Since I only have three sock projects on the needles right now, and that’s evidently too few, I’ve cast on a new one. Twice.

I kind of loathe toe-up socks, but loathe the ones with flap heels less so (oh, short-row heel, how you vex me). So when I realized that my first foray into real colorwork, Ziggy, was toe-up, I was a little annoyed, but only a little.  Mostly because secretly I love how Judy’s Magic Cast-On looks when you do it right.

The pattern calls for size 2 needles, but I usually have to go down a size, and against my better judgement I stuck with what the pattern called for. I got done with all the increases for the toe and found myself with something my husband could wear. While I love my husband very much, I was not knitting these socks for him, so I frogged back to the beginning and swapped the 2s out for 1s, and am happier now (plus I’ve fixed a flub-up that I made initially, where I did the wrong sort of increase). I’ve got four whole rows!

I promise to post photos when I’m a little farther along; this uses Trekking XXL in a deep slate grey:

and Noro Kureyon sock in a sort of grey-blue-teal:

which should shift colors between the grey stripes. I’m kind of excited. The Noro is scratchy but the Trekking isn’t, and I’m hoping that combined with a bit of extra lanolin, these will be comfy.

We shall see.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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3 Responses to Ziggy

  1. Jaclyn says:

    That is noro colorway 150, no? It is my personal favorite of noro’s colors and when I found out they discontinued it in Kureyon I went to Ravelry and bought every skein of it I could afford. I personally soften Noro up by using childrens 2-1 shampoo by suave. I know that sounds crazy… But I have had very good success with it so far!

    Hmmm two comments in a few minutes. Now you are going to think I am a stalker when really I just followed a trail to you through common interests.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Naaah. I’ve been commenting like mad on Aamba’s blog and I’ve sent her three embarrassingly long emails, so that makes me a stalker-type blog reader, too.

      Keep on commenting! It’s nice to meet you!

      (No more 150? Noooooooooooo!)

      • Jaclyn says:

        Oh… they didn’t discontinue the sock yarn in S150. Just the worsted/aran 150 kureyon.

        That makes me feel better that you are the slightly stalker type of blog reader too.

        btw and completely unrelated… I was once in Atlanta for a youth gathering… and I loved it there! Fantastic city! One of the few in the South I would be really happy living in!

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