Do you resist trying something new? Our twelve-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, pledged to try new foods this
year. So far she is glad she tried salmon, bok choy, ceviche and nectarines (hey, they don’t all have to be big steps!). On the “no thanks” or not again list are sashimi and broccoli rabe. In the same spirit, I have decided to try a different skill with each sock I knit this year and it was time for me to knit a toe up sock. This is especially appropriate since these socks are for Jaclyn, the first I have knit for her. I would like to claim loving motherly reasons for this gift project but truthfully I‘m just making sure she stays away from my Handmaiden socks. I found them on her feet last week! gasp!
I’m not quite sure why I have been so resistant to this concept. Many love it. I can appreciate the benefits. The Socks that Rock yarn I’m using requires only one ball, so I'll be less stressed about running out of yarn. Thanks to my handy-dandy scale I can just stop when the yarn is half done. Simple. And then there’s the biggy; no Kitchener stitch toe finishing.
I played around with a provisional cast on and short row toe pattern; wrapping each turn then picking up the wrap as I increased for the other side. Even though I knew what to expect I was enthralled with the shaping of the toe cap once I started increasing. Picking up the provisional stitches to close the toe was pure fun (what does that say about my life?). So far trying new things is paying off.