I did finish my Sea Wool socks last night and here they are:
As I mentioned previously, I used size 0 (2mm) dpns and Sea Wool in the “Marine” colorway, purchased from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe.
I used my new toe-up pattern that incorporates a gusset heel instead of my old standard short row heel.
Speaking of the pattern, I added a second toe technique to both the pattern for the sportweight sock and for the fingering weight sock. Why? Because I decided I’m not crazy about the toe I put on the pattern. But you could do any toe you like with these — the point of the pattern (at least for me) is the gusset heel. I uploaded new pdf files to my site — both patterns are linked to from my main knitting page. Here’s hoping I didn’t screw anything else up when I did that.
Speaking of Socks
Here is the start of my first Grasshopper sock.
Linda in Chicago commented:
I haven’t started the new Rockin’ Sock Club socks yet, but I’m curious about what size needle you’re using to get the 32 sts over 4″ gauge. It calls for US 2, but I usually use that size for STR medium weight and this new Silkies yarn seems a bit lighter weight.
I am using a US 1 and am getting gauge with those. The Silkie is just heavenly to knit! I love it. I am not so crazy, however, about working the pattern stitch, which involves a lot of purl 2 togethers. But I do like the results very much.
I discovered that this is not a great commuter project this morning on the train. I was executing a purl 2 together when the train lurched and caused me to not only drop the stitch but to yank on the yarn as well, unraveling it down 2 rows. I had to frog back to the toe and start over because it was a colossal mess. Not a great loss because I was only on the third or fourth row at the time. But I will need to be mighty careful while working on these given the lurchiness of the trains. As soon as I finish the miter sweater, this will become an at-home project. I can easily pick up a dropped stitch, even in a lace pattern, when my environment is not lurchy. I do not like the lurchy. With my years of experience riding on the train I have noticed that too much of the lurchy can also cause the barfy. But I digress.
Tomorrow I’ll start on the first sock from the new Loopy Ewe Sock Club.
Speaking of the Miter Sweater
When you pick up the stitches at the edges of your mitered sweater, what sort of bind off do you plan? I’m working on a sweater with a similar feel (entrelac rather than miters), and I’m wondering whether I should use a “regular bindoff” on seed-stitch borders and collar or something with a little more stretch.
I’ve actually given this some thought.
When I did the neckband, I used a needle one size smaller than I am using for the body of the sweater. I picked up one stitch in each edge stitch, but I decreased as I knit the band and I bound off firmly. All this was in aid of having a nice neat, not-too-big neck.
For the bottom edge, I plan to once again knit up one stitch in each edge stitch, but this time using the same size needle as I’m using for the body. I’m not going to do a wide edging, just knit a row straight (no decreases) and then cast off normally.
Of course, if it looks lousy, I’ll regroup and figure out something else.
Rebuilding Greensburg – Block by Block
Check out Laura’s afghan project here. Laura lives in Kansas so the disaster that struck Greensburg last Friday hits close to home for her. She and her family have adopted a Greensburg family to help, and Laura wants to knit squares and make an afghan for them as part of her contribution. If we send her enough squares, she can make several afghans so more than one family can benefit. Please consider helping if you can!
Incidentally, do check out Laura’s May 9 entry too. It’s a fabulous tutorial on crocheting granny squares.
It’s Book Giveaway Time!
Yes, it’s another Inspector Banks mystery by Peter Robinson. This one is Final Account.Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday May 13, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient.