29 December 2012

Socks. no, no really

red fixation ankle socks
Neighbour's Fixation socks
If you know me, you know I don't usually knit socks. I know how. I'm just not that into it in large measure because I'm just not into socks.

Seriously, more often than not, my feet are nekkid and I like it that way. If they aren't naked, they are covered with very utilitarian store bought socks that work and play well with athletic shoes.

You can tell it is Winter in San Diego when I'm wearing socks indoors. I won't turn on the heat but I will wear long sleeves, long pants and socks.

3 pairs of self-striping yarn on blockers
Socks for Martha, Carol & Carol -- just chilling

So why socks? I have friends who do not share my nekkid feet preferences. A certain subset of those friends are friends I have known for a very, very, long time and recently reconnected with.

Two of the friends were in town in 2012 to do the Rock N Roll marathon and in the days following their visit, on a chance visit to Tuesday Morning, that store had sock yarn not only called Marathon but also in a colourway named for the city one of those long time friends calls home.

Socks suddenly seemed a reasonable project. Blissfully, none of us have big foot syndrome but fitting socks from a distance is a bit of a challenge.

Martha models one each of her and Carol (Fla) socks
Quite the pair don't you think?
Unless you're a fussy footed type, dedicated sock knitter or someone who lurks in sock knitting forums (I won't tell and I won't judge) you probably have no idea what a challenge fitting socks can be and how many different types of heels, toes and techniques are involved.

For the most part, my store bought socks rarely fit well but I've never been bothered enough to take to the needles but I wasn't about to subject my friends' feet to such indignity.

When a perfect pattern search proved as pointless as expected, I went with a sampling plan that took a sampling of toe up cast on techniques (use a circular needle or scream a lot), a ribbing from here with a guesstimate of length from there and a stretchy bind off from some place else.

Then just to be safe. I enlisted the aide of a neighbour with the same shoe size but very, very different feet indeed.

my black and red missing socks
Mine still unfinished and MIA
The test socks fit neighbour's fussy (allergic to wool) feet, visiting Martha's feet and mine so I finished the three originally planned pair and the thank you pair for neighbour.

I started to give into the sock knitting siren and began a pair for me with some leftover black and red Fixation.  The photo was taken in mid-September.  Before that finished sock and the sock in progress went on their own walkabout/MIA  I knit several more inches and was ready to the turn the heel.   With a bit of luck they'll turn up before my sock wearing season is over.

28 December 2012

What's Up & What's Not -- Rounding out 2012

Yarn Bombed Tree 5th Avenue July 2012
Has she fallen off the fiscal cliff, did she abandon knitting, have the walks stopped, has she given up on ducks?

None of the above but it has been an eventful in real life year with a lot more online activity on Facebook than here on Blogger.

My long time web page went dark this year as shared hosting no longer fit my need to protect my content and finding affordable alternatives has not been easy or a major priority.

Walkaboutknitter.com remains my domain name although the saga of the web hosting company and domain registry is an ongoing comedy of errors

The page is down and that means Positively Polygonal is also offline.

Rest assured all content is safely archived and ready to move when I find a happy new home with root access control and other must have qualities.

Yarn Bombed Tree 5th Avenue July 2012
This year did have knitting content including four pairs of socks (five if you count the slated for me orphan still on the needles somewhere), four accepted but still not published designs (three of them mine), a scarf and a shawl.

Yeah, I know, pretty paltry and other than the prototype of one design and an unfinished sock somewhere, they are all residing somewhere other than here.

The year also had art projects, craft projects, photography (new cameras!) and, of course, ducks.

Lots of changes for me, lots of changes in the hood so plenty of fodder for posting and hopefully the will do actually write and post.  More on all of that and more later.

For now, an update on the tree in this post. Nope I didn't do the yarn bombing and sadly its yarn has lost its colour.