I've been doing a lot of crafty-type stuff this week, since I've been parked on the couch with a foot in the air. Most of it was embroidery, but the day before yesterday I knitted a cowl. I'm about to make another one.
I don't knit in the round very much, mainly because most of the time the place where I joined the stitches looks ghastly. I've been using a method that I learned from "Knitting for Dummies," whereby you cast on one extra stitch, transfer the last cast-on stitch to the needle next to the first cast-on stitch, then knit them together. Most of the time it leaves a funky gap that I just can't get rid of. I always thought I'd make more socks if I ever found a better way to join things.
Guess what? I just did. I tried starting the cowl and was disgusted with the join. Since I had the lap top open (listening to Middlemarch some more) I decided to take my problem to Google. Here's what I found:
So simple! And works so very well. I am very grateful to whoever this woman is. There's nothing to keep me from making socks now except my own inertia.
As soon as I finish the second cowl I'll show you both.