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Socks FO; and, S&W Speculation

Filed under: Knitting,Shopping Adventures,Special Events — folkcat at 3:39 pm on Friday, May 11, 2007

As expected, I finished the second pair of socks for Gryphon at Panera last night. Here they are, modelled by the recipient.

FO: Socks, Pair Two for Gryphon

Don’t they go nicely with his plaid flannel pajamas?

I attempted to start a pair of socks for myself. I say attempted, because although the yarn – Regia colore antik, I think? the ball’s not in front of me right now – looks at least as thick as the Trekking XXL, the fabric I got when I knit it up on the same size 1.5 needles looked like gauzy lace to me.

I’m getting a fabric I like on size 0’s, with a gauge of 9.5 stitches to the inch. Problem is, that means ideally 104.5 stitches around for my 11 inch ankles, and 95 stitches around for my 10 inch foot. I looked through the patterns in Sensational Knitted Socks, and those measurements neatly fell so far between the spots on the charts that I’d either have loose or baggy socks. Cool Socks, Warm Feet presented a different problem – Lucy Neatby apparently didn’t think that anyone with an 11 inch ankle would ever try to knit her socks with a 9.5 gauge, so none of her numbers come up high enough!

I’m probably faced with creating my own pattern, which I’m fine with doing. But it neatly removes knitting a pair of socks for me from the realm of “mindless enough to do while watching TV or chatting.”

I’m actually planning to make these with toes and heels in them – yeah, I know. Barefoot Diva and all that. But I’ve decided I want to see if I can tolerate the toes and heels if, perhaps, I knit an ankle sock. Maybe if I don’t have all that sock grabbing onto my leg, the toes won’t pull and pinch so much. It’s a theory, anyhow, and one I expect to test once I sort out my pattern to suit this gauge.

In other news, I’m expecting to get up early with Gryphon so we can get to NH S&W at a reasonable hour. I have a little more to spend than I’d hoped, and no specific goal for it beyond a vague “maybe enough roving to spin yarn for a whole _____?” (I don’t even know what fills that blank – sweater? shawl? cell phone cozy?)

I guess that means I’m leaving myself wide open to the possibilities. Maybe I’ll find a handpainted roving or yarn. Maybe I’ll invest in a good bargain on a tool I can use. Maybe we’ll go all out and actually get a fleece that I need to take through the entire fiber preparation process. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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Comment by elan

May 12, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

Everything goes well with plaid flannel pj’s. I like the dark heels & toes.

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