I cast on for my 2nd pair of socks this past Saturday. I’m using the basic sock instructions from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd.
The yarn is Felici in Pebble from Knit Picks and I’m using the The Magic Loop method on Knit Picks 40″ circular needles size 2 (3mm). I was a very good knitter and made a gauge swatch and I could swear I counted 8 stitches to the inch, so I cast on and started knitting. Knit knit knit for a while on Saturday night, and then knit knit knit for a while on Sunday while visiting my brother at Hazelden. I get a certain kick out of knitting in public. I tried the sock on and … it was too freaking big. On the way home from Center City, I ripped it out (to which my sister-in-law had this to say “Next time, give it to your big-footed brother!” Not a bad idea!) and made a new gauge swatch. This time I cast on about 60 stitches instead of 30 or 40 the first time and this time around my gauge was at about 7.5 stitches per inch. I thought about going down a needle size, because I can (the needles are right here next to me in my knitting bag) but I thought, naw. Forgetaboutit. If the socks don’t fit me, I’ll find someone else to fit the socks. Wee! So off I go. Again. The first pair of socks I ever knit were toe up, these are top down. The woman at All About Yarn, one of my LYSs seemed impressed that my first pair of socks was toe up. She said “that’s a level or 2 higher than top down.” ? Anyway, I didn’t tell her that I also made up the pattern – sort of.
So now I’m anxious to get through these socks and get on to the 2 skeins of Socks That Rock that I purchased recently, a purchase influenced by the staggering number of episodes of Lime & Violet that I’ve listened to in a very short period of time. I just started listening and I need to catch up so I can go check out the message boards and things. For some reason I need to be caught up with the podcasts before I head over to the message boards – no spoilers, please! 🙂
I finished Kendra’s shawl this weekend and gave it to her. She liked it, but my mom LOVED it. Think I know what mom is getting for Christmas? Mother’s Day? We’ll see.
That’s about all for now. I’m heading over to KnitPicks.com to add more things to my cart, save some for later, move them back in to my cart, and hem and haw some more.