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Indecision and the hole I fell down in!

by Nanc filed under knitting on October 10, 2007 11:03 AM

I know that should read "and the hole in which I fell down", but who wants to read all that. So, pbtthhhh to that and let's move on.

A little planning goes a long way. And it can be thrown out the proverbial window in a moment's notice.

There is controversy, confusion, and upheaval for me around Socktoberfest and what socks I should knit. How will this end?

My first thought when I heard about Socktoberfest (again) was my rightly renamed Yarn Botanika Indian Corn. The color makes me happy and is perfect for this season. However…

When I swatched, the smallness (skinniness? thinness?) of this yarn became apparent. I tried three different needles from 2.5 to 2.25, and although the 2.25 mm gave a much better fabric, this yarn could happily be knit on 0's.

I say "could" because I don't think that I'm gonna knit those socks right now. The colors are still great, but I don't think my wrist will thank me for such a small needle/fine gauge. Then a bell went off in my head – these colors are familiar.

A quick raid of my MSWF stash (which still hasn't been introduced to the regular stash) found me holding a pair of intertwined skeins of The Flock Bransonas sock yarn. This is some über soft alpaca sock yarn.

Again, I though this is it. I even had a photo shoot with the skeins. But having two skeins means either doing striping (w/ contrast heels & toes) or colorwork (i.e., fair isle). This scares me a bit.

While looking through some colorwork sock patterns, I realized that I had better start with something a little less.. intense/tiny for my first fair isle try. So I searched my resources, which includes asking my knitgrrls for suggestions.

The grrls came through like champs and suggested the We Call Them Pirates hat from Hello Yarn. I had bought some yarns a while ago to make up a few of these hats. So I grabbed a skein of navy and cream and gave it a whirl. (I'm not very far into it at all and loving it!)

That was the hole.

So about those Socktoberest socks… the other day while chatting with another of my knitgrrls, she mentioned the brilliant idea of knitting the remaining sock from last year's Socktoberfest and single sock swap! Brilliant!

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Posted by: P-la on October 10, 2007 12:19 PM

Most Excellent idea!!!! You made me such a lovely sock, it deserves it's mate!

Posted by: chris on October 10, 2007 01:45 PM

HAHAHA, P-La's comment made me giggle and forget what I was gonna say . . . she's sneaky!

Also, are you sure that's a sock in that picture? What do you have it stuffed with??

Posted by: Jen Da Purse Ho on October 10, 2007 04:09 PM

Dude..i thoguht the same thing Chris did about that sock. what's in there? :) hAHAHAH

so you are likey the fair isle? IL OVE IT LOVE IT!! :) come to the dark side!! :)

Posted by: Petra on October 10, 2007 06:24 PM

HAHAHAHAHA! I know what that sock looks like! Snuffleupagus! HAHAHAHAHAHA! I love Indian Corn... damn it's skinniness!

Posted by: aubyn on October 13, 2007 12:02 PM

Indecision is a bitch. I can't wait to see this in person. I miss you pants.

Posted by: Teri S. on October 19, 2007 12:23 PM

Ain't indecision great? The yarn is beautiful, though, nice autumnal colors, kind of like candy corn. It's interesting that you find that working with small needles is hard on your hands. I have the opposite problem--large needles give me problems. Have a great weekend!

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