Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It's cold, damp and drizzling. "What a miserable day" Gavin remarked as he peered out into the back garden. Unfortunately the miserable weather reflects how I feel. Headache, itchy eyes, sore throat, congestion and lethargy - just miserable.
Accompanying those symptoms is bad temper and impatience. The herringbone rib socks have been ripped out, the yarn and pattern put away for another day. The pattern, which involves a lot of slipping stitches, passing stitches back and forth, and, passing stitches over each other, is just far too painful on tiny needles. And at the small size the pattern almost disappears. Not worth the trouble, especially in my current mood. Maybe I'll try again in a few weeks. It might work on the usual size needles if I omit three stitches within each pattern repeat to bring the stitch count down to something likely to fit.
But for now I'm fed up so I'm switching gears entirely. Next! Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt. It's one of the most popular designs on Ravelry which makes it feel like a safe bet. And it looks like a good pattern for the Alley Cat sock yarn in a Tea Time colourway. Not to mention that I can knit these on my favourite Lantern Moon Sox Stix. It sounds like a recipe for success, right?