Monday, September 14, 2009

A Tale of Two Socks

What with the dog and a few Hello Kitty knitting swaps, I haven't had much chance to knit for myself or for my beloved this summer. When I sent off the last swap, I finally allowed myself to cast on a pair of socks out of a Zauberball.

Once the dam of self control had been breached, that same evening I cast on for a second pair of socks out of Tofutsies.

I no longer use a specific pattern for LB's socks and just knit him a heel & toe he likes and ribbing pattern I like. Following my usual habits, I got all the way down to the toe of the Zauberball. I had cast on 60 stitches on 1s, then switched to 2s at the gusset. A tiny voice told me the Zauberball yarn was very thin and that the calf seemed a bit tight when I tried it on over my hand, but I tuned it out. When LB tried it on, it was too tight for even his bird legs. I've recast on with 2s.

Note: Zauberball is a single ply and does not like to be ripped.

For the Tofutsies, I decided to follow the pattern, Pomatomus, which calls for casting on 72 stitches on 2s. That's 12 more stitches and one larger needle size than I normally do. Yes, the knits are done through the back loops, but still ...

I made it through the first chart repeat and ripped out. Even for my ex-Irish dancer calves, it was way too big.

That's two pairs of socks begun and just about nothing to show for it.


Martha in Kansas said...

I'm having the same problem. Zauberball is so thin. My Jaywalker on 1s is rather tight already. But to go up to 2s will make a thinner fabric. I'm letting it rest a while. While I think. I heard of someone holding a solid strand (black?) with the Zauberball. And Pomatoublexxx! Pretty pattern, but the sock was absolutely droopy. Ripped. I'm beginning to think of sock knitting as kind of a battle that the yarn sometimes wins!

That's a 7-letter Deborah, never a Deb said...

I think a few companies sell a 1 1/2 sized needle. I considered buying a set of those. I'm glad I figured out the Pomatomus gauge issue fairly early. It's a gorgous pattern & I'd hate to have had to rip a whole sock!