Sunday, November 30, 2014

Two steps forward, one step back

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First, these are my two steps forward – the most recent pair of plain vanilla socks to fall off the needles. I started these in mid-September when in need of something small and simple to knit during soccer games, and they took me about 2 months of knitting in those rare moments (also at work). I find this colorway very cheerful (Trekking XXL color 506).purple socks crop They look so bright in these photos, but believe me, there are some dark stripes there. I had difficulty knitting in low light.

Now, for my “one step back.” I fell down and bought some more self-patterning yarn when Simply Socks Yarn Company had a sale on Regia. Boy 1 picked out this ball of “North Pole Color.” It’s marked “6-fadig” which I thought meant sportweight… but I think it’s actually a bit heavier. Ravelry describes it as DK, and the ballband suggests a US 3-6 needle!IMG_4984I started knitting these on a 2.5mm needle because that’s how I usually do sportweight socks. They are pretty tight, but Boy 1 kept trying them on and we thought they’d be okay (I cast on 46 for him – his feet aren’t quite as big as mine but they are getting close). Last night I finished the gusset decreases and sped toward the toe. We had another fitting today so I could plan the toe decreases and… well… I think they’re just too snug.IMG_5108 I ripped them out right after taking this photo. Easy come, easy go!

I’m going to increase my CO number to 48 when I start again, and I’m also going to bump up my needle size to 2.75 mm. We’ll see where that gets us.

In other very exciting new, I finished S1’s Christmas sweater. That deserves its own post, so I’ll share that with you next time!

2 comments:

Bonny said...

I like your two steps forward socks, and S1's finished sweater sounds like a giant leap forward! Sorry to hear about the one step back, but I bet 48 stitch socks will fly off your needles.

Steven said...

A good reminder -- I tend to just cast on with 2.25mm needles and don't even think about the yarn being a different weight. I guess I'm usually lucky? You're a nice mom to start over for him.