Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Maybe ...

.... it's a sock this time. First, an elaborate swatch. Second, a sock for someone who is not me, but has wide very short feet. Because 4.8 inches does not equal 4 1/8 inches (headsmack).

Because of the difference the patterning makes, the sole was 5" and the instep was 4.75" when I started the expansions this time. I tried the sock on after finishing the setup for the heel, but before turning. And it seems to fit. So I boldly went forth, finishing the heel last evening while listening to Bob's Big Band at the dNote. Fun band, fun venue, great food.

I even got to setting up the leg patterning! I'll be continuing the lattice up the front, mirroring it on the back, and doing 2x2 ribbing between. I'll figure the cuff when I get there.

Wow! It might be a sock!
I told kiddo that if I have to rip this one out, then the yarn doesn't want to be socks. But I think it wants to be socks now.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Because they're pretty

Cupcakes. On a Monday. Why?

Because they're rainbow cupcakes. Because they're yummy. And because we needed to.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The continuing stooooooorrry

Yup. Still summer. Kiddo's being awesome. Things are going apace. She read a book in 45 minutes today. One of the A-Z Mysteries, which are supposed to be for her grade level. Fun little stories, by Ron Roy and John Steven Gurney, kind of equivalent in length/depth to the Magic Treehouse books. I think she needs to work more on her Nancy Drew - the A-Z series are "candy" books, Nancy is good solid protein for her. We've signed up for every reading program immediately accessible for whatever coupons, benefits, and rewards might be provided for what she will do this summer anyway.

The recalculated sock is going very well. I'm about halfway through the increases, and it's beginning to resemble a sock. It also fits much much better than the elaborate swatch.

The yellow quality of the pic brought to you by my marvelous camera and the halogen light on my desk.

Today, forts were built, summer homework was done, sock was knitted upon, recycling was recycled, books were read, Wii Fit was played, we biked to the library (and back), and kiddo finished the watermelon.

Yay! for the first week of summer vacation. May the rest continue in the fashion begun.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Elaborate swatch

So, the sock's first incarnation has proved to just be an elaborate swatch.

On starting the patterning my gauge morphed from 7.5 st/inch to 6.5 st/inch. I didn't realize this until I got to the heel, and there was no way to recover at that point. Not so much with the fitting of the sock when it got to the length and the heel. Unless I was making these for someone with very wide, very short feet. Which I'm not.

Ripped it out and rewound the yarn.

Recalculating and will start again in a moment.


Can't say socks yet, because there is as yet only the start of one. But soon there will be another.

I'm using Cat Bordhi's Ridgeline architecture for these. I like Riverbed too, but have found that the Ridgeline seems to fit my feet a little bit smoother.

Once I finished the standard toe increases, I started the quilted lattice pattern over the "central" 15 stitches of the top of the foot. This was well before the expansion increases, but I wanted to start the pattern asap rather than waiting until halfway up the foot.

I have started the expansion now, and it's going smoothly. Just have to remember which rounds are plain and which are pattern for the center and which are increases. Once I get past the heel, I'll decide what to do up the leg. I don't want to go with the full quilted lattice, but I may but one mirroring up the back and do a line of ribbing between. Or something. I'll make that up as I go.

Oh yeah, the yarn is Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet DK. I'm working on #2 bamboo dpns.