Monday, June 15, 2009

Fawkes Socks Redux


Here is the progress I have made on my Fawkes Socks on 2 circs. Picked up from the heel and finished the decreases for the gusset and now down to the toe. Jury is still out on knitting with two circs, but I am DOING IT.

There were fewer decreases than I am used to so I had to frog back two rows to get my 30 stitches on the one needle again. I had my knitting rhythm going and just zoned out. Thank the Gods for a life line. I didn't screw up the pattern across the instep when frogging as the life line was in place. You can just see the thread of dental floss that I used dangling with the needles. I move it every pattern repeat just to be on the safe side. One of the kewl things about interchangeable needles is that they have a key hole for tightening the threaded part and you can thread your lifeline through the hole and it pulls along through the stitches as you knit. The other advantage to 2 circs is that it is certainly easier to try on the sock for fit as you go.

In the background you can just see Erin's yardage counter (green wheel) and the new swift LOADED with the Sad Sack bamboo yarn. It's been through the ringer to put it mildy. First it arrived smashed flat in a torn and greasy Tyvek package from Singapore. Then it was washed to get the grease spots out. Then it was wound off the cone into skeins and caked and all manner of mayhem that can be committed on yarn. Read Erin's Journal of Impossible Things to learn more.

The ribbon yarn sweater is done but I haven't got a picture of it that I like yet. Will post later.

7 comments:

Kathy said...

Hi Leslie,
In case you haven't been told already--- your Fawkes sock is looking very foxy! (sorry, couldn't resist ;)

If you like the 2 circ method, what do you think of the magic loop? Have you tried? I like it alot--- you'll never catch me on double points!

And before you emailed me about the knit picks needles... I really did think that the 'lifeline' was a figure of speech--- so thank you!

I am envious of your new swift--- looks great!
Kath

Leslie said...

Thanks Kathy!

I have done Magic Loop as well, not so fond, but it's another way of knitting in the repertoire, which is a good thing!

I still think I am fondest of DPNs. Maybe I will be fonder of 2 circs when I have a proper pair of circs for it and am not fighting joins as it were.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

With a little practise, you will love the 2 circs. They mean TWO socks that are the SAME. (and why would I emphasize that????hmmmmmmm......) Plus, I have a pair when I'm done and my ADD of moving on to another lovely ball of yarn doesn't kick in.
The first pair is the hardest. After that, easy.
They look really nice! And I'd never heard of the dental floss idea.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

very very cool socks!

Margi said...

One of the kewl things about interchangeable needles is that they have a key hole for tightening the threaded part and you can thread your lifeline through the hole and it pulls along through the stitches as you knit.
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I love this Leslie! Never even thought about that before, too kewl. Your socks are looking awesome!

buckram and bembo said...

Oh, I will keep it like that. It would be perfect for keeping the moisturizer on the heels without covering the entire feet! I love it.

Lutrah's Ocean Alter said...

I Love the Falkes socks!
I don't have interchangable needles, as I mostly knit socks with 3.75 or smaller, but I do use a lifeline!
I don't know how I ever knit without it!