Arrrrrrrgyle, Walking the Plank

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dudes, these argyle socks are driving me mad. The knitting's got to change. I can make excuses forever but here are the main reasons this sock is being abandoned to the UFO drawer:

  1. The main body of the sock is in old Knitpicks sock yarn. Like pre-soft and nice sock yarn which means it's scratchy and I know they won't be real comfortable when they're done.
  2. The foot is a little wide. I know it'll shrink up when I dry them in the dryer (I dry all my old Knitpicks socks in the dryer) but it annoys me.
  3. I keep screwing up the decreases for the toe. I know it's because I keep trying to do it when I'm engrossed in something else but I don't feel like doing it again.

I need something new, something fresh, something exciting. I was browsing around on the old internets for some ideas and came across Belle Epoque, Bad Penny, and Glampyre's Puff-Sleeved Feminine Cardigan.

Okay, so Bad Penny is out because it's worsted weight and it's summer. Belle Epoque would be really great - I love the scoop neck and the empire waist but would get rid of the fuzzy yarn (mohair and acrylic, can you imagine wearing that?) and shorten it a bit. I'm getting frustrated trying to find a yarn substitute though. I bet Ravelry would be nice for this... I'd like to use my Merino Style for it but technically the gauge shouldn't work. But since my gauge was all screwy with it maybe it will be right! I think I'll swatch tomorrow and find out.

Glampyre's cardigan led me to her book, Fitted Knits, which I know at least one of my readers has because she knit the same sweater I'm thinking of knitting. ;-) That would be Big Geek Beth. Beth! What do you think of the book? And anyone else if you have it, give me your thoughts. Email me if you'd prefer at katiedid at gmail dot com.

In other news, I did finish Mon Petit Chou and it seems to fit alright. I don't have ribbon for it yet and haven't figured out a classy way to take pictures yet but I hope to soon.


JennaKate said...

classy? who needs classy?!?
sorry to see the demise of the argyle; but never knit what doesn't make you happy. hopefully you find a sweater pattern that suits you. let me know if you want to "borrow" my ravelry account for yarn sub searching.

gina said...

Don't feel bad abandoning the socks. Knitting is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not an endurance sport, right?

I've seen some terrific Eff Ohs from Glampyre's book, which was surprising to me since I haven't always loved her other patterns (cropped and bulky do not work for a tall and bulky gal).

Check out the KAL for reassurance...

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jenna Kate on the sock. If you aren't feeling the love then it's time to break up. I will e-mail you my thoughts on the fitted knits book. I love 1/2 of the book, the other 1/2 I find very matronly and not funky.

big geek beth

Anonymous said...

hi! i found your blog through ravelry. i have glampyre's book and i love it!