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Surprisingly On Track

I’m still plugging away on my Independence Yay! list, I promise. I actually finished the second-oldest (secret) item on the list, but I can’t show you yet. I wanted to move right on to one of the other secret projects, but that one requires some rethinking and redoing and paying attention, so I wanted to hold off for the weekend. It’s starting to feel a little chilly here in the mornings and I had a hankering for some squishy garter stitch slippers (in doubled fingering weight so they would count towards my ’15-’16:17 list instead, of course) so that’s what I did instead.

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I bought this yarn last year on one of those really terrible “this is a really terrible day, so I’m going to buy a bunch of yarn” days. It did its job of cheering me up, but I’ve had a hard time seeing the red and black one as socks. I also haven’t had any other ideas about what to do with it. Thursday night when I was looking for something quick to knit, though, I could totally see it as squishy slippers.

 

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It did not disappoint. But the best part is that when I went to find the yarn in my queue to record this on Ravelry (I had the full list of 17 yarns for the year queued up in order), it turns out this was actually the next yarn on my list. Totally without meaning to, I got myself back on track for my year of socks. Aside from the fact that this is #6 out of what should be 15 pairs by now. But other than that, I’m totally on track.

 

Pattern: JMCO 8 sts/needle, garter stitch in the round working the toe increases on the knit rounds, increase to 32 sts total, W&T short-row heel without knitting the wraps, elastic bind-off
Yarn: Vice Paradigm, color Hard Hearted Hannah, 64 g
Needles:
3.75 mm/US 5 bamboo DPNs
Gauge: 
20 sts & 40 rows in garter stitch over 4″  
Started:
8/25/16
Finished:
8/27/16

Not gonna lie, I was kind of hoping to get out of this one.

Yesterday morning I went to grab a shirt for work off the drying rack and noticed my husband had hung up these socks too. I was a little “aw dang, I must’ve tossed those in with the regular wash” and figured they were probably shrunk but didn’t think much of it. All my shirts were all still pretty damp (WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THE MIDWEST WAS SO HUMID?????) and that was the much more urgent issue. I grabbed the purple shirt I wasn’t overly excited about from my last Stitch Fix box and put it in the dryer on low for about 10 minutes.

The shirt’s a polyester/rayon blend. Now, I know. I know that rayon isn’t meant for the dryer. But most of my work stuff is of the hang/lay flat to dry variety, and I’ve gone years and years before with most of my clothes being of that same variety, and I’ve found that most of it can stand a little dryer time here and there, especially after several wearings and washes. And this was on low. For barely 10 minutes. Basically, this was the safest risk I could take. Also I have another polyester/rayon blend shirt that recently accidentally went through an entire dryer cycle on high and came out just fine.

Here is an artist’s rendering of how not-fine this thing came out of the dryer:

 

 

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It lost an entire foot of length. The width is still fine, and I can’t explain that, but now I have a super comfy crop top to sleep in. I had to wear a damp shirt to work and let the car a/c dry it on the way, but at least I avoided a lower belly sunburn and some weird looks around the office.

After all that, I was pretty convinced my laundry luck was just bad right now and I was for sure going to find those socks were ruined once I got home and could finally try them on. And once I had that thought, I realized it was kind of a welcome thought. My sock project has not been going very well, despite what I assure you are pure intentions, and I’ve had a hard time getting moving on my finish-all-the-things project too. The thought of these socks falling off the list due to an accident that was beyond my control (well, I mean, yes, I could have actually put them where they belonged instead of in the regular laundry basket, but let’s not dwell on particulars) felt like…absolution.

No such bad luck, though.

 

 

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The thing about ruining socks in the washing machine is it doesn’t work if the yarn is superwash, even if you entirely forget that the yarn is superwash while you are fantasizing about how great it would be if they got ruined in the washing machine. They came out a little fuzzier than after a normal hand-wash, but they still very much fit and they still very much need mates. I could, I suppose, just let it go and say they are an intentionally mis-matched pair, but the thing is I don’t really like the orange and gray yarn knit up all that much and wouldn’t so much miss having a pair of them, while I love love love the brighter, fruity colored one and definitely want a full pair. I could just knit another fruity one and call it a day, but then I’ll have this one sock I don’t even like kicking around and making me feel weird.

