Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The (Not So) Famous Socks

If any one still stops by after I was linked by Bonne Marie a few weeks ago, I started my vintage Socks That Rock Garnet Dreams socks around the time she started her Moss Agates from the trade. I'm using a stitch pattern culled from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. I love the patterns in that book, but they are for vintage feet. Vintage meaning tiny. The stitch pattern is from the Heelless Sleeping Socks, where you are instructed to cast on 46 stitches in sport weight wool. Not on my 20th century ankle, would that fit. What I like about this stitch pattern is the swirl effect it gives in the opposite direction of the swirl striping of the yarn. For the leg, I had 64 stitches on a size 2 needle. Now, on the foot, I'm down to a size one needle for a firmer fabric. The heels are reinforced with wooly nylon, and the toes will get the same. It takes me a really long time to knit on needles this small, so I imagine Bonne Marie will finish her socks long before I do.

I spent most of the day home in pajamas, working on edits for the book. My project has been passed along in the process, and the new (to me) editor is really smart. My stuff is getting a lot of much needed scrutiny. So, going back over things, I've had a lot of instances where I ask myself, "what the H was I thinking?" She had the brilliant idea of doing photos or illustrations of the making leg hole maneuvers that applies to most of the projects. So, I had to knit some examples for that. It rained most of today, so I had no decent outdoor light, and inside the apartment is mostly too dark. I have to go back to the day job tomorrow, but there's still quite a bit of work on the book still to be done.


Kniterella said...

I am itching to begin a new sock...darn my finishing obsession - my Briar Rose shawl is nearly ready for bind off! I'm receiving your rain!

Bonne Marie said...

That is a Fabulous pattern you've paired up with - love the way it's turning out!