Once upon a time, if you had suggested to me that I might want to try knitting a sock on two circular needles, I would have cheerfully told you that I’d rather gouge out my own eyes with red hot Addi Turbos.
Given that every last sock I have knit so far in the Summer of Socks is knit on two circulars, I think it is safe to assume that I have changed my position on socks on two circs.
It was a bumpy start, though. The first attempt I made at the two circs technique was with needles with a longer cord — 32 inches. I found that I spent way too much time pulling the working needle into position and not enough time knitting.
But then I discovered Knitpicks 16-inch circulars. For me, these are the ultimate sock knitting needles. The cords are short enough so that I can whip them into position very quickly, and they are flexible enough so that the short cords don’t impede my knitting progress. The tips of the needles are very nicely pointy and the needle portion is neither too long nor too short. In the parlance of the Three Bears, I pronounce them ju-u-u-ust right.
(I know that right now L-B is just shaking her head and wondering who I am and what did I do with Wendy.)
Here’s the new sock on the needles.
I’m calling this design “Southwestern Socks.” Just because. While the name is influenced quite a bit by the colorway of the yarn, I have a fancy that the simple lace pattern I’m knitting into them sorta has a cactus-like quality. (Just smile and nod and humor me, okay?)
The yarn is Fiesta Boomerang, in the Mochachino colorway. I purchased it from my favorite yarn pusher, The Loopy Ewe.
Knitting it on 2.75mm needles, it knits up to my sportweight gauge of 6.5 stitches and 9 rows to the inch. So it zips along very quickly. And it’s a lovely soft yarn — very pleasant to knit.
Roseann asked if it was similar to Colinette Jitterbug, so I got out the lone skein of Jitterbug that I possess (I think I should get extra credit for being able to find it quickly in the stash room), and set the two side by side.
The Boomerang seems to be a much thicker yarn.
The Jitterbug is the one on the top.
The Jitterbug specs: 289 yards per 100g skein, gauge: 7 stitches/inch on a 3.25mm needle.
The Boomerang specs: 320 yards per 5 oz skein, the gauge given is for worsted weight, which it really is, but I’m getting 6.5 stitches/inch on a 2.75mm needle.
This is making a nice thick and incredibly soft sock. I can see these socks becoming favorites next winter when the weather is cold and miserable.
I don’t need knitted socks — I have widdle fur tassles between my widdle toesies!
(Yes, I know that was a bit over-the-top in the nauseatingly cutesy department. Too bad. I feel crappy so I get to.)