So, I know what I have to do. You know what I have to do. Two more ankle socks, knit at the same time, just like the first ones. This shouldn’t feel daunting; they are ankle socks! They should only take me a couple evenings! I can do this! I know I can do this! You know I can do this!

I bet we both also know I’m gonna work on the sock blanket for a while first, though.

Independence Yay!

OK, this is it. Time to declare myself free of that weird crafting guilt you get when too many unfinished things pile up for too long. This is going to feel good. Let’s do this thing. I give you the Official List of Allowable Knitting for the Foreseeable Future, in Approximate Order of On-the-Needles Time:

 

1 Life-Long Blanket

No, I don’t expect to finish this, but I am giving myself a milestone to reach; I want to fill in the pretty jagged top so that’s squared off again and fill in all the side triangles (I have the bottom done & one side complete up as far as I’ve knit rows of squares, so the triangle part of the goal is pretty doable).

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2 Secret Project #1

Almost exactly 6 years old, more than half done (though I need to recheck my gauge and see if I even can continue from where I left off or if I have to start over).

 

3 Giant Oceania Shawl

This one was still in progress when I started typing up this list last night, but honestly once I pulled it out to take pictures I just had that oh god so sick of this feeling I’ve been getting lately, and, well, here:

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It’s really hard to get accurate colors in the spare room. Why those walls? Why?

Pattern: Triangular Shawl Recipe #2: Increasing Triangular Shawl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Oceania, color Java
Needles: 5.5 mm/US 9 KP Harmony interchangeables for the body of the shawl, then it sat on the cord with stoppers for at least the last 3 years, judging by the date on my last Ravelry notes, and then yesterday I just grabbed 2 tips that looked big enough to bind off with but I honestly don’t know what size
Started: 8/18/10
Finished: 7/3/16

When I started this, the plan was to have a giant blanket-sized shawl to keep me warm at work. It took longer to knit than it took that job to lay me off, though, and it’s just kind of been languishing forever since then. Seeing that this only took 130 g out of 400 and it was this big has me convinced I made the right decision and I never would have knit a giant shawl out of this. Also I just knit the giant shawl of my dreams and I don’t feel the need for another one. I found a friend who will give it a good home and I think we shall all be happier for it.

 

4 Francis Revisited Revised

LOOK AT HER NOW SHE JUST NEEDS LONGER SLEEVES!

And Buddy just needs to play with her ends.

And Buddy just needs to play with her ends.

 

5 Conference Call Socks

Started September 2011; have been nothing but trouble since. The first sock was too small. Then I reknit it and it fit perfectly. Yesterday:

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Maybe I’m done with these? Maybe I give them one more chance? Maybe I try to get the same size on the second one and find someone who’s like half a shoe-size smaller than me? Maybe I don’t have to knit this list in order so I have some time to decide.

 

6 Secret project #2

Started in 2013; high chance this won’t get done; best not to get into too much detail.

 

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(There should be a pair of mittens here but I remember some horrible yarn tangles and I’m not sure if I know where one of the yarns that I need even is right now and also the hat & scarf they were supposed to match have had some stain misfortune befall them, so I’m gonna keep a place for them but not get my hopes up.)

 

8 Scrappy Scarf

Fingering weight leftovers from the sock yarn blanket. I like this but I don’t know how much, really. This one might get ripped out.

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9 Ugly Knee Socks

When last we saw them:

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I tried this one on yesterday to see how the fit was, and everything but the heel was great. I think my recent short-row-heel revelation extends to afterthought heels. Since I didn’t love the yarn anyway, I haven’t decided what to do with these. If I decide to finish, I’ll probably cut the foot off just above the heel and add a contrasting heel flap and then redo the foot. I just have to decide how much I care or how much I would wear these. My original plan was to wear them in my boots on the farm but that’s less useful to me right now. Idunno. But I’ll report back.

 

10 Secret project # 2

I can finish this. I CAN finish this. I can FINISH THIS!!!! And then you can see it.

 

11 Muriwai the Third

Big blob of green cotton. Nothing to see here.

 

12 Worsted Weight Scrap Blanket

I don’t think I ever showed you this! It’s fun.

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I’m just sort of taking leftovers and knitting 20-stitch-wide garter stitch strips. For one strip, I’m alternating 2 colors and changing one of them out every 20 ridges. For the other, I’m splitting it down the middleand knitting until each color runs out. Not sure what I’ll do with the next ones. I think this will be like a 24″x36″ lap blanket maybe?

