June 01, 2005
Finally, a post where things work out
You are in for a pleasant change. I know my last few post were all, "garrrrrrr!" and that you're all thinking my hair is completely gray by now. Well, all your advice was not wasted: I have paused and caught my breath (mainly because my little hamster Axon is not doing so well and I spent a lot of time home today focusing on him and his obnoxious brother instead of knitting). No need to move from one complicated
nightmare sweater to another one. The AV sweater is in its GAP jail bag, the Fibo charts are paper-clipped to the pattern and in the bookcase, so it's time to a nice, pleasant post. This one is like where the Tivoli works out and looks good :).
Today is my grandma's birthday! Grandma didn't teach me to knit, but I inherited my obsessive-compulsive tendencies from her (and my dad), which can be both a blessing and a curse, right? There's no better way to celebrate grandma's birthday than to start a pair of socks for her!
A little while back I picked up some KFI Cashmereno (unfortunately, no website) on sale at Woolcott with the very intention of knitting socks for grandma! It is made in Italy, 55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere, which adds up to 100% buttery goodness.
Each 50 g skein has 135 meters (148 yards), just in case you're curious. It's generally knit on US 5-6 to a tension of 22 sts/4 inches. However, for a sock you can imagine knitting this yarn on smaller needles for a denser, more durable fabric. Alison did it and so can I.
This morning after dealing with my little fuzzball and the disaster that is the Fibo, I read your comments and started flipping through my sock books with the intention of finding a pattern for the KFI. And look at this beauty called Best Foot Forward from Knit Socks! by Betsy McCarthy:
Coincidence #1: the pattern is written for women's large/men's medium size, which is my grandma-ma's size. Her street shoe size is around 9 or 10, and her footsies are wide. (This, apparently, did not get passed down to my mom or me.) No modifications will be necessary.
Coincidence #2, the big one: the pattern is written for KFI Cashmerino. Are you floored?!? Come on, play along, go sit on the floor! No modifications will be necessary.
Coincidence #3, another big one: they say to use US 1.5 needles, which I know exist, but are nonexistent in my needle case. Eh, I knit fairly tightly, I decided I would go with some US 2s. But wait! I took out my needles and started to put them through the gauge check to see if any 2s were smaller than the others. Here are my Bryspun 2s:
And here are my INOX aluminum 2s:
Wow, that INOX is sure small for a 2! Will it fit into the US 1 slot?
Just barely, with a bit of force. If this isn't the perfect candidate to be a US 1.5, I don't know what is! No modifications will be necessary.
As nifty as a protractor is, what I really want right now is some calipers... Alert: dorkus enormousous on the loose! Hehe :)
The only thing that I will do differently about this sock is try the tubular cast-on. I've tried it in the past and it hasn't worked out for me, but I admit I didn't push the issue. That's it, that's the only challenge in this project. I feel like I can breathe, I can sing, I can dance!!! Did someone slip a happy pill into my diet Coke?
I've joined! You know I'm not a joiner: I will never knit a Crapotee, I will never be a Secret Chachka Collector, but one thing I joined is the Sockapal-2-za hosted by Blue Blog Alison. This will be a good one because it's an even exchange! I give you socks, and someone will give me socks!
So, it looks like June will be filled with sock knitting (for grandma-ma and sock pal) and finishing up lace scarves, and I'm thrilled about it. It's time to enjoy my knitting :).