Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Joy of Sox

Well, not too long ago I posted that I was chugging merrily along on my Classic Lines Cardi. Shortly after that blithe remark I discovered the terrible fact that somewhere along the line I suffered a major gauge blunder wherein I am getting too many stitches to the inch and waaay too many rows to the inch. This sleeve:
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should taper smoothly all along its length instead of changing angle 2/3 of the way up where I finished the increases. I didn't realize this at the time though, and went right ahead with the body; the result is that all the waist shaping ended up in the first six inches of the sweater instead of, I don't know, following the contour of hip-->waist-->bust. I'm disgusted with it and have stuffed it in the bottom of its project bag and banished it from my sight until I get over my mad.

This left me free to return to my first love: socks. In a rush of productivity I finished the green Diagonal Lace Socks, though I won't have a picture until I get together with my friend Sarah next weekend; I am through trying to photograph my own feet until I learn to use the timer on my camera! Now I'm done with those, however, I couldn't decide between two skeins of my hand-dyed yarn so I cast on both.

First is a skein of "Platinum Sock" from Wool2Dye4. This yarn is a tight-twisted wool/nylon blend that feels very smooth and almost hard. The bright white color of the base yarn let me dye it with very pale colors:
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The pattern I picked is "Escher Socks" from Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarn, although I changed the construction to toe-up and am also changing the heel. So I guess it's 'inspired by' the Escher Socks pattern!
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In their current unstretched state these socks look pretty much like plain ribbing, but when on the foot the'll have an interesting, kind of honeycombed look. I love the soft, broad stripes I'm getting.

The other sock gets its interest from color rather than pattern. It's an utterly plain top-down stockinette sock with a picot-hemmed cuff:
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but it couldn't be brighter without my needing sunglasses to work on it! I dyed this yarn last year and I call it "Popsicle" for obvious reasons. I'm through the heel flap on the first sock but I'm saving the leg of the second sock for this weekend. I'm going to a conference on Eucharistic theology in the Eastern Church on Friday and Saturday, and I plan to knit to keep my hands busy so I can stay awake while listening to the speakers. (Hey, cut me some slack - I'll have worked all day on Friday before driving up to Cleveland!) Hence the need for a project I can knit without looking at more than once every five minutes or so. Voila! Popsicle Socks!

By the way, I had an amusing time posing and photographing yarn in my burning bush and my pot of chives:
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Tora said...

Hi, just found your blog as we're both members of the Yahoo Knitlist group.


I also noticed that you're dad goes to Kent State as you mentioned it in your blog. We have a knitting group that meets at the Kent Free Library every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:45. Why don't you join us some evening - we're always open to new faces and all levels of knitting expertise!

Bonnie E. said...

If there's enough 'ease room' in your sweater, you could fix the shaping problems by small seams sewn with a sewing machine. You can change curves and put them where you want them. You can also take out some of the fullness of the upper sleeves. It sure beats frogging an entire sweater and starting over!

Diana said...

Tora: Phooey! I work every Thursday evening until 9 when our library closes. But thanks for the information!

Bonnie: I only had six inches or so knit on the body - it was the revelation that I was DONE with the waist decreases at that point that smacked me between the eyes and forced a gauge re-evaluation. I know I could alter the sweater by sewing, but I don't really want to do it that way. Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment.