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Archive for August 26th, 2009

Toe-Oops!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Since I spent much time thinking about my love for ethnic/Turkish socks when I was in Portland, OR for Sock Summit, I have been itching to cast on something extra-colorful. I have been poring through books and other resources for inspiration.

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I have been analyzing my solid-colored-sockyarn stash to see what colors I have that will contrast well with one another. (I have a zillion reds and pinks in stash, and a few greens, mostly bright. No blue, purple, light gray. No turquoise, because those are all being used on the now-stalled mitered square tank top.) Though I have black, it does not photograph well so I skipped it.

I was determined to work things out from resources/yarn I already had in my home/studio. Most of the socks of the sort I love, require a minimum of 3 colors.

I finally decided to cast on one of the sample socks in Ethnic Socks and Stockings by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. (These are small examples, holding many ethnic socknitting techniques.)

This has a vertical cast on with a sideways-placed toe rectangle (not like the one I use in my First-Time Toe-Up socks). I have done a toe like this before, but in this version I needed to cast on (begin the first row) in two colors.

Mind you, this sort of knitting is fussy. All knitting is a bit of a struggle for the first two or three rows.

And, when you start with a dozen or fewer stitches on three needles, the needles are clunky and in the way. When the needles are size 0US/2mm in diameter, the issue magnifies. It’s a slow process to get it started, more than with a hat or sweater.

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So what did I do? I got this far. It took far too long to get this much done. And then I realized that I had cast on the colors in the wrong order. Oops! On top of that, somehow I had knit into the wrong leg of the stitch and you can see the slanted stitches of the cast-on easily.

I had to take it out, there was no other answer. Pout.

Here you see the toe before I pulled out the needles. I’m happy to say I got it going fine the second time around, though I waited a day to try again. No photos of my “second draft” sock right now, but you will see some soon enough.

Dratted Technology…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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I am able to receive emails no problem, but am having trouble (for almost a week now) sending mail. If you think I should have written you, I apologize. I think I’ve handled all deadlines, but thank-you notes are so behind I may never catch up.

Every single person who leaves comments… every person who pops by this blog, I really appreciate you and give thanks for you every day. My work is able to continue because of your interest, and I’m grateful.

I’ll figure it out. I’m dealing with four different domain names (colorjoy.com being only one) and trying to figure out how to configure my email program now that my Internet Service Provider has changed their mail system, has cost me a good number of hours. I’m closer than I was, but I’m not there yet.

I used to be a full-time tech. I was a Y2K consultant. I liked it, even. Right now I feel as though all I want is yarn and needles. (Or something else physical and tangible, like sidewalk chalk?)

This too, shall pass.

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Photos? Isabel (age 5) and mommy April came over last week. We played with sidewalk chalk. Isabel took the photo of our feet. I took the photo of Isabel with the sidewalk. Notice her shorts are rainbow-colored from sitting on the chalk. I love that kid!

Sock Museum Online

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

For those who are interested in socknitting and the history of socks, the Sock Summit folks put up a website with a timeline of sock designs. There are photos of many of them, and some have pattern sources listed (some free, some for pay).

I noticed that many of the links to photos take you to Ravelry.com, so you might get more value out of this if you choose a membership (free) with Ravelry. I could spend all day reading and clicking links on this subject, but I need to do a bit of work! Maybe this will be how I spend my after-dinner time tonight?

If you are interested, check out The Sock Museum