These are my first ever toe-up socks. I started to knit a different pattern and after the first several rows, I realized that I didn’t like it so chucked that pattern and found this bamboo sock that was also a toe-up sock.
There are pros and cons to toe-up vs. top-down socks.
Toe-up Pros: No picking up stitches at the gusset.
Toe-up Cons: Starting the toe. Loosely binding off. Plus it is new to me.
Top-down Pros: Easy to cast on. Familiar to me
Top-down Cons: Picking up stitches for the gusset. Kitchener stitch for the toes.
I’m not sold on the toe-up construction but I’m willing to give it another try. The cast-on for the toe was a killer so if you have any suggestions or techniques to help, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
Since my sock needles were empty, I decided to knit a pair of shorties with some ribbing around the arch. I have a pair of commercial socks with ribbing around the foot. They really support the arch and make my feet feel good.
I’m making this up as I go so once finished, I’ll decide whether or not to knit the second one or rip out this one.I’m carrying the pink up the ribbing section so I can rejoin that color for the rest of the sock.
The last update for May (and I don’t remember if I did this in May or April) is a sewing project. Our front porch furniture needed new cushion covers. I made these covers in 2014 and the fabric faded and just would’t get clean. The print was large and busy.
I tried to order some new fabric in June of 2020 but with all the craziness happening in the world, my order was cancelled in August and wasn’t available anymore. Mr. Aitch suggested a solid red. I like the color but the fabric is slippery and was very difficult to sew. However, I think it will hold the color and clean up well. And the hummingbirds like the color, too.
Oh, one more thing… Brood X cicadas arrived about 10 days ago. We’ll be listening to their lovely (?) mating song for about another month. Then we won’t see nor hear them again for 17 years. This one is sitting on my giant-leaf hosta and is about 1.5 inches long with red eyes.
Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society season 4 got underway earlier this month. The first sock pattern, Curling Mist, was a joy to knit with an all-around texture.
(c) Helen Stewart
Knit Picks Hawthorne Multi yarn in the Cully colorway (color discontinued) is a soft green with hints of blue.I pretty much followed the pattern except for the heel flap. I have two favorite patterns that I like to use: the Slip-stitch heel flap and the Eye of Partridge heel flap. I decided on the slip-stitch one as it would flow better from the ribbed pattern into the heel flap.
Helen suggested in her pattern to reverse the cabling from leaning to the right to the left for the second sock so they would be mirror images. So I did that as well.
The socks fit my feet perfectly.
Isn’t it funny that you can look and look and look at something and not see a missed stitch until you have a picture of it?
And with that missed cable crossing (oops) I will keep these for myself.
Do you have works-in-progress or finished anything lately?
Even though my knitting mojo was a no-go for a few weeks, I did manage some relatively mindless knitting making more scrubbies.I love the top one but dealing with two balls of this scratchy yarn in one row was too much for my hands. All were made with Red Heart Sparkle Scrubby yarn.
So all the others were two or three color blocks. Much more interesting than a solid color. They do hold up well and the best part is they dry quickly.
Craftsy was hosting a week-long series of Valentine crafts and I decided to make a heart-shaped scrubbie. The pattern is free but you might have to sign up to get it.
My mods were to stop increasing after 36 stitches (34 rows), straight knitting for 10 rows then follow the instructions for the decreases. It is just too cute for dishes!
I also signed up for the fourth season on The Handmade Sock Society and already have the first sock started. More on that later this week.