It’s a pretty nose-to-the-grindstone weekend here in foggy CA, but the good news is that having a stockinette sock actually helps me concentrate on the reading.
What a relief, because I was pretty worried I’d make a shameful showing for the knit-along! I’m sure I’ll have the lowest number of FOs given how prolific my fellow crafters are, but two pairs of socks and a baby sweater isn’t *so* bad.
I’m really loving the J. Knits yarn, although I do notice the nylon content. The colors are blending beautifully, and the pattern (I’m using Wendy’s generic toe-up) is great! I’m not sure whether I’ll do another short-row heel except in variegation-saving situations–it doesn’t hug my foot the way a heel flap does. But I’m totally in love with the toe. For them’s that don’t know already, a short-row toe is done like this:
First, a provisional cast-on for half the number of stitches. This is the worst part, for me. I hate provisional cast-ons, because I hate to crochet. I just can’t seem to make it work right for me.
Then, you knit shorter and shorter rows to the end of the toe, and then longer and longer rows (picking up the wraps) until you’ve basically gotten back to where you started.
Unravel the provisional cast-on, slap those babies on a needle, and knit in a tube until the heel. Brilliant!
The first sock is done, and the second going strong. I’m really hoping to finish these up in time to close out the knit-a-long… we’ll see. I am hoping for three projects in May, too: An indoor cap I owe my grandpa, the Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style, and Tulip. Oh, how I long to wear a spring knit!