Saturday, February 25, 2012

It’s not that I’ve frittered the time away this morning – it’s that the computer has been unusually obstructive, even for it. Either way, having at last got this far, I must be brief.

The v-neck vest is still an inch short of the armpits. I hope to reach that point today and thread the stitches on waste yarn for my husband to try on at bedtime. Separate lengths of waste yarn for front and back, as I will proceed separately from here. No steeking this time.

I am pretty confident about size, although I seem to be getting more stitches to the inch than I did in the swatch. (That’s the trouble with swatching.) Both of the electric red Brownstones I knit last year came out large, despite careful attention to sizing. I am hoping for some leeway here.

That may leave time for a few more rounds on Ketki’s Van Gogh socks. Plan for the day.

Miscellaneous from Zite

Simply Sock Yarn wants knitters to test the sock yarns people send her. What a job! She’ll have a million applications, but I just thought I’d mention it.

I kind of like this faintly ridiculous pattern. I’ve had my eye on Kauni for a while. Lower neck, over a white shirt?

Sock knitting

An infinitely kind blog reader in Ohio has sent me Neatby’s “Cool Socks Warm Feet” claiming she doesn’t want it. It promises to make a useful contribution to the Great Sock Project which will start soon, I hope. My husband has been complaining that he doesn’t like the fit of the Outre Socks, just completed. Neatby has what looks like a good section on fit which I will use alongside Gibson-Roberts.

I’ll still be knitting madelinetosh by Easter, but I’ll take a tape measure to Loch Fyne and size everybody’s feet.


  1. Julie2:08 PM

    I love Lucy Neatby's heel - it fits my foot better. Her book has lots of excellent tips about sock knitting in general. Have fun with it!

  2. I'd rather take a few sheets of white paper and a pen. you can draw around the feet of each person and measure properly at home, when needed? length only, of course, but I usually get on fairly well with the number of stitches I find in instructions...

  3. =Tamar8:05 PM

    Or measure their forearms from outside of bent elbow to wrist - that's pretty close to the length of the foot, on most people.

    Weldon's Vol.1 (Piecework facsimile) has many different heel and toe forms; one ought to fit. Nancy Bush updated a few of them for modern yarn sizes in Knitting Vintage Socks. It's odd that your husband hasn't complained about the sock fit before now; maybe the fit is a more "acceptable" complaint than the color?

  4. Anonymous5:45 AM

    I am glad you made that comment about swatching. I swatch and swatch and swatch and I don't know why, because the the tension I get on the swatch is never the tension I get on the larger project. People ask why I am always knitting with Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith or wool from Briggs and Little and I tell them because I know what tension I will get.