In the Home Stretch.

Okay, so I totally blew my deadline of having these finished last week. But they will be finished this weekend , you can count on it, then they’re off to Northern Ireland !

I am learning *so* much about so many things with this unexpectedly epic little project : a braided cable, cuffing and reversing direction of knitting, narrowing down into a garter section (I chose to use smaller needles as well), Eye-of-Partridge stitch, sock gussets, and soon to be toe shaping and kitchener stitch… and I’m reinforcing my skill in reading a pattern (something I haven’t done much of, strangely). I had to totally improvise picking up stitches, and I got my SSK and K2tog mixed up a few rows on the first sock gusset start (quite obvious if you look closely at the one on the left). So far these have been a hugely valuable learning experience. I will miss them when they are done.

Heel Flap & Turn !

My first , very first HEEL FLAP & HEEL TURN ! Spent the good part of a day at my girlfriend Morrie’s house yesterday as we knit, drank yerbe matte, and laughed a lot (we watched some silly YouTube vids of hillarious Scottish comedy, apropo for a spell of turning a heel on Kilt Hose.) By her generous and patient nature, I managed to learn a new stitch pattern used for this particular Kilt Hose, called “Eye of Partridge” stitch, and shaped the heel flap, then managed to stay with the pattern as well as possible, through the turn. Thanks Morrie !

Kilt Hose project journey starts here.

Kilt Hose Progress Report

More than half way on the first of the pair ~ shown uncuffed, with garter section.

Have been reading a little about kilt hose making, as oppposed to regular sock making. One braw Scot might prefer his hose as thick and durable as one knitter can stand knitting. That means a wrestling through the cables a bit, but I’m loving the sturdy fabric ~ sport weight yarn w/ size 1 needles ~ which will make them very long wearing !

Decreases in the back.

Beginning of kilt hose project here

” John Anderson’s ” Kilt Hose.

John Anderson’s Kilt Hose on Ravelry here.

This  is the latest of three Kilt Hose attempts, with different gauges, yarn weights & blends, on different sized needles. I started with a very designer yarn shop wool/silk blend, but it was too big, too scratchy, too stiff, and too difficult to knit on the size #1 needles needed to achieve gauge. Then I tried KnitPicks ‘Swish’ which is 100% superwash wool, in DK weight, too big for the pattern stitches, not much better, though close. Very close, but still risking too big.

I’m just not in the mind space to rewrite the pattern, as when I get down to the foot part, I really don’t care to mess up a project I’ve never attempted before ~~~ socks ! So, I ordered 3 types of bare undyed wool & wool blend yarns from KnitPicks last week, knowing one of them would be right. ( I chose KnitPicks because I’m very accustomed to the yarn and I need yarn brand consistancy when guessing my way through something.) I am instinctively thinking the Sport Superwash Wool/Nylon yarn is going to be good for the gauge and size I need to make, but, it has some nylon (a slight disappointment, hopefully only for me) Actually, the nylon ingredient will no doubt achieve nice softness and stretch in the sock. A good ‘first sock’ project yarn.

There’s always the ‘next pair’ in nice all-natural blend, such as wool/alpaca or wool/silk (of another pattern, or altered pattern) with which I can try to make  Kilt Hose Finery . But that is another project, at another time. For this pair, I will just have to settle with some sort of compromise, and I’m hoping that wool/nylon blends are what most kilt hose is made from, and that it is acceptable for whom the hose are being knit for.  If the hose are too light, I will overdye with some tea I have in the cupboard,  Scottish Breakfast Tea to be specific, and that should leave them with a slight smokey scent for the finish.

I’d like these to be finished in time, as the kilt is being fitted soon and will be made and finished by end of August I believe, so it’s time to get crackin’  !