Well, I’ve been moving along on my first kid-sized sock, knitted again on dpns. I’ve watched a couple of videos about Magic Loop and feel like I might be ready to actually try that next, but I want to make sure I’ve got the whole sock concept down first.
One thing I am doing differently this time is to knit the socks using 5 dpns, instead of 4. And I’m knitting them right-side out – I’m not sure how my last ones ended up being knitted inside-out, but this feels and looks much better. It’s definitely a quicker knit – if I weren’t so busy with other things this time of year, I think I’d have more than finished the first sock by now.
I did take it on my recent trip to New York – and was able to sneak in some knitting time while waiting around airports with my older girls. I had no trouble at all getting the needles through security – I’d left my craft scissors at home since I didn’t think those would make it through. But since I was only beginning the sock at the time, I figured I wouldn’t be cutting the yarn in the 3 days I’d be gone. And I was right.
I like the stripey yarn – although I think on the next pair I’ll knit the cuff, heel and toe in a matching solid color instead. The stripes just don’t translate well into the ribbed cuff.
I already have a new idea for a project in mind too – I’d love to try a pair of gloves where the fingers come about down to the first knuckle or so and leave the fingertips free. I realized that wearing traditional gloves while trying to use an iPhone just doesn’t work, so having fingertips easily available would be very helpful. I’ve seen a pattern that incorporates a hand flap that folds back to expose the fingers when necessary – I don’t know how difficult it would be to make, but after these socks are done, I might just give it a try. At the rate I’m going, maybe I’ll get them done – around oh, July 4th or so.