I’m visiting my mom in Southern California for the holidays. Her foot was hurting, so I took her to the podiatrist yesterday, bringing along my toe-up sock project. The nurse commented on it when she came in to get my mom ready, and then the doctor came in. She stopped, looked at the partially knitted sock, and exclaimed, “What is that??
“It’s a sock,” I replied.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hand-knitted sock,” she replied, interested. (This is LA, folks, not such a surprise.)
“They are wonderful to wear. Very cushy” I said.
She came and looked at it, admiringly.
Later, after we left, it hit me. These are foot people. Of course they were interested in foot covers!
In other news, the toe-up socks are done, and gorgeous, if I might say. The second of the fancy socks are underway. I am about to do the second dreaded partridge heel in two colors on Size 0 needles.
I’m aware that this is not very positive thinking.
And its rainy, and cold for here. Maybe I’ll wear some hand-knitted socks today!
I’m doing two different socks at the same time. One is toe-up, a lovely sock yarn called Denali from Pagewood Farms. Brandy approves mightily of this lovely yarn.
The socks are for my cousin Marie, who showed me a pair of socks I had knit her a few years back (out of 100% wool, before I knew that having some nylon in the yarn makes it last longer) that had a bunch of holes in both socks. I already knit her a pair for Christmas, but I felt as though another pair was in order for someone who so appreciated my socks that she still wears the holey ones as bed socks. So, I pulled out Chrissy Gardiner’s Toe-Up book, and started on some ribbed socks — so nice to knit.
I love the heel on this sock! When I do a heel-flap sock, I’m almost never all that happy with the picked-up stitches for the gusset. It doesn’t matter if I knit into the back, pick up one or two loops of the stitch. It just doesn’t feel substantial to me. Not so with this toe-up version, which is ssk, or p2tog. It looks neat and tidy, and comes together marvelously at the top, with no messing around to eliminate holes and gaps. This may become my favorite heel!
The other sock is a completely different kettle of fish. It’s a toe-down, stranded sock on Size 0 needles. The two colors are being used for almost the whole sock. I’m doing a new-to-me heel flap – the partidge heel – with two colors on size 0 needles. Does your head hurt yet? Yep, so does mine.
I muddled through sock 1, which came out ok, and wearable. These are destined for Afghans for Afghans, so someone will get probably the fanciest sock ever!
Most of us who gather in Bethlehem on this night
Are not the star seekers.
We’ve not traveled our dreams
Month after month, year after year,
Poring over predictions and promises.
Most of us sit on our hillsides
Tending our sheep,
Business as usual.
Oh, we’ve heard rumors of stars,
But we don’t really give ourselves to seeking
After all, there’s more than enough to do
In the daily tending.
We’re simply not on the lookout for stars,
Nor expecting any light in our darkness.
I suppose the important thing is,
In the light of the glory of the Lord,
To recognize the voice of an angel
And to get up
And in spite of our sheep
To go even unto Bethlehem
To see this thing that has happened.
by Ann Weems, Kneeling in Bethlehem
Ok, I admit it, I really, really like my Under the Big Top Hat pattern. So much that I knitted these for a friend expecting a baby, and made some socks to match:
In washable wool (a combo of Aurora 8 and GGH Maxima), they will be easy care for the Mom and Dad.
The addiction continues. Twist has cast a spell over me, and I am helpless to resist. These popped over the weekend:
And I caught this photo, and I didn’t even know that Izzie was there – kinda cool.
The improvised pattern uses a tubular cast-on for 36 stitches, then do a mini-cable to go into 2×2 ribbing. I did another mini-twist at the beginning of the thumb gusset, which is done most in 1×1 ribbing.
The cast-off for the hand is my switch out to a tubular cast-off, while the thumb gusset was done conventionally in pattern.
Blocking matters, even when you don’t think it will. I just finished a pair of Dash mittens. I blocked the first one so that I would know whether it would fit the intended recipient – I was worried that the wrist might be tight. It turned out ok, then I knit the other one. Here’s what they look like, left one is blocked, the right one isn’t:
This shows that one can really shape things with wool. They don’t look like they are the same size to me, what about you? The blocked mitten is shorter and fatter (what I intended), and the cables have smoothed themselves into a wonderful swirling thing.
Off to block the other one now. Let’s hope for similar blocking magic!
I also have been working on an item for a baby – so fun to knit for them. This is meant not to be a keepsake, but a workhorse baby blanket that can go into the washer and dryer with no second thoughts. Easy on the Mom and Dad, and not-too-warm for the baby who will be living in a no-snow climate:
Blanket Pattern: Hap Blanket by Ysolda (rav link), done with just one color. I’ve now done at least 5 patterns from her lovely Whimsical Little Knits Collection!
I think I’ll do a hat as well, probably my own Under the Big Top Hat in girly colors. (rav link)