Greenhorn (plus giveaway)

So if you’ve been here any length of time at all, you know I’m a firm believer in top down socks with a heel flap.  But…every once and a while, the urge to do something a little (but let’s be real…only a little) bit different strikes me.  Greenhorn was one of those times!

These are actually a very mellow way to depart from traditional top down heel flap socks.  The leg is the same, the foot is the same, just the heel and gusset are handled a bit differently.  Instead of working flat over half the stitches to make a heel flap, then picking up stitches to make a gusset, you keep working in the round, increasing on each side of the foot to make the heel flap, gusset, and top of your foot all at once.  It’s kind of nifty!

The fit is similar, there’s just a bit more working in the round (which I generally prefer) and a bit less picking up stitches (which may not be my very favorite knitting task ever).  And if you’re using a striping yarn, you get a bit less of a break in the pattern than you do with a heel flap (let’s be fair…it’s not no break in the pattern, just less).  Plus, you know, it’s fun to try something new!

Though just in case you’re Really Quite Set on doing a traditional heel flap, there are instructions in the pattern for that too.  I promise I don’t mind if you’re feeling traditional!

These are made in Space Cadet’s Oriana in the color Fizz.  As far as I can tell, it’s the world’s most perfect yarn for tiny cables.  The stitch definition is so sharp you’ll stab yourself.  And when a yarn has teeny tiny plies like this, it’s super round, and you don’t get distracted by the shadows you sometimes see on a 2 or 3 ply yarn (one of these days we’ll have a very dorky discussion about this…but for now just trust me, this type of yarn makes tiny cables pop).

When they sent the yarn for these (they’re nice…they send me yarn…it makes me swoony), they very kindly sent along an extra skein, so I’m going to make one of you very very happy and send it your way.  Just leave a comment telling me how you feel about sock construction.  Why mess with tradition?  The weirder the better? A little variation is fine but nothing too crazy?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you guys like!

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to (I’m just not cool enough to get yarn to everyone, sorry!), I’ve got a coupon for this pattern.  You can use the code SHARP to get 10% off the hat between now and Friday.  Just put Greenhorn in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SHARP.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, May 19, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winners).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

Well that’s very tidy

Oh hey look, two toes.

gray cabled socksAround here, that totally means there are two whole finished socks (not sure how you toe up folks do it…if I knit my socks toe up, I’d get about 1/2 an inch past the heel and decide ‘eh, ankle socks are in now’ and call it a day).

gray cabled socksAnd yes, there will be a pattern down the road!  But since this sock lends itself to variations, and since I know some of the very nicest knitters in the world and they help me make samples, it seems like we’re going to do a few different versions of the sock (because three patterns in one is fun, right?).  So it will likely be out in the spring.

Nearly there

We’ve reached the point where I start questioning why I didn’t just make a note of how many rows I did after the foot pattern and before the toe decreases on the first sock.  Given that I reach this stage in most every pair of socks I knit, you’d think I’d just go ahead and start doing that.

DSC_0294 copyBut apparently, no.  Apparently I like counting rows on the knitting itself or something.

Clearly a sock

Yes, more progress!

DSC_0229 copyNo it’s not done.  Won’t likely be done for another month at least.

DSC_0218 copyBecause I’m lazy and shiftless I have lots of things competing for my time I’m taking my time and enjoying the process.  Yeah, that’s it.  That’s totally it.

Bite sized goals

I’ll be over here giving myself the ‘tiny steps add up’ pep talk, mkay?  We knitters are awfully good at that.

DSC_0207 copyEntire pairs of socks are tens of thousands of stitches.  That’s far too hard to think about.  I will, instead, be thinking just about this next row here.  Possibly about the ten rows that stand between me and the end of the leg.  But I will be staunchly ignoring the idea of the whole sock.