alternate title for this post: in which important lessons are learned.
I made it through my conference last week, and I got a lot of sock knitting done! (1.5 pairs, aka, only half of what I brought) But those socks are all for gifts so instead I’m going to show you a pair of conference socks that have been in hibernation.
These are some Plymouth happy feet socks started during a spring conference. There is no pattern, because I made it up as I went along. They have 4st faux cables on the sides and little 2st faux cables in the ribs. The cables come to a point above the toe, which I thought would be super clever. But when I got there on the first sock I couldn’t design a neat closure while paying attention, so they just got fudged into place. It works, but I’m not super-happy with it so these won’t become a real design…
Lesson 1) I should not think I can design and pay attention at the same time.
The other issue is the fit. These socks look ok, but they’re really pretty tight. I had thought at the time that making 60 stitch socks would go faster than 64 stitch socks. Well, I was right about that, but they’re pretty tight fitting. And I know from experience that happy feet tends to shrink up a bit (just a quarter inch or so) during the first few washings and wearings. Usually a little shrinking isn’t a problem, but with socks that are already tight? I think I need to find someone with smaller feet than me who will properly enjoy these socks…
Lesson 2) cutting stitches to make a project go faster isn’t really a good idea.
Too bad, because over all, they’re really very nice socks!