Posted in Current Projects

No Interesting Knitting and a Winner

I’m still working on Eadon, but the progress isn’t all that exciting to share. I’ve had to rip back the right front twice now. Once because I was doing the cabling wrong and only realized it after getting halfway through a second cabled section. Second time was last night when I realized that I missed the last cable of the first section as I was about to start the second cabled section. I think I’m all sorted out now, though! I’ve been working on nothing else in the last week and a half because I want to make sure I get this project done in time.

Haven’t been feeling great this week. The allergy index has been 10+ every day since Saturday, which is when I started feeling pretty terrible. It seems to be making me not all that interested in knitting anything. I keep looking at other projects I have on the needles and just going “Meh. Not interested.” Not really all that interested in knitting Eadon, either, but since it’s on a deadline, I work on it whenever I can. I have two ChaioGoo Red Lace circular needles in sock sizes coming in the mail today. Maybe starting a new sock will help my knitting mojo. Thinking a plain sock with some stripey yarn in fun colors may be just the thing.

Alright, alright! I know why you’re really here today. The giveaway, right? So… it’s Thursday and that means it’s time to pick a winner for the Selbuvotter book giveaway! There were a total of 22 comments (it says 23, but one is a pingback from me) and out of the comments, the random number generator picked….

randomwinner
Number 11, you’re the winner!

Comment number 11! That comment was from Sheila OKeefe. Congratulations Sheila! I’ll be emailing you for the details on where I should be sending the book. πŸ™‚

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Posted in Completed Projects, Current Projects

Bandwidth FO and Eadon Progress

Finally! I can share a finished object with you! This FO has been done for a while, but I didn’t manage to get pictures of it until this past weekend. Most days, especially during the summer, I put my hair up half way through the day. By the time I get home to take pictures, my hair just doesn’t look right if I put it down after it being up most of the day, so I end up not getting finished photos right away. Anyway, this was a pretty quick knit and total knitting time was less then a week had I not put it down to work on those German Stockings.

I absolutely love the brim of this hat and I’m playing around with the idea of making a non-slouchy, more fitted hat using this same style of brim.

Bandwidth (Front)
Bandwidth

Pattern: Bandwidth by Stephen West (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: July 26, 2011
Completed: August 13, 2011
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Solis, not quite 1 skein
Needle: US 8 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: Only thing I did differently was use one color instead of two. I wanted to use up yarn I already had and I didn’t have something similar to the Rios that went well with it.

Bandwidth (Left Side)
Badwidth – Left side w/cable

Last Monday I started my final Camp Loopy project, Eadon. I think it would go a lot faster if I wasn’t alternating skeins every two rows. That sometimes causes tangles or me to stop to fiddle with the side that I’m switching skeins on. Yesterday I finished the back and started on the right front. This picture isn’t a good representation of the color of the yarn, but it does show the progress I’ve made so far. Hoping I can get through both fronts this week!

Eadon Back and Right Front
Eadon Progress

Don’t forget to leave a comment on my post from last Thursday if you want to be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Selbuvotter! You have until midnight (eastern time) Wednesday to qualify. I’ll be picking someone Thursday. πŸ™‚

Side note – if you see that your comment isn’t there by now, please let me know (via email, Ravelry PM, or some other method). I’ve been checking my spam and approving any pending comments, but I just want to make sure I don’t miss anyone.

Posted in Fiber Events

Knit Picks Warehouse Sale and a Giveaway

Last Friday, August 12th, Knit Picks warehouse in Columbus had warehouse sale. They’ve been doing the Connecting Threads fabric warehouse sale for years now and this year they decided to include the yarn they’ve had piling up from Knit Picks. Here’s the email that was sent out to Ohio folks. I wasn’t sure I’d go, not really knowing what to expect, but after some discussion at knit group, 4 of us decided to take a car up and check it out.

Between the time we decided to go and the day of the sale, I checked the Knit Picks Lovers group and saw a thread about the warehouse sale. Looked like there were quite a few people coming in from other states. Some were planning on coming from much further then we were (roughly 2 hours away). I was a little worried that the place would be crowded, but figured it wouldn’t be too bad based on the responses there. In that thread someone who works for Knit Picks said that the yarn would be returns, things missing ball bands, and discontinued yarns or colorways.

The sale started at 1 pm. Karen, Lani, Mary and I got there at 1:05 pm. By the time we parked and got inside the warehouse at maybe 1:10 pm, the place completely packed and a bit chaotic. I found out after getting home and checking the Knit Picks thread again that they started with 18 boxes, side by side in two lines, on the floor, that were most of the way filled. By the time we arrived, there were half the amount of boxes and tons of people bent over them trying to dig through and see what there was.

