I successfully finished another pair of socks for my mother just before Mother's Day - with three days to spare, a new noteworthy record. As it is May and Christmas (and all its associated sock knitting, a problem I have created for myself, sadly) is over six months away, I decided now was the perfect time to make myself a pair of socks and to try a new pattern. A few months ago I got my hands on Alice Yu's Socktopus and eagerly paged through it, loving almost all of the patterns (some are beyond my capacity.) So I started her pattern Vorticity on Monday, and started knitting. Here's what it looks like this morning:
But that's not a sock, you say. Indeed it is not. I have started and frogged this sock pattern twice this week. I started the pattern and switched from the cuff and started the leg chart, then examined the sock and decided it would be enormous and slouchy, not what I wanted. So I frogged it (rrrrriiiip it back, for those of you who read and are not knitters), got smaller needles and started again. This time, I knit three repeats of the leg chart and then took a hard look at it and noticed it was getting smaller the further I knit - I had cast on 70 stitches and after 63 rows (I know, I KNOW!) there were only 40 stitches. That was a sock unlikely to slip over my foot, and when I tried to frog back to the cuff, I had an enormous amount of trouble picking up the k2p2 pattern. Since it was only an inch long cuff, I decided to just start again. I am determined to get this to look as it should.
On an online message board I am on, people speak in reverent tones about Ravelry, so last night I joined, searched for the board related to this pattern, and found over 300 messages from people who are working on this pattern, including some pattern corrections that mean I will be able to fix this sock and make it look like the picture in the book, something I never would have figured out on my own.
Third time is the charm. Right? RIGHT?