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Monday, August 14, 2006

Onwards y upwards...

...something about slow & steady winning the race?

calf

Progress so far on my thigh highs inspired by the Vintage Knit Along, no increases done (yet). Be sure to get posts and comments in over at the KAL today, its the last day for the Miss Personality Contest over there! :)

Sorry about blurry pics, its a bit overcast outside (my light source). Fabric stretched reaches just where the calf muscle juts out, approx. 9.5" stretched. Off the needles, the fabric is about 8" (from "fold" of short row heel to work on needles). My foot is 9.25" long and the unstretched foot is 8.75"-- like I said earlier I am using the vertical stretching to help "pop" the lace panel and also to simulate stretched, fitted stocking fabric (though the foot is very similar to "regular" feet in my socks).

seam

I placed a faux "seam" up the back of the leg-- when I started the short row increases at the heel, I placed 2 purl sts at the center of the leg and have been carrying it upwards. I think its more visually interesting, and will serve as a good marker for me to place the increases around (on each side).

footstockinette

I wanted to take a pic of the stockinette for the color, but what's more apparent is how non-sock like the fabric is, quite loose. (You can see the sole of my foot beneath the fabric). I'm using the Henry's Attic Kona Superwash fingering, 2,240 yd/1 lb on US 1.5 (2.5mm)... its too bad its so open, because the fabric is very soft. I wonder if I need a US 0 for regular socks... or if I just need to make some more soft, loose socks :)

fauxlace

Pic of stockinette against window light. Nothing doing-- its just hanging from the needle, I didn't stretch it. (Better illustration of what I mean for open fabric on these needles.) I think the fabric is perfect for stockings though...

together

Final pic of the stockinette fabric unstretched/on the needles. 8 sts/inch.

I expect posts to slow down around here since this is the only project I'm working on (and its so boring to see the same thing over & over, esp. when its neverending!), but I wanted to say thanks to everybody for the comforting comments about my bad mom day last week. All of them made me feel better (so did time & healing!)-- the one that really struck me was from fairygodknitter: "It's kind of like knitting something that gets frogged a million times and has moments that look like crap until you block it out. Kids are tougher than we are."

:)

edge
(asleep on the *edge* of the couch, lots of pillows underneath. good thing, he tumbled in his sleep and kept right on sleeping.)

15 comments:

Alyssa said...

Both the stockings and the kid are looking good:)

trek said...

Sweet kid pic! How do the stockings feel on the foot?

Stacey said...

Hmm - those are kind of "airy" - but for stockings I probably wouldn't worry too much. Regular socks, maybe go down to 0's....

Acornbud said...

I love the way kids sleep when they are tired, and nothing can hold them back! The stocking is making good progress. Nice project.

beckyboo said...

He's so sweet! cutie pie!

Appreciating your blow by blow with the Kona fingering. I have some ordered.

The stockings are looking awesome! I don't know if I have the attention span for thigh high stockings. lol

lexa said...

Stockings are looking great! Cute munchkin picture!

yahaira said...

he's so cute!

don't tempt me with your thigh highs! I must look away.
Im knitting my knee highs with 2mm's and the fabric is knitting up pretty nice

HPNY Knits said...

very cool mysterious socks. but i love the sleeping toddler. it spells peace and calm to me!

Bridget said...

Pretty socks! Love the black lace. Wow, when the child is asleep he doesn't look so scarry (your story the other day helped me remember why we have none) although the dogs give me pleanty of heart stopping moments.

jcyarns said...

Beautiful socks so far... Very nice...

Jerry & Maxy said...

Mini-you is ADORABLE! And the stockings are purty so far...the looseness will be sexy!

Marie said...

Beautiful socks! I love the picture of your son sleeping, he's adorable!

Kel said...

Thanks for the congrats on my first socks! ;o) Your work is beauuuuutiful! :o) And so is that munchkin of yours. :o) Don't worry about the "bad mom days" they pass. :o) I have "bad aunt days" when I think to myself "these children should not be left alone with me!" :o) But they keep on coming back! :o)

the kitchener bitch said...

congrats on lovely stockings and on winning the Miss Personality Contest!

Chris said...

Oh, he's such a cutie!

I knit all my fingering weight socks on Addi 0s, which are 2 mm. I could really stand to find some 1.75 mm circulars, tho, because I think the fabric I often get isn't sufficiently sturdy.

But - part of the reason I knit socks very tightly is because I have picky feet and I hate the feel of the purl bumps - how do they FEEL on your feet?

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