[Warning! Rockin' Sock Club spoiler ahead!]
I am a big proponent of the phrase "Don't knock it till you try it." I totally agree that you should try something before you declare you don't like it, whether it be a new food or some sort of activity, like, say, knitting. You can't honestly tell if you will like something or not before you really give it a chance. Like oysters and clams, or escargots. All things I'm really not a fan of, but at some point in my life, I've tried them. Then and only then was I allowed to utter the phrase, "I don't like clams." Fair's fair, right?
Same goes for knitting techniques. In this particular case, the provisional cast on. I consider myself to be a fairly competent knitter, although I do admit to never having tried a provisional cast on. Not that I think this makes me any less of a knitter, but still.
So these here Rockin' Sock Club socks...the Inside Out socks...they call for a provisional cast on, and a short row toe. I know a lot of people use these techniques, and many for just this purpose, which would be forming a very neat toe on a sock. Don't get me wrong, I love how mine has so far turned out. But I won't lie to you and say this was the most relaxing knitting I've ever done. The first half of the toe went along fine and without incident, although I secretly feared that I would have to redo it if I'd knitted my cast on into the wrong set of bumps on my crochet chain, even though I'd practiced already.
Ugh! There were a few choice words coming out of my mouth as I was grumbling my way through this process. I decided then and there that I don't like provisional cast ons. Maybe in a larger gauge, but not this one. Needless to say I did all this in the Moose-less peace and quiet of our bedroom.
All that said, I LOVE how it turned out. It is truly a fabulous-looking toe, and I can totally see why lots of people love this technique. But I'm just wondering, for me, is it worth the half-hour of angst it caused? I don't know. Perhaps I'll have a better answer after the second sock. I'm just not sure if it's my inexperience that made it tough, or if I'm doing something wrong. I used a bit of different sock yarn as my waste yarn, was that an error? Should I have used a thicker yarn? I won't change my technique for sock #2 but for future reference I ought to investigate.
Once I got into the ribbing, I took my knitting downstairs in hopes of being able to watch TV with my husband and get a little knitting done too. HA. It only took the kitten about .5 seconds to sniff out my knitting and come "help." So I put it away, after having only done a few stitches. Later I thought he was asleep on the back of the sofa and I got out my sock again...nope. I got a mere 3/4 of one round done.
Hopefully this weekend I will get some more done! Although I'll definitely have to retreat to a Moose-less room...while I have been typing this, he's been running around, clicking the mouse, walking on the keyboard, and chewing on my hair. Then he sat on my shoulder for a while watching the cursor move around the screen.