Monday, March 31, 2008

hedgerow regulations

What can I say? I love the idea of these socks, but in actuality, my Hedgerows are a bit of a failure.

Most of you know my earlier mistake. Let me detail it.
The pattern reads:
Rows 1 & 2: *K1, P1, K2, P2*, repeat from * to end of round.
Rows 3 & 4: *K2, P1, K1, P2*, repeat from * to end of round.
How I read the pattern:
Row 1: *K1, P1, K2, P2*, repeat from * to end of round.
Row 2: *K2, P1, K1, P2*, repeat from * to end of round.

To have the pattern continue through the heel requires careful re-distribution of stitches and an addition of stockinette edging. I carefully read the pattern at this time, and followed it to the "t"; it was then that I realized I missed rows 2 & 4. Although disappointed, I didn't let this break me and I decided to go forward with my "mistake hedgerows" as I had knit them prior to this point.

My heartbreak is today, with a finished pair on my feet. They're much too loose. The heel turn doesn't sit on my heel properly, and I don't know if it is a result of the loose fit or if I've missed the mark with the sizing. And beyond all of this, I had to block the socks to get the stitch definition that was buried there in those rows of knits and purls. I don't dislike blocking entirely, but these will have to be blocked with each and every wash, I'm afraid.

Besides my VERY FIRST pair of handknit socks, these have taken me the longest from cast on to kitchener. Six months, in fact. Pitiful, in my book. If it weren't for Project Spectrum, and that today is the last day of "FIRE", they might not even be off the needles.

The ironic thing is, I have some new green yarn that is begging to be knit up as *the perfect* Hedgerows.


Katie said...

oh, i do have to say i love oyur socks! they look grat to me. And that green yarn! wow. I love green!

Patti said...

Good luck with your new hedgerows. I must say, I love your pink ones! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you are disappointed with your socks.

That green yarn has me drooling!! It is GORGEOUS. It *will* become the perfect socks!

kim said...

I think they're very pretty! Only you would know there was a mistake. That green is just begging for you to knit it up. Yummy.

krysten said...

wow, i'm really impressed at your determination to make them again! i'm the kind of person who would ban the pattern from my site and never speak of those socks again! ;-)

and other than the fit, which only you can know about, i think your pink ones look great!

i've got Smooshy coming my way as well and i cant WAIT to get my hands on it!!

Wannabe said...

Dude girl. You have some patience that I do not possess! They turned out so pretty though! Smooshy would make some REALLY pretty ones!!!!! :)

Hilary said...

Well, I don't care what you say, I still think they look pretty great! Can't wait to see the green ones. Seriously, that green yarn is making my mouth water!

Denise said...

That's a shame that they feel loose on your foot, they look great. Hopefully with your second pair you can learn by your mistakes :) I love the green color, I'm sure they'll come out great.

Chelsea said...

I love the Dream in Color colorway (Happy Forest?) and think that you should totally let them become exactly what they want to be. DESPITE the desire that you're probably having to throw the dang pattern down a deep, scary cliff.

I bet someone else would like those pink socks, btw. I'm sure that someone you know might have slightly bigger feet and love pink. And they will have a lot of time put into them, too. :)

Sandy said...

I'm pretty impressed. Those are so pretty Melana!
I took apart my first pair of socks, just cause they looked like my first pair of socks. I wanted to make sure they were really good. But I've been so busy I haven't been able to cast on again.
Ok, you're inspiring me. I will cast on (again), tonight!!! :)