Saturday, October 20, 2007

Turning My Back on Monogamous Sox

I began this yesterday...

(Ann Budd's On Your Toes Socks)

...before I finished this (one Whitby sock, completed).

I've always been monogamous with the sox, you know? One pair at a time. I always have multiple projects on the needles, but not sox. I had this fear that if I started another pair, I wouldn't finish the first. I know! As if I'd be that fickle! Now that I finished my last in-progress big project, I realized I was being silly. It's nice to have something easily portable, like the simple ribbed socks up above, and then something a little more complex, like the cabled socks.

I love the Whitby pattern. I modified it since my gauge is 7 stitches/inch rather than 6.5 by casting on four extra stitches. I also changed the toe to a standard decrease/Kitchener toe, rather than "gather up the stitches and pull tight." (I like Kitchener!) The only reason I didn't cast on the second immediately is because the Boston Red Sox were in an elimination game in the playoffs. They won and live to play another game. But I needed the mindless ribbing while they did so.

Toe-up socks was one of my challenges. The @#! cast-on for this pattern gave me fits, and I hope I can manage to do it a second time. But this yarn is precious, and I want to make sure I get as much sock out of it as possible. I split it into two balls using my new digital scale--that purchase made my husband raise his eyebrows, but he can just Shut. Up.--and determined to figure out this pattern. So far, so good, although I'm a bit wary of the finishing advice to "snug up any holes at the heel," since I don't get holes with heel flaps, thank you very much, and I'm going to be Quite Annoyed if short-row heels produce holes. Wish me luck.

5 comments:

kms said...

oh i wish you a great deal of luck! im sure youre a tidier knitter than me but the holes being produced by my attempts at short row heels were shockers! but dont listen to me, i cant count rows properly in a pattern so it was probly my fault. i look forward to seeing how you go with them!

Bells said...

wow Amy. You're flying! Monogamy is for wimps, I reckon.

Diantee said...

That toe-up cast-on is not great but I managed to do it the second time okay and a bit tidier too. Love your other cabled sock.

Lynne said...

Digital scales are an essential tool in my knitting toolbox! They are so useful for determining the amount of yarn needed for a project and gathering left-overs together to make another! No wasted yarn sitting around gathering dust! And you can even use them in the kitchen!! :-)

Rose Red said...

Yay for sock promiscuity!! I quite like to have both a plain and a fancy sock on the go, so I can be prepared for various occassions!! Both of these look great!