just some socks
After two and a half months of sweater-knitting, a pair of socks in a week was a nice "instant" (loose use of the word) gratification.
Pattern: simple socks by Madeline Tosh
Yarn: Shalimar Yarns Breathless
Wound up, the yarn looked ballet-esque, pinks, whites, and grays. I don't think they ended up that way though. Starting these socks looked like this:
1. Knit a small swatch and ogle the pretty colors and the way they combine.
2. CO 56 st with size 3 needles and realize they are too big.
3. CO 52 st with size 3 needles and angst over the way they start to stripe instead of beautifully blend together.
3. Start knitting armwarmers but realize they look like a 2-year-old's pink sweater.
4. Give up and submit to striped socks and CO 52 st again until I realize that the gauge is now too loose.
5. CO 52 st with size 2 needles and marvel at how suddenly the yarn pattern becomes more like stripey clouds and finish two pairs of socks.
Somehow it felt like more than 5 re-starts. Maybe I'm missing a step. It was entirely ridiculous nonetheless.
And guess what? After I took these pictures I realized I dropped a stitch when I kitchener-ed the toe. Woops. One more unravel (hopefully).