I’m very excited… I’m knitting my first pair of toe-up socks!
The yarn is fingering weight, 100% wool that I dyed with Kool-Aid:
I wanted orange and blue stripes, and I think I did it! The stripes are a bit larger than I expected… but I’m still pretty pleased!
Want to learn to dye with Kool-Aid? Fear not! Starting Monday, I’m having Kool-Aid Dye Week right here on my blog- and every day I’ll show you an awesome new technique!
When sitting still, I like to knit socks Two at a Time on 2 Circular Needles. But, when I’m carrying the project along with me, it’s a bit cumbersome.
So, my preferred (portable) needle is the 9-Inch Circular Needle.
The only downside is that you still need to use double-point needles to start the toe… but then it’s smooth-sailing!
I used Judy’s Magic Cast On to start the toe… I was nervous, but it was easy!
These socks started because I was fantasizing about using Cat Bordhi’s Moccasin Toe from Sock Knitting Master Class. Isn’t is beautiful?
It’s a toe with a horizontal band across the toes… I love the look!
Oh, the heel! I knit the heel three times, and the technique I liked the best was the no wrap short-row heel that I found on Ravelry. Easy, and left a neat line along the diagonal.
The Leg, Cuff and Bind-Off
Oh, I just winged it… stockinette with a little rib at the top.
To bind off, I used the k2tog stretchy bind off… was stretchy enough to work!
Onto the second one!
Do you like it? I’m in love with the colors and the toe… but not quite so sure I’m in love with the fit of the short-row heel. Do you see the little bit of bunching around the back of my ankle? Or maybe it’s the stockinette leg…
I’ll do the second sock the same, but then I’m going to explore some fancy leg/cuff possibilities!
If you want to check out more Work-In-Progress posts, please check out Tami’s Ami’s Blog, who’s been organizing a great WIP Wednesday blog theme! And, don’t forget to come back for FO (Finished Object) Friday!