So. Of course, I HAD to make these socks.
Being on a tight budget these days, I ordered some Essential from knitpicks.com in Pine and Fawn. Only two balls of each because I don't like long socks. Not sure about the tassle thing either.
I couldn't wait for my package to arrive so I could cast on. The big day was last week.
Oh. My. I am used to doing socks cuff down, two at a time on two circs. What the heck is a Middle East-wrap cast on??? "See Glossary, page 122" Oh. OK. Uh. What the heck is a Middle East-wrap? Translation, please? "Knit across stitches on upper needle." Uh. Which end is up?
And it went downhill from there. Lessons learned so far--
- the Easy Toe (found at knitty.com) really IS easy.
- I don't like the shape of the easy toe (though starting with 8 stitches out of 72 was probably a bad idea)
- AH HA!! toe up socks do not necessarily need to start at the tip of the toe (yes, it IS a tad pointy, I may ungraft and tink back a couple decrease rows)
- it's impossible to knit these two at a time on two circs
- it's almost impossible to knit these one at a time on two circs
- it's easier just to back down and break out the DPNs
- slipping the first stitch on the free edge (as opposed to the decrease side) of each unit makes it a breeze to pick up your stitches (though sometimes, such as the first unit of a tier, you will have one less slipped stitch than you need...but it's not hard to fudge another)
- if you start and frog twenty-something times, each time will get a little easier and will (usually) produce an even better result
at a point where I still suffered from the delusion I could knit these on 2 circs
another of the earlier (post toe freak out, pre-final toe solution) attempts