 

13 & 14 Mismatched 2-at-a-time Socks

Haven’t started the second socks yet, but you can see that I intend to, since I actually know where both the yarns are.

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When they’re done, they’ll look just like this but on the other feet:

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Also then they won’t have to be mismatched anymore if I don’t want them to be.

 

15 Kiemurakukkaset

These don’t need much! Just the thumbs (with conductive thread) and a good blocking. Watch this take the longest of everything on the list.

 

16 NETHER GARMEEEEEEEEENTSSSSSSSSSS

Holy dang these are fun, you guys.

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So…that takes care of everything with a Ravelry project page. But that doesn’t take care of everything.

In less of any kind of order, here is what remains:

 

17 This is a sweater. I swear.

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18 This used to be a sweater.

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Back before the blog, I knit a Buttony.

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While I was super excited to knit an actual garment, I think that face I’m making there pretty accurately sums up how I have tended to feel about the thing since. Like, sure, I’m kinda smiling but I’m not like smiling smiling. It’s nice. It’s OK. It’s lived in a box for 8.5 years.

It’s gonna be a pillow now. Probably a pillow with buttons tho ’cause dang I love those buttons.

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19 Gray & Yellow Shawl in unphotographable yarn

 

20 Myrtle, which I am finally ready to swatch after like 5 years of thinking about it–in unphotographable yarn

 

21 Gray & Teal Scarf in yarn I am too lazy to photograph right now but would probably look fine if I did

 

22 Big Pile of Socks With Problems That I Should Really Fix

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23 Mending

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Not much in this category, thankfully.

 

24 & 25 Mystery Projects 3 & 4

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26 My Current Year-of-Socks Socks

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Hey, so if anybody’s having trouble getting in the right mood to knit short socks, let me recommend Iowa in July with no air conditioning. Let me also note that is the ONLY situation for which I can recommend Iowa in July with no air conditioning. Any time I think about socks lately all I can think is well there’s no point covering up too much of my legs, given that they’re about to melt off anyways.

27 Wild Card

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This meets neither of my “on the needles or significantly along in the planning stage” criteria and I don’t even care. I bought this on WWKIP day to celebrate my local store’s 20% off sale. I have no idea what it’s going to be yet but I’m putting it on this list in case something comes to me.

 

OK, folks, I…think that’s it? Like, I really really believe this is everything. I don’t see how there could be more.

 

Onward!

Make, Mend, Modify

Tomorrow I declare independence from all my works in progress. Aside from my ’15-’16:17 queue, whatever is on my needles — or significantly along in the planning or prep process, let’s say — when I get up tomorrow is the only allowable knitting until all of it is done. (I’ll wait while you finish laughing. Yes, we all know how well this is going to turn out. For the moment, let’s just pretend. A fantasy is nice in summer.) So, I’m spending today getting organized and casting on a bunch of new things just to be safe, and I’ll report in tomorrow with the full list.

I have been finishing things already tho!

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Pattern: none, just my usual approach (64 sts, cuff-down, 2×2 ribbing and stockinette, flap & gusset heel)
Yarn: Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock, color Barnyard by Nora (there’s a story about the barnyard, the pigs —  pink — the barn — red — but I don’t really remember it anymore; it was nice when the lady who sold me the yarn told it tho)
Needles: 2 mm/US 0 Karbonz DPNs
Started: 4/20/16
Finished: 6/23/16

These were my first entry in the Grocery Girls’ Second Socks of Summer KAL. You’d think short socks would be easy enough to plow through, and yet I totally needed the KAL motivation to get these done. (We’ll talk about the rest of my planned entries tomorrow. There are either 2 or 4 depending on how I decide to live my life between now and then.)

Also, these are #5/17 for my current year of socks. That didn’t seem too bad to me, considering the rough start I got off to, until I checked the math and realized it’s been 39 weeks since October 1 and I should be at 13/17 by now. I swear, one of these years I’ll complete a “year of” project.

