The grafting of the second sock went fast as well. But I think that's it for me with cuff-down short-row toe ... keeping the grafting tension even is such a pain! Yet, I really really love short-row heels ... they fit so much better. I can wear this pair of socks in my leather shoes and feel comfortable:
I am getting tired of seeing my socks against the same background, aka the floor or the wall of my apartment. So, how about Market Street of San Francisco for a change?
Pattern and Modifications: Cherry Tree Blossom Socks designed by Tall Gal Knits for Inspirations Yarn
I used Twisted German Cast On for the cuff (72 stitches). I think I much prefer this method to Tubular Cast On mainly because 1) the Twisted German Cast On is similar to Long Tail Cast On, my usual method; 2) there is no need for a provisional cast on using scrap yarn.
The heel in the original pattern is called "V-Heel". I did try doing that first and I decided that I didn't like it at all. So, I switched to double wrapping short-row heels (36 stitches - 12/12/12). I am still in the process of finding the right proportions that make the socks most comfortable for me. The proportions I used with this pair feel good.
The pattern called for Classic Toe. But I would like to try short-row toes (36 stitches - 12/12/12) to see if I'd like it ... and the conclusion is known to you already. :)
Yarn: Inspirations Yarn Cappuccino (60% Superwash Merino, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon) in the cool colourway
I love love love this yarn ... smooth and soft and warm. Debi told me that its composition is exactly the same as Bearfoot sock yarn. And I learned from Kathy that Bearfoot is extremely splitty. Well, to tell you the truth, Cappuccino does tend to be a bit splitty ... but not "extremely" in my standard (I am knitting with Patons Kroy 4 ply now ... and that is splitty!)
Besides, I also love love love the colourway. There are very subtle colour changes throughout the skein ... but definitely no pooling.
Gauge and Needles:
I know I have been acting strangely concerning the use of needles for this pair of socks. I used DPNs US1 for the cuff and then changed to US2 for the lace leg part! But it turned out that the leg part is not too loose and the cuffs are stretchy enough. Then I switched back to US1 for the foot part ... using US2 was too loose.
The gauge with US1 in stockinette stitch is 10 st per 1".
Start Date: 01-01-2006
Finish Date: 01-18-2006
I am starting to record these data for my knitting. Why? Don't really know ...