock blockers for “show.” (I use mine just to display for photos.)
I, too, use mine just to display for photos. (You can buy both plastic and wood sock blockers from The Loopy Ewe, by the way.)
i’m sure you’ve been asked this question before, and i’m sure you’ve answered it before. i’m even sure that i’ve read your answer but have since forgotten it. so, inquiring minds want to know. how many pairs of socks have you knit? and where do they all go? do you gift them? or do you keep them and actually wear them all?
I don’t know how many pairs of socks I have knit. You can see how many pairs I’ve knitted since I started blogging, by looking at my knitting gallery, which is always linked to from the sidebar on the main blog page. There is a category for socks, and all socks knitted since April 2002 are there.
Where do they all go? Some I give away as gifts, soome I keep. The ones I keep, I wear.
Simply love Serendipity – what pattern will you be using?
I’m so pleased you asked. Because . . .
Warning! Warning! Warning! — Shocking Content Ahead!
I am not using my generic toe-up pattern.
Do not be alarmed — I am knitting toe-up. But I thought it would be fun to try something different.
So last night I did not knit on my mitered sweater at all. Instead, I futzed around with sock toes. I tried a Turkish cast-on and decided it was way too fiddly for me to use on a regular basis. So I used a tried and true old method.
I put a slip knot on one dpn and then using a backwards loop, cast on 10 stitches (in addition to the slip knot). Using a second dpn, I knit back on the 10 stitches and dropped the slip knot off the needle.
The purpose of the slip knot was to “anchor” the backwards loops on the needle while I knitted back on them.
Then I purled one row, knit 1 row, purled 1 row on those 10 stitches for a total of 4 rows in stockinette stitch to form a rectangle.
Then I picked up 2 stitches along one side of the the rectangle, 10 stitches along the cast-on edge, and 2 stitches down the other side of the rectangle for a total of 24 stitches. I arranged them over 4 needles and knit one round even. On the next round I increased 4 stitches thusly:
Needle 1: Knit 1, M1, knit to the end
Needle 2: Knit until the last stitch, M1, K1
Needle 3: Knit 1, M1, knit to the end
Needle 4: Knit until the last stitch, M1, K1
Then knit a round without increasing.
I did this until I had a total of 52 stitches. The Chewy Spaghetti is a sport weight sock yarn and knitting it on 3.0mm needles, a total of 52 stitches is just right for socks for me.
Here’s the toe:
In retrospect, I probably should have started out with more stitches because this is a little pointier than I like. But when I slip it on my foot, it looks fine. So be it.
Now, to further confound and amaze myself, I did not do a short row heel.
(At this point you might be thinking “Who are you and what did you do with Wendy?” I know. Chalk it up to Spring Fever or something.)
I tried an Eye of Partridge heel with a gusset. I did not like the look of the Eye of Partridge and ripped it out and did the heel plain.
And here’s my heel.
I tried it on and it fits, but I think on the next pair I’ll make the gusset a couple of rows deeper.
Why did I deviate from my usual sock process?
The reason I’ve always started my socks with a provisional cast on and used the short row technique is to avoid the fiddly bits — juggling multiple needles with just a few stitches on them. That is difficult to do on the train.
However, I am not a fan of the purling back required in doing the short row technique. Yes, I could knit backwards instead of purl, but I’ve found at fine gauges, I can purl faster than I can knit backwards. So I think I’ll experiment with this toe technique for a bit.
The heel? Just for grins. Change is good.
I will continue, however, doing socks toe-up most of the time. I really really like the idea of being able to knit until you run out of yarn.
The Chewy Spaghetti yarn, by the way, is lovely to work with. It is very soft and the colors are wonderful. They have a glowing, velvety look. I’m very glad I got two skeins of it when Sheri put it up for sale (I have a skein in “Lyrical” as well) because I think it’ll become one of my favorite yarns.
When you are a little sick of everything, there’s nothing like a sock knitted in sportweight yarn for some immediate gratification!
There’s also nothing like a making a different toe and heel to perk you up.
Lucy thinks I’m weird.