Also also, these weren’t even next in the queue. They were kind of an accident but it all worked out for the best. A few months ago I was looking for a new swift on Etsy. (I went with one from this shop and I’m really liking it.) I wasn’t sure what size skeins I needed it to be able to handle, and this was the first skein I grabbed to measure. It was still on the coffee table when the swift arrived, so it was the first one wound. Then it was still there when I finished my last socks, so it was the next one cast on. I’m really happy these jumped to the front of the line, though, because this is the same yarn as the Daughter of the Regiment kit, and after pushing myself through the end of that sock, it was so nice to have a good experience with that yarn.

In fact, these made me so happy with the yarn, that it brought up some ideas about how to use the leftovers from Only Child of the Regiment.

I made these socks — very quickly! — in 2009. I think they were my 3rd pair ever? They were so early in my sock knitting career that they were actually the first ever square in my blanket.

 

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But they’ve never been quite long enough. They stretch over my toes something awful. If I wear them, I wear them in shoes, but I don’t wear them often. I’ve always sort of meant to fix them somehow but never really felt like it. But then I was thinking about how much I actually like the FlockSock and realized the gray was actually kind of perfect, and, well.

 

 

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Pattern: cuff-down, 2×2 ribbing and stockinette, flap & gusset heel, from back in the days when I used to knit 60-stitch socks
Yarn: Berroco Sox, color 1435, and Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock, which is such a perfect fit with those blues and grays I just couldn’t be happier
Needles: 2.25 mm/US 1 originally (goddamn my gauge has changed; I would never think of knitting this yarn on 2/25 mm these days; I’d probably go down to 1.75, actually), 2 mm/US 0 to knit the new the toes
Started: February 2009
Finished: March 2009 originally; June 2016 for realskies

I might still have just one more use for this yarn too, actually. I was thinking how the solid gray is pretty close to the gray in the multicolor socks, and then I was thinking how nice gray and pink are together, and then I remembered that I have some mending on tomorrow’s list.

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One Problem Solved

So, I’ve been having some sock issues lately, you may have noticed. I’ve always had a tendency to knit two socks of slightly different sizes, but historically that hasn’t been enough of a problem to make a pair of socks completely unwearable. Then I started my current year of socks project and suddenly it was like I had no idea what socks were and how feet worked or anything.

I’m slowly getting back on track, and I think I have most of my problems defined. One is just a plain old tension inconsistency problem. I think the longer I knit the same thing the tighter my gauge tends to get, so by partway through the second sock I’m just knitting something entirely different than what I started out with. This is compounded by the problem that I tend to try on the first sock a lot to get the fit right, but I never try the second sock on, so I’m measuring an unstretched sock against a stretched one instead of seeing if the second one actually fits my foot. Then there’s the problem that I’ve been knitting the same basic sock pattern for years without much changing even as my feet have definitely been changing. Not so much that I’m a different shoe size or anything, but spending the last few years on my feet instead of at a desk has had enough of an effect that some of my more snug pairs are actually impossible to put on now. And yet I’m still knitting the same number of stitches. I think it might be time to take all new measurements and do all new gauge swatches and treat it like I’m just learning how to knit socks for the first time.

Anyways, I think I fixed my “never the same size” problem. It just took a little wrestling with my indecisiveness problem first.

 

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I loooooove this yarn and I didn’t want it to pool, so I gave Whiz Bang a try. I was iffy on the toe shaping but the slipped-stitch pattern was looking pretty great so I was going to just deal. I tried it on and it was just way too big and the toe didn’t fit at all.

 

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I tried my usual toe-up toe and fewer stitches with the same idea. I loved how the slipped stitches made their own stripes, but something about this just wasn’t working for me either, and I decided I liked the yarn too much to make a sock I didn’t love. So, I just said screw it and went back to my usual cuff-down stockinette deal.

 

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It worked! It worked out so perfectly. I got just-about-one-round stripes and no pooling at all.

Things look a bit skewed in this photo, but I promise even my method for getting same-sized socks worked. I decided that my trying on/not trying on approach was a big part of the problem, so I took the crucial measurements – calf to ankle, heel to start of toe shaping — against my hand. A tape measure or ruler would be more accurate, to be sure, but my hand is something I always have with me when I’m knitting, so.  I also did not try either sock on even once while I was knitting it. I showed such self-restraint and was rewarded with same-size socks. In light of my recent discovery that washing something before you wear it gives you a better idea of how it’s actually going to fit (this is major news I bet you’ve never heard before! tell your friends! blocking works!), I didn’t even try them on once they were done. I gave them a soak and some time on the drying rack, and I wore them to work today and they performed quite admirably.

