Thursday, July 05, 2012

Heels!


It's about time! I started June's sock late—and here it is 1/6th of the way into July, and June's first pair of sock—toe up blue lace socks are just getting to being half finished. I had started working on the heels (the increase part) before I stopped knitting and spend most of June sewing. Then last night I finished the increases, and finished up the the short rows to complete the heel. This AM I did a few more rounds—Plain in the back, continued pattern in front, and now the back of the sock is tall enough that with a new pattern repeat about to start, the pattern will continue round the sock—both front and back.

They are slightly smaller than my average sock (cause these socks aren't—like 99% of the socks I knit—for me) and fit LEGS nicely.

Now all that remains is a straight run to cuff. I like Paton's Kroy socks—all the different varieties (I think I have them all, and in every color, with some doubles!) but a 50g skein is only 165 yards--(vs say the Chroma I showcased yesterday (396 yds per 100g/198 yds per 50g,) or Lion Brands Sock Ease(438 yd per 100g/219 yds per 50 g)--it's a rather small skein.

The yarn is a bit thinker—but mostly it's just heavier. I find I get 8/8.25 stitches to an inch with all three yarns (well I am guessing that with the Chroma, since I haven't knit with it, but I have knit with other similar yarns, and other KnitPick yarns)--and I get a good quality fabric, too. This is based on how well the socks wear, as well as how they feel. (I have had only 1 pair of sock in 10 years of knitting socks develop a hole—and that was Koigu—Lovely stuff to knit with, but its fingering weight yarn is not really sock yarn!)

So with slightly less yardage, there is a finite limit to how tall these socks will be—Not that they will be short—I just checked on the scale, I still have a full 50 g. left (of the combined skeins) so there is enough yarn left for a full pair of socks—I won't end up with anklets!

The heat wave continues—it is slightly less humid today (but the forecast is still for the mid 90°'s (That is OVER 32° C—but not as hot as 36°--still too damn hot—anyway that you want to measure it.)

My limited knowledge of Celsius system is based on a few landmarks—0°C= 32°F, (freezing point of water) 16°C=61°F, (inverted symmetry) 37°=98.6° (body temp) 100°= 212° (boiling point of water). It's not perfect and complete knowledge—but enough for a reasonable gauge (I can read C measurement when traveling and have a clue—the best days are warmer than 16°--but not so hot as 37°) Every once in awhile, I google a site to get exact exchanges... but most often I just approximate.

Yards/meters are close enough for the most part—That it rarely matters (I do have (for sewing) a METER stick—but I still call it a yard stick (well it has both systems (one per side) and I still tend to use the inches/yard side—but in theory, I could measure meters!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Add to your Celsius to Fahrenheit benchmarks: 16C=61F That, plus knowing that 38C is too hot and low 20s C is about right have been enough for to hear or read a weather report in Celsius and know what to wear. Not precise, necessarily, but sufficient for living.

Another handy tidbit to put in the back of the brain is that a sheet of standard U.S. paper is 28 cm. tall. That and knowing the real conversion for an inch allow estimates in cm.