My third pair of socks this year will be a new technique for me. Last night at an impromptu knitting circle, one of the women taught me how to knit with two circular needles.
The plan is to start the toe with two circs, increase to sixty stitches total, then switch to my nine inch circs for the rest of the sock. I’m not sure which heel I will use. I’m thinking I may go with a gusset and German short row heel.
The yarns I intend to use are Knit Picks Stroll, Manos Del Uruguy Alegria ( just luscious) and Holda fiber by a local dyer.
The Knit Picks stroll is 75%superwash merino and 25% nylon. The Manos Alegria is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide. I no longer have the label for the Holda yarn. I believe it is also 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon
I am loving the clear Converse All Star. I can show off all my hard work without having to take off my shoe. Not that I really mind that. I do it in a heartbeat.
I picked them up at http://www.journeys.com for $49.99. They run 1/2 size large and so far are really comfortable. AlthoughI don’t see myself playing tennis or anything in them, these lo top clear chucks are exactly what I was looking for.
A couple of Sunday’s ago, my husband says “Let’s go buy some yarn” Really? Now, I do not need any more yarn. I know, I know. Who says that? I have quite a respectable stash. All weights and colors. I could start a pair of socks, a shawl, scarf, a dish/facecloth whenever the spirit moves me. Not to mention the five WIPS I have on needles. So what do I say? Sure, let’s go.
We went to The Knitting Cove in Port Jefferson N.Y. Come see Toni, she is friendly and welcoming. She has a nice assortment of yarn. I picked up some Cascade Heritage prints sock yarn and a cotton yarn that is new to me for face cloths. The shop is located at 218 E Main st. Go visit if you’re in the area. She has knitting and crochet lessons for all levels. There is also, a knit night and a knitting help on Sundays. Visit http://www.theknittingcove.com for days, times and prices.
This cascade heritage prints yarn is so cool. The self pattern gives a wonderful effect. I love the blues and greens in this color way. It’s a merino nylon blend that feels great and is perfect for my vanilla sock pattern. Toe up, simple M1 toe increases, short row heel, stockinette leg and k2p2 cuff.
I chose this pattern because I was traveling and this is the only one I know by heart. I did not want to be bogged down with a pattern. I like it. I started it in New York, continued in Baltimore and hope to finish it in Kansas.