I bet you’re kind of wondering what ever happened to photos of my April sweater…. Hey, whatever happened to that sweater anyway.  It’s the February Lady sweater downsized (or a Sweater on Two Needles upsized) to fit my 7 year old.  It’s coming along, but slowly.  Through no fault of the sweater’s, I have been sidetracked.

I discovered a sweet little sock pattern, the Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Creations.  It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s very satisfying.  I knit two of these sets of socks.  The first is out of some very old Koigu that I had used scraps of for something.  Then the dog found it and decided that it would make a very sweet sheepy chew toy.  There were some breaks in the yarn, but nothing that I couldn’t live without.  The second pair is from Suibui sock yarn in screaming pink with acid green.  They’re very fun and very girly.  Both sets of socks work great with clogs.  The only problem (slight, slight problem) is that my ankles get a bit chilly in this cool spring air.  I’m now on the lookout for an anklet pattern that will be just as sweet and fast.

I did modify the Turkish Bed Sock pattern slightly.  The pattern calls for you to knit a long rectangle that goes around your ankle, then knit the heel flap and bottom of the foot.  You’re supposed to seam the rectangle together with the bottom of the foot after you are finished knitting that portion.  However, I’m not a huge fan of seaming.  I really don’t think it should be necessary in something as small as a sock.  So…. I left the rectangle stitches on the needle while I knit the heel.  As I knit the foot bottom I joined the bottom to a live stitch left on the needle with either a SSK or a P2tog.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.


A Knitting Time Out

I should have known better. 

I should have known that the insanely complicated sock was going too well.  Especially since I did a good part of the sock on a dark plane.  Twice.  I even had a very experienced knitter (whose advice I normally take) tell me that the calf circumference looked really big. 

I told her I have big calves.  Which as much as I hate to admit it on a public blog, I do.  They’re very muscular calves.  I even measured my calves to figure out what size sock to make.  After I cast on the stitches and had knit for an inch, I tried it on my calf and it seemed to fit just fine.  See, this sock pattern has you take 3 different measurements to figure out what size to initially cast on and then how to decrease correctly for the rest of the leg.  So what was the problem? 

Apparently measuring my calf in an airplane through my jeans wasn’t the smartest thing to do.  Tonight, I tried the sock on again and it was obviously too big.  About an inch too big.  I remeasured, and sure enough, I had been off in my initial measurement.  I’ve ripped it out and restarted, but now I’m starting to rethink the whole pattern.  Perhaps this just needs a time out. 

Should I,

a.) rewrite the pattern

b.) set it aside and make Simple Things

c.) set it aside and make Skew socks