how i knit to stay sane

February 19, 2008

Tell-All Tuesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — K @ 1:21 pm

Alright, I admit it, I’ve been avoiding Jeanie because I was scared. I was afraid of that little pink provisional cast-on, taunting me, teasing me, jeering “I’m waiting until you’ve finished the rest of this wrap, and then I’m going to fall apart and take all of your hard work with me.” Although I relished the thought of reaching the top edge of the wrap, and then dropping those long elegant ladders ALL the way down, that meant I had to save the final border for, well, the final touch. After wrestling with this in my mind, I decided to bite the bullet, and drop the stitches separating the cable panels, in order to work the bottom edge.

And, yes, it was as bad as I’d feared. Okay, not really — Jeanie is still intact…. There was a little while last week, when I was contemplating frogging her and starting over. It took a little bit of practice (and another Jeanie cast on, worked for 8 rows, and then doing the cabled border….) to figure out what I was doing, but I perservered. I don’t know if I’m just deficient at doing the provisional cast on, or what, but my chain never comes out neatly, with all the stitches lined up perfectly, and Jeanie’s bottom edge was no exception. I had quite a bit of heartache with trying to figure out how to pick up stitches from the bottom, and kept having to take breaks for my hyperventilations, picturing Jeanie unraveling from the bottom up. Eventually (and with the help of my practice Jeanie), I did figure out what to do, and while it’s not perfect, it’s good enough!

Thank you for the well wishes, following my cold and sinus infection.  The kids and I are all back on our feet (and it looks like Brandon avoided the worst of it).  But what good is being sick without comfort-knitting?  Comfort knitting is best suited to wool, an easy pattern that doesn’t require thinking, counting, or pattern consultation.  In short, socks knit in a bigger wool, on bigger needles, for bigger feet.

When my dad, Pop-Pop as the kids call him, was visiting, I’d given Brandon his socks, and in the exuberance that comes with just having made a well-accepted wooly offering, I told my dad I could make him a pair, too.  In my excitement over this idea, I plum forgot that my dad has even bigger feet than Brandon.  My dad was really excited about the idea, too.  He kept offering to let me measure his feet whenever I needed him to.  Oh, dear, WHAT did I get myself into?!?  Well, I kept pushing it off, not ready to dive into another foray of sock-making for size 14 feet….  Poor Pop-Pop — facing the 3rd snowiest winter in Wisconsin history, without a pair of wool socks to keep his feet warm and snuggly while watching tv, playing darts, and shoveling snow.  What good is it to have a knitting daughter if you’re going to lose your toes to frostbite?!?

I made a trip to Cloverhill Yarn Shop to pick up some Fixation that my mom wanted, and I looked for some superwash wool to make a pair of thicker socks for my dad — socks to wear inside boots, around the house.  Real Wisconsin socks, for Wisconsin winters.  And these socks are up to the task.  Or at least, they will be, once they aren’t still stuck on needles!  They have aran weight toes and heel bottoms (and eventually ribbing).  The foot is in a stretchy 2×2 ribbing worked in DK weight yarn.

See the weird lumps in the feet of the socks?  Well, my pet peeve, while knitting 2-at-a-time, is the yarn getting tangled.  I put my center-pull balls into the foot of the sock, once it was long enough to hold the yarn, and have no problems, just pulling out the length of yarn I need for the next round each time I reposition the needles.  So far, so good!  I think I’ll likely stow my yarn like this for all my 2-at-a-time socks in the future — talk about a project with portability!

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2 Comments »

  1. I love the socks! I like the idea of two at a time – I may have to give it a try next time… Jeanie looks great! That may go on my list of “to knit” too.

    Comment by Jessica — February 20, 2008 @ 11:29 am

  2. Your Jeanie is beautiful!!!!!

    Comment by Brigette — March 5, 2008 @ 8:20 pm


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