Okay, so I'm finally getting a new blog post up with some photos. For the longest time, my father has said he'd like me to knit him a pair of ribbed socks. Now that's easy, except he kept making one addition special request. The ribbed cuff must go all the way to below his knees. Hmm...that's a bit tough. However, I'm always up for a challenge. Oh, since I always knit custom-to-fit socks for the most part, this shouldn't be too difficult, right? Here's a photo of what I've knit so far. This is sock #1 of the pair:
Knitting a rib pattern in Knit 2, Purl 2 is really, really easy. Indeed, all of knitting is based on those two simple stitches. However, I'm finding that I'm going to have to do an increase and decrease in the cuff to fit my dad's legs, so that the cuff won't sag down. So this first sock that I"m knitting is a real experiment. I won't include the instructions yet, since this is a literal knitting experiment. Perhaps, when I knit the second sock, I'll include the details.
I had a really hard time finding a really good explanation of how to increase and decrease stitches in the Knit 2, Purl 2 ribbed knit pattern. I did find one thing that might work. However, if you have a good explanation or know of a good site, I'd be really grateful. This is the yarn that I am using to make my dad's socks. These were purchased quite a few months ago, so the actual cost of the yarn escapes me right now. It's "relatively" inexpensive for this type of sock yarn.
I like this kind of sock yarn because it has a small percentage of acrylic in it. That eliminates the need for me to use reinforcing thread in the toe and the heel of the socks. However, you can add some regular cotton sewing thread if you'd like. It's inexpensive. It works and almost everyone has some in their home. Here's an extra gratuitious pic of my lovely sock yarn on my cute, vintage shop scale that I inherited from my aunt. Previously the scale belonged to my grandmother, and her father before her:
That's my project so far. I just received another "Road to Avonlea" DVD in the mail from Netflix. This is my favorite tv series in the entire world. It's a fabulous show that was produced in Canada, our lovely neighbor to the north :) So I'm going to go watch some episodes and work some more on my socks. Stay tuned next Wednesday to see how my socks have progressed. Until then, here's a lovely picture of some Spanish moss that I took while out on my walk this morning.
That's the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs, Heather