Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Did you ever have problems with squirrels?

You know, how they come into the garden on a clear sunny spring day, and bite off the tops of crocus, or tulips, rip the flowers apart for the sweet nectar at the base, and eat up the protein rich stamens, and leave the headless stalks and piles of torn apart petals as debris?

I was squirrelly last night.

Did you see the hyacinths yesterday? Good! Because today, they are gone—right down to the cast on!--I'd show you a picture.. but you've seen yarn and empty needles before, I am sure.

As I stopped to admire my progress yesterday before I headed out to Tuesday knit night (a nice turn out last night! 1 new (totally new!) and 1 returning (from 3 years ago!) knitter showed up. (Hello Jennifer!)—I noticed that things were not quite right—and a stitch count confirmed the worst.

One group of 20/22 stitches (1 hyacinth) had 13 stitches?!—

On big disadvantage of knitting 2 socks on 2 circs is mistakes like this are hard to resolve (for a single sock)—so off the needles they came and they got frogged to the garter cuff. My first thought was I would change the beginning of the round location. And I got one sock back on the needles right—but the second? Messed up AGAIN!

So it was Rip, Rip, Rip—a frogging we did go!

Back to the cast on-- and the drawing board!

I realize that I had problems with pattern—partly, it is the nature of the design.. and thought about how to resolve.

I saw two options.
1—I could knit them 1 at time on DPN’s—and divide each hyacinth onto 1 DPN—(and I am going to write and chart up directions for doing just that!)
2—I could do something different—I could knit the top of the sock flat (and seam it!) and will have an alternate set of directions for this option too!)

I am going with the second option. I will work the top (cuff and flower heads) flat, and join into a round at the heel (well the flap will be knit flat, D’oh!) and I won’t join into a round till I work the gussets. )

It’s not common any more to knit socks flat (I’ve met old (older than me!) knitters who knit socks flat (all the way!) and seam them—I am old enough to remember seamed stocking (nylons) –and yes, you did feel the seam—and yes, you got used to it. But I don’t want seams in the soles of my socks!

This will work –and yet it will still be strange, because the seam won’t be center back but off set! I’m keeping the positions of the flower heads the same (1 center back, 2 straddling center front) and the seam will be not quite on the side!

So maybe by tomorrow I will have some progress to show you—who knows, I might have as many rows as I ripped out!


JelliDonut said...

Aren't argyle socks knitted flat? I've never used this method, so I'm interested in how this works out for you.

AlisonH said...

Squirrels as a metaphor for frogging--I love it!

zippiknits.....sometimes said...

You're right, there are still many patterns for flat knit socks. That's how I could knit them, back in the day, for Christmas stockings.

gayle said...

The first pair of socks I ever knit, back in the dark ages, was argyle, knit flat.
Sometimes the least crazy-making is the way to go...
Hoping your socks are behaving better now!