 

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Pattern: 64 stitches, cuff-down, 2×2 rib, stockinette, short-row heel with gusset mod* as described here
Yarn: Mad Color Fiber Arts Classica, colorway Betta Fish
Needles: 1.75 mm Karbonz DPN’s
Started: 2/21/16
Finished: a…week? or two? ago
’15-’16:17 Progress: 4/17 completed pairs

 

*I’m not sure I like this mod. Honestly, I’m not sure I even like short-row heels anymore. This was definitely the right choice for this yarn, but I don’t feel like short-row heels ever stay on my actual heel and even with the gusset I still feel like I can see the yarn pulling a bit across my instep. I think it might be time to invest in some solid sock yarns for contrasting heels in case I run into this situation again.

Snow Day/Sock Day

A couple weeks ago we had hopefully our last big storm of the year, and I got to enjoy probably my last weather-related day off for a good while. It started while I was at work and snowed all day. By the time I got home the roads were slushy and icing up, and at 6 a.m. the next day things did not look like they had improved. I made myself a second cup of coffee and a giant to-do list and set about seeing what I could accomplish, knitting-wise and otherwise.

 

I cleaned out the fridge.

 

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I stared in horror. I made an elaborate grocery list.

 

I worked on my latest socks.

 

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These socks have taken quite a journey. They started out as Whiz Bang but I just didn’t care for the pattern — both the actual look of the sock and the written instructions — and the fit was totally wrong for me. I liked the slipped stitch idea, so I tried something similar that I kind of made up as I went, but that didn’t make me happy either. All that work to try to avoid pooling, and this is what the yarn looks like with just plain knitting; perfect little single-round stripes. These are gorgeous and they will probably be done today and I can’t wait.

 

Cleaning out the fridge led to a serious attack on the dishes because oh damn I guess all the dishes were actually in the fridge this whole time and I got the sink to completely empty, scrubbed and shiny, and there is one thing that a clean, empty sink always makes me want to do.

 

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I washed all my socks. ALLLLLLLL of them. Of course, seeing them all in a nice clean pile in the dresser every morning has made me want to wear them every day, so now most of them need to be washed again. Vicious cycle and all that. But I’ve learned some very important things about my socks in the last few weeks!

 

First, remember these?

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And how I was all upset that the second one was too small? Turns out my habit of putting socks on the absolute second I finish them and making a final pronouncement on how well I did knitting them isn’t the most helpful. After a bath, these both fit me just perfectly, so my year of socks project has a surprise finished pair to add to the total.

 

Pattern: just my standard socks for me, 64 stitches, cuff-down, aiming for about a 7″ circumference unstretched
Yarn: Barking Dog Opposites Attract, colorway Bonnie & Clyde
Needles: 2 mm Karbonz DPN’s
Started: 10/21/15
Finished: some time in November 2015
’15-’16:17 Progress: 3 completed pairs, 2 half-finished pairs, 1 pair this close, out of what should be I think 8 pairs by now?

 

The other thing I’ve learned — or I guess I should say admitted, since I kind of already knew — is that the few pairs I have that I’ve been ignoring the fit issues with for one reason or another really do need fixing. I have a few pairs that are just a squidge too small, and one pair that is just unacceptably small, and I’ve typically avoided acknowledging this by only wearing them in shoes. I guess it’s that the shoes keep the socks in place so they can’t do that thing where the heel keeps sliding forward towards the toes like it wants to fold your foot in half. But also my feet are just…different since I knit them. Maybe it’s arthritis, maybe it’s wearing heels less the last few years, maybe it’s working jobs that have had me on my feet all day, maybe 35 is just a cranky and intolerant age for me, but these socks don’t fit right, dammit, and I want them to fit right, so I am going to fix them somehow. Stay tuned.

Current Situation

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One-third through a new semester. Halfway through a yarn basket organization/untangling. (Please, somebody, stop me from trying to store yarn in this basket. I’m seeing if “shove all the little half-skeins into a cut-off piece of pantyhose and hope that that contains them” is a good strategy to prevent every innocent peek into a container of yarn turning into a days long search-and-rescue effort. Will report back with progress.) Surrounded by notes for school, yarn for a hat for Dan, my coffee can of knitting needles (nearly as disorganized as the yarn basket, though blessedly less tangled). Occupying a just finished and actually-matching-size-wise pair of Jaywalkers. Overall, not too shabby.

