Monday, August 06, 2007

I didn't actually knit much this weekend.

I spent most of this weekend working on Grasslimb, my literary journal, which is a month late and half again as long as usual. This is better than a day late and a dollar short, but it's also 50% more costly and I produce it at a loss.. still, I'm happy. It is starting to look good, and it's almost ready for the printer.

But also.. I've been playing around in SecondLife. I know, I know. I'm late to the party as usual, and people are already kind of bored with it. But if you happen to be on there, add me ("Bleu Spark" — because "Blue" was taken, and I like that X song) as a friend. I'm still getting used to the 3-D navigation, so if you interact with me there, you'll see I'm even clumsier in VR than in real life! Well, if that were possible...

I did get a lot of knitting done last week, though, and a hair more in the evenings of the weekend. Making little shells is kind of addicting.

They are so cute. I keep being a little dubious about the colors I'm choosing. I don't have Jen's skill with color, and second-guessing the Noro seems a little scary. On the other hand, the more of these I link together the less worried I am. And it is VERY fun. When the pattern says "you won't want to stop," they are right.

And this? This is a toe-up sock!

I decided to try Wendy's generic toe-up pattern. It's well written and easy to follow, but I have to say that so far it doesn't fit me very well. I have a triangular sort of foot, with a C width forefoot and an A or AA heel, but it's also a deep heel. The traditional flap heel hugs it well and the socks don't fall down. This heel is shallower and I think the socks are going to bunch in front, where the ankle meets the foot. However, I'm going to finish them up as written (I did add a broad rib on the top of the foot and I'll make the legs 2x2 rib, because I like that, but it's 'generic' for just that reason — so you can customize as desired) for the experience.

Articles on short-row heels suggest you can get a better fit by knitting the heel over 60% of the total stitches (instead of the standard 50%), and this might help, but I suspect I'll still want a flap heel for my ultimate comfort. Wendy has a toe-up with flap heel pattern, too, and I'll likely try that. The toe-up design is hard to beat when you want to make your yarn go as far as possible, and in this case I love the yarn and want the legs as tall as I can get 'em, just so I can look at that lovely lavender-and-herb combo. Ahhh.

(Well, but I know April is out there spitting and fuming because it's FIXATION AGAIN...) ;-)


trek said...

Yay for the Fixation fixation!!!!

Boo on toe up socks. I like heel flaps, too.

Jen said...

Great colors on those socks. Sorry that they're not fitting well, but you have a good attitude about the learning experience. Brava!

I have a Second Life avatar, but I don't ever go in. I just can't decide what I'd do in there, and I've got so much going on in Real Life. But if, by chance, you ever come across Probably Perhaps (yeah, that's my name. Mostly because Maybe Perhaps was taken!), that's me.

I have a friend who spends a lot of time in there...let's see...Arondelle Ladybird is her name, and she has a second avatar named DylanFox Petrov. Drop her a "hello" and tell her you're a friend of mine. :)

April said...

That's IT. I am sending you REAL sock yarn. Obviously you're completely out. Why else would you be using devil yarn?

Sigh. My work is never done.

jae said...

hmm toe up socks...i have been wanting to try those but i am like u. wider front of foot and v. narrow heel. i like the colors.

skhpottery said...

I've been doing Wendy's toe up with gusset pattern for the last two pairs I've made. I really like it, but of course this time of year neither pair has really been worn. I never really liked the fit of short row heels. Besides i really hated doing them!