Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Socks (again)

camisocksI took advantage of last weekend's rainy-day light and took pictures of my current WIP:  a simple pair of socks in Lorna's Laces Camouflage.  This time I am using US0 dpns so increased my stitch count to 68.  I am doing toe-ups as I normally do, with short row heel.  I always play around with the toe shaping because I don't want it too pointy, and I think I'm happy with the way this one turned out.

Here's what I did:

Figure-8 cast on over 12 sts; K to establish first row and divide evenly onto 4 dpns (6 sts each). 

Increase at beginning of Needles 1 and 3 and at the end of Needles 2 and 4 for 4 rows: 10 sts on each needle. (I do a KFB.) 

[Increase row, then K 1 row] 3 times = six rows, 13 sts on each needle. 

[Increase row, then K 2 rows] 4 times = eight rows, 17 sts on each needle. K 2 more rows before beginning stitch pattern.

I actually started knitting a pair of socks from leftovers, but was not very confident at all over (1) my chosen comination of yarns, (2) the sufficiency of the amount of yarn I had, and (3) the jog created when I switched colors. . . So, I gave up.  The whole mess is still on my table, a tangle of eight or so mini balls of yarn and at least as many dpns.

The current Camouflage socks are a sort of impulse project, because I had nothing lined up to knit upon completing my brother's convertible mitts (which he loved, by the way!  I got mad props and a huge hug!) and I like to always have knitting in my bag for my bus commutes.  The truth is, I hardly wear the three pairs of socks I've knit for myself over the years, and though I love the idea of knee highs in the alternating rib stitch pattern I chose, I just don't think I'm going to wear these all that much.  Maybe it's the colorway--which was at first selected for my brother's mitts, but rejected by him in favor of something more plain.  I've never been a girly-girl, but "Camouflage" may be an over-the-top colorscheme even for me.

So I decided: I'm going to finish these socks (already much further along than in the photo), but not make them into knee highs (which means I will have pretty substantial leftovers, as usual), and I'm going to give them to my dad for his birthday in April.  I've knit two pairs for him already, and he always appreciates them. 

And this is why the Knitting For Myself resolution is going to be difficult.  Wishmeluck!

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