The felinity fair-isle socks (I need a much better name than that!) are moving along pretty nicely. Sock one is in the bag*, and sock two’s past the heel. I’ve worked out how to move the jog to the other side for the leg, and am just thinking about how to handle it in the foot.
*Well, not really in the bag. I actually do need to reknit the toe (sigh) from the point where the final pattern repeat takes place. See that little dimple in the colourwork section just before the solid black toe? That’s because I’d normally decrease down to fewer stitches around the foot than there are around the leg, but on this pattern you have to keep the numbers the same for the colourwork patterns to work. So I did the actual toe in a smaller needle size, which helped with the fit, but what I really need to do is start the smaller needle size further back. So I didn’t, in fact, manage to knit the toe correctly first time. NEVER MIND. I am still pretty jazzed about this whole pattern, so I’m not too bothered about it. And yes, tips like this will be in the pattern notes!
In other sock pattern news, remember my last pair of helical socks? They have been going through an incredibly helpful testing process with some seriously ace test knitters, and the plan is to have the pattern live later this month. So watch this space.
Want to see what my sock knitting buddies are up to this month? Well, thanks to the veritable EXPLOSION of new sock knitters joining up with us recently, we have changed things a little bit to make sure everyone is visible and nobody accidentally gets missed out. The new system is that our longest Once Upon a Sock member Paula at Spin a Yarn is now hosting a OUAS link-up every month – check out the link party throughout the day today to see who else has been doing some sterling sock knitting work recently.
I might highlight some of my favourites here later on, too! And the good news is that if you want to join in you absolutely can through linking up via Paula’s post – no need to check in with any of us (though if you’re new it would be lovely if you left some comments to say hello). While a tiny bit of me feels wistful for the months when it was the regular faces of me, Paula, Katherine and Stefanie each month, a much much bigger part is so happy that lots of people have joined us. (I am trying very hard not to end this by exhorting you all to ‘sock on’. You’re welcome.)
I took a look at my Ravelry projects page yesterday and realised that I am seriously struggling to finish a lot of WIPs at the moment. The trouble is I can’t stop thinking of new things to cast-on! I very nearly stopped working on these fair-isle socks last night to cast-on for some mitts to match my cabled-edged cowl (I went to sleep dreaming about them last night), but then had a stern word with myself and put the dream-mitts on hold for now. Anyone else suffering from startitis? What patterns (real or imagined) are keeping you awake at night right now?