Another new discovery – reinforcing yarns. The need to reinforce toes and heels was not included in the sock classes I have taken to date. Fortunately a fellow knitter mentioned it while she was making a pair of socks. Sadly my local yarn shop doesn’t carry such yarn (maybe why it’s not part of the classes).
Fortunately said fellow knitter was able to find an online source for multiple colors of reinforcing yarns – Jimmy Beans. So I had fun picking colors to go with all the sock yarns I’ve already purchased. And they arrived today!!! Put them into a clear ziplock type bag and I’m all set for future sock knitting.
You can see that I’m now definitely converted to toe up two at a time sock knitting on magic loops. This is my second pair. I also converted the Ravelry Dragonfly Socks pattern into toe up. This is not rocket science as it simply means reversing the order of the pattern. I used Judy’s Magic cast-on to start the toes. When I got to the heels I just did a short row heel. I did the whole heel on one sock before moving to the second sock. I don’t think it matters if I’d have done row by row across the two heels but it’s easier to me to just do the whole heel before moving on to the second stock’s heel. AND then I don’t need two spools of reinforcing yarn if I’m not making two heels at a time.
I’m almost done with these socks. A few more pattern repeats and then the cuff. These are a gift. Can’t wait to get the next pair on needles as they will be for me!!