Monday, May 07, 2007

Sock Madness Interrupted

It's a boy!

Actually, my brother & his wife already already knew that it would be a boy. I'm an Aunt again!

Benjamin Alex weighed in at 8.4 and arrived at lunch time on Friday, May 4th. Mom and I went to the hospital to meet the newest addition of our family later in the afternoon. They're now home and doing well.

Where was my camera? Home. Bad blogger Aunt!

The newest Sock Madness pattern arrived, at about the same time.
There have been some technical difficulties.

I'm not sure I have the will to start again. Certainly, not as written. It has an all over Fair Isle pattern and I have a problem with putting that much work into socks without personal servants to carry me around so my feet won't touch the ground!

I didn't work the stranding that wrapped around the sides correctly. There were long unworked strands that should have been caught up better, causing some puckering from strands too tight.
I was not happy enough with the way it looked to continue.

I may try the pattern without the design on the bottom and then use the bottom pattern for the other sock. The design is intended to wrap around the foot, but instead I might try mismatched feet murals.

Not sure when I'll try any sock pattern again since 240+ Letter People need to be finished before School's summer vacation starts. Yikes.

Edited to note: The last picture is of a cute pattern found here at DutchOrchid Designs. Her blog is here. I did change the heel to Eye of Partridge and it took me 3 attempts before I got the stitches divided symmetrically perfect so the lace pattern was centered in front.
Probably my fault and not the pattern design, though.
It's a little embarrassing to admit I had to do the first heel 3 times!

Trying to distract from my Sock madness failure with a picture of socks finished on Friday while waiting for the pattern. Did it work? :)


Rachel said...

Hi, thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! Actually, you probably did do the sock heel correctly, and the written part was my fault :). Sorry. I never thought about centering the lace pattern, so that's why it's not quite symmetrical (plus there's that stupid 3sts. pattern that goes around). Thanks for the plug, and your sock looks really great!

Sheepish Annie said...

Congratulations, Auntie!!! That is so wonderful!!

When I saw the yarn carnage there, I let out an involuntary, "ACK!" Sounds like you have a plan, though...

Bridget said...

Gaaaggh! The Horror! The Horror! :-)

Seriously, your colors are great. I hope you try it again!


Jean said...

Congrats on the your nephew!

I'm so sorry your Mad Batiks went to the frog pond. I'm on row 25 of the foot chart for #1 and having significant quality control issues, myself. That said, I don't think I can stand to rip, despite the temptation. I think I'm just going to barrel on and keep them, flaws and all, for myself.

The Little Lady Lacy socks are very cute! That picture does make me feel better. :)

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Right. That yarn carnage made me gulp a bit, but it did confirm my initial reaction to the Round 6 pattern which was: NO WAY! A pair of socks like that should take seven years and be greeted on completion by a twenty gun salute. But twelve hours? Yikes!

Laurie, what on earth have they hoarded up for the final push? I just can't imagine! Catch your own sheep, shear it, spin it...?

We gotta meet up when I'm next in Maine.

Sockergirl said...

Aw. I really like-D your socks & color choice. I had never done this type of pattern and I am finding it kind of fun. I thought it would take longer. But I understand about the bottom of foot being a waste. I put a checker board there... I should have the second sock done tonight and will show the bottom and top on my blog