Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How Deep Is Your Love?

IMG_1944So, I've been thinking about knitting the Gentleman's Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush pretty much ever since I got the book. I'm not sure how I thought that neat stitch pattern worked, but it turns out that it's basically 2x2 ribbing. I know you feel my pain. I am persevering though, because I do like it. I'm really only using the stitch pattern from the book, since I've changed the gauge and decided to do them toe-up (for the first time! So fun!). I'm using Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern for the general sock part. Now that I have experienced the delirious joy of making a toe first, I don't know if I'll ever go back to cuff down. I'm also pretty excited by the idea of not wasting any yarn anymore. In fact, I decided to do these toe-up because I'm using a yarn I've never used before, and the skeins look kind of small. I'm using Spirit Trail Fiberworks superwash merino in gray. I love the color; it's slightly variegated, which adds depth and interest. It kind of feels like knitting with cotton, though. The fabric is nice, and I think it'll bloom nicely after a wash, but I really checked the tag about three times to make sure I did, indeed, buy the merino. Stay tuned to see how it looks after it gets wet. Since I took this photo this morning, I've done a few more repeats. I am now at a point where I would have started the heel for myself. But, since these are for my boyfriend, I have a ways to go. And that also explains the subject of this post. What we knitters won't do for love. I would actually love to know the most mind-numbingly boring challenging project you've made in the name of love.


amy said...

Mr. Swatch is one lucky guy! The gloves *and* the socks look totally awesome. And you've convinced me to try toe-up, next time.

I think you already know this, but my most "challenging" project for love? A 75" 1x1 rib black scarf for the hubby. Can we all say "ugh"? I knew we could. :)

Pioggia said...

Yes, toe-up is the way to go for me too. I confess I stay away from trouble when knitting for other people. I leave the challenging stuff for myself.

tammy said...

Loving the gloves. I've never got up the gumption to make gloves with actual fingers. Humans have way too many fingers for my liking!

The one thing I did for love? 8 feet of Harry Potter scarf. 4mm needles, in the round (didn't want to have a wrong side dontcha know!) mindless stockinette. And that was all for love of the books, not even for a human. I am such a geek!