Though based on the way my day has gone I should probably skip the OJ and just suck straight out of the vodka bottle. Alas I do not drink alcohol ever so I’m coping by knitting a sock. We all have our coping mechanisms. Some people pray. I knit socks.
I have cast on (about 4 or 5 times to be accurate) my final second semester Loopy Grad School project. The beginning has been rough but it makes a good distraction from the hellscape that was my day.
The pattern is Double Heelix by Jeny Staiman. Jeny is obviously a dominatrix of knitting. She enjoys making knitters suffer for their socks. You’ll notice they have rated this pattern extraspicy on Knitty. That seems a little low to me but it is their highest difficulty level. The yarn I’m using is JulieSpins half pint in orchid (the lighter one) and magenta (the darker one).
There are a number of interesting things about this pattern and since it’s available for free on Knitty.com I feel free to share the details. The pattern has you begin knitting the sock in the middle of the heel magic loop style using 4 strands of yarn. (This requirement for Loopy Grad School is to knit a sock with unusual construction. This one is over qualified as far as I’m concerned.) The tangle of yarn in the photo seems par for the course since there are video instructions on how not to tangle the yarn. I’m sad to say I skipped that video since I already had 4 windows open on my iPad and was frantically flipping back and forth between them. So the cast on is Judy’s Magic Cast On but done backwards. Or maybe upside down. I’m not sure. It is magic but my brain that has trouble processing left and right is also having trouble with 2 strands of yarn and two needle ends all being used at once by one knitter who is using an iPad at the same time. I figured it out once I found the technical drawings on Jeny’s blog. She’s really thought of everything. Once you get the initial stitches cast on there is another YouTube video explaining how to actually knit the first few cycles of the heelix design-thank the knitting goddess because the words made little sense until I saw it in action. I have read ahead and I see the words crochet chain. This scares me but I remember reading provisional cast on and putting stitches on a holder in some of the helpful projects on Ravelry so I’m not going to panic* until I get there.
If you’re the praying type send a few my way. The sock and I could use it.
* I’m reserving my panic for the news. Our governor has declared a state of emergency and the mayor of the big city nearby has cancelled the St Patrick’s Day parade and is looking side-eyed at the marathon. H has been told to work from home. Colleges are sending students home and having classes remotely. Could you pray for all these people too?