My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Archives for May 2008


The lovely Imbrium asked in a comment if the sock I’m working on is snugger than usual due to the twistiness of many of its stitches. It is indeed.

That is why I work the top (instep) of the sock on a 2.5mm needle while the bottom (the sole) is on my usual 2mm needle. After the turning of the heel, when I continue the pattern around the back of the sock, I work both halves of the sock on the 2.5mm needle.

To do this, you really do kinda sorta have to knit your sock on two circulars. You can’t do two different needle sizes if you are magic-looping (duh), and while you could conceivably do so with dpns, you’d have one heckuva time keeping track of which needles were which, unless your two sets were of wildly different color or composition. Even if this were the case, I know I’d screw up because I get myself into a sort of fugue state when I knit socks and stop paying attention much of the time.

Making this sort of adjustment is helped along by the great range of sizes available in the Knitpicks needles. In the fixed-length circular (which is what I use for all my socks) you can get 2mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm, 2.75mm, 3mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm. Well, more sizes, but this is the range I use for knitting socks. Holy tiny increments, Batman! Gotta love it.

Of course, if you are a die-hard dpn user (cough::L-B::cough) you could simply knit the entire sock on a needle one size larger than you would usually use. For example, if you usually use a 2mm needle, use a 2.25mm needle all around. But I like keeping the sole and heel on the 2mm and going up two increments for the patterned bits.

Here is the first Costa sock, completed.

I am very pleased with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

A close-up:

Meanwhile, Lucy takes the fine art of relaxing to new levels.

Boldly Going Where My Needles Have Not Gone Before

I just love starting a new sock project. It’s like setting out on a new adventure, particularly when I am knitting up a design I’ve just drawn up and haven’t swatched or nuthin’. How is that for living on the edge? Of course, sometimes that approach works out and sometimes? Not so much. This time I am cautiously optimistic. It seems to be working out.

So here is my progress on my new sock design, which was just the merest wee hint of a toe yesterday.

I plan to call this pattern “Costa Socks.” Why? Because costa is Latin for rib. I think the pattern sort of looks like a ribcage. Kind of a weird ribcage, but a ribcage nonetheless. And also, I just like saying “Costa Socks.”

(This picture is not true to color — the first one is much more accurate.)

As I mentioned yesterday, the yarn is Sanguine Gryphon Eidos sock yarn in the Agathon colorway (purchased from The Loopy Ewe). It’s a lovely rust color. (Hey Gryphon, was Agathon a redhead?) Here’s a close-up (albeit a blurry one) of the sole of the sock.

Love, love, love this kind of almost-solid color. There is a distinct possibility that I may have some more Eidos sock yarn in my stash.

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Hey, Maryland Sheep & Wool is this weekend! No, I won’t be attending! I’m very much looking forward to a weekend at home, just hanging out with Lucy and the KOARC. But if you are attending, I hope you have good weather, lots of fun, and buy lots of stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy is wondering why I would even think about going, considering that she is available for petting, brushing, feeding, and snuggling all weekend. Right now, she is practicing relaxing.