so much yarn... so little time!


mental exercise

Ahh, the joys of stashbusting!

I had some lovely washable wool left over from a previous project that was calling out to be knit into some socks. So I gave in to the call.

This is the post washing picture. The socks are soft and squishy, and if they were an inch shorter in the foot, it would have been so much harder to send them to their intended recipient. :)

The neat thing about this pair of socks (generic formula) is the heel. It's an afterthought type of heel, but not from steeking through a tube. Instead, I marked where I wanted the heel to be and knit in a different piece of yarn. Then I continued down to the end and finished with the normal toe. Once that was done, I went back to the stitches and the extra piece of yarn, pulled that yarn out and did another toe for the heel.

It's different, but I like it. I'll have to try it again, most definitely. :)



To follow up on the last post here, I used the pattern Intuitive Shell Socks to make the socks for the Sock-CAL at the 'Ville. I used the yarn I got from The Loopy Ewe (wonderful, beautiful yarn!), and the hook suggested by the author of the pattern.

I modified the amount of sc's before beginning the motif stitch so I could start it earlier, and all was going well until I hit the heel. It's an afterthought-type heel where you put the heel in after completing the rest of the sock, and it gave me absolute fits. So after a couple hours of messing around, I found a solution that worked.

I made the heel using the same stitch pattern as the foot, but I decreased in the round to make the heel cup. It worked, but was really messy, so I plan on using it again to see if I can make it more logical, or... intuitive. :)

The Sock-CAL was a blast, and I enjoyed the conversation during the process. Once again, a big hurrah for the organizers at the 'Ville. You ladies are the best!