Friday, September 22, 2006

Husby's secret socks

It is husby's birthday on 6 October, so I decided to make him another pair of socks - even though he has LOST the first pair of socks I made him (not happy, Jan!). He is soooo lucky! (And he better find those socks!)

I'm using one of the Regia balls, the blue one (didn't even have time to become stash) - I'm pretty happy with the way it knits up - quite denim-y looking - good to wear with jeans.
But because it is for his birthday, I have to knit in secret, which means mainly at work and occassionally on public transport - I even caught the slow bus the other day to give me more knitting time! I think, though, that I might only get one made in time for his actual birthday, but since we're coming into summer I figure I've got plenty of time to finish the second one. I'll even cast on for it immediately to try and avoid SSS.

I'm using a pattern from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks - it is one of the basic rib ones (can't remember the name of it off hand) - a 3x1 rib, so that I don't have to worry about ankle shaping (I just hope I cast on enough stitches - I'm not quite sure I did...). I changed to knit with 5 sticks as I read somewhere that this helps some people avoid ladders. It doesn't seem to matter how tight I make the first stitch, I still get the ladders. So I just move the stitches around the sticks every few rows. This is going to make lacy sock patterns a nightmare...May have to stick to plains.


Carson said...

i know what you mean about secret knitting. i'm contemplating making some cool felted house slippers for the Goat, but how to make them 'on the sly'?
feign constipation and spend a lot of time in the bathroom? ;)
could get suspicious!!

Rose Red said...

Carson - solitary dog walking perhaps? You just need some v. large pockets to hide the knitting in...