Or walking on wool. Which one do you like better?
This week, although not having a good start at all, has been a good week nonetheless. Thank you for sending me good wishes, they must have helped, because even though this week started off not good, not good at all, resting has done its magic and once in a while, staying put and in bed (after you stop feeling too icky and too sorry for yourself) for a couple of days, works wonders.
I had plenty of time to think about walking... and socks. I have been thinking of walking this week since I have not been able to do it physically, I have been doing it mentally. I know this mental exercise solely might not work for your benefit and build your muscles, but in building eagerness to walk again, mental walking has been great. I searched for walking quotes one day.
"Good things are coming down the road, just don't stop wool walking."
"If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is to keep wool walking."
It is only natural to go from wool walking to wool socks (ok, shoes too, I love shoes... way too much).
Have you actually measured your feet carefully and know your correct sock knitting numbers? Honestly?
The fit of the foot part I got covered after maybe knitting 50 pairs of ill fitting socks (exaggeration there! maybe just 40) and finally realized what works and what does not (I am little slow), but lately the cuffs of my socks have grown taller and taller, almost up to the knees and my method for long socks has been based
I measured my legs, looked at the mirror and analyzed the shaping. I know my gauge for my standard fingering weight with 2mm/US0 needles and calculated the numbers. I could not believe how many stitches I needed, according to the measurements and the gauge and the -10% left me with lots of stitches. I could not believe it was right.
I compared my stockinette, lacework and color work socks. This might sound very familiar to you and you might wonder why I did not do it earlier... Therefore, (after knitting all those ill-fitting socks) I know that 64 stitches around the ankles with gauge 36sts/46rows with 2mm needles works well. I compared this to my figures and realized that I like to have -15% negative ease around my feet and ankles in stockinette. Some lace patterns are ok too, but some of them tend to be little on the loose side with this stitch count and then color work requires more stitches.
When I started this thought process, I was sure that I would end up having a fool proof plan that I could stick to every time, that I would instantly know when picking up a pattern stitch and needles how many stitches would be needed. However, really it is not that simple. What remains as a fact is that all the variations to plain stockinette is going to affect the fabric... and thus affect the fit. There really is no reason to avoid making a swatch. I know me, I probably will continue the way I have been doing so far, casting on and knitting for those 60 rows, but what was good about all this thinking:
* I know the measurements now.
* I know just where I need to place my decreases and increases.
* I now have a foundation for all the information I am going to gain when knitting socks. It will be so much easier to collect and add bits of knowledge on this groundwork. Now when I make a mistake or succeed, I can understand why this did not work or why it worked.
I don't have much to show you today. Most of the knitting has happened inside my brain. I did pop out yesterday to take couple of pictures, but since it was raining, I took these pictures quickly and they did not turn out so well. February is "helmikuu" in Finnish. Helmikuu translates to something like pearl month. Long time ago I read that this month is called the pearl month because when the temperature after a warm period, dives under the zero and the water freezes on trees, glimmering ice pearls are formed on the branches. When I read this, I thought that ok, lovely romantic thought but I wonder if it has any truth in it. It does! This week there have been many pearls on trees, I wanted to take pictures to you, but could only manage these, and there are not that many pearls even in that tree. However, sometimes there can be a lot. I hope that phenomenon happens again later this month and I can get you better pictures.
In the end of next week I will get to collect my little baby boy! Here are the latest pictures... Do you suppose he is yawning or meowing? Both pictures courtesy of Lotta Ovaska.
Wool with you, enjoy your weekend,