Socks!

I gave into temptation and started my Badcaul socks. Can you blame me?! I’m using Koigu, people! Never underestimate the power of Koigu!
Badcaul Socks

Anyway, like I mentioned before, this is my first pair of toe up socks and I am loving them! Of course, I haven’t gotten to the short row heel yet so all of this may change. I used Judy Becker’s magic cast-on for toe-up socks featured in the current Knitty and it rocks! The cast-on was the thing I was most afraid of but this cast-on made it a breeze. Now my fears have turned to the heel (no pun intended).

When I got a good start on the sock and it started actually looking like a sock (or a toe cozy to be exact) I turned to Geoff in my excitement and said “Look at my sock! I’m knitting it toe-up!” To which he, in his best hip-hop impression, responded “Grrrrl, that sock is to’ up!” Silly man.

I’ve discovered that when knitting socks from the toe up, there comes a point just before you get to the heel when the sock looks, well, phallic. And strange looks from people make you wanna shout “It’s a sock! For a foot!”

I’ve added the progress of the socks to my sidebar (project #5! Yikes!) but you will notice that the Fiery Bolero is 95% done! I finally bought some needles for the ribbing at The Peace of Yarn in Charlotte, NC last week (such nice people at that shop!). I only have the ribbing on one sleeve left to do and then seaming. A preliminary look at it says it may be too small but we’ll see.

We’ve been a very sick household lately. Geoff was sick last week with snotty yucky stuff and I came down with something similar on Sunday. Blech! I stayed home on Monday hacking and coughing and being just plain miserable. But my mailman must have known I needed a pick-me-up because around noon he brought me the latest Interweave Knits! Perfect timing! Daytime TV sucks and I had been knitting k2p2 ribbing on the bolero until my eyes were crossed so this was a welcome sight to see. I made my 1,495th pot of tea for the day and settled in to soak up some IK goodness. Overall, I was very pleased (I’m rarely disappointed with IK). There were some very cute summery tops! One that particularly peaked my interest was the Brioche Bodice. Now, I’ve done the brioche stitch before when I made that scarf for Geoff but that didn’t have any shaping in it so it was easy-peasy. Is shaping difficult with the brioche stitch? I may have to find out for myself. I think I’ll have to add this to my “to knit” list.

Hopefully soon I’ll have a finished Fiery Bolero to show and a turned heel on the socks! Wahoo!

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