Friday, November 09, 2007

i am gasping for air here people! another 5000 words of the pensky file has been wrenched from me like blood out of a stone and i can not write another one today - i am sooo close to finishing the chapter im on but my brain has gone dead and whatever i do write will be crap so best to put it aside for now. it is 430 friday afternoon and all.

and my camera batteries have died so i cant show you sock progress, but i have two lots of the pattern repeat on the waving lace and it looks great and i have also cast on the second of trents bendi/patonyle contrast socks for that 'plain knitting in the car' thing.

so instead of pictures, and because i must talk about knitting or i will die, i am going to do amy's sock meme. voila:

1. What’s your favorite sock yarn? (please note that the word “yarn” is singular. Just pick one. I know it’s hard.)

as i have not yet had the pleasure of the koigu, i will say my happy spider berry stripey self striping. helped by the fact that it has been made to order, just for me, there is none other like it!

2. What’s your favorite type and brand of sock needle?

knitpicks DPNs thanks very much

3. Do you knit your socks toe up, cuff down or sideways?

do NOT talk to me about toe ups!

4. Do you knit both socks at once or just one at a time?

good lord, one at a time, and even thats hard enough

5. What’s your favorite toe and why?

standard side decreases. easy to remember, looks good, esp if i remember to keep it square rather than pointy, and facilitated by the cheat of the inside-out three needle cast off :)

6. Favorite heel?

heel flap. i love the whole short row and turn and suddenly we're off in a different direction and the whole gusset shaping thing just gives really nice fit i think

7. Do you prefer plain or patterned socks?

i love self patterning yarn but i am just now getting into lace/patterns and im liking it long time

8. Who do you knit the most socks for?

me me me

9. Do you darn your socks? If not, what do you do with them?

hold them over a garbage bin, drop them and say 'darn it' :) (thanks YH)

10. Do you only wear handknit socks?

um no. i do have other things to do in life. plus there are the millions of chinese children working in sweat conditions to think of.

Bonus Question: What pattern, if any, is your basic “I-just-need-a-pair-of-socks” sock pattern based on? Do you keep it written down or memorized?

pennys basic sock recipe combined with the yarn harlot's cheat sheet, esp where i have to change measurements etc.

sigh. thats better.
have a good one


Bells said...

Feel better now?

kms said...

much. i will go look at other peoples pictures of yummy yarn cake now, that should help too :)

Georgie said...

Inside out 3-needle cast-off? Hmmm, do tell.....

kms said...

well i am too impatient for grafting, so i feed the sock up through the middle of the remaining needles, arrange the stitched evenly on two needles and then cast off over the two needles using a third, so knit a stitch from each needle together, slip it to another needle, repeat, then pass the first stitch over, repeat to end! it means you get a rounded toe and the cast off on the inside of the foot which might annoy some people maybe... its lazy but looks ok!