I did a little work on making a pattern for Hubby's shirt. I did a lot of work on my coat! I did a fair amount of work on my Lauren sweater - I may even be able to finish it this week! And I worked on those socks.
It doesn't bode well when your favorite part of a knitting project is how well it goes with the little project bag you made:
|It holds a surprising amount of stuff!|
I'm not having a fun time of it with these socks. Here's the source of my discontent:
Fortissima Socka. Blech! This is probably the worst sock yarn I've ever worked with. It's scratchy and very splitty. Its only saving grace is that it's hot pink.
I bought this yarn* almost two years ago, when my mom was visiting; I bought it specifically to make this pattern. Kai-Mei is from Cookie A's Sock Innovation book, and this pattern is really the reason I got the book (from my mom for my birthday that year - thanks, Mom!) It's been in my mind since then to start the socks, but I never quite felt like I had the mental fortitude - it seemed like a very "thinky" pattern, and I'm not always a fan of thinking. It interferes with my TV watching.
But a couple weeks ago, I really needed a break from all the brown of the Lauren and didn't want to allow myself to start a new sweater. So I got this out instead. And you know: it's really quite an easy pattern! All that procrastinating for nothing!
It starts out with 6.5 inches of 3x3 rib, so you get a little mental vacation before easing into the interesting part of the design, which shoots off the gusset of one side.
The stitch pattern itself is only 8 rows; very easily memorized and quite fun to work. When seen from the point of view of the wearer, it almost looks like a row of little hearts:
I really hate it that this yarn makes my tension look so horrible. I hope it evens up in the wash.
I've got a fair few mistakes in the foot portion of the sock (see: watching TV) which I haven't bothered to fix just because it's so difficult to unpick this splitty yarn. And anyway: it's a sock. There's little chance anyone will be inspecting my feet that closely.
I'm going to make myself finish these, even though working on them frustrates the heck out of me. The pattern itself is lovely; maybe some day I'll make it again in a nicer yarn.
*An unsolicited insight into my psyche: Every. Single. Time. I type the word "yarn," I first type "yearn" and then have to go back to correct it. Hmmmm.