Free Time!

I don’t know about you, but I always feel as though I’ve been given a gift each fall when Daylight Savings Time ends. I love the concept of “falling back” an hour.  I only wish it didn’t necessitate “springing forward” each spring — it takes me a week to recover from the lost hour. But I digress.

This year I decided to take advantage of the hour gained by going off Daylight Savings Time last Sunday by starting a new project. I cast on stitches for (yet) another pair of socks at the top of the hour and marked my progress at the end of that hour. The geek in me decided to count the stitches –2,448 stitches in 60 minutes!

Not bad for a free hour’s work!

The yarn is Jorstad Creek Tweed Sock (100% BFL wool; 435 yards [397 meters]/100 grams) in the Chartreuse colorway. I’m using my go-to rib of k3, p1, and working the upper leg on size US 1.5 (2.50 mm) Signature double-pointed needles; I’ll work the lower leg, heel, foot, and toe on size US 1 (2.5 mm) needles. Working the upper leg on one size larger needles is a trick I learned long ago from the venerable Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. It gives just enough flare in the upper leg to accommodate the calf muscle. Brilliant!

How did you use your free hour?

7 thoughts on “Free Time!”

  1. Kate/Massachusetts

    Did you notice that on the Signature needles both the size 1 and 1.5 are the same mm size? Both are 2.5/2.50 mm….

  2. That is some ‘poison apple’ green! I’ve got one sock down to the foot. Had to find another sock to measure the length against, but now have started the toe decreases. Fall temps are so invigorating to get socks done.

  3. I have a sock knitting question. I have your book, Getting Started Knitting Socks. I want to make the cable clock socks, but I’m having trouble with the set-up row. My size calls for 64 stitches, but when I follow the pattern, it only covers 61 stitches. Is there a mistake in the pattern as printed in the book? Please answer soon, so I can get started on these beautiful socks!

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