KP Warehouse Sale
This is near where the yarn was

I can’t stay bent over for really any length of time without my back hurting, so after a few minutes of seeing nothing but boxes of mostly tangled messes, I gave up on the idea of getting any yarn. I’m really not kidding when I say that every box that was left looked pretty much like this when I tried to see what was left.

Yarn mess
By the time we got to the yarn, much of it looked like this

Right as I gave up on the yarn, I found that they also had books for sale at very deeply discounted prices: $1 for soft cover, $3 for hard cover. I quickly changed my game plan from finding a place to sit away from the crowd, to looking through the books they had. They were all books that they weren’t able to sell for one reason or another – torn or bent pages, torn or bent covers, missing book jackets, etc. In no time, I had a pile of books that have been on my wishlist for a while and some books I hadn’t heard of, but looked interesting.

After I was done looking through the books, I managed to find Karen and we got in what we thought was a line. Not long after being in what we and others thought was the line, we found it had started splitting off in a totally different direction. I asked the person in front of us what was going on after some people near us left and found out the line ordeal. She said to just stay here and we would merge with the line. I did and thankfully it all worked out because we’d been standing there for 20 minutes and I may have completely abandoned buying anything if I’d had to go to the back of the now VERY long line. I think we stood in line for well over an hour and shopped for a total of 20 minutes. Here was the scene as we were getting closer to the check out table.

Knit Picks Warehouse Sale
This is while we were near the front of the line

*See those boxes that the piles of fabric are sitting on? Yarn was in boxes the same size, just on the floor with holes cut in the tops.

From what was put out by Knit Picks and what was in the thread, I had a bit of a different idea of what would be there, how things would be organized (ie not on the floor in boxes, considering all the fabric was at knee to waist level), and the amount of people that would be there. I will admit that I’ve not been to a whole lot of warehouse sales in my life and apparently I have not been to any “true” mob type warehouse sales. I suppose the closest I’ve come is Kohl’s on Black Friday and while the lines were long, it was still nothing as crazy as this. I’d compare it to The Fold’s booth at Rhinebeck or MDSW (if you’ve experienced that), except with a lot of tangled yarn and everything in a few boxes on the floor. Now, I didn’t expect top-of-the-line, straight-off-the-warehouse-shelf type stuff, but I expected more than a tangled mess of yarn with a huge mass of people bent over and surrounding boxes on the floor that were difficult to dig through. The saving grace for me was the books, which I was lucky enough to get to before they were gone and that didn’t take long!

After I got home, I found out that they had announced to the people waiting in line that there wasn’t “that much yarn” and that the people that were closest to the front of the line waiting for the warehouse sale to start had the best/biggest scores. Full bags of yarn, knitting bags, more popular knitting books, and anything else that was likely gone before we even got out of the car. I do wish we could have been there earlier, but I had to work, so it didn’t happen. Then again I don’t think any of us expected the amount of people that ended up being there! From reading the thread later it seems a number of people were very happy with their deals, others were upset, and others just tried to make lemon-aid out of lemons. I would have abandoned my purchases and left had I not come with 3 other people. In fact my friends all scored some decent yarn findings when people abandoned their purchases and left! The sale ran from 1 pm to 6 pm, but I’m sure anyone that arrived after 2 pm didn’t find much in way of yarn or knitting books.

It wasn’t all bad, though. I scored some great deals on books and I’m thankful for that. I’m also thankful that it wasn’t a hot day and it was relatively cool in the warehouse once you were out of the crush of people. Would I go again? Eh… I don’t know. I’d say probably not. I have quite a bit of yarn already and considering the 4 hour round trip drive, I don’t think yarn at $10/lb is worth it to me unless I know what will be available. I think because this is the first time Knit Picks joined the Connecting Threads warehouse sale the staff really didn’t know what to expect in terms of how many people would show up or from how far away they’d drive for the promise of yarn at $10/lb and when hundreds of people arrived and waited in line, they were overwhelmed. I’m sure they learned some valuable lessons from this experience!

Now… on to the books I scored. I came home with: Victorian Lace Today, Knitting Nature, Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book, Favorite Socks, Romantic Hand Knits, Selbuvotter, Knitted Tams, Lace Style, Country Weekend Knits, Arctic Lace, Twisted Stitch Knitting, and The Great American Afghan.

