It's a good thing that I'm not participating in the NaBloMoPoZoJLoCoCa or whatever it is this month that's motivating people to post once a day during November. The only part of that I have down is the "blo" as in "blowing it".
I would like to offer a hearty thank you to everyone who has stopped by with a kind word about my Interweave Knits debut. To those who guessed, yes, the pattern is none other than my CharlieCard Mittens.
Maybe that's why I needed a few days to think about things this week. How things have changed since the Charlies' debut way back in January. A friend of mine once mentioned the concept of LSUs, or life-stress units. All large life events carry a certain life-stress value, and one should stay below a certain amount of LSUs for the year.
Although I haven't sat down to calculate the LSUs of 2007, I suspect that I am way over my limit, and it's starting to show. I'm looking forward to a stress-free 2008 (yeah, right).
But, in happy news: the socks are done, and just in time ("Hello, New York, this is cold, windy, rainy November here, ready to suck the joy out of your life.")
Just about nothing can suck the joy out of me when I'm wearing handknit socks. These must be good for the LSUs, no?
Pattern: Umm, pattern? I don't know. Cast on 64 stitches, K1P2 rib for 8 inches. Knit 6 rounds stockinette, then begin Wendy's short row heel instructions. Return to stockinette until your sock measures 2 inches less than the length of your foot. Again use Wendy's short-row heel instructions. Kitchener the seam. Repeat for second sock.
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted, "Walk in the Woods". Two hanks.
Needles: US2s, DPN
What I liked about this knit: The short-row heel instructions. Although initially I found the instructions to be a bit fiddly, I'm a complete convert now. Thanks, Wendy, for sharing this technique with us.
What I would change next time: Note to self, next time try a sock with 60 instead of 64 inches. I'm trying to see if that might result in a snugger long-term fit.
Final comments on the yarn. Would I buy some Claudia again? While the yarn feels wonderfully soft, the answer is probably not. I'm really put off by the mismatched hanks. Thank goodness that these aren't a gift. I have some more Claudia in the stash, and next time that I knit socks with it I'll scrutinize the hanks more closely to see if I can achieve a better match.