I started my Fleece Artist socks way back in November 2007, as light relief from the incredibly difficult intarsia on Eveleen. I showed them to you, in passing, in my post about my stitch markers from B&Q!
Since then, they have been sitting looking mournfully at me from the bag of yarn beside the sofa, saying, “Finish me! Finish me!”
As I was getting a little bored with knitting the plain fluffy stocking stitch on Dinny, I thought I’d “just finish them off…”
First problem – and why they got left to one side in November – I did the first toe wonky (Curse No.1)- it was about 8 stitches askew from being in line with the heel. I followed the pattern to the letter but failed to employ my brain (which at that point had been thoroughly exhausted doing Eveleen!)
No worries, I thought, I’ll finish the second sock then rework the toe of the first sock.
I spent 3 happy hours on Sunday at “The Guilty Knitters” finishing toe No. 2, then had immense problems picking up the stitches after unravelling the first , wonky toe. (Curse No.2)The problems picking up the stitches were miraculously solved when I remembered that I now need to wear glasses…seeing the stitches is such an advantage!
I also worked out the supreme arithmentic blunder that thinks that if you have 30 sitches on a needle and decrease two stitches per row, you can end up with 11 stitches… 😯 (Curse No.3)
I should probably tell you I was using the pattern that came on the back of the skein wrapper from Fleece Artist – this one:-
Hmmm. looking at that wrapper, I have another “curse” to point out. (Curse No.4)
I am not a person who wants to handwash my socks – even handknit ones. When buying this yarn, I rejected several beautiful yarns because they were handwash. Can you see where it says “100% Washable Merino Wool”? I saw that and thought – great – that’s the yarn for me! Look more closely at that wrapper, at the bottom, in a tiny font…
I finished knitting toe No.1 (the wonky one I had unravelled) and thought it rather strange that I had an awful lot of yarn left over…
The “idiot woman” who “accidentally” bought the wrong yarn on Ebay must have been reading my pattern for me.
I had decreased on every round, not every other round. I’d happily made this mistake on both of my toes. So far I have knitted 3 toes for this pair of socks. Remember how I started these socks as a “light relief” project? Hah! 👿 (Curses No.5 and 6 – one for each short, stumpy, angular toe)
More toe ripping and picking up of stitches – whilst wearing glasses this time 😎 – I do try to learn from my mistakes…
Want to see the difference it makes to a toe?
“Correct Toe” on the left and “Idiot Woman” toe on the right…I suppose it depends on your foot shape and how stumpy your toes are huh?
I slogged on, and finished the cursed things. I even did Kitchener stitch on the toes rather than be tempted to just do a three needle bind off – which was an effort as I was getting so mad with the socks (OK, mad with myself actually but it’s easier to blame the socks 😉 )
As you may have worked out by now – I’m not exactly beguiled by these socks. The yarn and the colours are beautiful but the pattern is, IMHO, poor.
The slip stitch heel flap is OK but the little triangle that goes under your heel (is there a name for that?) is tiny – it’s tight, even on my narrow feet.
The 2 x 2 ribbing is loose on my leg too. in fact – maybe I should have made the whole thing smaller.
I was going to go for the “Sole to Sole” type picture but everyone does that.
Then I thought – Hell! Go for broke!! Let’s see if I can still get The Lotus Position!
I think that shows them rather well!
|Completed Knit Report|
|Name:||Fleece Artist Socks|
|Pattern:||Fleece artist Skein wrapper Pattern|
|Yarn:||Fleece artist Basic Merino|
|Pattern Problems:||Arithmetic error on toe decreases.|
|Washing and Wearing:||Bit loose. I’m convince they will shrink as soon as they touch water due to the “Curse”|
|Knit It Again???:||No.|
|Difficulty:||I should say “Easy” but I seemed to make a meal of them!|
|Other Postings Relating To This One:||Stitch Markers at B&Q|