- Rib and Cable Socks, Nancy Bush (IK Fall 2005)
- Yarn: Socks That Rock, Midsummer Night
- Needles: size 1
- Started: Socktober 2, 2006
- Completed: Socktober 29, 2006
I finished my Socktober socks! And love them, I do. The color is so off in these photos, I have no idea how to make it right. Then again, it could be perfect on your moniter, who knows? These are a lovely blue, with so much depth and they are so soft on my feet. I may never take them off.
It is no secret that I love my short row heels and toes, but something about knitting Nancy Bush patterns makes me break out of my comfort zone and try different things. A little research into Knitting Vintage Socks informed me that I knit a Welsh Heel and a Star Toe of Four Points. Am I feeling the love? Hmmmm..... maybe not so much. The heel is actually pretty cool. I love the way it looks and the fit isn't bad. The thing about flap heels is that they take so much longer than a short row heel. This one is interesting, keeping my interest, having a little bit of a short row action at the bottom of the heel, just to make me feel at home. I was dissappointed that the decreases at the center of the heel were not mirrored decreases. The pattern even says right in it, "decs will not be symmetrical mirror images on each side of the seam stitch." Why not? Was it just to stay historically correct? Is there some reason that makes the heel fit better or lie better that I don't see? Well, just so I could see how it would look, I knit the second heel with mirrored decreases and I like it just fine. Now I just need to forget about my socks being different. Yes, this could bother me, but I am trying to be all cool about it.
The toes! Aren't they lovely? Visually, I think they are very appealing, but wearability? Hmmmm..... It is a very pointy toe and I have a pretty rectangular foot. I am hoping that after some wear they will conform a bit more to my foot shape. I really don't like the tip of the toe. After knitting all of the decreases there are six stitches left, through which you draw a length of yarn and pull tightly. I can feel that spot on my middle toe (yep-just call me the princess with the pea). I haven't worn them long enough in shoes to know if this is going to be a continuing issue or if my delicate little toes will blister or anything, but time will tell. All in all? I love my short row heels and toes. It's just, knitting Nancy Bush patterns, I keep bowing to her expertise (you know, this time and the other Nancy socks I have knit). The research, she has done. It feels like I am continuing in some multi-cultural, generational tradition to knit the socks as she has presented them. I'll probably keep right on knitting her as written, maybe not every time, but often enough.
So, Karen was asking if the photo on my last post was the sweater of 1,000 swatches, i.e. Am Kamin. I replied to her that no, it unfortunately is not, but it is the sweater of 1,000 headaches. The latest is a zipper issue that may hold up the unveiling for three weeks! ACK! It is finished but for that cursed zipper and I am totally bummed by the whole thing. I may just tell the story of the sweater over the next couple of weeks, slowly, each headache drawn out. What the heck? I might not have anything else to blog about.