Have I really not had a new FO since December of 2014? Does that make me a born-again knitting virgin? I certainly haven’t knit much in the past year two years. I started a new job that was incredibly time-consuming. Good, but time-consuming.
To be accurate, I do have other projects on my needles. I had a pair of toe-ups confiscated by the Vietnam airport officials. Usually, they just take the needles. This time, they took the socks without even telling me.
I have a pair Mom’s Fixation Socks in Cascade Fixation Solids in color way 5189 on the needles that were going to be a gift, until I realized I’d knit the person a different pair with the same yarn, so those are on hold. I’ll be glad to make them for me instead, but they aren’t urgent.
I have no idea when I actually started the socks I just finished. None. They’ve been on my needles a long time. They were quite far along when I worked on them last summer on the flight to the US. Then barely touched them. At some point came off the needles and got all tangled up so I ignored them.
Today, while looking for a different WIP, I found them, realized they only needed the cuffs to be done, so I turned on Jane the Virgin, and finished them. They fit well. I especially like the gusset and heel flap. That is my favorite type of construction for cuff-down patterns. They fit well with my high arch. Unfortunately, I hadn’t found a formula I liked for toe-up socks.
That changed when I found this: Generic, Toe-Up, Slip-Stitch Sock Formula by Sarah Keller. It is easy to use and makes a great gusset and heel flap. I used it on this pair and it looks good and fits beautifully. They are a bit saggy in the photo because I haven’t washed them yet.
The yarn is a cotton, wool, nylon sock blend, Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka Cotton Color. I don’t enjoy knitting with cotton yarns as much as ones with a higher wool content. However, living in Singapore means a cotton blend is more comfortable. I would use this yarn again. It is a light fingering.
I also finished a dish cloth, but I left it in the US as it is a Christmas gift. I used this Keep it Straight-er (Yet) Dishcloth pattern by Deb Buckingham. The pattern does make a nicely squared dishcloth and it is knobby enough to work well for scrubbing dishes and counters. I have a bunch of skeins of Sugar’n Cream yarn so these will be what I knit at meetings at work.
I didn’t knit at work last year since I was paddling so hard to keep up. This year, I think I can knit during meetings and it will keep me focused rather than keep me from following the discussion. That is good progress in two areas.