June 03, 2005
I have so far encountered only one minus to knitting my grandma's Best Foot Forward socks: dark blue doesn't photograph well to show off the patterning. Oh, if all my projects were this "flawed," sigh :). Nonetheless, my best photographic attempt:
This yarn knits up very evenly, which you can see in the uniformity of those columns of knit stitches on a purl background. The pattern is SO easy. It's like one step, no, like half a step more complicated than a plain ribbed sock. I love using slippery aluminum needles with very pointy tips for this project - it's a pretty hefty yarn (sportweight) to be used with US 1.5 needles (thanks, Johanna), and a needle with a blunter tip just wouldn't be able to squeeze between the stitches.
And are you seeing my tubular cast-on? It's a beaut, I tell you, a beaut! Jody reminded me that Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook has a recipe for making the tubular cast-on without scrap yarn. (1) By the time I got her comment, I had already cast-on :-D and (2) M. Stanley's version is the one which drove me bonkers last time (granted it was the tubular cast-on for 2 X 2 ribbing rather than 1 X 1, but you get the idea).
Anyway, I ended up using this link which I found on fluffa's website, but not before I once again proved myself to be a doofus and a dorkus enormousous. See, I thought I was all clever when I read the instructions and with my magical powers figured out how to adapt them to circular knitting. If I was smart, I would have used Google and would have found, for example, this site, which already explains it! There's a word for this - unventing? Uninventing? Being a giant dork/doofus?
So, the socks are off to a happy, frog-less, tubular start, and I think they will move along rather quickly with the sportweight yarn.
You know what happens next...
So I was thinking of changing some things because this is too simple. Are you laughing at me? It's allowed, I'm laughing at myself :). In particular, the Padded Footlets (scroll about 1/3 down) in the Summer issue of IK have double thickness of yarn to cushion the soles. This is very interesting to me because the sole is where grandma wears out her socks the quickest. I started reading the instructions, and this is definitely one of these things that makes zero sense until you're actually doing it. I will knit in peace until I get to that point, and then I'll see if I can adapt the footlet sole instructions to work with this sock.
Socks for grandma, socks for Sock Pal (coming soon!), how about socks for me? Toot the horn, Lou read my mind and came to the rescue! (Did you see the shawl pattern that she's graciously put on her blog? GORGEOUS! With BEADS!) I did some computer stuff for her, and in exchange she sent me a most pleasant surprise:
Heaven! I'm in heaven! Lou, thank you so much! This is a lot considering how little work I put into helping you, and I appreciate your gift very much. The yarn is called Fortissima Cotton by Schoeller Esslinger, it is 75% cotton, 25% nylon, 26 sts/4 inches. It feels like a very soft cotton, let's say somewhere between Rowan's 4-ply cotton and Rowan's Wool Cotton. Lou sent me enough yarn for a small tank top or a nice scarf, but I'm thinking socks for me :). There's enough here for two pairs, let's start with one and see how it goes. I'm on the lookout for a pattern, I may have found one in Knitting on the Road which will need some modifications, but I haven't finished looking through all my stuffs yet. This yarn is a wonderful opportunity to make pretty socks - it is a solid, light color, so it will show off stitches wonderfully. It's not meant for a stockinette or ribbed sock: it has more noble aspirations :).
Betsy made this button. She, too, has been reading my mind:
This has inspired me to make the following buttons:
I used Google Images and searched for the word "trinket" for most of the images in the background (if you can make them out).