Knit Picks Book Haul
The pile of books I scored!

Now for the giveaway!

I picked up two copies of Selbuvotter. I don’t really know why other then I thought it’d be a good idea. Obviously, I don’t really NEED two copies of this book, so I’m going to give one copy away to someone. It does have a little damage to the bottom of the spine and there’s an “X” on the back (all the books were sold this way), but it’s in good shape otherwise and has no missing pages from what I can tell.

Selbuvotter (front)
Selbuvotter – Front

Selbuvotter (back)
Selbuvotter – Back

If you’d like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment on this post (be sure to leave your email address) by midnight eastern time in the US on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, letting me know you’d like to be entered in the drawing. On Thursday, August 25, 2011, I will use the random number generator to pick a winner and will announce it on the blog. Good luck! πŸ™‚

Posted in Completed Projects, Cooking

German Stockings FO and Project Three

Finally have these German Stockings done and just in time. I finished these Saturday morning and really couldn’t be happier to get them off my needles after all the trouble (aka frogging) I had with them. In the end, they were worth the trouble. They turned out gorgeous and I love them. Now I just need to figure out when I can wear them and what I’ll wear them with.

I didn’t get a chance to blog about the issues I had with this sock last week. To sum it up, I ended up ripping back over 5 inches because I was doing the increase portion of the traveling row in the wrong place. I didn’t realize it until I was about to start the heel. I considered continuing on as I was, doing the increase in the wrong place, or leaving what I had done already and doing the increase in the correct place on the foot. After debating about it, I decided there was no choice but to frog it. If I’d done either, it would have looked quite a bit different from the first sock and I knew I didn’t want to just finish it to get it done on time because I know I wouldn’t want to go back and rip it out later on. I sucked it up, risked not finishing on time and fixed my mistake. Thankfully I ended up getting it done with a few days to spare!

German Stockings (Left Side)
German Stocking

Pattern: German Stockings by Cookie A. (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: July 15, 2011
Completed: August 13, 2011
Yarn: Socktopus Sokksu Original in Fontainebleau, 1.5 skeins, roughly 650 yards
Hook: US 1 (2.25mm) Knit Picks nickel circular
Notes: Didn’t change anything about the pattern. I wouldn’t say they were a difficult knit, I just seemed to have a difficult time following the pattern properly and reading the notes section (which I actually did do, but apparently missed the info I needed there). They turned out great despite the issues I had that caused lots of frogging. Had I not made so many mistakes, I think I could have had these done in about 2 weeks time. I’m just happy I got them done in time for Camp Loopy!

German Stockings (Motif)
German Stocking – Motif Detail

German Stockings (Back)
German Stocking – Back

You can see more pictures on my Ravelry project page.

Now that Camp Loopy Project Two is off the needles and a photo has been uploaded to The Loopy Ewe, it’s time to move on to other things… like Camp Loopy Project Three! Today is the starting day (and finishing day for Project Two). I’ve got my yarn and needles ready to cast on for Eadon. I think as long as I don’t have any major issues, I can get it done in less then 4 weeks, but depends on how busy I am between now and then. I knit my swatch on Saturday, measured it on Sunday and was happy to find that I got the right gauge the first time. Getting gauge on the first try seems to not happen often for me. I usually have to swatch 2 or 3 times!

I’m trying out some new needles on this project: ChaioGoo Red Stainless Steel cirulars. I’ve heard a number of knitters rave about these needles and particularly love the cable. I knit a swatch with them and so far I like them quite a bit. The cable is different then anything else on the market and the tips (regular ones, though they do make a lace circular) are somewhere between regular Addi’s and lace Addi’s. They’re pretty inexpensive, too. I paid $8.50 for the ones I bought through Grandma’s Hand Knitting Etsy shop. Shipping was pretty cheap and they arrived in a few days. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for something new to try that’s not too pricey. I’ll definitely be ordering more and really want to try the sock sizes.

I don’t think I mentioned it, but this past Friday, Knit Picks had a warehouse sale at their warehouse in Columbus, OH. I went with a few friends and scored some good deals. That experience deserves a whole post to itself, though, so I’ll share that next time. I may even have a little giveaway for one of the items I picked up! πŸ™‚

Posted in Current Projects, Knit Ramblings

Project 2 and Bags

I’m still struggling along with Project 2. Sunday night I discovered that I’d been doing the traveling row increase of the German Stocking in the wrong place, just as I was about to start the heel. I debated either switching to the correct side, or continuing on the wrong side as I worked the foot, but after looking at the first sock, I decided it would look different visually and it would bother me, so I ripped back about 5 inches to do the increases in the proper place. I’ve worked 5 pattern repeats and have 2 more to go before I’m back to where I ripped out at. Not the best picture of the sock (cell phone camera), but it does show where I’m currently at.

