Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Peer Pressure

So I have caved to peer pressure and decided let you all know the reason that I haven't been getting and REAL knitting done. I started the TKGA Master Handknitting Program and I got my materials about 2 or 3 weeks ago. So far I have done 3 swatches. Aimee and Erin are also doing the program and Aimee happens to be at exactly the same place that I am. So, I'll be blogging my progress as I go along. Hopefully with the three of us doing it together we can stay on track and keep motivated! Here are my swatches thus far (unblocked as of yet obviously).



I must have restarted the first swatch about 15 times because my ribbing looked like total crap. I couldn't figure it out. I went back and looked at other projects I had done and the ribbing looked great. I was wondering if it was just the pressure from knitting for the program or something - which I thought was weird - but ok. So I tried all kinds of crazy stuff to fix a problem I had never even had before! Finally, I switched yarn. Actually I didn't even switch yarn I switched yarn colors! And, it came out great! There was enough difference in the two colors in their weight I guess to make a difference or something - so whatever but it seemed to work out ok.

Here is the progress on the sock - LOOK! It has a heel!!

Here's a poll for you toe-up experts out there, since I have no pattern for this sock and I'm just winging it, if you start your pattern all the way around the sock after the heel, at what point do you start it? Do you start it right after the heel is worked (that's a short row heel if you can't see it well) or do you keep going plain for a few more rounds on the back until it gets closer to your ankle? It seems if I start the pattern all the way around now it will just look silly. Suggestions?

Really, I don't know what I have against sock patterns but I have yet to use one........

7 comments:

Hockey Mom said...

The back of your heel looks a little shallow, so knitting another few rows (maybe an inch's worth?) should do it.

I always put at least 4 rows between the heel and the leg pattern.

Good luck on the master knitting thing.

theyarnwhisperer said...

ok, 1. I thought it was really cool of the universe to send me snow on my birthday. I didn't even have to fly to Seattle this birthday for some snow..it came to me. Wicked!
2. what is that master handknitter thingy?
3. I am surprised that Mr. Man didn't pose naked in the snow
4. Do you wrap your shortrows on your shortrow heels?

ok, that should be it for now

Warlock said...

Do you know ANY man that would pose in the snow nekkid? Remember the "shrinkage" episode of Seinfeld? I rest my case....

Carol said...

Yeah, what Hockey Mom said! I'm no sock expert by a long shot, but you do want that "pull" around the back of your upper heel to keep it snuggy. Looks great btw!

Calicoknits said...

depending on the number of stitches the pattern is worked over I like to decrease a few stitches in the rows above the heel ( I've got skinny ankles - nothing else skinny mind you). So I wind up doing 4-5 rows above the heel before starting the pattern. Love the color of those socks - what yarn are you using?

Erin said...

Hooray! The more the merrier. I s'pose I should actually cast on a swatch this weekend :)

purple-power said...

I've only done toe-up socks (maybe 7 or 8 pairs) with a short row heel and no pattern. I always start the pattern or ribbing right around the ankle. Take a look at store-bought socks that have a ribbed cuff and you'll see that they do that. You can actually use that as a template for your sock.