When, a few days ago, I blogged about starting the second Opal & Mohair sock, I mentioned that I started it with a provisional cast-on. Why did I do that?
Well, after unwinding nearly all the rest of the ball of Opal yarn, I still hadn't found the starting point for the pattern repeat. And while Stephanie comments in one of her books that she is satisfied with the 'fraternal' rather than 'identical ' look to her socks, I'm more anal.
With Opal and Mohair spread all over the rec room couch and threatening to become so tangled I might never get sock #2 at all, I had a brain wave. The pattern repeat was off - or short - only about eight rows. But parts of the pattern repeated themselves within the total repeat. If I used a provisional cast on, when the sock was done, I could find those eight rows in the leftover yarn. Pick up the live stitches from the provisional cast-on and knit up. And that's exactly what I did.
Can you tell which is which? Bet'cha can't.