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Funky Monkey! Handpaints, color Apple (That’s my actual skein on the yarn page!)
Needles: 2mm Karbonz 40″ circular
Started: 10/1/15
Finished: 2/20/16
Should Have Been Finished: 10/21/15
Current ’15-’16:17 Progress: Dismal. 2 of what should be 7 or 8 pairs by now.

In other current things, my friend Shannon started a knitting podcast and you should all check it out because it’s fantastic and she’s adorable and she mentions me in one episode and now I feel FAMOUS.

Also I made some new hats for the Etsy shop and one of these days I’ll be home and not forgetful while it’s light enough out to take good pictures and actually get them listed.

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Also also this cat continues to be almost pointlessly cute:

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Trying to Get the Feeling Again

I took a little break from the sock plan after my last post. Clearly something wasn’t working and I felt the need for some space. I got a couple Etsy commissions and then seriously sidetracked with job searching, so it’s just the last week or so that I’ve been able to go back to the socks and try to sort out what’s wrong.

My first thought was that two-at-a-time really isn’t the worst plan. I don’t really enjoy knitting that way, but if my goal with this project is less to enjoy knitting and more to get useful pairs of socks out of it, then enjoyment was what needed to be sacrificed. I was not in the mood to either knit from both ends of the ball or try to weigh the yarn and divide it evenly, so I just went with knitting with two different yarns at once.

 

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Next I figured that ankle socks might help ease my frustration as well. Less length means less to go wrong, and it’s not like I walk around in shorts all the time — or ever, really — so my feet are really the only place I need my socks to keep warm. I did these top-down and they’re the same size and they both fit and I didn’t have to cut the yarn or swear at anybody while I made them. They’re still technically not a pair according to my goal, but one of them is actually not a yarn that I had included in my goal in the first place, so…that mitigates…something, in my mind. Ahem.

After I finished these I decided to revisit the tragic heel-nipple socks. I needed a completely different heel, because these socks really felt tight through the instep, so a short-row or other heel that didn’t give me a little extra fabric to play with was out. I’ve done a bunch of toe-up pairs with gussets but I”ve been wanting to try one with more of a gusset/heel flap style heel for a while and seeing these in the new Knitty had me extra-motivated to give it a go. (I totally want to knit the whole pattern, too. I might need to rethink a couple of the yarns from the sock plan.)

I measured out where I’d need to start the heel.

 

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I PICKED UP ALL THE STITCHES PERFECTLY THE FIRST TIME LIKE SOME SORT OF MIRACLE!

 

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I was expecting this type of heel to be some sort of magic, but it wasn’t. I mean, I kind of think all sock heels are magic to some extent, but I had never read how to do this before and it seemed like a very mysterious thing to me going in, but it was really straightforward to knit.

 

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And then I went the ankle socks route again.

 

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I like having this heel option for toe-up socks but I think the flap section it was a little shorter than it would have been if I’d knit these top-down with a traditional flap. I went right into the cuff after the heel, basically the reverse of what I did with the first socks above, and they’re a bit shallower. They stay on just fine and there has been exactly no heel weirdness, though, so I am calling these a raging success and seriously considering picking my year of socks project back up.

 

Pattern: None in particular. 64 stitches, 3*1 rib on the insole, 1*1 rib on the cuff
Yarn: Chewy Spaghetti Spaghetti, color Pragmatic, 43.5 g (so I guess a little less than half a skein? Ravelry doesn’t have the weight listed)
Needles: 2mm Karbonz 40″ circular
Started: 11/4/15
Finished: 1/18/16

How to Screw Up a Fool-Proof Plan (Several Times)

1. Forget how to knit 2 things that are the same size, despite the fact that you’ve been knitting for years and have no trouble knitting multiple matching sized items when you’re knitting them for other people. Develop a plan to avoid Significantly Smaller Second Sock Syndrome by alternating knitting 2 different pairs.

2. Knit sock 1 from pair 2. Have every intention of going back to sock 2 from pair 1.

3. See that Jenny Lawson will be appearing in Minneapolis in like 6 hours. Decide to go. Decide to bring sock 2 from pair 2 instead because it’s simpler to knit.

