Sock Fail and Patchwork Swap Reminder
I’ve been doing a lot of little things here and there lately, some of which aren’t necessarily blogworthy. I decided that I wanted to make a pair of socks with this beautiful Lorna’s Laces sock yarn I bought in TX, but I wanted to try knitting it. I was inspired by an episode of Knit and Crochet Today– Candi Jensen sent me the series (it’s now available on DVD for those of us who don’t get it on our local PBS station) and it is great! It’s a technique show for both knitters and crocheters, and it’s hosted by my good friend Brett Bara, also of Crochet Today. And while I’m plugging, some of my projects are even featured on the show. If you’re a visual learner and enjoy step by step teaching, this is the show for you. Anyway, I was watching some of the episodes and one of them was all about socks, and I thought, “I can knit that!” I’ve made some crocheted socks before, and I like them, but I wanted to try a knit version with this yarn. I got this far:
And those tiny needles just killed my hands. I persisted for a while after this photo but then i tried on the sock, and it happened to be too big anyway. So I ripped it out. I really love the way knit socks look but after the great tendonitis fiasco of 2006, I know it’s just not worth it (I need my hands!!). I then tried a crocheted sock and several swatches for a crochet or knit hat, and I’m not really loving any of them. The yarn wants to be knitted, because of the way the colors are dyed (the sections are pretty short for crochet stitches), but it also wants to be not socks, because of my hands. I’ll come up with something…. but for now I’ve frogged them.
I also wanted to share a little close up of the patchwork coiled bowl I sent to Valerie at Knitting in Pink as a reminder that the deadline to mail your Patchwork Swap package is TODAY, so please mail your packages. And if you don’t have it in the mail yet, please be courteous and let your partner know that it’s going to be a little late. And please post your sent and received photos in the flickr pool so we can all see the scrappy goodness.