Friday, March 25, 2011
Remember how in my last post about these socks I said I was a bit off on the gauge? Well, yes that 1/2 stitch per inch off on the gauge makes a difference, a pretty big one too. After getting an inch of ribbing and 4 repeats of the lace pattern done I decided to try on the socks again. It was a huge struggle to get them over my instep, nigh impossible, sigh. I had to rip them entirely out and start over again. So not happy about having to do that but the alternative of having socks I can't wear or that are only partially knit is worse so I began again with the next needle size up, a US 2.
Now that I have restarted them, they are coming along quite nicely, I only did 4 repeats of the lace pattern of the leg instead of 9 as called for in the pattern because I didn't want socks quite that high. It seems that a 3-4 inch leg is what works for me and once I got to that point I started the heel flap. I had to do 18 slipped stitches on the heel flap height, about 2 3/4" high.
The color is definitely growing on me, once I had the mental image of Shrek blowing big pink bubbles the colors make me giggle a little inside every time I see them. It remains to be seen if anyone else will be as amused by them as I am. The yarn is a joy to work with though, so soft and easy to knit. It does get a little splitty but it's not a huge problem and thankfully my harmony needles are so pointy it's pretty easy to deal with. Hopefully they will wash up and wear nicely too and if they do I will definitely be investing in more Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy sock yarn!
I am beginning to rethink the whole 6 socks in 2011 goal, I think I am going to end up with 12 pairs by the end of the year at the rate I'm going. They may not all end up being for me, I just got some Knit Picks Felici in rainbow and tiki to make some socks for Lil' Miss, but I will definitely end up with more than 6 by the end of the year. This would be why I sometimes lowball my expectations, I get so excited and happy when they are surpassed!