Saturday, February 27, 2010

Skew Socks

I thought the socks were going to be the death of me.  I fell in love with the Skew sock pattern on Knitty when it came out a couple of weeks ago.  When I looked on Ravelry and saw the close to 400 versions of Skew by other knitters, I was inspired.  I found the perfect yarn and set off. 

This is how my adventure set off.  Cast on for my first toe up and it was a little exciting learning a new cast on.  Darn, I dropped a stitch - had to unravel and start again.  Drat, the stinking perfect color yarn splits like crazy and with all those increases it's driving me crazy; dropped another stitch and had to start again.  Decided to move to DPNs since they're a tad more pointy on the end.  Finally get past the 8th or 9th round and have crazy huge ladders, frog yet again and start over for about the 6th time.  Decide to use another yarn that won't split so much.  Takes 3 hours to wind 400 yards of yarn because I have still not bought a yarn winder.  Finally cast on with new yarn, and decide to use 47 inch size 2 circulars by the 7th round, realize I have one more stitch on one side than the other; since I'm not too far into the sock decide I'd rather frog again than backstitch.  Cast on for 30th time, probably about 10 rounds into it, pull tight at join to keep the nasty ladders away and my STINKING YARN breaks!!!  I finally did get it started and going great, once I was up to 72 stitches, I changed to my new HiyaHiya 9 inch size 1 needle.  It is now going along great and I lurve the 9 inch needle.  Did you notice I started with a size 2 needle?  Well I didn't mean too, and with all the problems I had I wasn't about to start over yet again.  Yes, I can tell - hopefully it won't feel crazy once they're done and all cute on my feet.  Look at the top left side and you can see the point when I changed to the appropriate needle size.

Now that I've complained about my stupidity with trying to start these socks over and over and over again, let me tell you how cool these socks are.  I love the way it's coming together and I love the Zen Yarn I changed to.  I can't wait to see how they turn out.  I'll leave you with one more picture to see the side view.

1 comment:

Knitika said...

Oh man, what a lot of work to get these started! My first pair I did cast on three times, and this pair I just started I only cast on twice, but I did rip out the increases three times before scrapping the first caston. But your results look good! Beautiful yarn! And it's hard to notice the needle change. Happy knitting!