Presenting . . .
A completed pair of Double Eyelet Rib Socks.
These socks were knitted toe-up on size 2mm needles using All Things Heather merino/silk yarn in the “Passion” colorway, purchased from The Loopy Ewe. My own pattern, it will be made available as a freebie in the near future.
I can’t say enough nice things about this yarn — I loved knitting with it. It’s beautifully soft and has fabulous stitch definition. And I love the colorway.
I might have bought more in other colorways . . .
The Great Circular Debate
Thanks y’all for weighing in with your opinions about circs vs. dpns vs. magic loop. There were so many great comments to Thursday’s post. If anyone is on the fence about what to use for socks, go read ’em — lots of great info there.
And thanks for voting in the poll. Is the in-blog poll plug-in not the coolest thing ever? This was installed by Knotty Daisy of course. She is the purveyor of all blog coolness as far as I’m concerned.
An interesting comment from Rebekkah:
My problem with the 2 circular technique is that when starting the new needle, you end up pulling the last stitch on the previous needle tight around the skinny cord (not another needle, as with DPNs). This can make it difficult (sometimes frustratingly so) to slide it onto the needle later, and can be visible in the finished fabric.
I’ve mentioned this to other people, and have never heard a response on it. Do you not have this problem? I think it’s an awfully clever and convenient technique, except for this one glitch. A glitch which caused me some major tension and blocking headaches when I used the technique for sleeves on a fair isle sweater. I suppose it’s possible to very carefully tension your yarn at those joins, but tensioning the yarn between needles on DPNs is so easy (I just give a few tugs, and never get ladders) that they win out every time. I can’t be the only person who has experience this phenomenon with the technique, but I never see anyone mention it. Maybe I *am* the only one…
I found this interesting because I have discovered that I do a better job of tension between the needles with two circulars than with dpns. I give the yarn a gentle tug before I knit the first stitch on a needle, and that seems to do the trick. With dpns I consciously pull hard n the yarn to ensure there are no ladders between needles. It’s sort of unconscious for me to tension the yarn properly on two circs.
This no doubt makes me odd. 😉
Next in the line-up after the Double Eyelet Ribs was the latest kit in The Rockin’ Sock Club. The pattern is called Solstice Slip, and the lovely, lovely yarn is in a colorway called Firebird.
I am generally not a fan of these colors but this yarn is so glorious I can’t stop looking at it. So of course I had to cast on. And finished one sock.
With some mods — I’m doing the Magic Cast-on for the toes and a plain gusseted heel instead of the short-row heel. But the stitch pattern is the same as written in the pattern. It’s great fun to knit. A heel close-up:
And a close-up of the rib:
And Teddy wanted to model the toe of the second sock. What a ham.
The Random Number Generator chose Laura DeF. to receive my copy of Take No Farewell. Laura, I’ve emailed you. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Even though I am an international superstar, I’m a homebody at heart. I love to just hang around with my Momma!