Red Sweater Progress

I haven’t posted in a week. I should be ashamed, I suppose. So much has to be done this time of year and there aren’t enough hours in the day. A few days ago I got an email telling me my spoiler had to drop out of secret pal because of a family health emergency. She was such a wonderful secret pal. She had taken the time to find things that really suited me. I hope their recovery/outcome is the best possible.

I’ve been working on the socks for one of the kids and they are zipping right along. I am going to make another pair for the other kid before I start on some for my husband. Toe up socks are really different than top down, but I am starting to get them figured out. I doubt that I will one of those people that loves it so much they only make toe up socks. There are disadvantages. If they turn out too short, it is harder to lengthen them. Or to replace the toe/heel if they wear out. The one thing I haven’t figured out yet is the grafted top. I might make a swatch and try grafting that to get the hang of it. I grafted half of the top of the first sock, but it didn’t seem all that elastic. And it looked terrible. My littlest knitter wants to run away with her new sock and play with it. I’m glad she likes it!

I’ve gotten quite a ways into my Elann sweater, too. There are several needle size changes and I am close to the second change. The sweater is knit from the top down and uses 4 different sizes of needles. You change sizes when you end a ball of yarn. I started with size 8 needles and will end 10.5 needles. I am using Elann Peruvian Highland yarn and it is SO soft. As you can see, it is my favorite color:

Comments

Michelle said…
Hope things are OK with your pal...

I kind of like toe-ups...maybe because I royally suck at grafting!
The_Add_Knitter said…
Wow, I am very intrigued with the 'changing needles thing' and the Elann sweater, I'll be watching for progress on that one--no pressure!;)
Rebecca said…
I haven't tried toe up socks yet - on my to do list, like so many other things. The Elann sweater is off to a great start - I, too, am interested in that "changing needles thing."

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