As I write this entry I'm listening to French hip-hop rap accordion music by Java. I acquired this unique CD after listening to an NPR music review while on the way home from a Java programming class a couple years ago. At that time, I appreciated the music as well as the coincidence between the group's name and my choice of programming languages.
This morning I noticed that the coincidences continue. The woman on the cover is holding knitting needles and yarn although she doesn't appear to actually know how to knit. On the back cover there's a picture of her grasping the needles in an "X" position and the yarn is draped around the needles in a tangled mess. Not to take this too seriously, but it's funny how others perceive knitting as only a kitschy thing. I guess we can blame that on knitted toilet paper covers and the like.
Here are the completed socks. I'll be giving them to Lily in a couple of weeks and hope to get better photos then.
Since I started from the cuff I had to close the toes using the Kitchener stitch. I can never remember how to do this from memory so I decided to capture pictures of the process.
With the first stitch still on the tapestry needle, insert it into the next stitch on the front needle purlwise. Pull the thread through both stitches.
Keeping the thread under the knitting needles, insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back knitting needle purlwise. Transfer this stitch from the knitting needle to the tapestry needle.
Insert the tapestry needle into the second stitch on the back knitting needle knitwise. Pull the thread through both stitches.
Repeat these four steps until all but two stitches are left. Now, insert the tapestry needle into the last stitch on the front knitting needle knitwise and transfer it to the tapestry needle. Insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the last stitch on the back knitting needle and pull the thread through both stitches. If the stitches are uneven, adjust the stitches with the tip of a knitting needle. Start on the side opposite of the running thread and tug at the side of each consecutive stitch, transferring any slack from one stitch to another. Eventually any slack will end up on the last stitch, which can be tightened by pulling on the running thread. Now, pull the running thread to the backside of the sock and weave in the end.