Last night I finally grafted the toe on the second of Maddie's socks. I really shouldn't say *finally* since I just started these sometime around the end of June or beginning of July. You have to love little feet which require equally little socks that knit up so quickly! These were knit with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the color Uptown using US size 1 dp's and my usual sock pattern. I have to say though that I recently started using the heel turn from Lucy Neatby's book Cool Socks Warm Feet and it's now part of the "standard sock" pattern I use. Yeah, someday I'll try that new-fangled short-row heel thingy. Maybe :)
Maddie even consented to model the socks:
And then she didn't want to take them off! It's still a bit warm for wool socks though, so I got her to remove them by promising to make her a second pair.
But first I'm knitting Pete a pair out of heavyweight STR -- yes, my first pair of Socks that Rock. The heavyweight is throwing me for a loop though! I've decided to use size 4 needles (recommended needle is 5-6, but I just can't imagine knitting socks on needles that big!) I cast on 56 stitches after much calculation, knit a good part of the ribbing and it just looked too big, so I ripped it out. ARGH! I'm going to try 52, but according to the mathematics, I really can't go smaller. The yarn is very tightly spun and isn't really like any other sock yarn I've worked with weight-wise. I'm a bit confounded. Anyone reading this knit a pair with the heavyweight before?