Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I Was Wrong

Last summer I bought the Crazy Toes and Heels book by Mary Ann Beattie and started some toe-up socks on two circs using this method. I hated it. I had trouble making the increases without splitting the yarn, got frustrated, and frogged. At that time I decided the book was a waste of money. I put it back on the bookshelf and it lingered there. I was wrong to dismiss it. I recently bought some more of the Colinette Cadenza yarn that I made my scarf with and wanted to make socks with it. I wasn't sure how far the yarn would go as it is heavier than sock weight yarn so I decided to make them toe-up. I was pretty sure that I would be able to wear the knitted soles of this soft, thick wool so I didn't have to worry about purling the sole. I pulled the book off the shelf and tried again. This is a beautiful sock that fits me extremely well. Although I had to really concentrate on the instructions for the first sock it wasn't that difficult. I'm not sure if I am a better, more confident sock knitter than I was last summer or if the new pointy Knit Picks circs made the increases easier (probably a combination of both) but I definitely will use Mary Ann's method again and I am sorry for giving up on it sooner. By the way, I had plenty of wool to complete a generous sock using the Cadenza for my narrow, medium-length feet.

10 comments:

Shelly said...

Gorgeous sock! Keep up the good work! Which toe/heel did you use?
I've just started my first pair with Regia sock yarn which (I'm not crazy about) on size 2.5mm Addi needles and wishing they had the sharp points of the KP's. I did a pair with worsted and they were pretty easy. I hope mine look as great as yours when they're done.

Susan said...

Thanks, Shelly. I used the Traditional Toe and Heel Flap.

Carrie Penny said...

Pretty! I still have a lot of issues with gussets, how was this pattern for the gusset?

Susan said...

Thanks, carrie penny. I actually found these gussets very easy. You just make increases at each side alternately with non-increase rows. You don't pick up gusset stitches as you do with a top-down heel flap; you join the sides to the heel flap when you get there.

Scarlett said...

Amazing how one grows from year to year. Congrats on some wonderful looking socks.

Vicki said...

I'm glad you didn't give up on the Queen Kahuna book. I was never able to get socks to fit my size 6, high arched foot, until I bought this book. It does take a little wading through but it is well worth it!

Carrie W said...

well i really liked your blog, I am not so computer saavy and I take crappy pics so I may still wait a bit for mine.
Loved the kids and the differences in the way they *got* things.
Carrie W
wingshadow
knitsoxrox

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work.I just ordered the Crazy toes and Heels book and I am wondering if I will be able to make heads or tails with it. LOL But maybe reading your post about it will encourage to keep trying if I have trouble.

tapmouse said...

Is this the Charcoal Brights colorway? I made A sock out of this, too! I'm suffering Second Sock Syndrome on the pair, though...

Leslie

Susan said...

Yes, this is the Bright Charcoal colorway. The Cadenza is very soft and comfy underfoot.