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.