On the cold side, here is the battered old thermometer on the side of the garage, at 8:30 this morning:
-10º F. Yep, that's cold. (It climbed to 3 this afternoon, but now it's back down to 0.)
On the warm side, here is part of a sock.... (Wait - there should be trumpets and confetti - or at least an exclamation point. Part of a SOCK!)
Knitted by yours truly (!) according to the formula set out by Elizabeth Zimmermann in her iconic work Knitting Without Tears: Determine gauge; cast on enough stitches to fit around the ankle (must be divisible by 4 - the number of stitches, not the ankle), and work 2x2 rib to desired length.
The yarn is Cascade 220 wool from my stash, worsted weight as befits these first hesitant steps in hosiery-knitting (akin to the giant crayons we give toddlers when they are learning to colour). I'm cheating a bit with the needles, using two Size 5 and two Size 6 tips from my Denise Interchangeable kit. (I gave away my normal dpns to a niece years ago, and am unwilling to drive to another town to buy a proper set - from which you may infer that we live in a Knitting Desert, miles from any life-giving yarn and craft oases.) Working with two sizes of needles renders the tension less than perfect, but that's why we block things, right?
This afternoon I completed the first heel flap according to EZ (take half the stitches and knit in stockinette until you have a square, slipping the first stitch and purling the last, and knitting the first and last 4 stitches of every row).
Tomorrow, the Turning of the Heel (thunder and lightning, organ playing a minor chord).
Be sure to tune in for the next exciting installment of...
"Mrs. Micawber Knits a Sock"
(happy theme music)
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What are you working on? :)
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