Life has been so busy this year! The weeks just fly by and before I have a chance to blink, we’re on to the next one. So I apologise for being so slack in my posts. I have a new job this year and it is very on and off and last minute and it’s taking some adjustment! However, in amongst the busyness of life, I am still creating and things are ticking away in the background.
I have continued with my sock experiments. With my first pair of socks, it was hard to judge the length of the foot for adding the toe, so I have ended up with one sock that is a tiny bit short (I’m sure it will stretch once I start wearing them – it’s been warm here and socks and flip flops are generally not a look I go for!). So, I decided that my next pair of socks would be toe up and knitted two at a time. I’ve taken both of my girls to the yarn store and they have chosen the yarn for their socks and have been told not to hold their breath for a quick finish!
I started with my older daughter’s socks. To make toe up, I needed to learn a new technique – Judy’s magic cast on http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html. To be honest, I’m on my third sock doing this technique and I still don’t quite get it right unless I have the instructions close by, but I am getting there. I followed the instructions for two at a time socks but I just couldn’t get it to work – my tension was off and it was going to leave big holes in the toes. So, I decided to take it easy on myself and just do one at a time. That seems to have worked well, although I wasn’t able to avoid all of the counting of rows to have them the same, which was my aim. However, I have produced a lovely pair of socks that my daughter can’t wait to wear (she’s been told I have to photograph them before she can wear them!).
The yarn was another learning experience. I’m using Jawoll Mille “Luxe Sparkle” sock yarn. It doesn’t have a repeat of colours – anywhere! So, despite the fact that the socks come from the same ball of yarn, they are completely different! The colours are similar but they by no means match (for those that are conscious of wearing matching socks!). I like it, it’s quirky! And, I have lived for a long time with a man who refuses to wear matching socks! Yup, if he pulls matching socks out of the drawer, one goes back so he has an odd pair!
Toe up socks definitely worked well for getting the length of the foot part of the sock right, but it still hasn’t solved my problem of knowing how much I can knit of the leg before I need to switch to the cuff so I run out of yarn at the end of the sock and not before. If you have any clues on how to do this, please share! But for the moment my experiment continues. I’m now on my other daughter’s socks and she has decided she wants ones without heels at all, so another knitting experience is being added to my life!