Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dog Days of Summer

One round
The last stage of the Tour De Sock race is Entanglements.  I love the idea, randomly twist the stitches. But I don't like toe-ups.  I find that they don't fit well in the toe, heel or cuff. (I know a lot of knitters that swear by toe-ups, I respect their right to love them even if I don't) Even the Surprisingly Stretchy (really it should be sloppy) Judy's bind off for socks is not something that looks attractive to me. A cast on cuff fits so much better!  And Kitchner for the toe is so much easier than the fumbling cast on for toe ups!  That is my opinion. I am curious, do you knit socks cuff down or toe up? Why do you prefer that method?

Anyway, I cast on this morning and knit one round. I have still been knitting on my Surf Shawl. It is growing. But it is at the point that it does not look different from last week's photograph, so I just didn't take another pic of it this week.

I just finished "Bird in Hand" by Christina Baker Kline.  I enjoyed reading this book. I belong to an online book swap, Paperback swap.  I joined it years ago as I live in a small town and the library doesn't have a large selection of what I enjoy reading. I understand that they are limited in what they have money to purchase, so am not upset by that.  The Paperback swap used to be free, but they had to start charging a nominal fee to help cover the costs of the website. I am good with that. If you click on the link and join, I get a small referral fee which helps me support my reading habit.

This is my yarn along and KCCO post for the week.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Just Surfing Along

I am between stages on the Tour de Sock race. I have been knitting on my Surf shawl. For the fifth stage it is a colorwork using mosaic knitting techniques. I love the pattern, and wanted to learn mosaic knitting. But  soon after the cuff I realized that the lovely green variegated yarn had bits of brown in it and the brown contrast didn't contrast with the brown bits in the variegated yarn. It did not look good. I unknit back to the cuff. I think a solid black would work well. I do plan on knitting this design, but not now. I live 75 miles away from the nearest yarn shop and there wasn't time to order something online and still make the deadline. So I put it on hold and went back to Surf. Which is a fun summer knit!

This is my Yarn along and KCCO post for this week.