This weekend, Wes and I went up to Long Island to visit my family. It was my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary celebration, so we were busy and spent a lot of time doing party stuff, and I didn’t get much time to knit. Not that August in NY is a time for knitting…. but that’s coming from a gal who knits in Charleston, so there’s not really much to say about that.
Here’s me binding off the cuffs, using the Kitchener bind-off that Steph taught me. It was life-changing. A regular bind-off won’t allow much stretch, so for sock cuffs it’ll either be too tight and not fit over your heel (or snap your yarn somewhere) or too loose and slip down. No good. The Kitchener bind-off, which involves basically grafting your knit stitches to your purl stitches as though they’re two separate live ends, gives you the stretch that a sock cuff needs without requiring some whole new bag of tricks. It’s really just Kitchener, although instead of “Knit, purl, purl, knit” it becomes some amorphous version of “Knit, purl, purl, shove-through-whichever-loop-makes-sense-and-don’t-worry-about-it.” When you’re working with two live rows of knit stitches snuggling up against each other, everything is gorgeous. When it’s a row of knit and a row of purl, and you’re coming at them from the same direction, you basically just shove your needle in and move on, thankful that it’s an edge and doesn’t have to look seamless. It’s about as seamy as it can get.
Now that I’m back home, I’m starting on the Ladybug socks (probably for Wes, but we’ll see whose feet they fit better once they’re finished). Note a liiiiiiittle bit of progress on the white handspun hat. It’ll be done soon, if I don’t jump into these Ladybug socks with both feet. Pun only sort-of-intended.