Monday, December 15, 2008

Pitiful Progress

Friday, I had this much of Fred's socks done.
Over the weekend, I knit two feet, one complete leg and part of the second. Almost an entire pair of socks.

Here is what I accomplished.

This is turning out to be another I love the 'progress-part-of-knitting' project.

The sock was started in the middle with a provisional cast-on, you may recall. That way I could knit the foot, then pick up live stitches to knit the leg as long as my yarn would allow.

The My problem was that I only allowed one round of knitting before starting the heel flap. After knitting the foot and removing the waste yarn, I picked up the live stitches to begin the 'up-the-leg' portion of the sock. It was tricky - I did note that. With only one row of stockinet stitch after the heel flap stitch, the stitches weren't all that visible.

What I didn't note, was the dropped stitch. Several rows later, I realized I didn't have the correct number of stitches. Hmmm. Where was that extra stitch? Dropped down -way down - into those 'Slip one, Knit one' heel flap stitches I like so much. Ouch! That made it very difficult to correct and try as I might, in the end, I had to rip it.

The second attempt, I knit for an inch before starting the heel flap. A much better plan and now - I am about back to where I started.

It is a good thing these socks are a quick knit. And it's a good thing knitters are not easily discouraged. But the socks will be accompanied by this note - to paraphrase the yarnharlot : "All 50,000 stitches in these socks were knit with *&%# loving thoughts of you."

2 comments:

Sel and Poivre said...

Optimism really does spring eternal in the hearts of knitters! Those socks really do look soft and warm!

CanarySanctuary said...

Hi there! This is in response to your question on my blog re: the pattern of sweater that's included in my giveaway. It's the "Fair Isle U-Neck" from Vogue Knitting Fall 2006. The yarn I used was Knit Picks Elegance, which is very soft and lovely, but also very lacking in memory and thus it grew too big for me!
Happy Knitting!