I worked like crazy on my two-at-a-time socks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then yesterday I took a knitting break. (It was really more of a life-break – I was so wiped out from the weekend that I actually went home from work an hour early, ordered delivery for dinner, and literally put my head down on the coffee table in between bites.) I wanted to go to Synergy for SnB, but I just couldn’t hack it. I will try to make it back to the WeHo meeting on Thursday night, though, because I want to make SnB a regular habit.
Last night I was too tired to sleep — the worst — and instead of counting sheep I tried to count yarn . . . mentally going through the various yarns in my stash. Then I started thinking about the socks I’m working on, and the sucesses and failures of the past few knitting days.
To review: I’m making two toe-up socks at the same time based on the advice from Knitty and the pattern here. I’m bummed that KnitPicks no longer makes Parade — I really like the yarn and the bold, long runs of color made it great for Jaywalkers. There is something slightly strange about the yarn though – perhaps this is normal and I’m just not used to it – but at times it has a slightly sticky feel to it, as though there is still some residue left in the fiber from processing. It’s not noticeable in the knitted fabric, just in the yarn itself as I’m working it.
Also, I managed to really mess up at one point with so many needle points flying around: I started knitting with the wrong needle, so I ended up having three of the four sock segments on one needle, and just one on the other. Somehow I fixed things by knitting some rows out of order and by actually pulling the offending row off the wrong needle and putting it back on the correct one. It was a bit touch-and-go for a few minutes, since I didn’t have anything that could’ve served as a stitch holder to help me transfer the stitches, but luckily the slight stickiness of the yarn worked in my favor and I was able to pick the stitches up again without too much trouble.
Ultimately, I think the needles I am working with (#2 Addis that I think are about 42 inch circulars) are just too long for two-at-a-time socks, which is bad news for me, since I bought them specifically for that reason. Maybe someday when I am enough of a rockstar to do four or six socks at once I’ll pull them out again. I can see why a different knitter might want to use the longer needles, but for me it just got confusing, as the extra cord wound itself up and created a tangle.
When I was watching Janel knit her socks on two circular needles last week, I was worried that when I tried the technique I would end up with laddering at the edges. It just seems counter-intuitive that while you work the sock, your circular needle curves in a semicircle away from the circle made by the opening of the sock, so that the fabric curves out instead of in. She reassured me that it’s just like working with double-points, you simply have to give a little extra snugness to the stitches at the ends of each needle. So far the socks look good — no laddering at all — and I’m hoping I can keep it up.
I am going away for the weekend yet again on Friday, so I’m going back to the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl until then. I’m looking forward to working with silk again after the thick, sticky woolliness of the sock yarn.