That seems to be my lot in life. Start a sock. Knit awhile. Find Fault. Rip. Some, all, a little, a lot. Reknit. The reknitting almost always involves a heel turn. Or two. Good thing I am so totally charmed to bits every time I turn a heel or toe. I know I say it all the time, it is like a little bit of knitting magic to me, the turning of the heels and toes. It never fails to entertain and delight me. So I guess, loving that few minutes of knitting so much, it makes me happy to repeat it over and over again. I love to knit, right? This just means I get to do more.
- Pattern: Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn Clark, published in Favorite Socks and IK Spring, 2004
- Yarn: SOCK! by Lisa Souza in Slate
- Needles: sizes 1 and 0
- Cast On: March 18, 2009
- Bound Off: April 7, 2009
I know it sounds like a lot of drama, but really it is just me being pragmatic. I do want to actually wear the socks, after all. Against the urgings of my inner voice I used the needles called for to start this sock. "But you always knit socks on zeros," my inner voice said. "With fewer stitches and not usually in a stretchy lace pattern," my inner voice croned. (I just had a major deja vu. It didn't end well, I hope it isn't for real. I'll let you know, meanwhile, I'm hitting save just in case. There.) I cast on for the sock on size 1s anyway and after turning the first heel decided that the ankle looked a little big for my dainty little ankles and tried it on. There is one thing I can't stand, baggy sock ankles and this sock was a little baggy. I thought maybe I could live with it at first and kept knitting. I remembered I had another lacy pair of socks and figured they must be baggy as well, so I tried them on. Not baggy. So I ripped back to a pattern repeat or two of the lace and switched to the 0s I should have been on all along.
These are the first socks I have knit with my brand-spankin' new Darn Pretty Needles and I love them. They are pointy little things though, and my fingers suffered a bit until I began remembering not to stab my finger pads with them. Getting used to the shorter length was a bit of a challenge, but I have grown fond of that as well. Have I lost stitches off the end? Being used to eight inch needles, you betcha! The one thing I am having trouble adjusting to is the anxiety associated with these purty things. I tend to have a bit of a death grip on my needles, especially when rounding the corners between needles. I haven't snapped one yet (there-I've suitably jinxed myself) and I am on a second project using them. Fingers crossed. The thing that strikes terror into my heart? Sitting on them. Or somebody else sitting on them. While I am pretty sure the pointy needles would put up a good fight, I am hyper-vigilant about it, but it worries me so much that I am constantly checking them when I put my knitting down, in my bag, carry it around.... Surely this is having an effect on my normally low blood pressure.
I'm also not so sure this was the best pairing of yarn and project. The yarn, which looked much more tonal in the ball, is really kinda stripey and distracting for the lace and you really don't see it. I'm tempted to knit them again, but I guess I don't like them enough to do it right away, if ever. And it may have been the needles, but I found the yarn very splitty and not enjoyable to knit. I did purchase this a while ago, so LS may be using a different yarn for her SOCK! these days, I'd be interested to hear of others who have knit with it.
Usually my favorite pair of socks is the pair I have just finished, but this pair, while getting its turn in the wearing rotation, has not jumped to the top of the list. I like them. Not love.
Fifty-four. Yay for Finishing Friday!