German Stocking Sock 2
German Stocking, 2nd Sock

This is the only thing I’ve been working on for the last week and a half. I thought I’d be done by now and I probably would have been if it weren’t for having to rip back! Ah well. Getting close now. I think I’ll be able to finish it with a little time to spare, so long as I knit like the wind! My hands look forward to a break after these are done. The tiny needles have been a little rough on me with this project and I’m looking forward to knitting that worsted weight cardigan starting next week. πŸ™‚

I have to take a minute and talk about the bag you see pictured with my German Stocking above. It was a gift to me from my friend Karen. She makes great bags of all sorts as well as e-reader cases and pretty much any kind of sewn accessory you’d want. I have a purse and a few other bags from her and all of them have held up very well. She loves custom orders and will work with you on anything you might want! She will even do custom embroidery of just about anything you want. She has some pictures of bags she’s made here and you can email her by clicking this link here. Here’s a better look at my Hello Kitty bag.

HK Bag
HK Bag – Outside

HK bag
HK Bag – Inside

Time to grab some lunch and squeeze in a little knitting time. πŸ™‚

Posted in Knit Ramblings

Camp Loopy Project Three

Project 3 for Camp Loopy was announced last Monday. The theme for the last project is “Field Day” – something to put everyone on an even playing field.

“Project Three: you can knit anything you’d like to knit. The only requirement is that you use 800 or more yards of yarn for the project. (731.5 meters) All 800 yds. must be used in one project. (So it doesn’t count if you make a hat plus mittens to equal 800 yds.)”

My initial reaction was “What?!? EIGHT HUNDRED YARDS?!” I had really been hoping that it would be something small, especially considering I took on quite a challenge for Project Two. Had I known what Project Three would bring, I wouldn’t have committed to knee socks for Project Two. As it is my wrists have been rather cranky with all the knitting on tiny needles I’ve been doing and at this point I’ve just been hoping I could hold out until Project Three and do something smaller on larger needles.

I admit I really considered dropping out completely at this point because Project Two has sucked a lot of fun out of the knitting for me and I didn’t want to commit to another project that would continue to to do that. I thought about it for a while after reading the post because I wasn’t at home to look at yarn choices or patterns. Ultimately I decided that I’ve come this far and I should really just see it through.

After deciding that, I needed to pick a project and yarn. I knew right away I wanted something that wasn’t a sock or knit on tiny needles (something above a US 5 at least). I went to The Loopy Groupies forum on Ravelry and looked at what others were going to knit.

There was a suggestion early on that one could double strand their yarn effectively knitting a 400 yard project out of 800 yards. I would have definitely been upset if people did that, since I think it was clear that was not the intention of the project, so I’m happy that Sheri amended her post to clarify that the project must be 800 yards, single stranded, and doubling your yarn wouldn’t count (unless of course you’re double stranding 1600 or more yards).

With the 800 yard requirement in mind, I started looking at my queue. I wanted a project that I didn’t already have yarn for and wasn’t a difficult knit. Not that I don’t want to be challenged, but I know myself well enough to know that if it’s a complected or intensely charted design, I won’t be able to finish it in a month’s time and would just be setting myself up to fail. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that a) I need to clean up my queue because there’s a lot of things I’m no longer interested in making, especially in the sweater department and b) I should knit a sweater. I decided that I would knit Eadon. It’s a new pattern, so I don’t already have yarn for it. It’s also a sweater that could be knit and still fit me once I get to my goal weight.

After browsing The Loopy Ewe for a few hours, I decided on MadelineTosh Vintage in Ms Taylor. I thought it wouldn’t take quite so long to get the yarn, but it seems that the elves over at TLE have been quite busy, so it just arrived yesterday.

MadelineTosh Vintage - Ms Taylor
MadTosh Vintage in Ms Taylor

I’ve seen a lot of chatter in the Loopy Groupies board on Ravelry about projects. I’ve seen a lot of folks going after some pretty ambitions projects and quite a few who aren’t sure they’ll get their project done. I’m just hoping I don’t have any problems like I did with the German Stockings! I think I should be okay after reading through the pattern, but you never really know how a project will go until you are working on it.

