Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Funny Feet

His feet sure look funny, but he's got cute knees:

The picture is really about his new socks, but I get distracted when Jim wears shorts. He loves long socks, but I don't love knitting them. I'm very happy that this pair is done. The stripes of the Kroy FX helped make them fun.

And in other news, here's a tip for casting on a lot of stitches. I like to put in stitch markers every 20 stitches to make counting easier and more accurate. One time I had to cast on over 400 stitches (it was for a bottom up shawl). Not being sure I even had that many stitch markers, I grabbed a contrasting ball of sock yarn and after casting on twenty stitches I put in a slip knot of the contrast yarn. Then, every twenty stitches I put in a backward loop of contrast yarn, making sure that there was plenty of extra contrast yarn in between. I didn't cut the contrast yarn, so it's not wasted and can be used again or even knit with. 

And here it is, my latest unvention:

Oh yeah, and that's no shawl on the needles. That's my Rowan sale yarn in the process of being knit up into an Eadon cardigan.


  1. Julia in KW8:15 am

    Excellent idea for the stitch markers while casting on...and no loss of yarn!

  2. What a clever idea. I ususally cut the thread and have a bunch of spare bits about.

  3. OMG!! You have the best husband. And - Eadon is one drop dead gorgeous sweater.

  4. Yeah those are some long socks. I don't blame you for not enjoying knitting them.

  5. What a great idea for long cast ons! Thank you for unventing it.

    I was reading on Rav that you were making Eadon. It would seem I am stalking you, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

  6. Might that be some Felted Tweed? I love the Eadon sweater -- I'll be watching to see how yours turns out.

    I hope the poison ivy has cleared up. Miserable stuff.