When good knitters do bad things
I messed up big time. Talk about a knitter’s nightmare? I made one of those mistakes that you don’t see until the project is done, at which point, of course, it’s too late to fix it!
I’m talking about Evie’s socks – the pair I was knitting to and from Houston when I ran out of yarn at the very, very end. Remember the Houston blog? The good news was that the dye lot of the new yarn I ordered was close enough so that you couldn’t see any difference. I was so pleased about that, that I didn’t mind weaving in the ends and sewing the picot edge under, all afterwork that I usually hate. I mean, we’re talking itty bitty socks without a whole lot of give, so it was a little dicey repeatedly turning the socks in and out to make sure none of my stitching showed. But I did it. Success! Then came blocking.
Blocking is easy. You drop the socks in the sink with tepid water and a capful of no-rinse soap, let them soak for a while, then drain, squeeze, roll between towels, and set out to dry.
That was when I saw that one sock was shorter than the other. Not HUGELY shorter. Just a tad. But enough. You can actually see that the lace section in the one on the left is more, uh, compact. See it? No? Well, it is.
So I tugged here, pulled there, got the shorter one looking right for a few seconds before it returned to its smaller shape. My first thought was that I’d inadvertently used a smaller needle on the second sock. But I hadn’t. I had finished the first sock and gone right on to the second with the same needles. No. Looking closer, I saw the problem. The lace pattern is a five-row repeat, basically four rows of plain knitting after one row of knit-togethers and yarn overs. The problem is that with such fine yarn, it’s hard to see how many rows you’ve done. In the second sock, I must have consistently done one less row of knitting in each repeats.
What to do? Honestly, I am NOT ripping. I just don’t have the heart to do that, and it’s likely no one will see the difference but me. Besides, the baby will outgrow these socks in no time, if she hasn’t already. So I’ll give them to her as is. And I’ll knit her another pair of tube socks, these in a two-by-two ribbing from cuff to toe. I’ve had it with lace for now.