Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Starry Sky socks

Status as of last week. Aren't my glowing pastey legs just too sexy for words?


Flash forward, after commuting and camping knitting, and the socks are within shooting distance of being an FO. Yesterday was deemed "Finish the Socks for Christ's Sake" Day, and in an uncharacteristic example of mise en place, I printed a new-to-me bind off (EZ's Sewn), ate lunch at my desk to maximize my knitting time, and plopped myself in a nice shady patch of grass with all tools at hand. I bound off. Easy peasy. Stretchy. I was delighted. Until ...

I tried the socks on. Eff-ing Mafia! The socks are primarily stockinette, and in my hurry to finish them, I forgot to add some ribbing. Of course the socks rolled like mad. Rolling socks may be fine for some people, but not for me. Especially not for socks that will be worn under drapey work pants.

Also, in my enthusiastic weaving of ends, I didn't notice this silly mistake (that white line - it's called lazy weaving):

So I spent an entire hour picking out all 128 cast off stitches. Tedious doesn't begin to capture it. With Beth as my witness, I nearly chucked the whole project. But once I was curled into the corner of my couch, I added a teeny bit of ribbing and worshipped at the altar of EZ's Sewn Cast Off again. That's a perfect toe-up sock cast off, by the way. And of course I have Danielle to thank for pointing it out. I was too tired to snap a picture last night, so I'll recycle another from last week. They're slighting taller and they don't roll.

Before someone asks, yes, that's my first tattoo. She's a pink rose (in honor of my grandmother) with the stem woven through the symbol for woman. At age 11, I decided I wanted a pink rose on my ankle. At 18, after all the changes that years 11-17 bring, I still wanted the same thing. So I got it, with one addition. As a raving feminist, I added the feminist symbol. A few years later, I realized that the provincial Scranton, PA tattoo artist knew something I didn't, because the flower looks exactly like labia. Since then, she's faded and blurred a little, so I'm heading to a parlor on Saturday for a touch-up and for Tat #2.

7 comments:

CarryFairie said...

And you will be posting pictures of said tattoo next week, right???

:) Socks are looking good. And I'm impressed by your fortitude...I would have either chucked or started. over. eek.

The Whole Self said...

those came out so gorgeous. jealous!

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

It is kind of funny how your 1st Came out. And socks without ribbing would drive me NUTS!
=:8

Kellee said...

While I love those socks to pieces, mostly I'm all atwitter to see the new tattoo.

Martita said...

Love the spiral and the intended location. Used to want a tiny star on my spine, at the base of my neck. Not going to happen, and I'm okay with that.

The Purloined Letter said...

Great socks! And you really triumphed over the evil knitting fates!

Rhonda said...

Now aren't you glad you went ahead and re-cast the socks on for the ribbing? LOL, they look great in spite of all the agony in the making!