Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Knit-Along: Sock Wizard Socks from The Modern Ewe - Day 2

Don't provoke the lady with pointed needles...

Hey, I’m starting to get the hang of this! Now, I can’t even begin to attempt this continental style, even though the added speed might come in handy. It’s just too small a scale. If I stick to American style, though, it’s starting to feel calm. It takes a couple of sessions until you don’t have to think for a minute or two which needle you’re supposed to work with next. You do have a tendency to pick the thing up and say “Ack! What do I do now?” Eventually, I realized the yarn always came from the back needle, and the front needle always had a needle while the back needle held cable. I’m not sure that makes sense without a diagram, but I hope it will help you. Lots of people subscribe to the magic loop method, and this isn’t too far a jump from that. I’d never attempt these on any circ without a very, very smooth join, like an Addi Turbo, because there’s way too much sliding going on.

Despite Dana’s best efforts to wind the ball in my favor, these socks will not come out to match each other. At the moment, they sort of resemble each other, but I can already see we’re going to get to the grey and white sections far faster on one foot that the other. At first that bothered me, but I’ve decided I kind of like it. Matching, but not quite. Feels like how I’ve gone through life.

But yes, these are teeny tiny stitches. Twelve to an inch, it feels like, and I refuse to measure because it will only depress me. One bit of humor: when I’m knitting these in their current state, it’s rather fun to watch spectators try to decide whether or not to ask the burning “what they heck is that?” I see in their eyes. Headphones? Tiny hats? Some do, others just stare discreetly. Amusing people watching to be sure.

It’s not like they’ll do anything to provoke the lady with the thin, pointy needles...

3 comments:

Susanne said...

I usually tell them it is a bikini!

Susanne said...

I usually tell them it is a bikini!
Good luck!

Kimberly and Rufus said...

I kind of like how they will be matching, but not. Not as crazy as wearing mis-matched socks, but not exactly the same sock, either.