Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fixation socks and lace frustration

First, the good news! As promised, I have an FO to show!

Pretty Comfy Socks

Pattern: Pretty Comfy Socks - a birthday gift for my mom
Needles: size 3 dpns
Yarn: Cascade Fixation in color 5104
Time: very little, but I worked intermittently
Yarn left over
: plenty to make another little something
: It was a very easy, quick pattern. Except I messed up. I forgot to flip the page in the middle of the pattern, so I only did through row 13 or so, rather than through row 16 or so. It results in a little unevenness in the YOs, but I almost didn't notice it so I didn't fix it and just pretended the pattern was written differently! I love how fast things go on size 3s with Fixation. My mom loves the socks and says they fit just fine, which is nice to hear! Her feet are a tad longer than mine, so I made them a row or two longer than if for me. Plus, the yarn is stretchy, so I figured that if they fit me, they'd fit her! Finally, they were my first short-row heels. The first one didn't go so well, but the second one was a little cleaner. I enjoyed knitting the heels; fewer purls than with the heel flap and I find short rows rather fun. I'll have to do another short row heel to see what my heels make of them!

And now the bad news: Well, it's not really bad. Just frustrating. I spent a couple of hours unknitting lace last night. Not my idea of a fun way to spend an evening, but it's done, fixed, and looks the better for the effort.

Finally, the ugly news: it's raining out. The sky is grey. We were going to go for a nice walk along the canal this weekend, had the weather turned out, but it's been raining, misting, and drizzing non-stop. I've done a bit of exam prep work, but mostly I've been knitting and re-knitting the aforementioned lace frustration. The rain isn't conducive to much except knitting if you're me, sleeping if you're a fuzzy cat, and playing computer games if you're Coffeeboy. I'm going to try to do some more reading, but the yarn and the mist are conspiring against it.


The Frog said...

Beautiful socks!!!

Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog. I always enjoy hearing from you --- in your blog or on mine.

~ Suzanne

Sheepish Annie said...

Love those socks!! I've never done a short row heel but, after tonights heel flap battle, I'm thinking that I may look into it.

Diana said...

The socks are cute! It looks like we had similar weather - dreary and rainy.

rose said...

Cute socks. I'm working on some anklets in fixation, also using 3s, and yes, they knit up so fast!
It was rainy and dreary up here, too. I spent the whole weekend cooking and doing fiber related stuff. Seemed like the only thing to do.

Lone Knitter said...

I love the socks. And such a great color ;). I was thinking about doing a pair of lace socks for my sister. Do you like the way the short-row heel feels? I keep going back and forth with my love-affair with the heel-flap.