Friday, May 07, 2010

Serpent Socks Are FinishedI

I finished the Serpentine Socks. This is my second pair of Toe Up socks. Yay me! This pattern is also from Wendy Johnson's book: Socks from the Toe Up.

I really enjoy making top up socks using the "Easy Toe" method found in Charlene Schurch's book Sensational Socks. The heel is so simple and easy, which done by doing increases instead of picking up sts. for the gusset.

I also learned a terrific method of doing a stretchy bind-off.

It's called Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. I wish that I had known about this method when I did my first pair of toe-up socks. This video was a big help, but I found it easier to concentrate if I turned the audio off.

I'm so pleased the way that these turned out. I also knitting both socks at the same time on their own separate set of 2-Cirs. It was so nice to have both of them done at the same time and they fit perfectly.

Here's my next experiment in the works.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Toe-Up Socks and Other Stuff

I've been a way for a while. I've thought about blogging, but just never got around to doing it, and the longer that I stayed away...the harder it was to get started again.

Sorry for the cloudy photo (see above), this wild turkey was in my back yard this morning. I took the photo through the screen window, because I knew that as soon as I had tried to open the door for a better picture it would be gone.

I took a break from knitting both toe-up socks on their own needles simultaneously and I worked on a dishcloth.

This is one of my favorite dishcloth patterns! I got this Sugar and Creme yarn a little bit ago and I could wait to use it. Click here for >>> PDF of the Eloomanator’s Diagonal Knit Dishcloth.

After I satisfied my need to work with some bigger knitting needles, I went back to working on my Serpentine Toe-Up Socks.

I love working the heel this way. In case you're wondering, I like to knit my socks on 2-Cirs. I have a friend that likes to call this Ninja knitting. Others have commented that it looks like I'm undergoing some type of acupuncture.

Here's a close up of the pattern.

It sort of looks like cables (serpents) intertwining. I know......the pattern would show up better on a solid color yarn. B-day is just around the corner, maybe, just maybe I could request some more sock yarn??? If you haven't started knitting socks......don't. They're very addictive!

In between knitting projects, I've been looking through Elizabeth Zimmermann's book Knitting Without Tears. I just wanted to see what all the fuss is about.

Well, I'm at the leg portion of my toe-up socks and I'm anxious to get them finished, so that I can try a different method of binding off. Stay tuned and I will try not to be away for so long.