Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Toe up footie sox...

Just got 'Sock Innovation' by 'cookie a' in the mail today and I can't wait to get started, it's a great book!
I decided to try doing a toe up sox...just to see if I could! I'm top down all the way...but I wondered if I were missing too many beautiful sox patterns by limiting myself????

Anyhow, I decided to try and here is the result.

I used Wendy's easy (provisional) cast on, the short row (jojo) heel, [works toe up or cuff down ]and Grumperina's cast off.

I tried other methods of casting on, binding off and short row heels....but these worked for me!

I still prefer a top down sox..but I feel I have mastered my fear of a toe up! I may not bother knitting another footie ['tho I have another on the needles.]
Yarn:-I just used leftover Lorna Laces yarn and size#1 DP"s. I didn't use a specific pattern. I would say the only problem I had was figuring out when to start the heel.
I'm going to try not to start anything from my new book 'till I get some other projects finished. I have promised to knit the grandsons 'Skull Wrist Warmers'...so they are next! (HeeHee)
Happy knitting.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Work in progress....varicoloured raglan!

Here's what I've been working on...'tho I don't really have too much to show!
Pattern:-Raglan Rust by Julie Farmer, published in Knitter's Winter 2008.
Sz#7 circ needles (I went down one needle size)
Yarn:-Heart and sole; Razzle Dazzle and Congo, one strand of each held together.
This is my first top down. I had mulled over other top down patterns but the deciding factor here was using sox yarn. (Knit up it sorta looks like a woven kitchen throw rug!)
I love the texture of this and the colour variations. The arms are to be knit and seamed to the underarm but I think I'll try totally seamless! I have read that arms will twist without a seam and that seams add structure to a garment....
This is so easy it practically knits itself...really doable for anyone! I love it and can't wait to wear it and since I'm knitting top down it's almost worn out from me trying it on!!!!!!! I know I'm pathetic!
Happy knitting.