Yesterday's afternoon commute saw the last round of the foot—today we start (and likely finish) the toes. Tonight, at LICKnit, grafting and finishing (there are still over a dozen tails to be woven in!) and they will be socks!
The toes are going to be plain (not patterned)—linen stitch is lovely, but too tedious for the toe--besides, it won't be seen.
I don’t need to worry about reinforcing the toe (beyond the nylon in the yarn).
I have over 30 pairs of hand knit socks (I’ve knit more, but they’ve been gifted)
So, on average, I wear a pair once in a month. I don’t wear socks in the summer, so each sock gets worn about 9 to 10 times a year.
Some of my oldest hand knit socks are 5 to 7 years old (I had stopped knitting socks for a long time—and only started again when I learned the 2 on 2 circ method) –and while they are getting worn –they are no where near threadbare (or worse holey!) and back when I knit them, I wore them much more often--since I didn’t have a drawer full of socks to chose from.
So I don’t worry much about sock life…at the rate I knit (and the infrequency of wear) I could stop knitting socks today, and still have almost a life times worth. So extra re-enforcement of the toe is not an issue I worry about.
Tomorrow, back to work on blacks and greys if the somber City Socks—they’ve quietly waiting but once I start, they will race like a New York minute.
I didn’t knit anything last night—not a stitch on 2 row scarf, not a stitch cast on for the Fair Isle tam. I did wind up some yarns (for a swap) and I made a pair of earrings.
I put a jumper ring on a bead (a fancy bead, but a bead all the same) and also linked the ring to earring hardware. Hardly any effort or creativity--But they are pretty earrings, and I am happy with them, and wearing them today!