Wednesday, July 19, 2006


I'm actively working on 2 different socks and a cotton top. The first sock is Yankees yarn that Dave kindly dyed at my request (even though he lives so close to Fenway Park.) It's dark blue and white with very little light blue in between. I'm using Wendy's toe-up sock pattern and it's coming out beautifully with a nice smooth round toe. I am just wondering how far to knit the foot before starting on the heel. The pattern says to stop about 2" short of the total foot length, which would be at least another inch, but when I try it on (I love being able to try the sock on!) the foot is definitely up to the ankle at the instep. This sock is on Bryspun 3s (or possibly 2s.)

The second sock I call the Mardi Gras sock - it's Claudia's Purple Earth colorway that I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool. It was this yarn that inspired me to learn a toe-up sock because the balls of wool looked rather small and I was worried about running out if I did a top-down sock. (I started calling it the Mardi Gras sock because it has the colors of Carnival, purple, green and gold, and because I worked on it in New Orleans at the convention in June.) Again, I feel that the foot is up to the ankle but the measurement is short. This sock is on Brittany 1.5s (I don't have a problem with them breaking btw.)

My third project is a cotton top using Second Hand Cotton in Atlantis. I made the Eyelet Tee from Knit One Crochet Too and liked it very much with a few minor changes (like, make it longer than 21"!) I started this top with Feather and Fan (4 repeats) which gives it a nice lacy border and that lovely scalloped hem. Now it' s just stockinette for miles.

Pictures of all these will follow when I can get my photographer set up.


jazzbiker said...

Get your photographer set up? Who might that be, and how do you set her up? :)

Dave Daniels said...

Looking forward to seeing those Yankees socks! I have the same questions about the heel, and couldn't figure out the heel part itself, so I'm looking to you for direction on this. My personal pattern tester!

Alison said...

Dave - I have found that the short row heel just requires blind faith. I learned it first on a cuff down sock and if you just follow the instructions (knit to end minus 1, turn work, wrap last stitch, purl to end minus 1, turn work, wrap last stitch, repeat with second-last stitch, third-last stitch, etc.) it really will work out.

Ann said...

I agree with Alison, you just think this can't possibly work and next thing you know you have a heel.