I know it’s been all garments all the time around here lately, but that changed this week when I decided to wind my 15 Color Rainbow skein.
I bought this yarn back in October and thought I’d wind it up and knit on it while at Rhinebeck. But then I didn’t and so it sat waiting for some inspiration. I became obsessed with it Friday night and CO a pair – my first pair! – of afterthought heel socks yesterday.
I blame Janet because she posted her plans to start a new sock every month. You guys know any plans that involve casting on more projects is right up my alley. My sock of the month will be a bit different than Janet’s though. I’m planning to:
- cast on a new sock project each month
- finish knitting one sock from any of my sock WIPs each month – that’s one sock, not one pair
- treat myself to some new sock yarn after I finish a few pairs. The “few” is decidedly non-specific.
Since people are all about the socks this year always, I started the Rock the Socks KAL in the My Sister’s Knitter KAL group on Ravelry. I love seeing other people’s progress and the encouragement they all give. Plus a bit of peer pressure is always a good thing. Come on over and join us!
As I mentioned I’m doing an afterthought heel on these – I don’t want to interrupt the awesome stripes. This will be my first afterthought heel though so I did a bunch of reading about how to get a better fit. A couple things I plan to do:
- Work the heel over 60% of the sts. My sock is 66 sts I’ll be doing the heel over 39
- Once I pickup the heel sts, work 4 rnds plain before starting the decs
My hope is that these two things will create a deeper heel that’s closer to the way a heel flap fits. If you have other suggestions please leave a comment – I’d love to hear them.
Oh and I really want the stripes to match so I measured the length of the lavender yarn before casting on. Sometimes I don’t care if they match but this time I want matchy matchy.
I’ll catch you on the purl side.