Sunday, March 15, 2009

Lace Sock Wrap Up

Green Lace Socks 8

FINISHED! Finally, these are done. A bit of a slog given that I had to make those changes mentioned a couple of weeks ago. That slog gave me enough time to think that this may be the last pair of socks for a short while. There are so many other things I want/need/want to do, for the first time since this journey began it felt like I was wasting my time. And that made me restless and anxious. But knitting is supposed to be relaxing! Ha. As if.

Maybe the yarn, a disappointment, contributed some anxiety. I wanted a solid color yarn to show off the lace pattern with no distraction. Unfortunately, this stuff is a bit splitty, doesn't have the sproingyness I like, and started to show a fuzzy wear after all the ripping and reknitting. It just didn't feel that great going through my hands. It better soften up in the wash or I will be thoroughly pissed.

Green Lace Socks 6

Decision #1 involved the cuff and yes, I DID add the missing 4 rows. The perfectionist in me just couldn't let that one go. Besides, they felt a bit funny when I put them on - like one was shorter than the other? Or maybe I was imagining that just to satisfy myself that the correction needed to be made. Not that it was easy, by the way. Ripping out a cast on is NO fun and it made my blood pressure rise on several occasions. The bind off is a very loose, purl bind off and it seems to match the first sock well enough.

Green Lace Socks 10

Decision #2 was all about the toes. Since I knew I had to rip back sock #1 to add a lace repeat, I had the opportunity to reconsider the shaping. In the end, I decided to go with the toe as written in the pattern. Even though it looks a bit weird. I am one willing to try anything at least once. In that spirit I have eaten some mighty strange things, altered my mind more than once, gone places considered a bit dodgy...I mean, that's how I roll. Odd looking toes? Camel toes? Okay, why not?

Green Lace Socks 9

From covering feet to covering hands, I am on to the next project, a pair of fingerless mittens, wherein I get to play with stranded colorwork. Colorwork is one of the 2009 goals, so maybe it won't feel like such a burden.

Green Lace Socks 7

The Specs:
Pattern: Socks for Veronik, by Mona Schmidt
Source: Interweave Knits, Holiday 2007
Yarn: KnitPicks Essentials, Granny Smith - most accurately depicted in the first photograph.
Needles: size 1 US dpns
Started: 1/30/2009
Finished: 3/8/2009

5 comments:

Sarah B. said...

I agree that the toes are a tiny bit odd, but the socks are lovely!

knithound brooklyn said...

Thanks!

Katie M. said...

Despite the troubles, the socks look lovely. I hope wearing them is more enjoyable than knitting them (or finishing them).

Rosi G. said...

I LOVE your new socks. I was looking for a neat lace sock pattern to cast on for as summer socks. Looks like this is it.

Bethany said...

Oh, pretty, pretty socks!

I'm gearing up for some lace socks, soon, myself.