Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More Un-Knitting- The Toe Up Socks

This green color seems rather appropriate. The toe up sock that I had been (fighting) working with.....well, it went to the infamous frog pond. I really do like "The Turned Toe" technique for the toe shaping. However, as I was contently knitting away on this sock, my eye kept getting drawn to something not quite right about the sock. As much as I tried to ignore it, my eyes kept reverting back to it like a magnet.

Those little "live sts." that I had on hold on a cable, while I did my knitting, then picked up later....well, they look defective. (Sorry...no photos. My camera makes things a blur when I try to get close to the details.) I tried all sorts of things. I knitted these special sts. through the back loops. Nope, that didn't work. I tried un-twisting them as I knitted them off of the cable. Nope that didn't work either. I tried using a smaller needle. I tried having a little heart-to-heart talk with myself. I told myself that these twisted, malformed stitches really wouldn't matter, because after all they would be on the sole of the foot where no one, but me would know they existed. That didn't work either, because I would ALWAYS know they were there. Every time I put them on, every time I washed them, every time I took them out of the laundry basket to fold. So, off to the frog pond they went! Fortunately, I had only about 3 inched completed before diving in.

So...it was more un-knitting for me today. There must be some of that going around these days. Have a look at Knitting With a Y: The Accounts of a Male Knitter blog and you'll see what I mean.


Joansie said...

Well, I've frogged the same pair of socks, all four inches worth or so, at least three times. Welcome to the club! Practice makes perfect and I've knitted a gazillion pairs of socks.

LizzieK8 said...

Everyone has to frog.

However, I don't let myself get upset about malformed sts. I'm human. There are inconsistencies. I do not try to emulate machine knit socks. And, I've found when I go back after a couple of wearings and washings I rarely can find the mistake.

As someone wise once said, "If you can't see the mistake while galloping by on a horse, don't worry about it." :)

Briley said...

Hmm, if these sts were under the foot I think I would have kept going. Sometimes it's rewarding to have that just okay knitting to compare to the later nearly perfect knitting once we have tried a technique a few times.

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