Upping the Learning Curve

Several years ago, I tried to knit a sock from the toe up, but the “wrap & turn” technique just left holes along side the toe and I gave up long before I reached the heel.  I hated it!  Last night, I got onto Youtube and tried Judy’s Magic Cast On and used the “knit one in the front and back of the same stitch” technique of increasing to give it another try.  Why?  Because I’d like to knit socks with more of my handspun without risking running out of yarn and toe up is the best chance for this.

Gynx Fairy

I am really pleased with how this turned out.  There are no holes along the toe increases and I am now on the foot portion with a 2-2 rib on the top.  When I get to the heel, I plan to use Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel.

By the way, the yarn I am using is from Gynx Yarns and it is her Fairy colorway on her Strong Sock base. And if you like podcasts, Gynx’s are really good!!

gynx label

I fell in love with this color in her shop a year or so ago, and am just now getting around to knitting it into socks.  Just for information’s sake, I cast on 6 on each of two needles using Judy’s Magic Cast On and increased up to 64 stitches using size 2 needles.  I’ve tried them on and they fit pretty good over the toe and onto the foot.  I like having ribbing on the top of the foot to give it a snugger fit without having to drop to smaller needles, but if I do plain old stockinette feet, I drop down to a size 1 or 1.5.

One thing Scott and I share is a passion for learning.  We’ve watched nearly all of the Time Team episodes on YouTube and have gotten a real education on British archaeology.  Also, I have been watching documentaries on cooking, dressing and the lives of real people from Tudor times up through WWII. I’ll gather up the links of the documentaries I have been watching and get them posted.  I just wish the US was as good at things types of things as the British are.

There are a lot more things I want to learn how to do.  Now just to find the time. 🙂

3 Responses

  1. Stephanie H Says:

    I started watching a cooking show about early American cuisine. The chef is using all cast iron and fire oven the size of a whole wall. I’m really loving it, but I have no idea what it’s called. It was one of those what is this, so I sat and watched it.

  2. Sandy O' Says:

    I’ve done the toe-up sock with the Judy’s Magic cast on and it is my favorite. I like your suggestion of using the rib stitch on the top, I’ll try that next. I use the afterthought heel method if I’m not sure about the amount of yarn I have.
    I haven’t been watching much TV or YouTube lately. But I do like the British shows the best.

  3. Cheryl Says:

    Yay! How exciting! I’m learning toe up too! I was planning to do the Sweet Tomato Heel too but several knitters have told me it fits funny. So, I’m going to look for a good video on a different type of heel. I’ll be curious how it goes for you. Please let us know. 🙂

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