Are you participating in Camp Loopy? If you are, what are you knitting for Project 3? If you aren’t, what would you knit given this challenge and a month time frame? I think it’s interesting to see what challenges each of us in our craft. πŸ™‚

Posted in Current Projects

WIP Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday and I still have WIPs I haven’t shared with you all yet, so I’m making it a WIP Wednesday!

After Saturday knit group on July 23rd, I went out with a few of my favorite people Lani, Lisa (who used to live here, but now lives in Indianapolis and was visiting us), and Karen. We went to lunch at Cock & Bull English Pub, then to the newest yarn shop in town, Hank. I had been to Hank once before on their opening day and this was the first chance I’d had to go back since then. They’ve received quite a lot of new things since they first opened! It’s such a gorgeous shop and the staff is incredibly nice and helpful. No yarn was screaming at me to take it home that day, but I didn’t leave empty handed! While I was there, I picked up a copy of Westknits Book Two.

Westknits Book Two
Westknits Book Two

Aside from wanting to knit just about everything in this book, one pattern in particular was calling to me: Bandwidth (Ravelry link). The first time I visited Hank, I bought two skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Solis. Initially I purchased it with the intention of making a crocheted hat, but the pattern turned out to be written poorly and I wasn’t sure how big it was supposed to be coming out since no information was provided in the pattern about how big the brim of the hat should be. So, the yarn had been sitting around, begging me to knit it into something, but I couldn’t find just the right thing for it to become. As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew the yarn needed to be turned into this hat. Instead of using two colors, though, I’m just using the one. It’s coming along quickly after casting on for it almost as soon as I got home that day. Those German Stockings have been the only thing I’ve worked on the last week because of the issues I’ve had, so the hat is only a little over half way done now. Any other time it would have been finished already! Ah well, at least it’s summer and I don’t need it right away. πŸ˜‰

Bandwidth
Bandwidth

On July 11th, I finished the first sock of the Summer Spirals pair. I started this pattern as part of the KAL for Summer of Socks 2011, but put them aside after the completing the first sock. The pattern seems to go pretty quickly when I’m working on it and I think once I get back to them, they’ll be done in no time. These are a gift out of an unknown yarn and they will be over-dyed before heading to the recipient.

Summer Spirals
Summer Spirals

I’ve managed to finish the first German Stocking! It went so much faster once I finished all the calf decreases and the foot felt like it took no time at all. I’ve already started the second sock, slowly slogging my way through the ribbing.

German Stocking (One)
German Stocking

Finally remembered to take a picture of Matt’s Scarf I’ve been working on, so I’ll share that, too, even though it’s been around two weeks since it’s seen much progress. The black is Malabrigo and the green variegated is Dye Dreams Luster Sock. Both are being held double to get closer to a DK weight yarn.

Matt's Scarf
Matt’s Scarf

I have to confess that I haven’t started the Westknits KAL. After seeing photos of the first clue that some people had finished, I wasn’t completely sold on it. I’ve decided to wait until the next clue comes out on August 8th to see if I want to do it. I suppose that’s the risk with mystery knit-a-longs – you won’t always like what you end up with! Not the first time I’ve watched a mystery knit-a-long develop before casting on and I’m sure it won’t be my last, but I think it’s a good thing I’ve been busy with other projects and wasn’t able to start this one right away since I have other things that need my attention right now anyway.

What’s on your needles this week? Start anything new? πŸ™‚

Posted in Knit Ramblings

New Twist Collective

I don’t often mention whatever new knitting/crocheting magazines or online knitting/crocheting publications have recently come out. No real reason behind it other then most of the time patterns don’t strike me as MUST KNIT right away. It’s usually after I see an FO from a pattern that I’m suddenly going “I need to cast this on NOW.” On first glance, patterns just don’t jump out at me in that way. Occasionally, though, they do.

Twist Collective Fall 2011 was published yesterday and there were two patterns that really jumped out at me right away as things I’d like to knit.

Asher & Eadon from Twist Collective
Asher and Eadon

On the left is Asher and on the right is Eadon.<p.

Despite my "no sweaters until I reach my goal weight" thing, I'm very tempted to cast on Eadon very soon. Since it's intended to be worn with some positive ease and it's an open cardigan, I'm thinking I could knit it in a smaller size with very little to no ease and then it will still fit me when I reach my goal weight, just a little looser. I'd likely not make it quite so long since long sweaters make me look shorter then I really am.

