Sometimes I make sense only to myself
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Drunken bees make me want to drink
So, for my third attempt at this pattern, I switched to larger needles (US 3 and 4) and replaced ssk with sl1, k1, psso. Both were lifesavers!
And I was doing OK with this third attempt...except that I was using 16-inch size 4 circulars which have such tiny needles that are incredibly hard for my big hands to manipulate. So I kept losing stitches left and right, and in this pattern when most stitches were lost they are impossible to find. So after a row with
misplaced stitches that I could not fix, I frogged again.
I gave the bees a rest for a couple of days. I started attempt #4 by dropping down to US 3 needles that had full-size points. To compensate for the decrease in edge circumference, I cast on 139 stitches and did the first round * k2tog k2tog p2tog *, repeat to end. This would allow for stretchiness and a cute ruffly edge. Then I knit 9 more rounds in the pattern's k2 p1 ribbing, and proceeded with the pattern. So far so good in both knitting and fit, and this has changed the game so much I will say it again: sl1, k1, psso has been a lifesaver!
I did learn--the hard way--that cabled knitting is NOT one I can take on a car ride. I hadn't even finished one row before I was hit with the worst case of motion sickness that I have had in months. It knocked me flat on my back for several hours after we had arrived home.
But attempt #4 is progressing nicely. Once I finish the pattern, I'll drop to the US 2 (2.75mm) for the heel and foot.
Flight (more like fight) of the Drunken Bees
In the meanwhile, I cast on the next Birthday Sock. This one is a plain one because the skein of yarn has only 400 yards and I want to be sure I have enough yarn for a pair of normal-length socks.
Sock 15.0, in Jitterbug - Copperbeech
I have fallen in love with
, especially the Jitterbug. They are beautifully wound and springy. The colorways are breathtaking: the picture above doesn't do it justice. Even seeing it in the skein didn't do it justice: it wasn't until I started knitting with it that I noticed hints of blues and reds and other subtle tones that really make the sock come alive. The fabric on US 2 (2.75mm) and 1 (2.25 mm) is beautiful...I know, it's a smaller needle than the pattern on the band recommends, but I'm starting to get the hang of how I like my socks to fit, and I seem to have good luck and better fits if I drop down to 1s for sock weight and 2s for sport weight.
The biggest gripe, as I said before, is the yardage. 400 yards is more than enough if I do a pair of ankle socks. The label's pattern and website say that 400 yards should be enough for a pair of women's socks. I'm a bit nervous. I was going to do them in a ribbing that was under the six-stitch patterns section of Sensational Knitted Socks, but after reading the yardage decided that I had better play it safe. Plus, the yarn is rather dark so a lot of patterns would be lost anyway.
I need to cold sheep in 2012, but that's for another post. So is the flashing of my most recent stash acquisitions, which should be delivered in a few days. It is my birthday month, after all...and what better way to celebrate birthdays and Christmas than with some yarn?
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