This is what my patio looked like earlier in the week with the new furniture I picked out as my Mother's Day present. I enjoyed a few days of outdoor knitting and reading - my favorite things.
But this what Mother Nature sent us for Mother's Day. When the weather forecast said snow on Sunday, I expected a skimmer, not another full-on storm with roaring winds and poor visibility.
We just cancelled our reservations for the Mother's Day Buffet at the Italian club tonight. I think I'll stay in my pj's all day and putter in the yarn room.
I've been playing with yarn all week rather than making serious progress on any large projects. I knit a little pair of Ballerina shoes from a new 25 gram ball of My First Regia. They take hardly any yarn at all; I might still have enough yarn for another pair. The toes don't seem to come up as high as the illustration on the pattern book. Although I knit the larger size, they might already be too small for the princess, but they'll make a cute gift for someone.
Next I knit two socks - notice I did not say a pair of socks.
The sock on the right is my basic top-down heelflap style, adapted from Lang Socka Book 6. I use 60 stitches for the leg and foot. The yarn is an On Line cotton blend, great colors and nice fabric for summer.
The sock on the left is the Discovery sock from Cat Bordhi's book Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters. I bought the book when it came out in 2009, but I loved her first book so much that I kept knitting more socks from it and never got around to trying the architecture of this second one. The yarn is from Opal's Vincent Van Gogh line and uses the colors from his painting of his bedroom at Arles.
The insouciant sock looks wider and the heel more bulbous than the traditional sock on the right. But it fits great! It was knit toe-up and fitted to my foot as I went. I used 54 stitches for most of the foot, then added stitches to accomodate my instep as I knit towards the heel. Lifelines are put in to mark the middle of the leg, close to the ankle bone, but the foot is knit in rounds as a tube right to the heel. Circular decreases give a nice bullseye effect, just like the toe, and the heel is knit together or grafted like the toe in a top-down sock. To finish the sock, the leg opening is picked open and the leg stitches can be knit up in whatever pattern you'd like. I chose plain stocking stitch with a basketweave cuff instead of ribbing. Then I learned a new stretchy cast off and Voila! a really new sock.
The only downside was six ends to darn in: two from the start and end of the foot, two from the row cut in the middle and opened up for the leg, and two from the start and end of the leg. But really easy to knit, and a customized fit.
So which sock will I knit a mate for now? Neither. I couldn't resist buying the last Cat Bordhi sock book as an ebook download from Ravelry. Now I'm on the way to my first Sweet Tomato Heel. If you don't want to buy a single pattern or the book, you can still learn the technique form her video here. Go, check it out, and I'll show you mine, next time.