Well, the Parade of Homes is wrapping up today. Over the course of the week we had about 4,500+ visitors come through our home. Reports are that there were many nice comments and our builders are very happy with the number of leads that the Parade has generated. We’re all a bit glad that it’s coming to a close. The builders will get some of their lives back — and next weekend we’ll actually get possession of our home!
I finished up my Global Connections socks. I called these Global Connections because I knit them (mostly) on two 13 hour flights to and from the Middle East and the colorway is “Global”…perfect. The original pattern inspiration is from the Faceted Rib Socks in the Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and beth Parrott. I modified it to be knit toe up. The stitch pattern yields a very cushy fabric, but it wants to be a tighter gauge than the stockinette of the sole. Wet blocking resolved the difference, but in the future I think I’d knit the sole on a smaller needle.
These used my basic recipe for toe-up socks which normally involves a set of wrapped turns as part of the turning of the heel. (K across to the turn point, Kfb, K1, w/t.) I came up with an alternative with which I’m rather pleased. Instead I knit right up to the turn point, make a lifted left leaning increase and then turn without wrapping. I slip the first stitch (the lifted increase) and continue knitting to the next turn. The effect is smooth uninterrupted stockinette stitch, accomplished without having to wrap or pick up wraps later. Because the pivot point is that lifted increase stitch, which is not stitched on the return, it provides a nice smooth transition point. And the stitch count is increased without the unsightly bump of a Kfb…a win on all counts!
I also got moving on a simple little scarf which is a minor variation on Anne Hanson of Knitspot’s Campanula Scarf, so I’m just calling it my Campanula Scarf Variation. The yarn is 90% Suri Alpaca and 10% Merino. It feels incredibly luxurious as it slides through my fingers. I’m enjoying the knitting a lot. When I got tired of following the lace pattern I grabbed some leftover yarn from my Einstein bathrobe and cast on Another Purple Hat. I’ll figure out who needs this Warm Hats Not Hot Heads project later. I also wound the yarn for a project that I hope will be at the standard for submission to Knitty. I plan on bringing swatches, design notes, pattern and product to Sock Summit for my class on “Making the Next Monkey.” I expect to get started tonight!
I’ve got to run…we have a neighborhood pot luck dinner tonight, so I’ve got to get moving. (Remember pot lucks? They’re a lot like hot dish suppers in case you forgot!)