4. Knit away happily all evening, from cast on to heel turn.

5. Get The Bloggess to hold your sock!

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6. Finish this sock in pretty much 2 days. Try on the pair. Take a pretty picture.

 

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7. Try not to admit that the second sock is a half-inch too short in the leg, because really you can live with that. Try even harder to not admit that it’s also a half-inch too short in the foot, because you can’t really ignore that part.

8. Admit it, set the socks aside, think about going back to the Jaywalkers. Decide the heartache is too much and you have to go with the fool-proof option.

9. Cast on new socks 2-at-time style on 1 needle. As the skein is so tangled you have to cut off a good sized bit before you can even cast on, decide that toe-up with a short-row heel is the way to go, because you don’t need to be adding in running out of yarn halfway through to your list of troubles.

10. Knit along happily, knowing that your socks may be short, but they will be the same length, for fucking once.

11. Realize once you’re halfway through the heel of the first sock that you have too many stitches in the heel. Then notice that about an inch and a half back, you somehow moved the last 3*1 rib repeat from the instep to the sole. Swear unceasingly as you rip out the heel, ladder down that one stupid purl stitch and pick it back up correctly, and redistribute your stitches evenly.

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12. Partway through the leg, remember why you hate knitting socks this way.

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13. Do ridiculous things to try to fix this tangle, including pulling one of the socks off the needles so that you can thread them back through this mess separately and try to undo it all.

14. Realize that you can’t undo it all, but you have now undone several rounds on the sock you pulled off the needle, so your socks won’t be the same length anymore.

15. Cut the yarn, untangle what you can, rejoin, knit until  you feel like the sock is probably tall enough and you probably have enough left for Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

16. Bind off! Shift the needle around! Bind off some more! Cut the yarn — look how much of it is left! you planned that so well! — feeling SO DAMN GLAD to be done with these socks! Pull the tail through the last stitch on one sock! Shift the needle around to do the same on the other!

17. REALIZE YOU LEFT HALF THAT SOCK UN-BOUND-OFF AND YOU CUT THE YARN AND FOR FUCK’S SAKE WHY DO THESE SOCKS HATE YOU SO MUCH

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18. Take a breath. It’s OK. You can deal with this. Undo that bind off and another round of knitting just to be safe. Redo the stretchy bind off. You’re fine!

19. Get to the last 8 stitches. You are very much not fine, you can feel the end of the yarn trying to slip out of your fingers as you knit. Finish off with a regular bind off and see just how close you cut it here.

 

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20. It doesn’t matter. No one will be able to tell when you’re wearing them. Put them on! They’re so comfy! I mean, sure, one is several rounds longer because you fucked up so much. And maybe the legs are a little loose? And the ankles a smidge tight? But it’s fine! Look at them! They’re beautiful!

 

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21. After wearing them for about 3 minutes: heel nipples.

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A Small Adjustment to the Plan

So! Here we are, 3 weeks into October and also my plan to knit a pair of socks every 3 weeks. And how are we doing? Pretty well but also not fantastic.

My first yarn was Funky Monkey! Handpaints in Apple. I’ve never worked with this yarn and I wasn’t sure how it would pool, so my first thought was Jaywalkers to see if I could get some stripes going. It worked! There’s definitely pooling but the chevron pattern is breaking that up with some striping and I was feeling very happy about things in general until last night. I was almost done with the leg and figured a measurement check was in order because, well, I have a problem with different sized socks.

 

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Checking your gauge: A good idea.

A note to sock knitters who do not live alone: if you are knitting a pattern you know has practically no stretch and you have a history of knitting second socks significantly smaller than first socks, please promise me you will only try such second socks on when your housemate is around. If my husband hadn’t been here last night to pull this sock off of me, I would probably still be trying to figure out how to walk on a pile of carbon fiber DPNs without impaling myself.

I had 2 options: run over my deadline or let go and move on.

 

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Plan B: Another good idea.

This is Barking Dog Opposites Attract in Bonnie & Clyde and I’m just knitting it up plain and so far I LOVE IT.

I think if I knit this sock, then the second Jaywalker, and then the second one of these, I should be good. I want to believe this. I need to believe this. I will follow this plan and all my gauge issues will magically disappear and I will have matching sized socks and it will be glorious.