cowering in fear of biding my time on starting to work on fixing the red hot mess that is Carter's Zip-up Ski Vest and so when I went to Kathy's for knit night on Friday I took the socks with me. It took a couple of minutes to get my bearings (since I lost the color chart long ago and now it is just in my head and on the socks). Once I figured out where I was, it's been smooth sailing.
I started from where the darning needle is on Friday night.
The first sock with main colors purple & pink
Sewing up the seam that runs from the top of the heel to the top of the cuff.
Pulled tight together the pattern matches up perfectly (Shame it didn't happen on the FIRST try)
Stitches picked up and heel in progress. Notice the hole left at the bottom of the seam. I'll take care of this once I finish the heel. The tail of the seam is hanging on the inside to finish the seam.
Time to turn the heel. The three parts of a completed heel (heel flap, turning the heel, and picking up the gusset stitches) are my absolute favorite things to knit. I can't imagine how anyone ever figured out how to do this but he/she was a freakin' genius!
Heel turned. All is right with the world (or my sad little corner of it anyway).
Colors switched, gusset decreases done (the trick is to add an extra stitch for the selvage on each side and remembering to do the decrease when there are 4 stitches left instead of the usual 3), all live stitches back on the needles. All that's left now is a inch or two of the foot, the toe decreases, grafting, sewing the seams on the sides of the foot, and the rest of the tails.
Fits great! This yarn is Web's brand of Valley Yarn Superwash wool in a worsted weight that I bought the one time I was actually there! If you are ever in the neighborhood (Mass) you MUST visit this amazing place. Not to be sacrilegious but it is the equivalent of Mecca for yarn and fiber lovers. The colors are 419 Biscuit, 320 Plum, 522 Teal, 694 Spring Leaf, Black, and I don't see the same pink color there anymore but 913 Mauve would certainly work.
Two seams and the tails to go...
It looks like I am going to sail through this qualifying round. Then I won't have any more excuses to keep me from getting my ass in gear on that red hot mess....