I’ve been mentally knitting those socks I showed you last time. Thank you for all the good advice. The yarn is similar to Fortissima Socka. The pattern calls for sz. 0 needles and that’s the fabric I like best, so I’ve been thinking about sidestepping the whole needle change by adding a back panel instead.
The socks will be almost stocking height on me, so I’ve been thinking I’ll eliminate 2 pattern repeats but add a 12 stitch calf shaping panel. I’m hoping it will give me enough for large calves and come down enough for slender feet.
My plan is to use the sz. 0 needles, start the ribbing on 72 sts (6 st repeat), then after the ribbing mark a 12 st panel for the calf and knit the other 60 sts in pattern (10 st repeat). After some swatching and measuring I think that 60 sts will be about right for my ankle and foot.
The pattern, as written, uses 3 50gm skeins but I think with all the resizing I can knit them with two… Let us hope so.
And speaking of socks, Nikolai really wanted to dye yarn yesterday so we skeined up this sock yarn and turned it into this:
Nikolai chose the colors, and I figured out how to make self striping yarn in the Crock-pot. I can put up a tutorial if anyone is interested.
One more thing: I’d like all of you to meet the wonderful lady who is my Aunt Dot. She got me started doing ballet, something I still love. We got to take a class together last weekend, a wonderful something we haven’t done for many many years.
She taught me to knit when I was 9 (of course I didn’t start knitting until I was 24 but that’s not the point). She gave me all that wool, and we dyed some of it together while she was visiting. It turned out lovely and she’s thinking of trying her first pair of socks.
And she loves my children and my children love her. What a Great Aunt!