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Jawalker Woes

Last night I had about 5 inches done on the leg of the first Jaywalker sock when I tried it on and realized that it was a bit too tight. I checked my gauge and somehow I was WAY off. I don’t know HOW it happened, but somehow between making a gauge swatch and starting the socks, my gauge went from spot on to no where close. Knowing that I wouldn’t wear the socks if they were too tight and thus would be a waste of beautiful yarn and a lot of work, I ripped back to the ribbing.

I did the ribbing on US 1’s and I do like the way it came out. It’s the first ribbing I really like how it came out, so why rip out a good thing? I kept the ribbing and switched to US 2’s for the rest of the sock. I’m hoping this will make them loose enough, but we’ll see. I’ve already decided I’ll do the ribbing on the second sock on US 1’s as well so that the socks will match.

I went from 5 inches to just over an inch last night. Of course this saddens me, but knowing I wouldn’t be happy with it, I couldn’t make myself keep working on it. It should be a lot speedier on US 2’s anyhow.

You’ll notice that my progress bar off to the right side of the page —>
for my Jawalkers have gone from 15% to 5% today since I ripped out nearly all of my work.

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I have decided that I’m going to always have socks on the needles. I don’t know why I didn’t love them the first time I tried my hand at socks, but I love them now! I just want to learn how to do socks on one long circular (even though I do LOVE my DPN’s)…. hopefully I’ll be able to take the class at Yarns Down Under that’s coming up.

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On another project note, I’ve begun working on Folly again. I want to have it finished soon, even though the acrylic bothers my hands a bit (not as much as Red Heart, though, since I’m using Caron’s Simply Soft). I would like to give it to my mom for her birthday in April. So far I’ve ripped out the back by 15 inches to correct the decreases I did wrong. I know I could have made it work, but it wasn’t worth all the trouble since I’ve already got one front piece done. After I complete the back (which hopefully I will do tonight), I’ll only have one front piece, two sleeves, the collar, and some flowers to be pined on (I won’t be sewing them on like the photo in case my mom doesn’t like them).

Alright… that’s all for now… back to work I go!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

One thought on “Jawalker Woes

  1. Oh no! But you’re right – you had to rip it out. No point in finishing something you won’t wear! I hope they go better on the size 2s!

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