Asher, I’d wait to knit since it’s more fitted. I still really like it and will probably put it on my “to buy for” list for Rhinebeck.

There’s definitely some other patterns in the new Twist Collective that are on my maybe list. There are some sweaters that I like the idea of, but would want to see more FO’s, maybe some with modifications, before deciding to knit, like Epiphany (I like the yoke, but I’m not into oversized sweaters). I like Hosta, which might be a good challenge project for me since I’ve not been able to master brioche stitch when I’ve tried it before. I also like Litchfield. The hat has an interesting construction and looks like it wouldn’t hug the head too much, though I’m not certain I’d knit the mittens.

Are there any patterns that have recently been published that are must knits on your list? Anything in the new Twist Collective?

Posted in Current Projects

Camp Loopy Project Two

The WIP I’m going to share today has turned out to be quite the challenge project for me!

I was looking back at my blog entries to see when I last mentioned Project Two for Camp Loopy and found that I haven’t even mentioned it yet! Oops. Project Two for Camp Loopy, called “Hiking in the Mountains” is to be knit/crocheted between July 15th and August 15th and has to be either socks, mittens, or gloves with cables. I initially thought I’d do mittens since I do need a new pair, but it’s also the Summer of Socks and being the joiner that I am, I figured that I should knit a pair of socks for this one.

First I looked at Cookie A patterns, which are always a great place to start if you want cables. The German Stockings have been on my list to knit since I first saw them. After some thought, I decided against them. Knee socks knit in 4 weeks? That might be a bitt too challenging even for me. Then I found out that Michelle was going to be knitting them for her Camp Loopy Project Two, so I let her talk me into knitting them with her! I picked out a new-to-me yarn from The Loopy Ewe for this project: Socktopus Sokkusu Original in Fontainebleau.

Socktopus, Sokkusu Original - Fontainebleau
Soctopus Sokkusu Original in Fontainebleau

The yarn arrived with plenty of time to get everything ready to cast on on July 15th. Winding it turned out to be a royal pain. I don’t know if it was my ball winder or the fact that this particular yarn seems more slick then any other yarn I’ve wound or knit with. It seemed to be wound loose in some spots of the skein and tighter in others, which definitely wasn’t helping it wind onto the ball winder evenly. Eventually I hand wound it into a ball, then unwound it into a big pile, then I was finally able to get it properly wound on the ball winder. I swear it must have taken nearly 3 hours to do. Not the best start and looking back it may have been a sign this project was going to be trouble.

Nearly two weeks in, I was hoping to be done or nearly done with the first sock. Now, I’m just hoping I’ll be able to get them done in time! At first I had no trouble. I cast on and knit the cuff. Once I finished that 2″ cuff I ran into trouble. The next part didn’t make sense and despite reading the “notes” part more then once, I didn’t see anything that applied to this portion and it still wasn’t making sense, so I just did the best I could and moved on. I started Chart A and was about halfway through it when I realized something wasn’t right. The chart for the left sock was on the inside of the leg. After a lot of looking at the pattern and cursing, I asked for help on Plurk. Julia was kind enough to help me out since she had the pattern on hand. Without her, I may not have figured out where I went wrong! Turns out that part right after the cuff is where I screwed it up. There’s a note about “b” being for the left sock and “c” being for the right sock in the notes section that I somehow managed to totally miss despite reading it multiple times. I needed to move the beginning of the round for things to properly line up. Riiiiiiiip.

After that, I get back to about where I’d frogged to and I realize “Huh. If I keep decreasing the way the pattern says to, I’m going to have to make decreases IN the charted part. Uh oh… something isn’t right.” Didn’t take long for me to realize that I didn’t reposition the beginning of the round after the calf increases. Ugh. I’m sure you know what happened next. Another ripping out session. 😦

I checked, re-checked, and checked once more just to be absolutely sure I had it right this time, I stared the chart and calf decreases for the 3rd time. Seems that the 3rd time is the charm in this case. I haven’t run into any more issues since and I’m now past the first chart and onto the second chart.

German Stocking
German Stocking Progress

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get this first sock done really soon otherwise I’m not sure I’ll be able to get the second one done in time for the deadline. I did consider ripping it altogether and finding a different pattern after the second time I had to rip, but I decided against it. I was determined not to let this pattern get the best of me! It does seem to be going pretty quickly now and if it gets down to the wire with only a little left to go, maybe I’ll take a day or two mental health days off work to get them done. I think these socks will be great once they are done, I just hope it doesn’t knock me out of the running for that Wollmeise kit at the end!