Friday, February 20, 2009

Leyburn ponderings...

So. I have come to the point where it is time to start paying attention to turning the heel. Deciding just where to do it and such. I am glad i realized that because with this pattern stitch it is suggested to increase a bit on the instep before turning the heel. If I had missed that instruction: frustration.

I like the way it's coming along. The sock. It's a nice snug foot. More fitted than my other endeavors. I seem to prefer this so far as it shows I am improving at getting a good fit. Toe up construction just seems to make sense. I dunno why the standard is the opposite. I hope to become good enough at reversing pattern directions that I might be able to modify to get a good, custom, ideal fit. In socks and everything else.

The yarn I am using was originally purchased with the designation to become a clapotis. Two skeins at about 360 yards each. As a single skein is intended to provide for a complete pair of socks (of the average persuasion with regards to foot length and cuff length variances) the question arises: how long to make these leyburns?..

I could stop after turning the heel on this first sock, place it aside as i begin and complete the heel on the second sock, see how much yarn I have left, split it evenly between the two, and make a basic pair of socks.

Or I could complete the first sock an make the second to match with no regards to having leftover yarn.

Or I could keep knitting until the first skein gone. Letting the yardage determine the length and using the entire second skein for the next sock.

The issues with each option respectively:

What would I do with the other skein of korrppi after completing leyburns of average length? sure that's an issue of stash and therefore not an issue. but would i really make another pair of socks in the same colorway? and having only one skein limits my non-sock options for the yarn. just a bit.

The second option might leave me with half a skein of yarn left. or force me to wind the second skein for just a few yards in order to finish up. This option throws all caution to the wind and let's the project decide. hmmm. i don't really like that.

The third option, using an entire skein for each sock, seems the most appealing. but would require bit of design, math and time extension (into the "long-term projects" category. working on shaping and calf increase and such. i would really want to take my time and invest my energy properly into such an endeavor. those could be just knee-high or there might be enough yarn in those skeins to accomplish thigh-high or above the knee socks. i am not so good with the estimating due to lack of sock knitting experience and most of my projects going, thus far, unfinished.

Then there are issues with regards to wearability.

what can i wear them with in terms of footwear, and outfitting?
do i intend to be able to fit these into my work wardrobe? because if not, i might never get very much opportunity to wear them...
and so, when i wear them do i intend for them to be seen?
and a million more ponderings.



Lynne E. said...

What you should do, when knitting socks--especially when using the Blue Moon 360-yard skeins--is divide the skein into two balls of even weight when you first wind the skein, one ball for each sock. But you already haven't done that!

I don't think you mentioned how long your sock foot is, so I'm not sure what size you are knitting. However, I was able to knit a pair of socks with a 10-inch foot and a 5.5-inch leg out of a single skein of BMFA yarn, using 66 stitches for the foot and 72 for the leg. That left me with about 8 yards, so if you knit a 5-inch leg (including the ribbing), you should have plenty of yarn left for the second sock.

Lynne E. said...

A second comment: Although you definitely should be able to get a knee-high sock out of a 360-yard skein (!), it will take a fair amount of fiddling to knit the leg in the Leyburn pattern as you make the calf increases, unless you opt for some kind of non-Leyburn panel along the center back of the sock. (Leyburn knee socks have been done, of course.)

Why not just use the second skein of Korppi for a pair of gift socks knitted in a different pattern?

smariek said...

Sorry, no advice on the sock since I have only just started knitting socks myself and have only finished one pair.

I suppose you could make the pair of socks with a moderate length you like, and then use the leftovers to make a (matching?) pair of fingerless mitts?

theaco said...

Hey we must be cosmically linked as far as patterns are going. I'm in the middle of Leyburns as well and I'm thinking of switching from the suggested short row heel to standard one but I have to think about it since I've never done the standard in a toe-up sock before....good luck with your heel!