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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Two Gray Socks

I've been working on the second Welsh Country Stocking. Progress is slow. The yarn, Schoeller-Esslinger Hit, which is sport weight, knits up very firm in this stocking. The firmness is good, but it's hard on the hands and wrists. So, despite the fact that I really want to get these finished, I'm being forced to take my time and not do any more than a dozen rounds a day.

The new pair of socks is Ann Budd's On-Your-Toes Socks from IK Summer 2007. I am making these with the gray/black Regia Spirit Color that Maria gave me for Christmas. These are my first toe up socks and I found the Eastern cast-on to be a real nightmare. I kept trying and trying, but each time ended up totally knotted up and twisted every which way. I searched Google and anything else I could think of for tutorials. The same results, knotted up and twisted and ripped out. I was at rope's end. And then, staring at it again for the umpteenth time, the stitches suddenly made perfect sense. Once more I ripped out and started over, and this time it worked beautifully. And I'm in love with toe up socks.

I've found a new use for Ravelry. Now when I am surfing yarns and patterns, I hit the queue button when I see something I like. Then when I want to find it again later, I will only have to scroll through the queue until I see it. No more racking my brains trying to remember a few months later where I saw something! So my queue will probably be larger than I will ever manage in this lifetime, but at least I'll know where to find everything!

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Anonymous janine said...

Yup that is exactly how I use my queue too :-)
Love those stockings - I have plans for a pair in black with red tops - reminds me must put them in my ravelry queue :)

7:18 AM  
Blogger Roxie said...

both stockings are wonderful. Those Welsh ones will wear like iron! And now you have me intrigued by the toe-up socks, but totally terrified by Ravelry! "The web site that devoured my life . . "

7:25 AM  
Anonymous sharon said...

Queue? What queue? Hey, I learn something new everyday. Thanks for the great tip!

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

These are going to be some beautiful socks - and thanks a lot for the hint about the Ravelry queue, will have to check that out immediately!

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Beautiful socks! It too use that queue feature on Ravelry alot. There are so many great patterns out there.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Wow, they will knit up warm. What a tiny guage.
Im going with a sportweight for my next pair of socks. You are so patient!

7:55 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Love the welsh country stocking!

And I am glad that you are queuing things...you are giving me ideas! When I go to my friends activity button, I am seeing all the nice things that you queue! So keep up the good work! ;-)

10:58 AM  

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