Man oh man. I got THISCLOSE to being done with the raglan increases on Picovoli. THISCLOSE I tell you.. and then. I counted. I had too many stitches on one sleeve section and not enough on the front. It’s not like I can just move stitches over because of the type of increase. I had to rip it all out. I really wanted this to work. How can I avoid this problem again? I didn’t want to use a bunch of row-markers to keep track of the repeats because I didn’t want to ruin the fabric. The yarn splits sometimes. I guess I’ve got no choice.
Then I finished one of the toe up socks. That didn’t work out either. Despite using a size 4 needle to bind off when I’d used a 1 to knit, the sock wouldn’t go over my heel. I ripped back to the beginning of the cuff, and after reknitting the ribbing I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind off . Instructions here. It worked! And that’s a relief. I’ve already cast on the second sock and am almost through with the short row toe. This time I’m knitting it forwards and backwards instead of turning the work to purl. I noticed with the first sock that the toe area was a looser gauge because of purling forward instead of knitting backward. So far the second sock’s toe is firmer, which I like better. I didn’t think I could do it(I don’t know why) but I tried it out on the first heel and it was a success so, from now on, when I knit toe-ups that’s how I will work the short row parts.
Since I’m a busty gal, I’m probably gonna put some short rows in the boob area of Pico(when I can work up the nerve to start again–and I will!) and I’ll definitely use the backwards knitting to keep the fabric more consistent.
This is going to be a crazy week what with the kids home from school. But I have news for them! It’s Clean-your-@#$#@-room-week at my house! And that’s just what they’ll do. I want to dye some KP Color-your-own for this. I think DD will want to help(make a mess). We’re not doing the Easter Egg thing this year, so this should be a good substitute.
On the OMG-are-you-serious? tip, I just found out that Lorna’s Laces makes the sheperd sock yarn(which is superwash, btw!) in an undyed color!! YES. I supposed I COULD just get some Lane Cervinia in natural and dye that–after all it’s cheaper and I can get it locally which means no shipping– but it’s a b#$%@# to make into a hank. Of course, you say, get a niddy noddy. Or make one. I’m still thinking about it. I surely don’t NEED more sock yarn. And most of the yarn I have now that I can dye is already in hanks.. So that’ll have to wait.
So much yarn, so many patterns, so little time, one set of hands.