Thursday, May 04, 2006

Now you see it...


First Jaywalker sock, in the lovely Trekking XXL which was a present from Anne. Love the yarn, and the pattern. (The lilac bits are actually more pink-and-green in reality)...

I got to the bit where the heel starts; and thought "I'll just Google to see whether this Trekking stuff does have a repeat" (because I hadn't seen one so far). Received wisdom (and you can't get much wiser than this; see post for December 19), says no. But while I was Googling, discovered mentions of the 'inflexibility of the pattern', so I thought "maybe I'd better try it on".

Well; mine might fit the calf of a supermodel. I wouldn't know because I couldn't get it past my heel to work this out... The actual measurement of the leg is fine according to the pattern directions; but it has No Give Whatsoever on the 2mm needles I was using to compensate for my usually-ridiculously-loose-knitting-tension.

So, unravelling I shall go, and I'll do them on the 2.5mm needles this time! Third pair running on 2.5mms - you'd think I was developing normal tension; or something... I should stop second-guessing these pattern-writers; except I have, all my life, and it's worked for me so far! Maybe sock-knitters are relaxed people, and differently-gauged...

Also, one knitting-related image from Venice. I never found the fabled Lellabella yarn shop; went all the way along the Calle della Mandola without spotting it, a couple of times (and my instinct for yarn shops is really quite finely-honed; there's no way it would have got away from me if it were still there) but this was in the corner of one of the Murano glass shops in the Piazza San Marco and amused me:


Glass yarn. I bet that has no stretch whatsoever, however loosely you knit it...

4 comments:

Mary-Lou said...

What fun! - love the glass 'wool & needles', are they meant to be paperweights?

Rosie said...

Sock knitters relaxed?!!! I still feel as if I'm grappling with porcupine quills. (And maybe that's what glass yarn would feel like?)

E-J said...

I've tried the 4.5mm needles for our little squares and it takes my tension much closer to P's (no idea how he knits so tight without squeakage!) so will continue to use those for the blanket project.

Judy said...

LOVE the glass yarn balls! Very cool -- I wonder why someone did them. Artistic appeal? Knitter envy? Thanks for that picture :-)