January 06, 2011

Three Socks?

OK, so I made one Nutkin with US #1 needles and Madelinetosh Sock in the ink colorway.  The sock is lovely and the yarn is dreamy.  I love the color and the feel and now I want ALL of my socks made with it.  I got a gift certificate for WEBS and I'm thinking I could buy lots of skeins of the stuff, I won't, but I could.  But I digress.

As I was saying, I made sock #1 and when it was finished I found out that I was one of the stepsisters in the Cinderella story.  The sock was tight, way too tight.  So tight, in fact that I couldn't even get it past my heel ... so I went straight to denial.  I pulled and tugged knowing full well that if something didn't break, then the circulation in my foot was going to be cut off.  Still, I pulled and tugged that sock over my heel and up my cankle.  Ah, success ... and then I noticed that the pattern was stretched so far that surely something would tear.

It took 10 minutes to get the sock off.  Meanwhile, while I struggled to pull from the toe and the cuff and the toe and the cuff and the toe and the cuff, etc. I thought the sock wasn't going to come off and I went into panic mode.  Do I wake my son up to help me, do I search for some vaseline or cooking oil to grease the foot?  One hot flash and an anxiety attack later, the sock was free and blood started to flow to my leg again.  Whew!

OK, I had two choices.  Either I give the socks away to someone who could wear them comfortably (unlikely) or I can use a bigger needle to make the second sock and rip back the first sock (most likely).  I had to mull it over - for about 5 seconds.

Option #2 won.

Here's where I am so far:

Sock #1 is on the blocker (obviously).  Sock #2 is loose but it fits, and the difference in needle sizes is huge!  And yes, that blue piece of plastic is a bread tie from the last loaf of bread.  It's the best bobbin ever.

Tracy M said she had no problem with the folded cuff and she was most of the way down the leg when she showed me the picture.  Congrats T!  (I hijacked her pic from flickr):

So, how's your sock coming?

Oh, and Maria from knitting class gave birth to the newest knitting circle member: Adrian Nicholas.  He was 8lbs 2ozs of healthy baby boy born on December 11.  Congratulations to Maria and Junior!

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