Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Lesson learned.

England socks

I'm calling these my "England socks" since they were started in May while sitting in London's King's Cross Station as Mark and I waited for a train to take us to York. I knit on them very little while we were actually in England, and when we got back, I put them down for a long time, only picking them up long enough to knit a couple of rows here and there. The yarn is Colinette's Jitterbug in the "toscana" colorway, and it amuses me to no end that this yarn that was manufactured in the UK and shipped to the US traveled back to the UK and then back to the US with me.

This is my regular plain vanilla sock pattern, but with a slightly longer leg that I would normally knit. Since I have relatively short feet, the yardage commonly found in most sock yarns is not usually an issue for me. But when I got to the toe of the second sock of this pair, it became clear that I might not have enough yarn to finish. In desperation, I weighed the completed sock and the sock-in-progress to see if I'd make it. I checked the shop I bought the yarn from for more (no dice) and finally resorted to cutting off all of my cast-on tails and grafting them to the working yarn to try to finish. Also no dice. I would say that I ended up just a few feet short of what I needed to finish, so instead of trying to locate more online, I just subbed some completely non-matching Claudia's leftovers that I had lying around. See the blue toe?

England socks - toes

Oh well. They are still comfortable, and no one will be the wiser when my shoes are on. Next time, though, I will pay more attention to my yardage!

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4 Comments:

Blogger DPUTiger said...

I think the blue toe looks fantastic. What is Stella so facinated with? :)

11:35 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

They're beautiful! I haven't touched the skein of Jitterbug in my stash because you know my feet are enormous and I'm certain I'll run out. I'll have to make ankle socks, I guess.

I didn't even seen the blue until you shot that close-up. Who's gonna be looking at your toe anyway, right?

8:00 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

You'll have memories tied to those socks and that's what counts. Mmm I love new socks!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

That's too funny!! I am glad that I didn't fall short with the Hedera. But I can relate to that whole experience!

2:37 PM  

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