Sunday, February 9, 2014

Year of Projects 3: Fiori di Zucca 04



SOCKTOPUS: Totally Vanilla • Kandahar • V Junkie • Kwalia • Farmer McGregor • Shur'tugal • 2luvcrew • Vorticity • Rumpled! • Crowley • Om Shanti • Mince Pie Mayhem • Hundred Acre Wood • De Stijl • Fiori di Zucca • Caretta Caretta • Spring Shoots

Ripping back seemed much too scary on this sock, so instead I painfully tinked back four rounds to restart the heel expansion chart correctly. You'd think I'd be away to the races then, but no. After working the heel expansion and the heel cup I got stuck again. This time I confused myself with the shadow-wrapped short rows. I wrongly convinced myself that the heel turn was worked only across the stitches of the heel cup. Finally after two days of knitting and tinking, I reached out to the KAL group on Ravelry, and even as I was typing my problem I could see where I'd gone wrong ... there were 54 stitches that I was wrongly thinking were the instep. Obviously I needed to borrow from those stitches to complete the heel turn! A 54 stitch instep would be huge!

Once I got that straightened out, I really was away to the races. Sock one was done a day later and sock two, a couple of days after that. Really, it almost seemed like sock two knit itself! Truthfully, I was rushing a bit. I wanted these socks off the needles before the Ravellenic Games. After all, the last thing I needed was to set these aside and then have more trouble when I tried to pick them up again.

There's been lots of knitting time around here; Gavin and I are both still sick. Seriously, it's been weeks now! We've been back and forth to doctors, we've tried fistfuls of prescriptions and I'm starting to think the only thing that will help is spring. Hopefully that d@mn groundhog was wrong!

13 comments:

Wanderingcatstudio said...

The socks look fantastic!
I hope the two of you are feeling better soon!

Ylva said...

Lovely socks, looks like an interesting pattern. But from what you've written about them I don't think I should try them just yet...

Frieda said...

Geez , that sinus infection is tough , hope that you feel better soon !

Can't wait to see your Sea of Dreams blanket , the pattern is gorgeous ! Lucky little one that receives it ...

mysparemoments.com said...

The socks as usual look fantastic and I'm glad they worked out for you and you got them off the needles. Hope your feeling better soon, this weather really just does breed bugs doesn't it!

Chrisknits said...

Those socks are gorgeous!!! Almost makes me want to knit socks again. Or convert that pattern to a shawl.

Christine said...

Those socks were well worth the wait! Look at them! They are amazing!!

Kepanie said...

How awful you are still sick. I'm sorry you and your husband are still suffering. You go on fixing your sock. They look terrific.

*~* Kim *~* said...

Stunning!!! I hope you kick the illness to the curb this week and are back to tip-top shape real soon.
oxoxox

Sam I Am...... said...

Good for you for figuring it out! That happens to me more times than not. I finally get to the point where I ask for help and in the explanation of my problem it all becomes crystal clear...what's up with that?
They are beautiful socks and I hope you both get better soon...it's awful to be ill.

Michelle said...

The socks look lovely! I'm glad that you were able to correct your stitch count and finish them.

I hope you start to feel better soon. This winter has been miserable for colds and flus. I've been fighting a funk for nearly a week now, and I'm not sure it's going away.

I'll be welcoming spring with open arms!

aknitwithacake said...

They are gorgeous and well worth the hassle! Hope you both feel better soon.

elisabethandree said...

These socks are really really beautiful, I love the lace!
I hope you feel better!

Caffeine Girl said...

So sorry you've been sick! Winter is extra long with that kind of infection hanging on.

Your patience with that sock is amazing. I'm taking this as a cautionary tale -- and I'm not even going to try that one!