I’m shaping the toes of the second outré sock – so tonight’s session should see it finished. I mean to cast on Van Gogh for Ketki and get the ribbing established and then relegate socks, for the time being, to their old role as travel-and-waiting-room-and-emergency comfort. On to the sailor’s hat.
I found Gibson-Roberts’ “Simple Socks”. I have no memory of it – it must have gone straight from Amazon box to bookshelf. I also have her “Ethnic Socks and Stockings” which I will revisit today.
Simple Socks is more or less an EPS-for-feet. [=
Percentage System – the EZ way to plan and knit a sweater.] It produced two
reactions in me – one was embarrassment, that I have been knitting socks all
these years without shaping the leg (except for kilt hose) and without even
measuring the circumference of the foot. And the other was confusion – I think
she spins things out a bit, to make a whole book of one system for knitting a
sock. I got bogged down in the long-winded explanations. That should go better with
an actual foot to measure, and an actual sock in hand being knit. Elizabeth
I am quite taken, at the moment, with the idea of a Sock Year (or however long it takes). Part of the point would be to deal with the sock-yarn element of the stash. Too boring to knit? Out! I’ll buy some more Kaffe.
Those are good ideas, both, for making collections of heels without knitting entire socks, Marilyn and Tamar. But I think I want to knit entire socks.
The difficulty is finding yarns boring enough to be worn by gents and interesting enough to be knit by me. Does anybody know anything about the wearing qualities of madelinetosh sock yarn? I notice that it’s 100% wool, which may be a bad start. But that’s the wrong approach – I’ve got plenty of things to knit in the stash and plenty of ladies who don’t mind lively socks, to knit them for.
Zite has been rich in curiosities lately.
This one for a knitted Mona Lisa, President Obama, and much more.
This one for a clock that knits a scarf (really).