The vest is finished, except for a few loose ends and the blocking. It’s looking good.
Here are some pics, colour useless. Taken yesterday, before I had quite finished. In real life, it’s a rich dark grey shot with green, really rather magnificent. The pictures show more than the naked eye perceives, of the difference between the initial light skein and the subsequent dark ones.
On the back view, you can clearly see the striped effect on the back from armhole to shoulder, where I was alternating the skeins.
I’ll try for better photography when it’s stretched out being blocked. Those are ridiculous.
Now on to the sock project. Sarah (comment Tuesday), you’re right about The Knitter’s Book of Socks. It’s seriously good. She says, among much else, that short-row heels, being all in st st, are more vulnerable to abrasion than the standard heel-flap-and-gusset model. We shall see. I wonder if all the heels in the little list I have made, come into that category?
The first to be attempted, on the current Van Gogh socks for Ketki, is to be Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato heel. I will warn Ketki.
It sounds as if the incorporation of a certain amount of ribbing is my best bet for a longish leg that doesn’t sag too much. Alas, as it will interrupt the sheer peacefulness of sock-knitting. I admire a lot of sock patterns, including many of the ones in this book, but so far have no ambition to knit them. The whole point, for me, is the bliss of knitting round and round with wonderful yarn and no effort.
Thank you very much indeed, Roobeedoo and Skeindalous, for your remarks about the Millwater snood (as we must learn to call it). I haven’t looked at the pattern at all yet except to note that it begins with a provisional cast-on. I have never mastered that business of picking up back loops from a crocheted chain. Maybe this is the moment? Or maybe I’ll fall back on one of the easier methods.
But I’ll remember that it can be made smaller.
My current vague plan is to knit the VK drape-front sweater (no 12, Winter 2011-2) with the madelinetosh yarn previously earmarked for Effortless. I can always knit Effortless some other time. I think I would get more use out of it, as something to fling on over a shirt on a cool summer’s day of which
many. And I think it might use less
yarn, and therefore leave some for Millwater. Scotland