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Not All Socks Work Out

Last night I went home with every intention to wash and block my sweater parts for Hey Teach, but ended up eating dinner, watching TV and engaging in some interesting conversations with Matt. Ah well, I can do it tonight or this weekend some time.

Instead of working on Sprucey Lucy during TV watching time, I decided to pull out my Mini Mochi sock that’s been hanging around not getting any love lately. Since I decided to do an afterthought heel (for the first time ever), it was difficult to tell how tall the leg really was. I wanted to know how this whole afterthought heel would work and how it would fit. After realizing Sprucey Lucy needed much more to the foot then I thought, I was feeling a bit anxious about the fit of these. I decided the leg was long enough and did the ribbing. I then picked up the heel stitches and knit the heel.

Mini Mochi, Sock 1
Mini Mochi Sock

I don’t love the heel and I don’t love how the sock fits. Turns out my fears came true and the sock really isn’t long enough in the foot. It measures 8.25 inches from toe to heel and my foot is 9.5 inches long. Since I’ve already cut the yarn, knit the heel and have plenty of yarn left to make two more socks, I’m going to do just that. I’ll knit two more socks and frog this one for heel parts. This time, though, I’m going to do a short row heel while I’m knitting because I really don’t like the afterthought heel or how it fits me. I do love short-row heels, though, and with extra yarn available to knit from as I go, I think this is the best plan. I’ll probably make the sock 62 stitches instead of 60 because 60 seems just a bit too snug on my foot.

In yesterday’s blog post, I mentioned how I wasn’t really sure about the fit of Sprucey Lucy and mentioned I was debating ripping out the heel and adding some length to the foot. After last night’s issue with the Mini Mochi sock, I decided I better rip it out now before I have another finished sock I don’t like! This will be the second time I’ve frogged the heel of this sock, but I think of myself as a “fearless frogger.” If I don’t like it or needs to be fixed, I should just DO IT! I’ll be so much happier in the long run and I know it, so I’ve learned to just accept that sometimes things need to be ripped out.

Sprucey Lucy, minus heel
Sprucey Lucy, frogged back to before the heel

I guess my 52 Pair Plunge isn’t starting out so well, is it? That’s alright though. I don’t want to knit things I don’t love or won’t wear or not happy with, so I’ll keep on keepin’ on! Happy Friday everyone – hopefully all your projects are going better then mine ;o)


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)

6 thoughts on “Not All Socks Work Out

  1. I’ve yet to do an afterthought heel. I hate to fix what ain’t broken and change my fav heel technique for the sake of changing.

    I think the Mini Mochi is beautiful.

    I hope you realize how helpful it is when you share about your not-so-successful exploits. I learn a lot.

    1. If I had considered it at the time I first knit a short row heel, then frogged it because of the drastic color change on the foot that resulted, I could have used the new ball of yarn to make a short row heel and keep the colors on the foot/leg intact. Ah well, live and learn! I really do like the yarn, so knitting two more socks from it won’t be bad at all :o)

      Thank you! I’m glad to know it’s helpful. Sometimes I think there aren’t enough blogs that talk about the non-successful knitting projects. Not every one can always be a winner and we all make mistakes! I always hope someone can learn from the mistakes or happy accidents I’ve made, so I’m so glad to hear that you do.

  2. I just found this blog through links. What attracted me in part was the “Knits and Gardens” because I have a knitting blog and a garden blog, and haven’t found other garden blogs yet. I like your commentaries, particularly some of the “booboos”, we all make those and can learn a lot from them–and it’s even better if I can learn from a mistake/misjudgement someone else made–let them do the frogging. I like what projects i’ve seen. Haven’t checked older posts, where is the “garden” part? maybe that will come when you’re settled in the house.

    1. I had quite a few garden posts last summer, but since we live in an apartment right now, I can only garden in containers on the balcony. Once we’re moved and I have an actual YARD to work with for a change, I’ll definitely be posting more about my gardening adventures 🙂

  3. The colors of the mini mochis are beautiful! Gorgeous yarn!

    I just started the gussets of Sprucey Lucy. It took thousands of repeats before I finally got the lace pattern. I think I have it, anyway! Yours look great!

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