Saturday, March 12, 2005

Socks, The Second Pair

The second pair of socks is progressing more slowly than the first.

The yarn is from the Sock It To Me collection at elann.com. I bought 2 different colors from them - one deep and rich and non-patterned (Northern Forest), and the other more pastel and self-patterning (Faded Denim). I was correct in thinking that deep rich color would be uplifting to look at during the last days of winter. And by the first day of spring, they'll be finished and I can go on to something more springlike.

Now let me tell you what's wrong with them. Notice the color pooling around the ankle and instep? Notice how it isn't that way at the top of the sock? This is my fault entirely. I must have gotten a little tense working toward the ankle, because I managed to change my gauge from 7 stitches/inch at the top to 8 st/in by the time I reached the ankle. I thought they felt tight when I tried them on. By changing the gauge that much, they went from a circumference of around 7 inches to one of about 6 inches. Now I have fairly small feet, but not that small. I should have realized what I was doing when I saw the color starting to pool like that, but I just kept on, and then checked the gauge after I was halfway down the foot. Well, now I'm debating whether I should try to make the second one like the first (so they match), or keep the gauge consistent (so it fits). The first one isn't so tight that I can't wear it, but I'd like a little more wiggle room there. Check back in a week or so, and we'll see how it all turned out.

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