Friday, December 3, 2010

Sock it to me...yeah I went there.

Recently, the hubs and I took a trip to Illinois to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. I usually bring knitting with me on plane rides, but I couldn't fit the minimalist cardigan into my carry on bags without freaking out that it could get messed up.
I had decided to try and run a Thanksgiving Day 5k while we were there, so we went to pick up our registration packets and stuff for the race the day before at a nice little running shop in the Arlington Heights Neighborhood. Low and behold, there was a local yarn shop right across the street called Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns. I went in to check it out and decided to buy a little souvenier of the fibrous persuasion, and felt it was time for me to tackle the art of sock knitting.
The woman working in the shop was nice enough to print out a free pattern from ravelry for self striping socks and point me in the direction of a basket full of self striping sock yarn.
It took me a second or two to remember how to use dpns, and adjust to the very tiny needles but I was able to get a bit of knitting done while we recuperated from the gigantic feast my mother-in-law had made for Thanksgiving dinner.
Although I am back to focusing on the minimalist cardigan, I am pretty pumped to get these socks going. It's a bit of added incentive.

Minimalist Cardigan update

Well, I am very very close to having the back piece finished so that I can move on to the front panels. I just finished the sleeve holes and all I have left are the shoulders. Which is great. Except....I messed up a few rows a little ways back! Blarg! It is at the very beginning of the sleeve hole area. I messed myself up on the pattern when I was decreasing stitches. I caught myself a couple of times and ripped rows out, but I must have thought that I had ripped all of it out...oh man.
Here is a shot of it...

You can see a small line right at the beginning of the sleeve holes. You can also see the small indentations made by kitty feet at the very bottom. Apparently someone thought I was laying out a blanket for them to get comfy on.

So now I am debating on whether or not I should rip out all these rows to fix the ones that are wrong, or if I should let it go and keep going.

Part of me knows that I will see that flaw anytime I look at the thing, and part of me is going to be very upset if I have to re-do all those rows. Another part of me wants chocolate...but that really doesn't have anything to do with me eff-ing up the sweater.

It is the back of the thing....but this stitch pattern really seems to show any wrong-doings.

Any suggestions or words of wisdom are welcome from anyone who may stumble across this post.