Knitting Knerd

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Turning the Heel

Originally uploaded by missizii

This is where the fun starts! Now I have to plan out calf increases. I've already charted out the increases from one 4 strand cable to one 6 strand cable to two 4 strand cables. (See chart below.) The hearts in the chart are for increases. I'm not very particular about chart-craft, as long as I know what I mean.

I'm also getting low on my first ball of yarn. There are three balls of yarn for this project, and math tells us that there is a ball and a half for each sock. So once this ball is out, I'm going to have to ration the second ball to make sure that I don't use any more than half. I often wish I had one of those yardage measures, that you run the yarn through and it counts off the yards. Then you could neatly divide a skein into halves, or thirds, or whatever. But they cost fifty dollars. My love of perfect measurements wars against my thriftiness. Thriftiness wins the day, for now.

In the upper-right hand corner is a poor graphical representation of how the six-strand cable should cross. The lower-right hand corner is how I will manage the increases so that they are symmetric. The center back cable will split into two, then those two will split into two, etc. I measured Jim's calf at its widest, and I will need 10 repeats of the 12 stitch pattern at the widest section of his calf. At the ankle, I have six repeats. So I need to increase by 4 repeats, which is marked by the little '4' on the increases diagram. Also note that in the graph, all the cables and things are through the back-loops, in a continuation of the pattern.

Note: The full sock pattern appears in the Interweave Knits, Fall 2008 magazine.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fifth Wedding Anniversary

Originally uploaded by missizii
The traditional fifth wedding anniversary gift is something made of wood. This is an easy one - easier than, say, tin & aluminum (10th anniversary). There's lots of good ideas out there:

  • Coupons written on thin balsa wood
  • Anything made out of paper, such as books and tickets
  • Anything made out of rayon (manufactured from wood pulp)
  • Wooden art, such as carvings, crosses
  • New kitchen cabinets ;-)

For our fifth wedding anniversary, Jim is getting hand-knitted socks made from Crystal Palace's Panda Wool yarn. Panda Wool is a 51% bamboo, 39% wool, 10% rayon yarn. This colorway is called "Menswear." I started on them last Saturday. They're a little further on than in this picture that I took yesterday - there's now 5 little cable-y things instead of 2.

I have another colorway called "Nightshade" that I will start on when I am done with these socks. So Jim is getting two pairs of socks for his anniversary present.