Work on the Asparagus Cable Sock continues.
I noticed that you’re doing the cabling on the foot. I tend to knit a plain stockinette foot because of the bulk factor of some of the stitch patterns. Do you find patterning on the foot to be uncomfortable when worn with shoes?
I tend to knit a plain stockinette foot too. But I opted for a cable all the way down to the toesies on this because it is a very flat cable, really more of a texture stitch than a cable. So it really doesn’t add a whole lot of bulk.
There was actually a lot of winkling around involved in the creation of this pattern.
I started with a 72-stitch sock because I figured the cables would draw it in enough that it would fit snugly against my foot, which is used to a 64-stitch sock. Actually, the photo in yesterday’s blog post is of the 72-stitch sock, moments before I ripped it out. It was way too loose. So I went down to 64 stitches and was pleased with the results.
However, after turning the heel, I added 2 stitches at each side to facilitate the putting on of the sock and the getting it up over the heel. So on the leg, there’s a total of 68 stitches. On each side there are two baby cables facing each other that are halves of the whole cable, with a purl gutter in the middle. I’m kinda fond of those baby cables.
I’ll go ahead and keep the 72-stitch version of the sock in my head, and write up the pattern for two sizes — medium and large. The larger size would be great for a larger woman’s foot and would also make an appropriate manly sock, I think.
Are the cables slowing your sock knitting progress (even though I know you cable without a needle)?
I actually think I knit faster with a pattern of some sort, because I find plain stockinette boring. I am cabling without a cable needle, and it is particularly easy to do so on these socks, because each twist is only 2 stitches.
I Keep Forgetting
A number of people have asked me if I’m involved in the Mystery Shawl project that is apparently the new hot thing in the blog-o-sphere. At first I hadn’t a clue what they were talking about, but I googled, and now I am in the know. Since then I’ve seen about a ga-jillion Mystery Shawls in progress on blogs.
But no, I’m not doing it. Given the number of shawls-in-progress I have seen, the whole “mystery” aspect of the project holds allure for a whole lot of people, but I am so not one of those people. You’ll never catch me knitting something sight unseen. I wanna see what something looks like before I’m gonna knit it. Lace in particular. I am extraordinarily and arbitrarily picky about the lace that I knit.
That said, what I’ve seen of the Mystery Shawl so far looks really lovely.
“Look at the angle of this photo. Is Momma tipsy?”