I mainly read knitting and cooking blogs. I don't know what it says about me that I'd rather read about what Internet people create and how they do it than what bloggers feel and do...I suspect it just confirms how antisocial and introverted I am! Anyway, with these subject-specific blogs that I read, the good ones improve over time - the photos look better, the writing is more interesting and often the knitting/cooking improves. This makes sense, because clearly if you do something often you're going to get better at it.
Well, unless you're me. I've been sharing random thoughts and knitting projects on the Internet for over five years, and look at the best I can do:
I can't even figure out how to make them sit next to each other! I am the worst blogger ever.
These are two pairs of socks knitted for my big-footed boyfriend. The first ones are knitted in Opal Rainforest in Raupe (Caterpillar). Opal, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways - you're a wonderful hardwearing sock yarn that knits up nicely, tells stories with your colourways and also looks pretty. You're the bomb. Incidentally, these were his birthday socks that I started knitting while in hospital. His birthday is in May, I finished them last week...near enough is good enough, right?
The second pair are my annual footy finals pair. Interestingly, two years ago I struggled to get a pair of short socks finished for Sam in the three weeks between the qualifying and the grand final. These ones were longer with a deeper heel and I knocked them off in 10 days. I'm definitely knitting faster, which is good to know. These socks are knitted with Moda Vera Noir in Laguna that I got from Spotties on sale for $4. Cheapest sock yarn evah! Not bad but definitely an inferior yarn to the Opal. It'll be interesting to see how these hold up over time.
As I have mentioned numerous times, Sam has massive feet. I recently realised that not only are his feet massive, the volume of his heel is huge also. I don't know how to explain it well - he's got a high instep and his socks always strained around the heel area. Following the advice of the great Elizabeth Zimmermann, I designed a heel that would accommodate that greater volume. I knit the heel flap 1.5 times as long as the normal heel flap, which means I pick up more stitches from the side which leads to longer gussets and a better-fitting sock. However, it uses a crapload more yarn - about 10-15% (maths is not my strong suit). But it's worth the extra sock-knitting for a sock that fits like a dream.
Because even though I suck at photography it doesn't mean I don't care, I broke out the iPhoto special effects: