I’m working on designing my own intarsia sock pattern to knit for the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous July challenge. Which means I now have 3 days to get a useable cast-on picture posted. Back on Sunday when I had a whole 5 days before this looming deadline, I decided to give myself a break and cast on something easy, mostly because I didn’t want to find out if I need to rework my own pattern again. Procrastination, ahoy!
I decided I wanted to use up the KnitPicks Felici that was part of a sock sampler I got for a Christmas present. Me and self-striping yarn do not get along, because it doesn’t like texture, and I do. My first attempt was Anne Campbell’s Circle Socks. Here they are:
I’d recently run across the pattern for Lizard Ridge Socks, though, which actually calls for Felici. I liked the idea of making a self-striping sock yarn not look self-striped, but I wasn’t sure I could face all that stockinette. Just to be sure I’d end up with socks I love, I grabbed the other skein and gave it a try:
The Circle Sock is apparently legendary for not staying up — I used size 0 needles and figured I’d run some sock elastic through the first few rows to fix that — but these stockinette and short row socks seemed like they’d have even more problems staying up. The short rows also tend to make baggy lumps unless I stretched the sock out with my hands, and the pattern directions suggest “blocking aggressively”, which didn’t fill me with confidence. I still love the idea behind this pattern, but I think I’m going to go with the Circle Socks instead.
With that decided, I guess I have no more excuses not to knit the next few rows of my own pattern, and find out if I have to rethink and redraft the charts again.
Maybe I’ll go bake some chocolate chip cookies. They’ve been sounding good for a few days now, and I suspect I may need some chocolate to get me through the next 3 days of knitting.