I am really getting on this sock bandwagon. It is just so easy to take them with me when I go out or on a trip, and the self-striping yarn always suprises me. So after completing 4 pairs of top-down socks, I decided to try toe-up. I started using Wendy’s generic pattern, which uses short row shaping in both the toe and heel. I like the way it worked, but noticed that the stripes are not lining up around the ball of the foot. Here’s the side view:
See how the toe is off a bit? Now take a look at the top and bottom (I don’t know which is which at this point).
Different. Hmm. So I’ve frogged. I think that method would work great if I was doing a contrasting toe or was using solid yarn. My second attempt is using a figure-8 cast on. I will have to go a bit farther before deciding if this will work, but I am going to re-cast, using a larger number of stitches to match the aforementioned pattern. Here’s how it looks so far:
Katja is also in the works- cute, cute, cute!
On another note, last night Nate and I had a discussion about spinning wheels and their ease of use as compared to a drop spindle when you are learning. I think it would be easier to learn on a wheel, but it is more expensive and I wouldn’t want to get one and have it gather dust. Any advice out there?