My Socktober left a little to be desired in terms of new sock creations:
Just one sock for me. I either have to knit the second or hop. I loved knitting this sock, it’s just that October was very busy and hectic with things like a scientific career, which is pretty nifty too but recently very time consuming. But back to the sock. As I said before, the leg and instep pattern is the Gingerbread all-over cable pattern from VK Stitchionary 2. It was very easy to knit as the garter ridge in the second rib of the pattern made it especially easy to count rows.
I used the Dutch heel from the Madder ribbed sock of Vintage Socks, that fits my foot very well (which I was not able to photograph tonight at all well). I planned on using a grafted toe, but my bulbous big toe misled me, and the sock was going to be a little short. I continued decreasing every other round for longer than I normally would have and then decreased every round to only four stitches. That fits perfectly (again can’t photograph the sock on my foot in the stygian darkness that fills our living room–but boy did I try). I’ve cast on for the second sock but have other secret sockish things going also.
2×2 rib leg in Online Highland Colors #?? (sorry!). I bought both yarns from the Simply Sock Yarn Company (including the grey marled Jawoll of the cabled sock). The top sock has a giftee in mind who loves autumnal colors. The bottom sock could still go a couple of different ways, including my own feet. We’ll see.
I did find time to sew the shoulder seams of the La Gran cardi and then knit the neckband. It is only the third neckband I’ve ever knit, but it is the best, so at least I continue to improve!
I studied picking up stitches along a neckedge in my copy of Vogue Knitting, marked every two inches around with a pin, did the math to determine stitches to pick up per 2 inches and went at it. Now I just need to do the rest of the seaming and sew on the buttons. I’ve been a little too frazzled the last couple of days, but I think by tomorrow I shall be ready to seam. The tenth is my birthday, and M is taking me to my favorite restaurant for dinner and I plan to wear my sweater. I just hope I don’t spill on it! Did I ever mention that I’m a little clumsy? Spray ‘n’ Wash is my friend.
Now I need to decompress a little, knit a lot, maybe drink a whiskey and soda.