Sunday, February 10, 2013

Year of Project 2: French Socks


Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897)  Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)    Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

CRAP ... I ran out of yarn. I thought I'd just make it, but I ran short before finishing sock two. No problem, I thought, I'll just rip out the toe and the last pattern repeat on sock one, refinish sock one, and then finish sock two with the salvaged yarn. NOPE ... short again! Just because I added to the primary stitch count, lengthened the leg, lengthened the heel flap, increased the gusset and knit a size 11 foot, completely ignoring the warnings from other Ravelers that this pattern "eats yarn" ... maybe I was asking for it?!

I wasn't thrilled with shortening the socks by one repeat; I'm definitely not prepared to shorten them any further. Gavin's helpful suggestion that I knit the toes in a contrasting colour is not being considered. A second skein of the yarn has been ordered and these socks are on hold until it arrives. One lucky thing is that the yarn was a recent acquisition so the second skein from the same dyelot was still available. When the yarn arrives I'm going to rip back both socks to add back that last repeat and then reknit the toes. FRUSTRATING.

While I wait for the yarn I've started a couple of new things ... a pair of socks for UndergoundCrafter and some squares for SIBOL. You'll hear more about those in the next few days.  Let's see if I can manage some finishes without any more drama.

15 comments:

Sandy said...

Oh man! How annoying that has to be, soooooo glad you're able to match the yarn. I sorta like the idea of a different colored toe though...could be cute?

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Oh that just sucks....glad you could get another skein....

Renee Anne said...

Boo :(

I'm always worried that I'm going to run out of yarn when I knit socks. You'd think that, by now, I would have learned to knit them two at a time...but I haven't bothered. I guess I like the thrill or something. I don't know :)

Frieda said...

Whew , glad you were able to order more yarn !

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Haha- I am worried I'm going to run out of yarn for Dave's hero socks - Mom's suggestion... knit the toes in a different colour!

Dee said...

Ack! That is my biggest fear in knitting --- the dreaded run out! The sock sure does have a nice pattern though. Glad you were able to get more of the same dye lot.

Chrisknits said...

Hate when that happens. But at least you can set things to right. Can't wait to see them done.

Kim said...

One more reason to put off knitting socks! ;) Oh, and crap is a much nicer word than I would probably be using at this point! Lucky you to get more yarn, as they are a very pretty pattern.
*smiles*

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Oh no! You got so close too. Glad you were able to find more of the same yarn to finish them, plus you will have more of that gorgeous yarn for another pair of socks!

Ruth said...

Oh No!! disaster, very glad to hear though you've been able to get a second ball from the same dye lot !

DeliaKnits said...

So happy for you that they still had the yarn. !!

nauget bluff said...

I am glad you are getting more yarn..although the suggestion of a different color may work with some socks...I don't think it would work with these..! That color is too pretty and anything else would detract from it..

Kepanie said...

Oh boy what a delay of gratification! Why does this pattern eat up so much yarn? This color is beautiful. I'm sorry you had to deal with this frustration. An excuse to CO something new in the meantime?

Emma (GirlAnachronismE) said...

Oh, it's so annoying when that happens, but at least they had the same dyelot! That was lucky!

goodpurlgonebad said...

oh no! Good you could still get the same dyelot, but still.... Beautiful yarn and pattern :)