Tuesday, January 10, 2006

What Have I Done?

I must be crazy, because I just cast on for Cat Bordhi's Leaf and Tendril socks out of Socks Soar on Two Circulars. Why is this crazy, you ask? Because they are toe-up socks! If you have followed projects of mine in months past, you probably realize that it took me 11 months to finish my first pair of toe-up socks. So after all of my whining, my procrastinating, my frogging, and my pain, I'm trying it again. Things are different this time. No figure-eight cast on, no gusset increases, no awful heel flap with giant holes. Cat actually has gusset increases as part of her pattern, but I am not succumbing to the temptation of such a method. I have bigger and better plans for my socks that will be the envy of Leaf and Tendril socks everywhere...

I spent the commute this morning working out a provisional cast on using a circular needle as the "waste yarn." I am surprised at how easy this is. Having done it this way, I don't see why anyone would want to go back to using a waste yarn. It's incredibly easy and fast. I still remember the first time I tried a provisional cast on. It was accompanied by a crochet hook and lots of swearing. None of that here. Thanks to Knitting Help for making this possible.

So tonight is the first meeting of Stitches in Britches with Aidan and company. I have two other friends that are interested in being a part of the group, but neither of them are going to be there tonight. I know that Franklin has a previous commitment, so I might be the only "company." You never know, though. Perhaps someone saw one of those flyers I posted in Oak Park... like the male knitter who works at Tangled Web, our local yarn store. His specialty is monsters.

7 comments:

Sockbug said...

That provisional cast on with a cable needle is pretty cool! Thanks for pointing it out!

Celtic Knitter said...

Oh, you know Franklin. I read his post all the time. I didn't put it all together. I thought it was just coincidental that he also mentioned a Stitch and Britches meeting.
That's so cool.

Aprilynne said...

I've been scared of the provisional cast on for stinkin' ever - now maybe I have the guts to try? eeeeeee

Thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to Socknitters.com? I simply love their "conversations about socks" posts. That is pretty much all they talk about. Diversions are in context to knitting, wearing, and encouraging new sock artists to get socking!!

New folks find the help they need and old sokies encourage each other to new and creative sock knitting ideas.

the fiddlin' fool said...

Yes, socknitters.com is where I learned most of my basic sock techniques. The cyberclasses are wonderful, and I am an active member of the discussion group.

Kenny said...

How cool, an all men's knitting club!

Operakatz said...

Thank you for mentioning the cable provisional cast-on...Cat's instructions (or lack thereof) for the cast-on had me completely stumped...the cable method is so much better, faster, and gives exactly the right result...

But man, these socks are killin me...but they're sure cool...gah LOL

Nancy