Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Trouble with socks

I'm having a problem with the socks I have on the needles. When you finish the ribbing at the top, you increase so you can cable every other rib. When you get down to the heel, you have to decrease back to the original number of stitches. If you are cabling on down the instep, you decrease those when you start the toe. Want to guess what I forgot to do at the heel? Yep. I forgot to decrease. After working the gusset (beautifully, may I say), I realized the foot wasn't going to fit. Duh! When your heel is many many stitches too wide, what would you expect.

So now do I stop where I am and frog back to the top of the heel, or do I keep going, finish this one and do the second one correctly, then frog it after SOS08 is over? I know, I know. It has to be done. But it will probably make me miss the two-week deadline to enter this pair.

I have seriously considered just stopping on this one and knitting a quick pair of short topped socks to enter this week. Cheating? Yep, I think so. I have a beautiful skein of Colinette Jitterbug that will not make a sock with a 6-inch cuff, so I will be using it for some short topped socks. I won't wear them, so I will be gifting them after I get them done. But they will count for SOS08 if they have at least a 2-inch cuff. (I was thinking more like a 3-inch one.)

Buster and Bunny had a good nap this afternoon. They stayed home alone while we played golf (poorly) this a.m. in the Oklahoma heat. The big guy has suffered for it all afternoon. We started before 7:30 and finished around 11:00. It's good exercise but it has gotten almost too hot to go out there.


Daniele said...

Go for the short socks, and then fix the heel and knit the toe on these for next time. Beautiful cabling! Can't wait to see the finished socks.

Julie said...

Stop and make the short socks and then come back to the cable ones. Love your dogs, mine has been sleeping alot because of the heat!

Debra said...

You know, when I've been in this situation it helped to let the "bad" sock just sit for a while before ripping. Time seems to heal the wound a bit. :)

Last January I started a pair of socks that I loved - but they were waaaay too tight after I finished the calf shaping. So, I let it sit for a few months (!!!) then ripped out the 5" of knitting to begin again. I just finished them about 1.5 weeks ago.

Although, it's probably better for the yarn if you do rip out right away. I just don't have the stomach for it!