Sexy as socks on a roostaaa…
Last night, for lack of tiredness, I decided to cast on some new bulky tweed socks, hopefully meant to be done in time for the holidays as a nice comfy warm gifty.
I used Patons Merino Wool in a ruddy red tweed and CO 44 stitches on size 5 dpns. With 14 stitches on the first two needles, and 16 on the third, I am working a K2 P1 rib with a bit of a pattern change at the back which I’m hoping won’t be noticable with the tweed yarn. Crossing my fingers I won’t have to yank it out, but I’ve only done 1/2″ or so as yet so I’ll have to wait and see after a few more rows.
But I am experiencing a bit of fear that the sock feels too loose. Does anyone else ever have this problem? My gauge feels correct–if not tight for the yarn–but I feel like these wooly babies might slip down the calf if they don’t fit quite perfectly. I like sock to have a bit of stretch involved, and so far, this just feels like it gives way to stretch and collapses, rather than fights back for snug. Any suggestions, anyone, anyone?
What’s more, I made more progress on the left striped mitten I’m designing–which is adapted from another mitten pattern I had laying about. These are going to be called “Great Grape Ape Mittys” because I just like the name and just thought it up literally, as I typed. I’m pretty pleased with them minus a few weird hiccups on increases with the yarn, but I think once they are completed you won’t be able to tell–or maybe I’m just obsessing over things no one else would ever see.
The cuff is a simple K2 P1 rib, on 30 stitches. It’s increased every other row for 13 rows before the thumb stitches are left on a life-line or holder (me, being lazy and not having any within reach in bed last night, I threw two dpns from my nightstand on them, which suits just fine). I’m nearly done the mittern part–just several more rows and closure, before I pick back up the thumb and finish it off. I’ll post a picture of the left mitt once it’s completed, which I expect by the end of the week.
File Under: I’m actually getting holiday knitting done early. I’m as shocked as the next joke.