These knee highs will be chock full of many firsts: First knee socks. First knee socks with calf shaping. First toe-up socks. First short-row heel. First time using self-striping yarn. As you can see, this encompasses a lot of firsts. Should be interesting!
I've been itching for knee highs for months and months now. Cute knee socks have been seen everywhere, and dangit if I didn't want to share in the fun! After much deliberation (I will spare you my erratic thought process through it all- poor Dis already had to live through it once), I decided on a simple stockinette pattern, with contrasting toes, heels, and cuff. I was leaning toward stripes, but somehow coming up with coordinating stripe colors on my own seemed to require a little too much decision making, so I opted for this self-striping tweedy variety of Lana Grossa Meilenweit for the main body and an espresso brown color for the contrasts. Now, back to self-striping yarn for a second. How does it work? No idea. How would I like it? No idea. But, I came across this yarn and thought, Why the heck not?
Verdict thus far? I'm liking it. All of it. It took me a while to find a toe up cast on that worked for me- I went with a Turkish CO. I won't embarrass myself by disclosing the number of times I had to start and restart the first toe. But, once I got the first one, the second one was a breeze, and I felt like I had one mini triumph already under my belt. I'm finding that the stripes are keeping my interest, and I'm making a concerted effort to try to not get too psycho about symmetrical stripes, but I'm nothing if not a stickler for symmetry, so we'll see how far I can go with that. (Yeah, I know- it won't be far. I'll pack light.)
I will also have a challenge up ahead when I get to working on the heel, but I have managed to not think about that too much thus far. Nor am I thinking ahead yet to the calf-shaping segment of the show, since more math is involved, and I have profound problems with math- even knitty math. Actually, I know I should start thinking about the short row heel now. I hope I can make sense of it.
So, how'd you like the differences in lighting for the three photos? Yeah, sorry about that. Well, at least you can a sense of the colors in the yarn. The first photo clearly shows the colors best, but I wanted to throw in some progress pics, so crappy night-time lighting was my only choice. They're coming along nicely, though, don't you think?
PS: What is with me and this color scheme?