Friday, February 16, 2007

Sock Update And A New Scarf

Here is the update on my Falling In Love socks. I have done the short row heel and one section of the ten row pattern so far. The foot looks so long! It measures fine with my other socks, and I was able to sort of try it on...I say sort of because I can't get it past my heel. Whomever said that toe up socks are great because you can try them on as you go, obviously did not mean when you use dpns! I even tried putting the stitches on four needles thinking that would make more room. I was able to get it a little further up my foot that way, but still not over the heel. I find it so much easier to try the socks on when I do them cuff down. I think that if I were doing them on circular needles it might make it easier to try on, though.

From what I could try on, it does fit in the width even though it looks so thin. My only fear now is that the leg portion will not be wide enough. This is also my first endeavor using the 2.25mm needles, so it just might mean I would need to have a few more stitches. I'll see though when I get the leg finished and try it on.
Here is a sort of blurrish picture of my first ever short row heel! Granted it's not perfect by any means, but overall I think I did ok with it. I've heard horror stories of other knitters hating this heel, that they have ripped out time and time again...but in all honesty, I didn't find too much difficulty with it. Mind you I think I messed up a time or two with it, but other than that I didn't mind doing them. Once I get the finised socks on, I will be able to tell better if I did good. I think, at the part where you join back into knitting the rest of the sock, that there is a little hole on either side of the sock. I even did as was suggested in the pattern and knit the last stitch from the heel with the first stitch of the instep. We'll see how it turns out though.
In other news, on Wednesday (Valentine's day) I started a new scarf with my Noro Kueryon that I bought myself for my birthday. The pattern I'm using is the Noro Silk Garden Scarf Pattern that was recommended by Rhonda. It's a fairly quick knit as it is all knitting. I haven't worked at it very much and think I have made good progress.
I'm undecided on what I think of knitting the Noro. I don't find it scratchy on my hands or anything like that, and knitting with it seems ok thus far. However, what I have noticed is that often there are places where the yarn doesn't look like it's been - what's the correct term, plied? There will be thicker sections, very thin sections and sections that look like roving. I don't know if that is normal for this yarn or not, and it might be ok for some patterns, but I have to wonder if that will affect how the scarf will look. Other than that, I don't think I have any complaints with the Noro.

As for colours, I love some of them and others are not my cup of tea. Towards the bottom of the scarf, I like the pinks and greens, but the oranges/rusts aren't in my favourite selections. I don't hate them, but they're just not my cup of tea. They look find together so far - reminds me of summer colours moving into fall ones - and in all honesty, I would never have thought of putting them together. I think they'll have a good and/or interesting effect in this pattern, and who knows, it could turn out to be beautiful. Well, I did want to get some yarn that was or contained other colours that I normally don't use in my knitting - I got that with this yarn for sure, and the oranges/rusts are kind of growing on me...though they still aren't my favourites ;o)

Anyway, off to hit the books. I have a lot to do this weekend - finish reading my book and do up my book review (due Thursday) and study for my history mid term that is also on Thursday (plus I have TESL homework due Thursday, but apparently it shouldn't take too long this week so I'll have to get it done up over the weekend so I don't have to worry about it when I'm trying to get my studying done.

Happy Knitting!


Scribbles & Bits said...

I'm like you with the short rows. I've actually only done short row heels, but I didn't mind them and, having read others' problems, I felt rather clever when the first one came out just fine! I've never knit with Noro, so I can't comment on that, other than the scarf looks lovely so far. At least your trying it out with a scarf instead of a sweater or something (in case those areas do end up being visible).

Good luck with the studying and have a good weekend!

lexa said...

I've got some Noro to make Booga Bags. That will be my first try with the Noro.

Interesting reading on your sock progress! I want to make a pair of these but will probably go with the normal heel. I am one of the ones who had terrible time with short rows. After several attempts and ripping it back I finally frogged the whole thing.

Charity said...

I like doing short row heels, but I love a nice heel flap, so I usually go that way. :0) That's the beauty of knitting socks, there are so many ways to do it!

I've never knit with Noro before, interesting to hear your take on it.

Dipsy said...

Awww, your socks are absolutely beautiful already! And so is your Noro scarf, such an awesome colourway! When I've been knitting with Noro, I had the same experiences like you, I often felt too that the yarn wasn't correctly plied. But then again, this might be what makes Noro so special?!

Rachel said...

Whenever I knit socks with a bit of a lacy pattern I worry they'll be too thin, but the lace always stretches out quite a bit and they're fine. Yours are looking really nice!

As for trying them on, I agree that it's impossible to do with DPNs. If you put the stitches on scrap yarn, though, it's nice to be able to determine that the foot is exactly the right length before you press on with the leg.

Shelley said...

Thanks for the compliments everyone! Rachel, just this morning I was thinking maybe I should put the stitches on a circular needle or something so that I could actually try it on and see how it looks...might just have to do that (or use the scrap yarn like you suggest)

Rachel said...

You're doing such a nice job on those socks. I'm sure you'll be so pleased with the finished result. I haven't knitted that particular pattern yet, but I admire the design of the hearts.

I like your scarf, too, by the way. I hope it grows on you more!

Karen said...

Your sock looks great, such a pretty color! And the scarf looks like it will be a winner too. You never know those colors may grow on you. Have a great week!

Janice said...

You are doing great on those socks... I can't wait to do more! I think the colors of your scarf are beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished product!! Hope you get some knitting time in between all the studying!!

Judy said...

Hey, the sock looks great, I love that color.

Anni said...

Love the scarf and Noro yarns can be a bit unevenly spun. Thicker bits and thinner bits. I just love the way the scarf is working up and the socks are looking great too.

I used 2.5mm needles for my socks and I've got quite big calves and they fit me fine so I hope they're okay for you.

Missy said...

I love your toe up socks! They look great!

;) Missy

Anonymous said...

You're so gifted!

God bless you lots
Maria in the UK

Kayt said...

That Noro looks great!!!!! and your toe ups seem to be coming along. I have gotten to the point of the heel on mine and i had to put it down. Drove me crazy, it did!

tweezle said...

I haven't tried toe-ups yet but after seeing this pattern, I have to try! They are soooo pretty, and I love the color of the yarn you are using.