Thursday, October 11, 2007

Socktobering

I very deliberated made reasonable goals for Socktober: a pair of socks for each of the kids, a second New England sock, and perhaps starting an new pair of Whitbys or Firecracker socks in a nice autumnal yarn. Progress has been decidedly mixed, though, and I am am blaming my monthlong sock hiatus.

I've made a very promising start with this pair for Rosebud, cranking them out in a matter or days. However, I made these socks from the cuff down, since I could not manage to properly execute a magic-cast on to make them from the toe up. They are a perfectly serviceable pair of socks, but I have a maddening amount of leftover yarn. I struggled with gauge for this yarn, Filatura di Crosa Maxime Print, which claims to be a DK, recommending a 5spi on a US4 needle on the ball band. No freakin' way. I may be a loose knitter, but at 5spi, the fabric was way too loose. I went down to a 3.0mm and got went with 7spi to achieve a firm fabric for socks for a little girl. They could have even been knit a little firmer.

With one success under my belt, I immediately cast on for The Deal of the Century $3 Regia socks for Pepe, in a seemingly nice autumnal colorway. How did I forget that deeply discounted sock yarn generally means super fugly sock yarn? This yarn has a very weird color combination, but Pepe loves them, he is four, so who cares, right? They are the perfect simple stockinette sock for sitting at soccer practice or in the carpool lane.



From the photo above, it seems like I have made a lot of progress on completing my second New England sock, but that sock-in-progress has been completely frogged due to a wild gauge fluctuation from the first to the second sock. It seemed I forgot to use the same needle for the second sock. A 1.5mm Addi Lace is not a 1.5 mm Knit Picks Options, and it showed by a whole stitch per inch. I think these socks are going into the penalty box for a bit or two until I work up the energy to focus again on such a complex sock.

Instead, I'll focus on Pepe's sock, my growing Tree Jacket, and maybe even take Nova's advice and just recklessly wind some sock yarn.

11 comments:

Ashley said...

Oooh, I am FEELING those gauge issues, my friend. I've wound a lot of yarn lately and they're still very irritating.

On the plus side, Rosebud's socks are adorable.

Madge said...

Hehe. I like the color combo of Pepe's sox. Very Halloween-ish. That qualifies as autumnal, right?

Good luck with the gauge issues. (Stoopid KP. Grrr. It's the needles' fault! It is!)

Ann said...

Some have called me superstitious about needles. Maybe I am. But I know that these little needle quirks can add up to big differences in a garment.

Rosebud's socks are beautiful and Pepe's are perfect for his little four-year-old sense of style!!

Kristy said...

Wow, it's strange that the same size knits up so differently. Are they actually the same size on a needle gauge?

Rosebud's socks are very pretty, and I love the bargain yarn, too!

curlypurly said...

i actually like Pepe's sock yarn colors. is that wrong?

Diana said...

Great photos! Great socks! The New England socks are especially pretty and delicate I think. I can't believe that about the needles, weird and lots of work to frog!

tiennie said...

Recklessly wind away! I feel the need to do the same. There's no sock pattern that really interests me so I'm just knitting plain socks. Great job with your first pair - as long as the recipient likes Pepe, that's all that matters, right?

Stuntmother said...

I am impressed by your sock knitting souse. I am still knitting the same sock (not even the same pair) that I cast on in May. Get a grip, girl.

You inspire me! Come see me soon or I shall have to come see you!

Rachel said...

I rather like the super fugly sock yarn. For a little boy, anyway. It's fun and Octobery.

Sorry about the second New England sock. There's nothing worse than realizing all your lovely progress on something difficult was for nothing.

nova said...

See, the problem with recklessly winding the yarn is that you start to feel compelled to use it for something...and then you start to knit recklessly. It's a vicious cycle. Your socks are all impressive. I am struggling with gauge at the moment too. Stupid gauge.

Theresa said...

Winding yarn is the perfect cure. Definitely.