Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just the toes—

Are left to go!

Yesterday's afternoon commute saw the last round of the foot—today we start (and likely finish) the toes. Tonight, at LICKnit, grafting and finishing (there are still over a dozen tails to be woven in!) and they will be socks!

The toes are going to be plain (not patterned)—linen stitch is lovely, but too tedious for the toe--besides, it won't be seen.

I don’t need to worry about reinforcing the toe (beyond the nylon in the yarn).
I have over 30 pairs of hand knit socks (I’ve knit more, but they’ve been gifted)

So, on average, I wear a pair once in a month. I don’t wear socks in the summer, so each sock gets worn about 9 to 10 times a year.

Some of my oldest hand knit socks are 5 to 7 years old (I had stopped knitting socks for a long time—and only started again when I learned the 2 on 2 circ method) –and while they are getting worn –they are no where near threadbare (or worse holey!) and back when I knit them, I wore them much more often--since I didn’t have a drawer full of socks to chose from.

So I don’t worry much about sock life…at the rate I knit (and the infrequency of wear) I could stop knitting socks today, and still have almost a life times worth. So extra re-enforcement of the toe is not an issue I worry about.

I knit (and measured, and knit an extra round to be sure!) and then did the color work checkerboard—and waited till I got home to check out the fit before starting the toes--and they fit perfectly!

Tomorrow, back to work on blacks and greys if the somber City Socks—they’ve quietly waiting but once I start, they will race like a New York minute.

I didn’t knit anything last night—not a stitch on 2 row scarf, not a stitch cast on for the Fair Isle tam. I did wind up some yarns (for a swap) and I made a pair of earrings.

I put a jumper ring on a bead (a fancy bead, but a bead all the same) and also linked the ring to earring hardware. Hardly any effort or creativity--But they are pretty earrings, and I am happy with them, and wearing them today!


teabird said...

Very pretty earrings - like amber!

Anonymous said...

I love the earrings - the color is just wonderful.