2 Jul
How do you like my new profile picture? GP took it while we were doing the photoshoot for the Maltese Shawl. It’s one of my favorites!

Knitting socks with self-striping yarn always gets a little crazy when it comes to the heel. Whether you’re knitting a plain old heel flap and gusset or a short row version, the stripes always change their pattern at this point in the sock. And, with the addition of a gusset, the striping continues to be off for a little while.
I present you with predictable crazy stripes in Mom’s sock(s). This sock began its life with stripes every row. There are areas where colors overlap by 4 or 5 stitches or so, but the stripey goodness is basically every row.

Once at the heel flap, I predicted that the color changes would occur every other row. Half the total stitches are in the heel flap, so 2 rows would equal one color repeat. Looks pretty close, huh?

Of course, turning the heel would be the craziest striping change of all! I turned the heel in the Dutch fashion, which makes for a narrower heel than the standard turn, and thus makes for shorter rows across the bottom of the heel. Look! 5 rows per color! Those stripes look so huge compared to what I’m used to looking at.

Yes, I take pleasure in the small things in life. Like stripes in yarn. It helps keep me balanced. Or something like that.

An almost completed front of a baby dress! What do you mean, it looks like a big pile of pink? Oh. You’re right. I knit most of this while watching a movie last night. I think I have 13 more rows to go on the front, and then make an identical back. Shouldn’t take too much longer.

Interestingly enough, it appears that I knit much slower when working with size 10.5 needles than I do with size 0s. In the amount of time it took me to knit 48 rows on this thing, I knit an inch of a sock leg, made a heel flap, turned a heel, picked up gusset stitches, and decreased the gusset four times. Does this ability to speed knit on toothpicks but not on logs seem odd to anyone else? At any rate, it supports my reasons for hardly ever knitting on anything larger than a size 7!


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