Repeated increases

I’ve been working on some socks, and I have realized that I like the Judy’s magic cast on when I’m starting from the toe-up. But I have a problem with the increases.

I like to increase at the sides, which means just inside the edge of the first and last stitches. But when I try an increase like Make one, I end up with holes I don’t like. When I tried the LLinc and RLinc that Cat Bordhi uses, it does NOT work well, at least on one side of it. I end up with one really stretched loop on the LLinc side. I tried to add the increases in the center of the front and back instead of at the sides, working from Cat’s statement that it doesn’t really matter where the increases are, but it looked rather peculiar.

I wonder what would happen if I moved the increases back and forth between two stitches, like the next to last stitch and the one right before it? I like the LRinc and LLinc increases due to their almost invisibility. And while I have used the Kf&b for increases — it’s fairly invisible — it’s hard to feel that it is even on both sides of the sock.

I’m frustrated by this.

November 2009 roundup

November 2009 roundup

What books did I read this month?

It’s a blur. But some new books did come out that I happened across at the bookstore. I did actually purchase the new Nalini Singh novel, though it was not as good as the previous books in the series. The love story didn’t quite work for me as well; I probably enjoyed the glimpses of previous characters a bit more than the actual storyline. But it did develop the overall series plot enough that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it.

Plus I’m contemplating the acquisition of some new sock-knitting books.

What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?

I kinda discovered the show Bones. I’m not watching it primetime, but I did discover the hulu.com is offering the last five episodes from the current season. And I’ve caught a couple of ongoing marathons. It has been quite good, but I must say it’s been rather disjointed in terms of ongoing storyline.

What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?

Well, Thanxmas happened in November. That was fairly big, because my family tends to laugh a lot when we get together.

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

We always exchange gift list ideas before Xmas season — it makes it easier to ensure that we get exactly what we truly like. One of the things I am most pleased about is a new steel thermos. I use this every week to take my morning coffee in to work with me. And this new one is doing a very good job.

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Hmm, well I did plenty of gift shopping. But the biggest is that I got my house painted and paid for that.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Ongoing concerns with sinus pressure leading to minor headaches. And I had the flu at the beginning of the month — the result of the trip to New York. Minor version, not H1N1, but the fever did last for five days. I went a little stir-crazy there. Plus a leftover cough from that bout of the flu that just won’t quit

What were my accomplishments this month?

House-painting was significant. And even though I didn’t do it, I regard it as an accomplishment to get big things done to my house. The question for that is: what next? I must prioritize.

What were my disappointments this month?

I didn’t get to do the scrapbooking I had hoped for. I really need to focus on that. I want to do that special book for the trip to Europe in September, but I am lacking the pictures from my sister.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

The last day of my Thanxmas visit, I went with Mom to her Senior Center to do an aerobics class. It was a little weird being in there with a lot of older people.