I have been reading and knitting a lot. I finished Fat Chance by Robert Lustig - interesting read and very informative on the biochemistry of obesity. Now I'm reading Custom Nation by Anthony Flynn. And I started a John Irving book on vacation but haven't made it very far through it yet.
We had our January meeting of community knitting, and the pattern was a simple stripey mistake-rib hat to use up leftovers. I made the one on the right for CK, then I made the one on the left for myself:
Unfortunately mine is kind of itchy. I don't know how many wool hats I have to make for myself before I concede that wool makes my face itchy. It's a very hard thing for a knitter to admit, but I might just be happier with decent-quality acrylic. But I'd love to make lots of these hats. They're so stretchy and cute.
On the car ride home from Steamboat I made a small toddler sock:
These things go fast! It has all the interest of a regular sock without the long boring parts. I might be using up all my leftover sock yarn for tiny socks. But first I'll try this pair on the kiddo and see if he tolerates them.
If I have the time/patience, I'll write out the pattern, but sock patterns are kind of a pain to write. It's really just a standard top-down, flap-heel adult sock (see a good step-by-step example in Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl McPhee) but with the numbers changed:
- Cast on 40 stitches
- Divide into 20/20 for flap heel
- 18 rows of heel flap
- To start turning the heel: Sl1, K11, SSK, K1, turn; then Sl1, K5, K2togAfter turning the heel, pick up 9 stitches on each side and do the instep decreases back down to 40 stitches total
- Toe decreases the normal way, decrease every row when you have 6-12-6 stitches
- Graft when you have 4-8-4 stitches.