First Socks are finished and ends are woven in. Now I just have to figure out how to block them without those fancy sock-blockers I’ve seen around. (I know some of you will say that socks block best on one’s feet, but let me remind you I chose this yarn because of how well it wet-blocks. And I’m not planning to wear wet socks on my feet for a day.)
Meanwhile, Second Socks have been cast on. This time I’m going from the cuff down. Somehow I feel like it can’t be that much different from toe-up actually: you start with a tube, you turn a heel (from what I gather at least the short-row heel is turned the same way whether you’re going up or down), you do some more tube-knitting. The only difference is that with cuff-down you end with some decreases, while with toe-up you begin with some increases. It could be my lack of experience with sock-knitting that’s making me oversimplify, we’ll see… :)
I’m still sticking with magic loop for now, though, at least for the plain-tube-knitting part. I think these are Addi Turbos, and the cable is wonderful – not giving me any trouble at all (though it has gotten a been crumpled in places, doubtless from sitting in my needle bag all scrunched up without use for a long time).
I’m using Cookie A’s Kai-Mei pattern. A bit more complicated with the lace motif, but still a great chunk of it is just 3×3 ribbing, and I think I can handle it. ;) The thing that’s a bit harder to handle, though, is the tight gauge and, even more, the tiny needles used for sock knitting. I’m getting painful bumps at places where my needles put pressure against my fingers, and the tight gauge doesn’t really let me fly by with my knitting as I sometimes do. So for both physical and psychological purposes I think I’ll need to get another, looser gauge project on the go as well.
Tiny needles, eeeek! Do you have any advice for avoiding painful bumps?