Got my Roulette sock in the mail today, from Susan. (Susan, if you've got a blog, I don't know it... let me know if you want advertised.) It's a lovely sock, and quite luxurious when I put it on. I fear this will lead to Sock Addiction (I, the woman who often wears her store-bought socks inside out so the toe seam doesn't rub).
Isn't it PRETTY? It is toe-up, which I have never done before in my life. But I've done something similar to the Turkish cast-on, when doing the Cat Bordhi style mobius knits. Otherwise, I feel reasonably confident, because Susan documented every darn stitch, down to telling me how she mirrors her increases and what cast-off she used. (Thanks for that.) All should go reasonably well.
There was some concern from Susan over whether or not the sock would fit. I assure you, it does. Beautifully. Which impresses the heck out of me, because I've got weird feet. They used to be super-narrow, until I moved to Hawaii and literally went barefoot for ten years. Now I've got what the kids out there jokingly refer to as 'foot spread', meaning the width of my foot increases over an inch when I put weight on it. Yet my heel, with no tarsals or toes to spread, remains super-narrow. Unlike all commercial socks, this one fits.
I scent an addiction to sock knitting, on the wind.
Oh, and the box also had Tim-Tams in it.
We've had about half a box; I'm saving the rest for when the in-laws get here tomorrow. (I hope.)
In other news, I'm on the cuff of the first sleeve of the Russian Prime.
With luck, it'll be done in a week or so and I can knit myself ANOTHER SOCK!
KNITTING NEEDLES REVISITED:
There were some questions in the comments of my knitting needle post...
-I haven't seen square knitting needles, but they sound like a bad idea. Those corners will push into your fingers, and I can't see how they would not pinch off nerves and blood vessels, and inflame muscles and tendons and the like. Just the idea makes my fingers hurt. Better to get a set of Brittany Birches and rough them up with a nail file, if you have trouble with the needles slipping out of the stitches.
-I used to be a pretty tight knitter, but after busting my hand, I loosened up to what I think of as normal. So I've still got no idea what in hell is up with needing to knit five-ply on size three/3.25 mm needles. The Bendigo web site says size five/3.75 mm needles. All my experience said size five/3.75 mm needles. I've triple-checked the labels on the yarn. All I can say at this point is, maybe I'm wrong, I'll knit the swatch, it'll be stiff as a board, and I can go up two needle sizes. That would be nice.
-The jumper for my father-in-law was done with eight-ply, but yes, it was knit more loosely than usual because it was an all-over cable pattern. I didn't want it so stiff he couldn't move, and I didn't want him to die of heat stroke when he wore it inside. So, yes, the size eight needles were a little on the loose side, but it was on purpose.
The Goober got a toy car today. (The husbeast got it; he loves getting her toys.) So what did she do with it?
Put one of her Little People toys on it and took it for a ride. (She also just took it to the husbeast for an oil change. How quickly they do learn.)
Shhhhh. Listen. Do you hear it? It's the Russian Prime, calling me.