Have you ever stuck a sharp knitting needle into your finger? Band-aids just catch onto the knitting. These clever little pads protect your finger quite nicely. The plastic is a bit textured and not as thin as you would think. I can't tell you how many times I have jabbed my right index finger with INOX or Aero 2.25mm needles while I pick up sock gussets. Before I even start I slap one of these dandy little dots on my finger. You get 64 ovals in a package. They are available in almost all craft stores and made by The Colonial Needle Co. I got mine at ACMoore, but they are available online.
Opal Lollipop, 64 stitches on US size 1 (2.50mm) They are almost identical. Round toe http://www.socknitters.com/lessons/toes.htm If I use this yarn again I would go down to a size 1 (2.25mm) the stitches are just a tiny bit loose for me. And here is a shocker they are for me. I have them on right now. And I love the round toe. No boxy ending. See picture of my daughter's socks.
Olympic socks are moving along nicely.
After massive amounts of help from Sheron Golden, I think I have sorted out the trouble. First I thought I needed the edge stitches in the flat pattern to produce the diamond shape. So wrong. It took a few trys with the old graft paper and Sheron's kindly prompting but here it is. Looks good on paper and seems to be working on the needles. I have just cast on again and I am still on the ribbing, but I will post a progress picture when I do a few repeats of the pattern part.
Same pattern as the blue sample, using the Knit Picks Sock Landscape, Redwood and Knit Picks Essential in Fawn as the outline color.Although both yarns are fingering weight, the red is much thicker. This causes the tan to be a bit stretched out. Note at the bottom I reversed the colors. Using the red as the outline and the tan as the inside of the diamonds. What do you think? I think the over all effect is sort of Elizabethan