today’s segments include: citations, noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, research, and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
Thanks to Sharon for donating a project bag for the KAL. I received an awesome package from her in the mail today!
Dawn delitealex wanted to know about methods for knitting socks, which I prefer and why. My go to method is one at a time magic loop. My first pair of socks was on dpns but I don’t like the laddering. I tried two circs but I kept knitting with the wrong circ and also for travel knitting, the ends on the unused needle kept hitting people. I settled on magic loop because it fixed those problems, plus it’s cheaper than 2 circs.
I’ve tried 2 at a time socks but I don’t like it cause it’s fiddly. Yes there is second sock syndrome. I don’t really have a big problem with this (most of my unfinished pairs are the first sock). When I finish the first sock, I cast on the second one right away. Then it’s easy to tell myself to knit it because it’s already cast on, so it’s almost done (psychology). The second sock is also quicker than the first because I already understand the pattern, after all I’ve knit it already.
As to toe up or top down, I don’t have a preference in terms of technique. I knit both and for different purposes. If a pattern is written a certain direction, I follow the pattern. Also with vanilla socks, I was going toe up until I realized the afterthought heel is easier to place when I go top down, so I switched it up on that one.
KAL: Aug/Sept. non-vanilla socks in self-striping yarn. prizes: Vesper in Verbina. project bag donated by SeashoreSharon.
Da rulz: Knit any patterned socks in self-striping yarn (no plain old vanillas). Cast on anytime in August or September and bind off any time in August or September. You have to be a member of the group to win a prize. Prizes will be announced on the pdocast.
Tag your projects: tskaugsept2012kal
Ravellenics update: Finished 2 projects which I showed on the last episode. Both were projects for my husband and I’ll put details in the shownotes. I’m currently working on 3 WIPs which I’ll show in drafting. I realized some of the things that make a project become a WIP, laceweight shawls and scarves. I have some sock WIPs too but there are different things that make those WIPs, usually more exciting sock projects.
Dahlia shawl designed by Lisa Naskrent. Crocheted on US G/4.0mm Kollage yarns square hook in Dream in Color baby colorway Bermuda Teal. I’m making great progress on this.
Citron shawl designed by Hilary Smith Callis. Knit on US 5/3.75mm signature needles in Sweet Georgia cashsilk lace colorway Coastal. yarn is 55% silk 45% cashmere and a dream to work with.
Vanilla socks, toe up with fleegle’s version of a short row heel. Knit on US 1.5/2.5mm addi lace turbos in Wisdom Yarns Marathon socks colorway North Pole.
Orange Pekoe socks by Cookie A, knit in the club colorway Oh my Darling, June 2011, on size 1 2.25mm signature dpns. I only use dpns when the stitches are divided into a multiple of 3.
Shawl I’m wearing was knit by Tara who is jazzrizz on ravelry. Pattern is Vlad and the yarn was from my stash, Dragonfly Djinni colorway Firecracker.
Spotlight on sock heels. Today my favorite alternative to a short row heel
five favorite things
1. Vesper sock club: got one in a destash and the other through preorder on the website. 4 and 5 stripes, yum!
2. Mommy made yarn
3. Gnome Acres minis
4. Nerd Wars projects
5. Lynn Zimmerman’s make a wish fundraiser
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!