Sunday, April 11, 2010
FINALLY a finished product
I don't know what I've been doing with my time, but there sure hasn't been a lot of knitting going on. It took me just shy of two months to finish these socks! It's true that I whipped out two insanely cute baby hats as well, but still - it felt like I was working on those socks for an eternity. I think part of the problem was that the heel was interesting, but the rest was just plain knitting, round after round after round. It was my first time using self-striping yarn, and it was cool, but in the end I think I'm going to stick to mostly doing patterns.
They're ankle-down, use a very interesting heel which I talked about a bit waaaay back when I started this project. I finished the toes with Kitchener, and is it just me, or does everyone have a weird little lump at one end of that style of bind-off? you can kind of see it on the left side of the foot in the left of the picture.
To sum up: the heel turn/gusset business really was awesome. The directions were great. I look forward to doing the full-blown version of that pattern, called Sleepy Hollow.
The yarn was fine to work with, and I DID like that the socks became a pattern all because of the yarn changing colors at regular intervals. One sock is slightly longer than the other, because I wanted to start the heel turn at approximately the same spot in the color pattern, to make sure the stripes lined up pretty well. I think I hit that really closely!
It was also a first doing Magic Looping - I did most of the first sock on one 40-inch needle. At some point I switched to two needles, and liked that best of all. I think if I decide to do more Loop work, I'm going to buy matching-length dpns. In this case I was using one that was 16 inches and one that was 40 inches, and the superfluous cord was annoying.
I don't really have a burning urge to knit anything in particular, but I do have some pretty springy yarn, so maybe I'll just cast on some different socks! It wouldn't do to be NOT knitting, you know.