The MONKEY socks I started (my virgin Bluemoon Fiberarts Socks that Rock experience) just aren’t doing it for me. They’ve been a great beach/travel/airplane/keep-in-the-purse project. I’ll certainly cast on again another pair.
Two major points about sock knitting I’ve learned through this bad-boy that culminated in a trip to the frog pond yesterday, spinning away hours of knitting on the swift and ball winder. But it’s OK!
- No matter how many ways you say it, “It might grow on me.” “I’ll like the color when a whole foot’s knit up” are phrases I recall, it just may not pan out.
- Fit. I have funky feet. Narrow heel, very high arch, high volume (read: tall instep). A 64 stitch sock at 8 SPI is not gonna cut the mustard, unless there is a lot of stretch/ribbing. I need a minimum 8.5″ circumference sock.
RIP Monkey Sock:
This yarn has short color repeats. I love it in the stockinette portion of the foot. I don’ t love it in the patterned leg and top of the foot.
Fit: Leg was a little snug. Knit the heel flap to 2.5″ to accommodate the high arch of my boat-like feet and decreased for the gusset as usual but realized going down to the original 64 stitches would yield a sock I’d never get over my heel. (Or if I did I’d get blue toes from loss of circulation.) So I decreased to 78 total and worked the foot. Thinking back I should have gone to 72. Got to the toe decreases (yes, that means I was almost done with sock number one) tried it on and see #1 point above.
Frogged. It’s a learning experience. It’s OK. The yarn will become something else, likely the COTTY pattern that has a more plain foot with simple lace detail at the top.
But the sun shines through and I can’t put a new project down!
DAYBREAK by Stephen West. He has fantastically simple designs. This shawl caught my eye as did the Noro Silk Garden in colors of the seashore: brown, teal, turquoise, silver, purple, gold. It’s beautiful. I’ll post a more true, flashless photo of the colors soon. (A challenge?) I’ll bet I get it done this weekend. I’m in MN seeing family.
A note about shawls, though (and I’ve never knit one) that start at the neck and go down. Each row grows with more stitches . Lots of stockinette, it could be therapeutically mindless or numbingly mindless. I’ll let you know which!