Saturday, May 26

Stomping the Grape

I was going to take some time off this weekend from stitching projects, get some housework done, and just generally chill out. Nice thought, I guess. The siren song of the grape yarn lured me away. I was just going to do the toe, you understand - not go any further. I wanted to do it while the success on the Blasted Pink was still fresh in my mind. (Nice excuse, huh?) First go on the toe, it was technically a "success" but esthetically, left a great deal to be desired. Frog.

Second go, I don't know where my mind was, but it surely wasn't anywhere near my knitting needles. I have no idea *how* I did it - I really should figure it out because it would make a world-famous invisible decrease - but three sets of turns away from the finish of the toe, I discovered that I had 'lost' 6 stitches. I searched frantically for dropped stitches, but there weren't any. The Disappeared Ones did so symmetrically, 3 on each side, but totally invisibly - they just vanished into thin air! This did create a really oddly shaped toe, however. Frog.

Then the Tsarina got into a discussion of "lifelines" on her blog, which I had never heard of and had to look up - and it has changed my life forever. What a brilliant concept! I put it into practice on try #3 on the toe, placing the lifeline in the row where I started to go back up the toe from the tip (incrementing the number of live stitches each row). Placing the lifeline must have appeased the frog, because this time it went without a hitch.

Not wanting to leave the Grape in such a precarious situation, I decided to go ahead and knit the first couple of rounds on the whole sock. That went so well, I thought it couldn't hurt anything to just *set* the pattern row, could it?

I didn't want to leave *that* on the needles, either, because it might stretch the yarn permanently, just sitting there with all that tension on those stitches, so I knit out the first repeat of the pattern. Then it looked so lonesome that I had to knit a companion for it, didn't I?

Here's the sock, with the first two repeats of the pattern, and ready to start the nifty "hidden" increases my oddly-shaped foot requires.

The left side:

The right side:

And the top of the sock:

I am pleased. It's not a masterpiece, by any means, but I think it's acceptably journeyman quality, which is definitely progress! I have no idea why the picture of the right side looks so strange. I assure you that the short-row stuff looks even better than the left side in reality.


jessica said...

This hat is too cute. Jon thinks i'm boring, but gray is probably my favorite color, for clothes, apartment decorating, whatever. you did a lovely job with this.

Tsarina of Tsocks said...

Beautiful. Nice clean short rows. I still think those pattern reps are looking a little lonely, though. Don't you think you ought to do a couple more, just to put them into perspective, you know, and to establish the discreet increase pattern? (BTW I've been doing some specialized experiments in increase placement and sock fit for "oddly-shaped," and -sized, feet, so lemme know if you wanna discuss. One of us can almost certainly learn from the other, and I'm not sure which way it would run, since I certainly haven't seen all the foot shapes in the universe....)

About lifelines - when I need one on a sock because of fine gauge or lacy pattern, I sometimes use my #000 circ instead of thread or dental floss. Works a treat. If you happen to have such a needle, that is....