Happy new year everyone!
I was finally able to finish my version of Annie Knits Red Hot Socks. They took quite a while to complete because I only worked on them sporadically between other projects. These were made with the Knit Picks sock blank I dyed this summer. I’m not really loving the colorway I produced, but it was my first go at dying yarn. The colors show up kind of bluish on the screen because I had my camera set to the wrong lighting. Maybe one of my resolutions should be “Learn how to properly use digital camera in 2009”.
So I knit these socks toe up, and then tried various bind offs until I found one I liked. I tried the regular old bind off which I thought looked kind of clunky. Then I tried tubular bind off (really great instructions here) but it was so tight I couldn’t slip the sock over my heel. Then I tried Russian bind off, but wasn’t pleased with the little holes I was getting. Perhaps I was doing it wrong? Then I did the usually beautiful Icelandic bind off as shown in the Zimmermann/Swansen Knitting Glossary DVD (which if you don’t own, treat yourself to a belated holiday gift). I didn’t like the looks of this one either on my cuff. By this time I was getting pretty fed up because I really wanted to be done with these socks. I finally just cut the yarn and did a sewn bind off which was laborious, but it produced a neat edge which retained some stretchiness. Upon further consideration, I probably should have knit the socks at least 1″ longer. But they’re warm and comfortable and will get worn a lot around the house.
What to work on next? Well, I found that a little critter had snacked on one of my $14 KPPPM sock yarn skeins I bought while on my vacation in New Hampshire, !@#$%^&. But I was able to cast on (using the other uneaten skein) to start the Embossed Leaves socks by Mona Schmidt from the Favorite Socks book. Here’s sock #1 in progress.
I just love how the colorway is turning out. And this yarn is super soft and shiny. Not sure what I’m going to do about the second sock, though. I think I can use about 2/3 of the skein, although I hate darning in all those ends.
Here’s a tip for you: never let your guard down. Despite what we tell ourselves, our stash is never safe, even if the yarn is stored in ziplock bags. Do a periodic check of your stash to catch these little buggers before they create an even nastier problem. 😦