Saturday, November 12, 2016

If the sock fits....

With Corvin off the needles in blocking, I was all revved up for finishing. I picked up the messed up tunic sleeve. I was already to rip it back, but I had to find my needle first. I couldn't  remember what size, I was using. But that's what Ravelry is for!

I checked my project page... 4mm... no problem!

Wait... 4mm... that's what I was using for my new lace design...

Shoot. Double shoot! I have doubles in quite a few needles, but oddly enough, 4mm (one of my most used needles) is not one of them! So the tunic will have to wait until I can get another, or until I finish the lace design (my best on the former happening first.)

Disappointed, I wasn't in the mood to work on any other lace, so I picked up my Jaywalker sock. Stella's starter crapped out on me this week, so I've been working from home while it was rebuilt (let's note my thankfulness for a job where I can do that, and that handsome guy who lives with me and is not just a pretty face, but handy with a wrench, saving me several hundred dollars in labour), so I haven't had lunch hours to work on it.

I made up for that with a quiet evening of knitting
I'm through the gusset, and as you can see, at a point where I'm able to try it on. The designer admits that the stitch pattern doesn't allow for much stretch, and offers several sizes, the smallest having a 76 stitch cast on. Most Ravellers have still found that too small. I have very narrow feet, so I figured I'd be safe.

I got a little worried once I was a few rows in. It was looking like it'd be way too large. I was happy to find that wasn't the case. It's a touch on the loose size, but I'm betting it will tighten up after the first wash (especially if I give it a trip through the dryer).

A note about the yarn
As mentioned in a previous post, it's Berocco Sox. Love the colours, love the stripes.... not loving the texture. It is scratchy and rough. Admittedly, I'm spoiled with all our lovely yarns that are oh so soft.
In the end - both types make great socks. I'm sure these ones will soften up with a good soak - and they will probably wear like iron!

7 comments:

Araignee said...

Poor Stella! It is nice to have a guy who is handy and handsome. I made Jaywalkers once and was pretty sure after reading all the comments they weren't going to fit but the fit fine. It's a good pattern for crazy yarn.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Lovely Jaywalker. I made a pair and really enjoyed them until I made the mistake of tumble drying them rather than drying them flat. They were too tight after that! Learn from my mistakes - dry flat!!

kathy b said...

Your sock colors are lovely. Im knitting with cloudlike angora so scratchy yarn is not touching my fingers lately.

Dee said...

I made Jaywalkers once. They didn't fit. :-(

Love the color on yours. That's nice and bright!

Delighted Hands said...

Nice socks! I'm glad you finished the Corvin!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

I had a very frustrating episode with jaywalkers but yours look wonderful. I just couldn't get the fit right. I'll never forget it....I was in denial right up till the end and then finally had to frog.

Rachelle said...

I'm on the ribbing of my first ever Jaywalker too, hoping the fit is right with the smaller size, like you I have narrow feet. Must recount my stitches though, for some reason 72 feels like what I have and I think I read the pattern, now I'm doubting myself.