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Month: November 2004 Page 2 of 3


When I first read Michelle’s Crib Notes for Socks, I thought, why? What in the world is wrong with a ruler/tape measurer? Or if those aren’t handy, what’s wrong with trying it on?

Well, you know, there are just times when you just don’t want to carry that one extra thing, and you really aren’t in a position to take your shoes off and pull off your socks to try on a sock.

Okay, that sounds intriguing. So I embarked on a pair of socks using Koigu. I eyeballed the sock as I went along. Took mental notes on the stitch and row count. So, for the socks, I used the following: 60-6-50-10-60-10. Hmm. The ankle bit could be a bit longer. It’s a bit scootch long in the foot. And I have plenty of yarn leftover (I set aside one skein of Koigu per sock). All the while, I kept thinking, you know, it would be nice if I can just use the same number for all the major numbers, wouldn’t it? There’s a certain symmetry in that.

And you know what? It’s liberating to do it by the numbers. You don’t have to keep pulling out the measuring tape measuring every few rows, all the while saying, “are we there yet?” in your head. Counting up to 60 rows isn’t that bad. Takes less than a minute, unless your husband is taking a country road too fast, and you stab yourself with the 2mm needle because you are trying to jab the point into the stitch to hold your count before everything goes flying across the car.

On the second pair, I played with the numbers a bit, and decided on 60-5-60-10-55-10. 60 cast on stitches, and 60 rows for the ankle. Unfortunately, 60 rows in the foot would have made it too big. So, I went down to 55. Divisible by 5 and 11 with no remainders. Nice number.

Unfortunately, I finished this sock while I was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, waiting in an overcrowded terminal, waiting for a plane that was 2 hours late. I couldn’t rip of a shoe and sock to try it on. There just wasn’t the room. So, I blindly went with my nice number.

I got home last night, unpacked the socks that I finished on my trip. Yup. the blue/green Koigu was a tad large. But the second pair was too short. My toes felt confined. So, I will have to rip the toe out after I finish the second sock.

But, the question is, what should I do? The obvious answer is to work 57 or 58 rows for the foot. But that anal retentive/obsessive compulsive voice in my head is screaming “No, no, NO! You can’t use that number. It’s not even. It doesn’t mean anything. There’s NO symmetry in that number!”

Well, there’s a few days before I am faced with my conundrum. Even though I was able to finish a sock a day while I was on my trip, I’m back on real life schedules (and other projects). It should be at least the weekend before I have to make a decision.

Koigu Socks


The vest is finally done (scroll half way down this entry). It took a while because it sat in a heap, pouting for 6 weeks. I fought with the v-neck, ripped it out twice. I finally decided that it’s “good enough.” I just got tired of fighting with it. I also had to undo the cast on edge around the waist because it was too tight. It ended up being a lot of unproductive work.

But it’s done. And done with my own handspun thick and thin yarn. It’s “rustic.” Hence, the title of the blog. I just wanted a casual back warmer to wear over t-shirts. It actually doesn’t look that bad, but I won’t be submitting it to any county fairs.

Other than that, not much happening here. I washed and set the twist on a bunch of handspun. Way too exciting, eh? (I’m psyching myself up for moving up into Canada. Do you think I’ll pass?)

Caution: Bumps Ahead

No, I’m not talking about the political bumps. Well, okay, maybe I am. Just don’t say you haven’t been forewarned.

2 ply sock yarnBut spinning that lumpy bumpy romney/silk batts last week gave me a craving for more. This time, some sock weight yarn. I picked up a tube of deep purple, turquoise, and cotton candy pink rovings at CNCH this past spring. It was 8 oz of 75% wool/20% mohair/5% nylon by Faerber Design Studio. (The color in the photo didn’t capture the deep purple well, but it really is University of Washington purple.)

The roving looks like it was blended on combs, because you can peel off the turquoise and pink strips. I have never spun nylon before, but I assume that it was mostly in the pink stuff because that’s where all the short bits are and thus, what was causing the bumps. It’s an interesting texture. A bit harsher than I like for socks, but I’m game.

The skein is 3.75 oz, and approximately 380 yards. (? I lost count. Need a recall count when I’m not so depressed.) I think I will have enough for a pair of socks and a pair of matching gloves.

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