it was all about the socks this weekend for me. first, there was a little trip down to kiama with randomknits and knitabulous to watch missfee do her thing and teach the ladies of the kiama knitters guild to knit socks from the toe up on two circulars. i tried to help but was probably more of a hindrance, mostly because i dont use two circulars (i was taught magic loop and it just seems easier now) and judys magic cast on is something i do by instinct. to try and explain it to people was a real challenge! (there was also much coffee drinking, nattering, lunching, and a small matter of the vanilla slice from hell. a great day all round).
i took all the socks i currently have on the needles down with me, and while i was there i worked mostly on the flirtini socks that have been hibernating in the naughty corner since that slight sizing and shaping problem some months back. i had ripped it back to the foot, so was able to redo the heel, and i did this second one with a gusset heel:
mostly because the short row shaping of the first heel looked just ghastly:
i think the gusset is better, but there are some holes in it i dont like, and this was beginning to be enough to swear me off short row heels and toe up socks for the rest of my knitting days. but then i remembered that the diamond gansey socks are toe up, and a gusset heel, and that seemed to work ok:
perhaps its the yarn? the yarntini is a fair bit loftier than the brown patonyle, and i think stripey yarn shows up odd in wrap and turns, so there’s that lesson learned. but the magic loop toe up is really very fast. i worked on the flirtinis again in the car on sunday and they are now well up the leg.
i do love top downs though, i only have 4 more pattern repeats on the foot of the nopurl monkeys:
and there is something about the gusset heel on a top down that just looks so much better, dont you think?
do you have a preference, or some secret tips i should know about?
when not out and about on the weekend, i have been working on adrift.
i cast it on on friday night, checked and rechecked my stitch count (with the aid of lots of markers)
and last night worked the short row shaping for the neck.
the wrap and turns look fine here, although i think there is a special way to pick up the wraps on your way back that i need to know about, but otherwise, this is going to be gorgeous. long rows though. 278 stitches to cast on. let us not speak of the 580 something after the increases….
(todays styling courtesy of the hanging-over-the-side-fence-wisteria)