What do you do when you are trying to avoid crochet? I say avoid because I do allow myself a little bit of crochet as I have an idea that I just want to try out but I can’t do much at a time before the discomfort comes back.
Well you knit yourself another pair of socks.
I was thinking that it was time that I used up my part balls in some way but when I looked in the drawer where I keep the sock yarn, I discovered two balls that I had bought because I had been told there was reduced price sock yarn going at my local hardware shop. So how could I resist!
One ball was red and black. (I think I had my daughter in mind.) The other ball was blues and browns, similar colour mix in some ways to my last pair. So I pulled the ball out and started knitting.
Here you can see the ball and if we pull back the label you can see the original price.
And now that I come to write the post you can see how far I have got.
I notice that when I transferred to straight needles for the short row heel, I knitted a bit more tightly. This is partly due to the fact that I use a no. 13 needle that is 2.25mm for the short row toes and heels and my circular needle is 2.5mm. Originally this gave a similar tension because I seemed to knit a little looser with a straight needle but I think I was so keen to pull the yarn for the wraps firmly, to keep everything tight and hole free that I over did it a bit.
But you it definitely worked well, though it is hard to show on a photograph till I can wear them.
I notice that the UK does not have a 2.5mm needle as the next size – 12 – is 2.75mm. So not sure if to change to a 12 or remember to relax a bit more in future with my 13s.
I notice that the patterning of these socks is similar in some ways to the last pair I made. A little less sophisticated and detailed maybe but definitely an attempt at the fair isle look.
Even with the knitting, I find my hands start to hurt if I do a lot, but there’s no hurry, so I put it down if it seems necessary.