Thank you all so much for all your kind comments about my miter sweater!
(Something seems to be wonky with my server, because a whole lot of the comments showed up twice, and only a few of them were emailed to me, like they usually are. But I did read every one of them on the blog. Comcast’s spam filter has apparently been working overtime, which might account for that. Which reminds me, if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t responded, blame Comcast. They have some odd parameters on their spam filter.)
I found it amusing that so many of you mentioned that you had doubts about the sweater in progress but really liked the finished article. Why did I find it amusing? Because I had the same thoughts. I had the vision in my head of what it would look like completed, but kept having doubts about it along the way. Which is probably why it took me as long to knit as it did — some weeknights I didn’t knit on it at all, others I just did a square or two. Most of the work was done in weekend knitting marathons.
Brigitte asked if I would be putting out the pattern for it. I think the best I could do is to write up guidelines, and I may do that, if I get the energy.
But it’s really dead-simple to do — if you have a book like Knits From A Painter’s Palette to use as a reference for creating the different shapes, you can figure it out yourself.
The hardest part, I think, is choosing the colors. That’s where one can easily slip from “wearable art” to “clown sweater.” Not that I think I’m any great shakes at color theory. More likely, I just got lucky with what I chose.
But, anyway, on to my tale of two socks.
Sock the First
This is the first of the Grasshopper socks, the April offering from the Rockin’ Sock Club. I made the medium size, and used a 2.5mm needle. I made no mods, except to not do the calf shaping as the pattern stitch is muy stretchy as is. We are pleased with the results.
Sock the Second
This is the first of the Summerfield socks, the May offering from The Loopy Ewe Sock Club. I used a 2mm needle. The pattern is written top-down, but I did mine toe-up, and I used the slip stitch heel from the Grasshopper sock pattern, so it would match the look of the top-down sock.
This is a very nice heel and I do think I’ll add it to my repertoire of heels for toe-up socks.
Which heel do I like best?
Hard to say — I think the different heels I have used (short-row, gusset, slipped stitch) for toe-up socks each have their place in the Great Pantheon of Sock Heels. I can see me using each of them again.
This has been said from time to time here and there on blogs, but I am mentioning it here and now because in the past few days I’ve noticed some of my photos appearing on a blog or two and in flickr sets.
If you want to use one of my photos, please ask permission before taking it off my site. 99.9% of the time I will gladly give permission. Then you can post it along with the phrase “used with permission.” I generally will not give permission to someone who wants to use one of my photos to sell something or to make fun of me. (People can make fun of me all they want, but they ought not to steal my photos in the process. I did actually stumble across one of my photos on a blog once where the blogger posted it to make fun of something I knit. And she hot-linked to the photo on my site, which is how I found it.)
To just take a photo and post it without asking is wrong. It is stealing. Is it a huge deal? No, it certainly does not affect the fate of the nation. Does it bug me? Yes. So I am mentioning it here.
There’s a notice at the bottom of the main blog page that states:
All graphics, patterns, text, and content on this site are the sole property of Wendy D. Johnson
Copyright (c) 2002-2007 Wendy D. Johnson
Not to be reproduced in any form without written permission from Wendy D. Johnson
That includes photos. An exception to this are the button graphics over in the sidebar. There is a notice there that states:
Please observe proper netiquette: You are welcome to use any of my button graphics, but please download them and host on your own server rather than linking to it on my server. Bandwidth costs money!
Another execption is the test for the “Knit From Your Stash Rules” — I stated in that blog post that anyone was welcome to take the rules and post them, or to modify them to suit themselves.