e_moon60 (e_moon60) wrote,

Sockin' It to Myself: Far Past the Comfort Zone

Various upsetting things this week led to time spent having to wait in various situations--and I've learned to take the knitting bag along.   By Thursday night, the socks were (I thought) the right length to have their toes closed over.   Today (it was supposed to be "an hour or so this morning"  but it was all day) I worked on closing the toes "properly" (which is to say, with the Kitchener, or grafting, stitch.)

 It's obvious that the sock on the right has smoother and more symmetrical decreases than the sock on the left.  (L is SockOne, R is SockTwo--when I'd learned some things from SockOne.   The directions I was given didn't work for me as well as what I did on SockTwo.  Though I tried on the socks almost every row during the toe decreases, I still didn't get it quite right.

In preparation for grafting the toes, I watched several videos on the method, as well as looking at pictures in a book.   The videos were excellent in teaching me the sequence, which stitches come off when, etc.  The problems I had were not covered.  (Exactly how much yarn you need for closing the toe depends on variables not mentioned as significant--in fact one video didn't even mention that you do the grafting with the yarn you've been using for knitting...you cut it off the skein.    Finally, in midafternoon, I got both socks off the needles with their toes closed--one somewhat better looking than the other. 


They're very comfortable except for those "ears" on either end of the grafted part.  What I was trying to do was make a blunt end for my big and second toe (fairly long)  to be comfortable in, and I'm not sure why the grafting formed a "knob" on either end.   Figuring out a way avoid having knobs is on the list of things to do differently next time.    Others include tinkering with the stitch count in particular places,  lengthening the plain-knitting section below the cuff ribbing, figuring out a better place to start the toe decreases and so on. 

But as I said at the start of this adventure, it was more about breaking out of the self-defined limits than producing perfect socks and I gave myself permission to make mistakes (and boy, howdy, did I ever make them!  Including today.)    I am no longer a person who knits only flat things.  Round things, irregular things--anything--are now on my side of the invisible line.  I would like to knit perfect socks.  (I would like to knit, and have, lots of perfect hand-knit socks.   But right now, on this day, I have finished my first pair of hand-knit socks and they're on my feet.   YAY!!!

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