Over the past year I've found myself wanting to make new socks - not least because they're much more comfortable to wear than shop-bought ones - but when it comes to actually getting on and knitting them, it's a different matter and each pair is taking me ages to complete.
I cast off a pair of Charade socks yesterday though. The yarn's Schoppel Wolle Admiral Ombre in an orange variegated colour. As per usual, I took the stitch pattern from the sock, but made them toe-up using my own variation of a heel turn. I did try and get some photos of how I do my heel turn on toe-up socks, but they were taken before I'd bought the New Camera and aren't clear enough. I'm thinking of doing a photo step-by-step using some plain acrylic DK and 4mm needles as I think that might be easier to see.
The pattern's very easy to do. A simple herringbone-type rib, two rows, every other one of which is just plain knit. I did modify the pattern ever so slightly. The pattern's a 4-stitch one and is written as (k2, rib2) repeat, but I did it as (k1, rib 2, k1) repeat so that the pattern was centred on the stitches of each needle.
This is close-up of the stitch pattern:
The weather's much more summer-like this week, so Jess and I have been enjoying our walks in the morning. Today, we were out for about an hour (with a couple of stops to chat to people we know) and I took her past the local primary school, down to the river, along the river path that runs behind the Fiveways supermarket, then back, along the road and up the lanes on our housing development. After her breakfast and a big drink of water, she's spent most of the time since we've been back having a snooze! Jess has also been very much enjoying that the wheat in the field behind us has grown a lot in the last few weeks and has been rushing about in it at every opportunity:
I'll be back soon. I cast on some new socks yesterday and despite what I said earlier about socks taking me ages at the moment, these are knitting up very fast.... let's hope the momentum keeps going!