This past weekend, for whatever reason, I was on a sock-knitting roll. I picked up the second sock of my Free Tibet yarn (According to my Ravelry page, I purchased the yarn from Pippi Knee Socks long, long ago. She was an independent dyer I found on the web, but can find no mention of her now.) and raced through the heel flap and heel turn and am now decreasing gusset stitches.
I must needs redo the toe of the first sock as I was on the road without the instructions and basically made something up. It is far too pointy. Now that I have access to More Sensational Knitted Socks, I would like to to do a proper job and have both sock toes match since I finished the first one months ago and didn’t take any notes. The pattern is Crosshatch Lace and is found in the “Six-Stitch Pattern with Even Instep and Heel Flap” section of the book. As an aside on using both this book and her original Sensational Knitted Socks, I stole an amazing idea from Kelley Petkun and took both books to Kinko’s and had them spiral bound.
Since I do most of my sock knitting in the car and in waiting rooms, and because I had to frog back rows of tiny stitches because of a mistake, and/or because I dropped tiny stitches off the ends of size 1 dpns in the car (which may have resulted in an unladylike response), I have decided to return to using two circs on my next pair of socks. It may not be traditional knitting, but it saves me a lot of grief. There is also less stabbing with the ten tiny, unpleasantly sharp, pointy ends as the ends are reduced to four, and circs are not rigid and are less likely to attack.
I went on a ridiculous sock yarn buying spree when I retired (damn you, Knit Picks), so I need to pick up the sock-knitting pace or find lacy goodness to knit from an overabundance of skinny yarn. I purchased kits and got some rather odd color combinations.
(This is one of the kits, and I bought more than one.) People have different tastes, but I do believe some of these are going to result in, shall we say, interesting socks. Four of the six colorways above will definitely be socks because they will live largely under pants and in shoes with only the ankle visible.
I also finished the baby sweater. I made the three-month size of Bug Warmer with the long sleeves, and it looks HUGE to my eye — although I admit I have not spent much time in the company of babies in an age.
Still, even with the whining, it IS knitting!