We won’t be discussing the second pink cable-rib sock today. SSS has set in bad. Since it is the last project with my old way of tensioning the yarn, and I think I have figured out a new way that will work for me, finishing this sock in the old way (a must really) is driving me nuts. I’ve given myself to the end of May to finish it–I’m half way through the heel flap. Yes, it’s that bad.
Anyhoo, moving on, there is a new sock in the works, featuring the new knitting! The pattern is the Oak Ribbed Sock from Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.
Left: Regia Cotton in Surf Colors (wool/cotton/polyamid), 63 st sock leg on 3 mm (US 2.5) needles. Right: Sockotta (wool/cotton/polyamide), 56 st sock leg on 2.75 mm (US 2) needles. Both socks: Oak Ribbed Pattern.
Add seven stitches, go up a needle size, and get a slightly smaller sock. My new way of tensioning is a little tighter, and the resulting fabric is much better. It pays to study the basic knitting technique pictures in how-to-knit books. Who would have thought!? Moving right along…
A scarf for M! Pinnacle Chevron pattern from Barbara Walker #1, p26.
I have nearly 4 skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca in dark green left from my Aran Pocket Shawl (which needs a FO post!), and I decided that an excellent way to practice knitting in the new way was a knit and purl patterned scarf for M. He is quite partial to dark green, and the Pinnacle Chevron is reversible, so perfect for a scarf. As Barbara Walker points out, this fabric can be left unblocked and the ribs will look like mock cables (photo above), or it can be blocked to open the ribs, emphasizing the chevrons:
These are the projects that are working. I need to take the start of my fuschia fulled tote to my LYS because I think I need larger needles and I want to discuss this with the owner. I also have some Jo Sharp yarn that I may start knitting into a log cabin pillow top to felt. My aunt made M and I a “half log cabin” quilt for a wedding gift 8 years ago, and the yarn I have would compliment it well, and as I have a lot of the lightest color, and several darker colors in smaller amounts, the half log cabin might be just the ticket. But you’ll have to come back to see…