After some agonizing over the choice of pattern for my all-important sophomore sock, I settled on ‘Vog On from this summer’s Knitty. (Hey, they did me right for the vital freshman sock. And look — the designer who created that pattern actually complimented me on my finished object! I may swoon.)
And so on to the new techniques: Judy’s Magic Cast-On, a technique that puts both sides of the toe on the needles at once and then knits in between them somehow; and Magic Loop, the counter-intuitive practice of knitting a small circular diameter on one very long circular needle.
Pinky the Flamingo is modeling the magic-cast-on toe that I spent all last night creating, along with a one and a quarter repeats of the lace pattern. One thing about the magic cast-on? The toe pocket is quite a bit shorter — maybe a third to a half — than a short-row toe done with a provisional cast-on. When I got done with the toe and put it over my foot to check the fit, it barely covered my toenails.
But isn’t that yarn beautiful? Knit Picks is about to put a variegated version of their Essential sock yarn on sale, and they had a test run that didn’t come out as vibrant as they intended, so they put it up for sale cheap as “Essential Multi Special.” I think it’s quite lovely as is.