Yes, I know - it's been a while. There has always been knitting and it's time to blog again because it helps me focus and keep a proper record of what I'm knitting. Also, living in the rural backwater, as I do, I don't meet many knitters in the flesh (so to speak). It's nice to feel part of a larger whole.
I'm not going to go into all the knitting I've done - even if I could remember (see above), so I'm just going to start from where I am,
which is always good advice.
I was flittering (technical term) around Ravelry, when I found this pattern for some fancy socks. I don't really do top down socks - they never seem to fit me properly, so I made these toe-up.
I used the non-shaped round toe from Chrissy Gardiner's book "Toe-Up!". Cast on 16 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On:
I'm thinking this might be a little bit too pointy and maybe in future I should cast on 10 stitches per needle.
The stitch pattern is simple and works well with this very busy yarn - I actually started about three different patterns before settling on this:
The heel is the hybrid heel, also from "Toe-Up!". This heel has the benefit of a gusset:
and no picking up of stitches - which always looks like a dog's breakfast, at least when I do it.
I decided on Eye of Partridge stitch for the heel flap - just because I could:
Cast off was Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off:
Here we have the finished sock:
The other one is about to come off the needles and it seems there may be more of this pattern in my future:
'Im indoors: "That's nice."
Pause. "Do you think it would look nice in a man's sock?"