All Sorts of Time

One of the nice things about playing EVE the last few weeks is that mining gives me lots of time to get other things done.  I’m just sitting there in space with my lasers blasting away; as long as I keep an eye out for the annoying wandering “monsters”¹, I can do whatever else I like.  Thus, a lot of knitting has been accomplished.  I’ve finished a pair of Edwardian Boating Socks, and I’m up to the heel on the first of a pair of Hwaet!  There may be a second pair of Hwaet! in my future, because I have more than one person in my life who appreciates geeky socks…

Boreas is currently my lunchtime project; embroidery being harder to put down than knitting, I don’t know how well it’d go with the mining.

1: They’re irritating, but it’s not clear to me that the ones that don’t use missiles could actually kill me; my shield seems to regenerate faster than they can wear it down. The shoe cables a repent reward near the visible.

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Broken

One of my 2mm Harmonies broke the other night; I’ve glued it back together, but there are rough spots that won’t slide through the stitches.  I’m thinking I may put tape over the join just till I’m done with this sock, and then I can order another set before I start a new pair of socks.  I do have other projects I can work on in the meantime…

Serendipity

The other day it was borne in upon me that the pile of books next to my bed had gotten too big when Sebastian accidentally caused an avalanche by putting one paw on top of the pile.  So I decided it was time to find a better home for the books, if only so that Liam could get to his closet without having to shuffle sideways.  So I moved the books.

In the course of moving the books, I had to move some things that were in the spot where I wanted to put them, and thus I had to find a new home for the things as well.  And some of them were sewing-related, so they went in with the sewing stuff, which involved moving a bag with some sock yarn in it…and there, in the bag, was the second skein of sock yarn that I’d been tearing apart the living room in search of for the last week and a half.

Thus, the cathedral windows quilting experiment is being sidelined while I finish a pair of socks.  It wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the book avalanche.

Sock One Done

I am done with the first stocking and most of the way done with the other, and I’m going to have enough yarn.  I can tell, though, that I’m going to need some elastic to go through the tops or these things just aren’t going to stay up; the ribbing isn’t strong enough for it, which anyone who works at Colonial Williamsburg could have told the designer.  Ribbing is nice, but this kind of thing needs garters, elastic, and/or suspension from a higher point.

Stockings

I turned the heel and did a few rounds of gusset, then tried it on; it was clear that it was too small (well, too short) and the problem was only going to get worse as I made more foot.  So it’s back to the big needles I go, and just pray to have enough yarn.  If worse comes to worst, I suppose I could do the sole in some sock yarn remnants–those that haven’t fallen to baby booties, that is…

Gauge

Note to self: stitch gauge and row gauge are not the same thing. Getting one does not guarantee getting the other.

I swatched for the stockings. I was a good 8 stitches off gauge, so I bought needles 1.25 mm smaller. I swatched again (OK, I started knitting the stockinette rolled top, on the theory that if I was getting gauge I could just keep going), and there I was, bang on 7 stitches to the inch, 28 over 4 inches. Problem is, I’m not getting 32 rows to 4 inches, more like 40.

I’m now most of the way to the ankle on stocking one.  I’m going to finish it and try it on.  If it fits, I’ll do the other one on the small needles.  If it doesn’t, I’m going to go back to the larger needles and pray–basically, hoping that the extra width will turn into extra length when worn.

On the upside, the fabric produced by the merino/linen blend is almost worth the wait it took to get it.

Inverted Heel Flap

Over at String or Nothing, Kim’s talking about making a heel-flap heel (as opposed to i.e. a short-row heel) on toe-up socks.  She’s having issues with it, and has posted at length.  This makes me wonder whether it can possibly be as simple as I’m imagining it.

Make your toe as usual, knit to about where the arch of the instep starts rising, increase two every other round on either “edge” of the foot till you’ve done 1/4 your base number of stitches (64 for me, usually, so 16) on each side.  Start knitting back and forth, centered over the back heel on 1/4+2 of your base, increasing one stitch at each end of each row and catching one of your live stitches likewise, till you have 1/2 your base number on the heel needles.  Then knit back and forth, still catching a live stitch on each row, till the instep needle has 1/2 your base number on it and switch back to working in the round.

It’s pretty much an exact reversal of the Dutch heel that many people learn for top-down socks.  Am I oversimplifying?