I finished my pair of the socks that Zonda and I are working on for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. Which means I've finally knit up one of the skeins of Wollmeise yarn that I've been hording in my stash. The Wollmeise knit up very nice and I'm looking forward to using more. I had almost enough yarn left over for another complete pair of socks. I could certainly knit a pair of footies with what was left over - or even a pair on knee-highs with the whole skein. But I don't really wear long socks.
This pair of socks is really pretty basic, but I did use a short row toe for the first time. I really like the process. It seemed to make the whole toe knit up a lot faster. Maybe it was because I didn't have to fiddle around with casting onto more than one needle.
The only problem I had with the short row toe was the provisional cast-on. Well, it wasn't really a problem with the cast on because I didn't use a provisional cast-on because I don't know how.
Instead of trying to learn one, I just did a simple cast on and knit several rows with a different yarn in the same weight. I figured it really wouldn't be too difficult to get the other yarn out when it was time to unzip the provisional cast-on .
It turned out to be just a little more of a hassle than I thought. I cut the first couple rows of the waste yarn. Then I tried to unravel the remaining rows.
It took a little more time to get those rows out - but once I did get the frogging started I was able to get the stitches on the second needle and begin knitting the foot of my sock. I really liked being able to cast on enough stitches for half the sock onto one needle. It saved all the fiddling I normally have to do to keep the stitches on the needles in the beginning.
Using short rows for the toes created a very nice seamless edge. I liked that too. I plan on using the short row toe more often. I just have to learn a true provisional cast-on.
Yarn: Wollmeise Rhabarber
color: Rhabarber - skein 160 - 86 grams used
Needles: addi TURBO Lace - US# 1 (2.5 mm)
Stitch Pattern: garter rib
Notes: toe-up using a short row toe and short row heel; knit using two circular needles toe-up on two circular needles, 64 stitches per round; 74 grams yarn leftover