January’s designer for the sock knitter’s anonymous group on Ravelry was Janel Laidman so I decided to knit the Tree of Life socks from The Enchanted Sole. The pattern calls for 2 colors to be stranded and being the perfectionist that I am I had a hard time choosing the colors. I knit the first part of the leg four different times before I found the combination that I liked. With the colors chosen and the gauge measured, I proceeded to knit the leg. It wasn’t until I was working the heel flap that I realized I should probably try them.
THEY DID NOT FIT. Not just ‘oh I need to gift this to someone who has a smaller shoe size than I’ small. No, this was a ‘I refuse to gift these to an elementary school aged child’ small. I think this was because I knit tighter in general when I’m doing stranded color work and also because the 2 different yarns I was using were not the same weight. After spending over a month on these socks I decided I needed a break from the pattern. I knit a couple of instant gratification hats and then decided to cast on socks for Carol.
I checked gauge, cast on and proceeded to knit up the leg. Well, it turned out that these were also too small! At least this time I didn’t wait until the heel flap. I swear I think the iv antibiotics that I was on killed some of my knitting brain cells. I unraveled them and cast on again with larger needles. I proceeded to knit until I realized in row 4 that I had cast on 2 extra stitches. Yep, unraveled AGAIN. I could not bear to start over for the third time. I wonder how long it’ll take before I’m inspired to cast on another pair of socks.