I’m back! I was sort of surprised when I started to blog today and realized it’s been about two weeks since we last spoke. I didn’t mean to take a break, and it certainly isn’t for a lack of knitting. In fact, I’m more inspired and excited about knitting right now than I have been in a long time… perhaps ever?
One reason I’m such a happy knitter at the moment is because… I finished my first pair of socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel method. I’m pretty sure I am a permanent convert to the method now. Let’s talk details:
Pattern: None (but using Fish Lips heel)
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Pickle Family Circus – I bought my skein here
Needle: Addi Sock Rockets, 1 (2.25mm), magic loop
I’ve found that 60 stitches is the perfect number for my feet using the size 1 needle. I did these toe up, using the awesome template method recommended by the Fish Lips pattern. I’m telling you, this will change your sock knitting forever!! You basically make a cardboard cutout of the foot of the person you are knitting for. You take a couple other measurements, and you are done. No more asking your loved ones to keep trying on socks to check fit. You knit using the template as your guide. I have done heels for this pair as well as one for my husband, and the fit is SPOT ON.
So the heel… I love it! The special stitches she teaches you are easy and fun. This heel rocks because: no gaps, no counting rows, you can adapt it for any number of stitches easily, you can do it toe-up or cuff down, two at a time or one at a time, doesn’t mess up striping patterns in self striping yarn… I could go on. Bottom line, I will be surely plugging this heel into most sock patterns I make in the future. I urge you to give it a try.
A couple of other exciting things happened this week….
I started a new sweater. This is going to be a Reverb. I’ve wanted to make this pattern for so long, with this yarn – it’s Patons Classic Wool Worsted. I’ve never used this yarn before, but it is crisp and heathered so I think it will work well as a substitute. It’s heavily cabled (but not difficult) and it’s fulfilling my extreme obsession with cables at the moment. Having so much fun with this sweater already.
Lastly, this arrived at my door this week:
This arrived as a surprise for a test knit. All I knew was a package of yarn was to come to my door sometime this week… little did I know it would be PLUCKY in about the most gorgeous colors you can imagine. This is her Primo sport weight, in an MCN base. I never have bought from The Plucky Knitter before – mostly because I am terrible at shopping for yarns where you have to stalk the updates because they sell out so quickly. So I am feeling like quite the lucky girl this week.
How are things in your neck of the woods?