I know I am a couple weeks late but HAPPY SPRING!
I have been spending lots of time in the backyard, working in the garden or knitting in the shade with a cup of tea.
I have also been cooking & photographing up a storm for my cooking blog, Shoots & Roots. It's up running away with itself. I am having so much fun telling stories and photographing the food I am cooking. I love it.
I finally finished my Sea Clover Socks! The pattern is by Kate of Confessions of a Graveyard Gypsy. Here is my ravelry page for the project. I used Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn which I loved knitting with. I remember it being kinda pricey ($23 on her website) but I would definitely buy it again. Maybe in a green next time.
I picked this pattern because it was super challenging. I really wanted to see if I could do a difficult pattern start to finish. I began the first sock last year in July and finished it in November. At one point I accidentally knitted far too many decrease rows around the gusset of the foot and had to rip back several rows. I totally screwed the ripping back up and had to take a break until a lovely lady from our knitting group helped me pick up all the stitches I had dropped and put them back in the right order. What a sweet patient woman. Bless her heart.
The second sock knitted up easier and faster then the first, as it always does. However, I found that I only wanted to work on it when I was stressed out. As if the difficulty of the pattern put some of my other life stresses in perspective and calmed me down. By the time I was nearing the toe I couldn't wait to be done with the whole thing. I grafted the toe and pulled both socks on only to discover the first sock was a bit larger then the other. After pulling my hair out trying to figure out what I did wrong I realized that it was my stressed out knitting. It is much tighter then my relaxing day knitting and I need to keep that in mind when I am working on gauge sensitive projects.
So you expert sock knitters out there. Can this be fixed with some aggressive blocking of the smaller sock?
I am guessing it can but I havent had the guts to try it yet. I would love to hear some input on how I might fix this.