Wednesday, July 25

sock-tastrophe

toe up sock disaster
i have no idea what happened. i was knitting away on my toe-up sock, cruising through the short row heel. YOing, K2tog, turning, etc, etc, all seemed to be going so well. but it was taking me forever to work through all those paired stitches. And then it hit me. Somewhere, somehow -- there were 3x as many stitches in that heel than needed. whoops. big whoops.

i've never messed up a heel before. after i knit my first pair of socks, i scoffed at all the 'turning the heel' drama that intimidated me from sock knitting for the longest time. and here i am. with some heel-turning-drama of my own.

it's so disappointing. i hate to rip, but i have no choice but to back it up and start over some night when i'm a little more focused i guess. for now i think i'll put it aside and concentrate on casting on for one of my new projects.

speaking of new projects. the postman brought me the yarn for a few of the projects that i've been obsessing over. #1 - Arisaig from knitty.com. This will be my second Ysolda pattern, I actually did her skull illusion scarf a few years back. I anticipate that this will be a 'reach' for me in terms of stretching my knitting skills. It's a challenge and i'm feeling a little intimidated, but i love the look of the sweater. The yarn called for in the pattern was on closeout at Knitting Garden, so at least i'm not out a million dollars if it should go to heck. yarn shown below with new Craft which also appeared today. colors are not very true at all.

jaeger matchmaker merino 4 ply baltic blue thymemy other obsession is Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits book. I heard the buzz, saw some of the finished sweaters and decided that it would be a good book for me. and it is. i even made it to an actual, live yarn store to try to find the yarn to knit one of the designs that I was into (short sleeved cardigan and textured tunic were my favorites). but they didn't have anything that would work that i liked. so back to the internet and I found some RYC Soft Tweed on closeout at Webs. and here it is. lusciously soft yarn. I immediately began swatching for what will hopefully become the textured tunic. we'll see how the swatch goes.

RYC Soft Tweed TwigBTW - both the Knitting Garden and Webs shipped my order extremely fast. I was very pleased and will consider ordering from both shops again.

And finally, to take you out. A view of our front garden and the adirondack chairs that a friend made for us this spring.

colors are true, those suckers are BLUE

7 comments:

ericah64 said...

WOW, your "front garden" looks as big as my whole lot! ;->

Kristin said...

1. Way to tempt me into buying more yarn.LOL

2. beautiful yard.

kat said...

bummer about your sock but it looks liek you have some nice new projects on the horizon!

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