21 May 2006

Back Home in the Blue Ridge Mountains...

I feel like I owe the four people who read my blog regularly an apology. I stink. I've not had a substantive post in well over a week, and virtually no photos. But, to my credit, summer is a crazy time for my research -- I've been bouncing from one festival to the next, home for two nights at a time and then running out again to another. This weekend is festival-free, but I'm home in Charlottesville, visiting with my parents, tagging along while my friend attends her sister's UVa Law graduation. It's nice to be home, and I've (finally) been getting some knitting done. When I get back to my part of the world, I'll have photos, I promise. The "new advisor" footies are coming along well. I finished one this afternoon and am casting on right now for the second in the hopes that I'll actually finish this pair (it's been almost two months since I finished a pair of socks, despite the fact that I have five in progress right now. sheesh!). Question -- Does anyone have any suggestions for a good elastic cast off for socks? I knit these footies toe-up and a regular cast off makes for a really tight ankle. I can squeeze my foot in, but it's really not comfortable.

I hope for an Amazing Lace update/introduction on Tuesday over on my Amazing Lace page. I've been making good progress on Orangina and feel optomistic that I'll be able to finish her by next week (fingers crossed). I'm thinking of her as a sort of warm-up teamate for the Amazing Lace, though I'm not sure she'll really help prepare me for the T-SALP. I will continue to post links to that page here and probably most of the content except for the T-SALP. Mom has been very respectful of the secret page. We all like surprises...

5 comments:

Theresa said...

Try Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn cast off. It's what I usually use for toe-up socks. It's kind of like kitchenering off, but I'm not the best at explaining it.

amanda said...

I haven't tried the sewn cast off but when I knit toe up socks I do a crochet cast off and it is rather stretchy.

Veronique said...

The tubular cast-off is the best! It takes longer, but it's super stretchy and perfect for socks. (I wonder if it's the same as EZ's sewn cast-off?).

Chris said...

For my toe-up socks, I switch to needles 2 sizes up (so 2s for my socks knit on 0s) and knit the last round on the larger needles, then bind off on the larger needles - binding off in pattern. It does the trick - not too tight, not too loose - and not too fiddly (which is how the sewn and tubular bind offs seem to me).

Laura said...

Yes, yes, yes! A sewn cast-off! It rocks! Very, very easy and very stretchy. Here's how you do it. When you get to the end of your knitting, cut a tail about 4 to 5 times as long as the circumference of your sock. Thread a needle on it. Insert the needle into the first two stitches purlwise and then pull the yarn through. Leave the sts on the needle. Go back and put the needle into the first st knitwise. Drop that st off the needle and pull the yarn through. Repeat until you've bound off all the sts. Does that make sense? If not, email me. Also a picot bind off is stretchy, but it looks a little frillier, if you know what I mean.

I've been feeling bad about my lackadaisical blogging and blogreading and blogcommenting lately. But I've been really busy, too, and I try to remember that it's just a blog! About knitting! So no apology necessary! :)