I’ve had a few friends tell me that it’s nice to see me blogging again. I’m going to run with that, including writing posts where I don’t have a great deal of revelatory content. For instance, this post is entirely based around the toe of a sock. Knit by me. This afternoon. And some this evening while I chatted with a friend, and watched old episodes of Fraiser. (Don’t judge me. I love David Hyde Pierce.)
It was a long process. It was a hard day. I have a hard time saying that. I imagine what my hard day looks like next to the hard days of a few billion other people without healthcare or financial stability, and I have a dark laugh. All the things I can’t control. Anyway.
I measured my foot in four different places. I have formulas that say how to figure out what your cast on should be by the number of stitches per inch in your gauge, including some negative ease (10% is the number I see bandied about). My math was correct, I checked it several times. I knit two sock toes, and both times they came out way too big even though the gauge was spot-on. WHAT SAY YOU, GAUGE FAIRES? I was getting so tired, and trying not to feel depressed that knitting socks was the thing making me tired. I only have so much energy in a day, is this really what I’m doing with it? I asked myself this, and for some reason, heard back, “YES!”
So I ate a bowl of corn chex in almond milk (someday these details may be pertinent) and kept going. YouTube finally helped:
For her toe she uses the Seam Free Rounded Toe pattern, and that’s what you see in my picture up above. I had been looking at two books and three printed patterns trying to figure out how to start, and how to use my measurements that seemed so clearly not to fit on any pattern scaffolding I could find. And then I just started this toe, and I stopped way earlier than I normally do because it just seemed like a good idea, and now I’m going to knit a little farther and see what happens. Maybe a sock will happen.