into the woods, and back out again


a sock

I have a sock and a sweater in the bag I carry around.  The sweater is a black cotton-linen blend, knit from the top down.  I’ve separated off the sleeves and am working my way down the body.  I’m not posting a picture of it, because black yarn is hard to photograph properly, but it’s going to be a nice light-weight sweater for when I’m chilly but need something that isn’t bulky.

The sock is the second in the pair.  I think this is the third time I’ve knit up this particular yarn, but I’ve finally found a stitch count and gauge that causes it to stripe up in a way that I really like.  The yarn is called “Bart and Louise in the Garden”.  I wonder if it’s hard to name yarn colors.

I’m doing a really nifty heel for these socks.  I like the way a heel flap looks, but I hate what the gusset decreases do to a variegated yarn.  The stripes get all off track and the instep looks different from the whole rest of the sock and sometimes the foot doesn’t get back on track to match the leg.  I don’t always love short-row heels, though, because they aren’t as roomy as heel flaps and the instep ends up a bit snug.  The perfect compromise is a band heel–I think it’s also called a strap heel.  It looks like a heel flap and is as roomy, but doesn’t require a gusset to decrease back down to the correct number of stitches, which means the striping pattern of my variegated yarn isn’t significantly disrupted.  The only thing I don’t love is how the sock looks when it’s not on the foot, but mostly you’re looking at a sock when it’s being worn.

Of course, it’s been a while since I did the last one, so I have to figure it all out again when I finish with the leg of this second one.

The difficulty right now is that my job is wearing me out.  I take my knitting to work, and it sits in my bag… I’m too tired at lunch to do anything more than stare at the wall.  I bring my knitting home, and it sits in my bag… if I can even muster the energy to watch t.v., I’m doing pretty good.  Helping to open this new store is challenging in ways I didn’t expect.

So, there’s still this trick of having a life outside of work that I’m trying to figure out.