I finally started some socks for Chris. The yarn is turning out to be really beautiful. I love the combo of gold, dark teal and gray. I would never have put those colors together, but they are pleasing to work with. That’s what I love so much about knitting really, it’s the yarn colors and the surprising way they blend together to bring the fabric to life. I can’t wait to make a hat out of it! The socks are coming together quick, so a hat is not far off.
I’m not working from a pattern this time. I’m just using my gauge to figure out how many to cast on based on the circumference of his ankle. I plan to go with these guidelines from the 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes:
– If cast on = 100%, then the instep and heel stitches are each generally 50%
– When you add the gussets and then decrease them, return to the number of cast on
I’ll also reference Silver’s Sock Class to remind me how to do the reinforced heel and gussets and toe decreases. I’m keeping it very simple since this is my first time knitting w/out a pattern. Not to mention they are for a boy, so no frilly cable knits or anything like that. However, maybe I will get a little creative with the hat 🙂
I still have to make the flowers for the baby ruffle hat 😦 I tried once, half distracted, and didn’t quite get it. Plus I don’t have the yarn that I really want yet… so I’m not sure what to do about that. I may see if anyone on Ravelry has any scraps they want to donate. Oh! And I found the cutest little mary janes that I want to try to knit with the left over cashmere.