Sometimes you need to take a picture of the bottom of your feet when there’s no one around to help.
Well, it finally happened. I finished the Aquaphobias. And I lurve them.
I lurve their tops.
And I lurve their sides.
Pattern: Aquaphobia Socks by Crystal Flanagan
Yarn: Ivy Brambles Sockscene Fingering Weight, color The Basin (Franconia)
Started: February 9, 2012
Finished: April 1, 2012
Mods: I shortened the leg from 20 pattern repeats to 17. I continued the slip-stitch pattern on the sole rather than working it in stockinette because (1) it’s prettier and (2) I wanted to avoid the sole wearing out right away while the rest of the sock still had a few years left in it. And I worked a Dutch heel because I had just read about them and they sounded cool.
They look cool, too, even if my sloppy-stitch side is more pronounced than on my usual heel.
At 4 pairs and 13 weeks into the year, I’m doing alright on my pair/3 weeks average. I just hope the next pair doesn’t give me attitude. I think I’ll make some yoga socks next. Those look easy. Very short, no heels, no toes. No attitude.
Not that I ever really mind the attitude once the socks are done.
Who could be mad at these socks?
This happened last time I knit Muriwai, too. This break only slowed me down for a few minutes, though. I moved the left-hand tip to the right and put a smaller tip on the left. Things went smoothly for a while, until the now right-hand needle almost gave me a splinter and I had to hunt down a nail file to fix that. Grrr. Sigh.
Now I have no longish 5 mm circulars, and I think I’m done with Knit Picks needles. These were actually the 5 mm tips they sent me to replace my original 5 mm tips that had broken. I got the 5 mm replacements at the same time as the replacements for the 6 mm tips that broke when I was knitting the first Muriwai. So, it looks like the replacements for the tips that had a 3-ish year shelf life have a 1.5 year shelf life themselves. That’s easy math, and I don’t like the trend I see developing here. If anyone has recommendations for reliable wood or bamboo needles with very pointy tips, let me know. I am now officially shopping for a new brand. I’m not sure I want another interchangeable set, but I love the idea of them so much that I could be swayed.
Anyway, back to the knitting. I powered through, and I finished.
Pattern: Muriwai Bath Mat by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
Yarn: 8 skeins GGH Big Easy color 003 held double; 1/3 skein each Classic Elite Star color 5116 & Bernat Organic Cotton in white held together
Needles: KP Harmony interchangeables 5 mm; 6 mm to bind off
Started: September 17, 2011
Finished: March 31, 2012
Mods: Thinner yarn and smaller needles than called for (when you’re shopping clearance, there’s only so much you have to work with). Knit to 250 stitches. This is much smaller than I thought it would be. If I’d realized that before I bound off, I would have changed a few things at the end. But it’s big enough for me to stand on, so I’m not unhappy overall.
Also: I know, I know. I’m supposed to be knitting socks. My hands needed a break from small-gauge knitting. I only have, like, 8 more pattern repeats and a toe. I’m totally good.
Haven’t had a chance to get proper pictures, but just to prove I’ve finished them:
I’m about 2/3 through the foot on the second Aquaphobia. Please note that it is now the weekend. I have knitting time aplenty. I can do this.
I really think I could have done it. When I said I would have two pairs of socks done by tonight, I didn’t see any reason that wouldn’t turn out to be true. And I still, even now, just a matter of hours away from tonight, believe that it could have been true. When I had each pair about 60-70% done, it was perfectly reasonable to think I could finish both pairs in about a week.
However. Monday and Friday I had things to do after work that involved much driving (though at least Monday’s thing was a birthday party, which provided some knitting time between the driving times). Wednesday and Thursday I had a migraine. There was not much opportunity to knit on my lunch breaks, and the stretch of waiting room time I expected at the eye doctor yesterday never materialized.
So, here is what we have.
This much of the Comfort DK Opposite Socks:
Don't worry. I have more yarn.
And an Aquaphobia just past the heel:
I was a bit worried about making progress on the second Aquaphobia. I had reached that point where I’d been working on them so long that I didn’t want to say it but I was getting a little sick of them. Dan even said to me yesterday, “You’ve been working on those for a while. Are you getting sick of them?” And I had to admit that, yes, I was. Then I pulled out the first one so I could double-check my mods and make sure I was working on a second sock that would actually match the first. And once I saw that first one again and remembered how pretty these are going to be when they’re done? Boom! Motivation back, heel turned. I am so ready for these socks.
And I can totally finish both pairs in the next week.
As I predicted, starting some new socks in Comfort DK won out over finishing up the second Aquaphobia.
Not that the Aquaphobias are completely on hold, mind you. I have started the second one, but that’s my purse project and I haven’t had much time for purse knitting this week.
Next Saturday is the next sock deadline. I think I can have both pairs done by then, or at least by next Sunday night so I can start the week fresh. Today is for cooking and Farscape, and surely sock progress will just happen as if by magic alongside those other activities.
One to go.
I have every intention of working on the second sock tonight and tomorrow morning. Unless I get distracted by the next pair. It’s possible I’ll get distracted by the next pair – Comfort DK on 2.75 mm needles, chosen specifically to help keep me on track for a pair every three weeks since these ones are taking so long.
The more I talk about them the more likely it is they’ll distract me. But I am weak with hunger right now. Maybe I’ll feel more focused after a snack.
I would leave this post in progress and continue after my snack to let you know how I feel, but I think we all have a good idea of where this is going.
I’ll be back soon with a Comfort DK sock in progress.