Well…we’re almost there.
I just finished the decreases on the gussets of the second sock. Now I need to knit until I get to where the first stripe will be and it’s downhill from there. Still loving this Retro colorway by Sosae Caetano, by the way.
I’ve been carrying this around in my bag along with the lace project. So, it gets a little attention here and there. And while I do have some cardboard cylindrical gadgets to keep my stitches on their needles sometimes I just get lazy or I really don’t have enough room in my bag for one more gadget (pack ratting is like the nomadic form of hoarding, I believe). So then, I just lock them on using the yarn.
I have to wind it on so that it holds the needles together on one end, strand it to the other end of the needles where the stitches end and wind it on there as well. Finally, I strand it right back to the other side of the needles and wind it on a few more times. This has actually worked well for me for socks even over long periods of time. And it’s a cheap fix. Can’t beat that for keeping those stitches in line.
On the other hand, I still haven’t decided the time is right to start using lifelines. Why? Because, truthfully, there are times I can be an idiot. Like the time I put my current lace project in my bag and pulled all of the stitches off the needles trying to get it out. Yup. That time, lol!
Fortunately, I was able to only have to go back three rows to redo. No biggie. Yeah. Lesson still not learned. But the lace is saved so I’m good! :)
I am still spinning for the Tour too. But I picked up that spindling project I must secretly want to kick to the curb.
I’m going back to criss-crossing over the cop so that it kind of latches on better as it grows. Abby Franquemont’s book, RESPECT THE SPINDLE is really good for learning the feeding and care of cops.
You know, I’m beginning to think it’s because there’s really no surprise in the color changes…If I ever order anymore solid colored roving to spin, I’d better try to blend it with something else…It’s just more fun that way!
See what I mean?
I think in the end, these will probably be great for knitting. They’re like workhorses. They will provide a nice background for spunkier yarns if I want to try something with multiple colors. I imagine the gray would be nice with a red and white yarn to knit along with it-or something that is complementary and variegated. The brown will be nice with possibly a green color to go with it. Sigh…I’m such a sucker for color.
I just want to get to the good part!!