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Why I Recommend Yoga to Knitters

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?

Déjà Vu

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.

Best-Laid Plans

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.

A Necessary Distraction

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 Down

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.