And you don’t want to spoil your surprise… which I’m pretty sure you’ve already seen part of anyway… then you should look away now! :teehee: and :giggle:
These sox honestly gave me fits. I started them waaaaaaay back in MAY! They went to baseball games with me. I think they accompanied me on one Tower stay this summer. The first time around, I started with the wrong needle size and got about 3″ or so in before I realized that they were entirely too narrow to fit a grown-up foot. Grudgingly, I ripped them out and started again with a larger needle and the larger size option just to be sure (I know, I know, swatching blah blah but I couldn’t be bothered this time). Knit it all the way down, turned the heel, continued on along the foot, and somehow it was the victim of a Major Incident. Sadly, the needles slipped right out of the loops and despite my desperate attempts to reinsert them? It was not to be. Sock #1 laughed at my folly. So many hours, just down the drain. For naught. I tried and tried to get those little suckers back on their needles, but they just would. not. go. I finally gave up, laid that sock aside, and put the entire project in time out for… a long while.
Then, a Sara came to visit me during a particularly horrid Tower stay and she even braved spiders which she is more afraid of than I am, apparently, because she seriously considered getting a hotel room until she discovered that I really *do* live in flyover country where the nearest hotel is a good 20 minute drive from my apartment. And then she insisted on sleeping on my 9 year old’s top bunk, because the giganta-spiders that I get here only hunt at night on the floor. Bless her heart, she’s so precious. At any rate, her dedication to my well-being and her willingness to confront even her deepest fears on my behalf inspired me to retrieve the project from its time out bag after she left. I cast on sock #2.
I soon realized that I made the same mistake that I’d made with sock 1, and had cast on with too-small needles. Either this yarn or this pattern must knit up smaller/tighter than my norm, because I had to go up substantially in needle size compared to what I normally use. I finally cast on again with the correct needles, and I’d like to say it’s been smooth sailing since then.
Somewhere after turning the heel (sock #2, which is kind of now sock #1) I made a boo-boo in lining things up and so the diagonals are a bit off. Normally I would rip back and reknit, because it would drive me insane, but I decided that I could live with it on this sock. I tried once more to get sock #1 (now sock #2) back on the needles, but alas, it was not to be. I had to start from the beginning again, but at least I had the right size needles this time. The final sock was pretty quick going, since I’d knit this sucker about 809809 times now, and the issues that had plagued me did not surface during this particular round. Thank goodness.
I would also like to note that all this issues were in no way, shape, or form related to the pattern author, Cookie A. The pattern is impeccably written, as are all of her patterns that I’ve had the good luck to stumble across or the wherewithal to seek out. This was all me, I’m afraid. Lack of reading comprehension? Too many narcotics that day? The baseball game was too exciting and I lost my place? Probably some combo of all of the above and then some.
This pattern is Pointelle, and came from the Knit. Sock. Love. book by Cookie A. The yarn is so wonderful and smooshy and soft and and and… it’s the first time I’ve used it so I have no idea honestly how well it will hold up as a sock, but I guess there’s only one way to find out! The yarn is Mini Mochi from Crystal Palace Yarns, and it says 80% merino and 20% nylon on the tag so it should be good.
And the finished product:
Next up, I’m doing a KAL with a Facebook group of a Wendy Johnson pattern that I’ve done a few times before. It’s going quickly and I almost got from toe to heel in one sock overnight. This is good, however, as I have a ton of projects in the works and need to get these fingers in gear for the upcoming holidays! :panic: