so after my success in forming a sock-ish object last week, i decided to give it another go with a different pattern to compare the results. i used the single bed sew-as-you-go sock from dianna natters on--a really great feature of which is that she has a video to show the different steps called for in the pattern. i also reduced the number of cast on stitches and tightened the tension in the mistaken belief that this would somehow make a better-fitting sock. (i still have so much to learn in that department).
when i got to the seam-as-you-go part, again, i got the same crazy lump at the beginning of the pick up that i got on my first sock, so i decided to rip it back, take it off the machine, and contemplate the meaning of socks.
about an hour later, ella came along and slipped her foot in the half-finished sock and said, "hey, if you make the sides a little higher, and the back a little lower, this would be a cozy slipper."
and then, with the quickness of thought that is natural to most geniuses, she said, "and if you turned it around, you could sew down the flap and it would be a slipper already."
reenactment, act II
so i did. and she was right. it makes a cute slipper--the side is still a little low but this is a good proof of concept. she wants me to make the mate, and then she wants more pairs in every color. :)
so, my advice to anyone learning to knit socks on a single-bed knitting machine is this: make sure you have a seven-year-old there to help.
for the SRC: i'm trying not to get carried away this early in the game. so i'll take 1 point for using a little yarn, and 50 points for doing something new again. 51 points.
*since finding the tutorial that i used to make this sock/slipper, diana has posted that she will soon have a video tutorial for a sock knit on the bond ultimate sweater machine, which is readily available at most craft stores. it looks like it is going to be a good sock too, so i’ll definitely give it a try and report back.