…as loving socks TOO much? LOL. I had heard about this phenomenon where knitters work on lots and lots of socks, but I just couldn’t figure it out.

Now I know.

I LOVE my sock. It’s fun (pink and blue and green) and easy (I’m at the stage where it’s just round after round of knit) and really portable (I carry mine in a “Quarter Cube” from Eagle Creek’s “Pack It” system).

I also started this really pretty sky-blue ribbon scarf, but more on that and other WIPs and pictures later.

The Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
HA! Take THAT you evil sock!

My sock yarn arrived from Knitpicks finally and I couldn’t WAIT to cast on! I went home and like a good little knitter, knitted my gauge swatch on size 5s. It was about the same gauge as my last sock, but it looked a little holey to me. But I thought it was ok, so I cast on the rib on size 4s and figured I’d do the sock in 5s. After a couple of rounds of rib, I changed my mind. I went to Wildfiber and bought sizes 3 and 4s and cast on again using the 3s for the rib and planning to use the 4s for the sock. About 10 rows in it hits me.

New needle size… New stitch gauge… Stitches cast on will not be enough…

So for the second time in as many days, I frogged. And I did another gauge swatch (is it just me or are swatches not the most boring thing in the world to knit?). But now… Oh, now…

I’m only about 6-7 rows in, but did you know self-striping sock yarn stripes?! By itself?! It’s MAGIC!!!! LOL. Ok, maybe not, but it IS pretty cool.

The Guppy
AKA The Fish With Sticks

Usually when I utter the phrase “SOCKS WIN” I’m referring to the White Sox. Unfortunately the Pink Sock is more ruthless and cunning and, frankly, the better player. Hey, I love the Sox, but I’m realistic.

So…I’ve been working diligently on my first sock. I was enjoying the challenge of it. It took me a while to get going on it though, but I was going to muscle through it! I was not going to let this sock beat me! It’s small. It can’t do that much to me!

*waving white flag of surrender*

Grab a Snickers and have a seat. Allow me to tell you a Fish tale…

Saturday: Went to knitting class at my LYS and figured the basics for starting it.

Sunday: I measured my foot wrong, so I had cast on way too many stitches. Frogged it. Found a pattern chart online and spent two hours trying to wrap my head around the numbers and calculate the math for my sock.

Monday: I wasn’t actually knitting in a circle. I had somehow managed to turn the cast on as if I was knitting on straights, so it didn’t join. Frogged it.

Tuesday: Working with 5 dpns was too much. So I went to four. And managed to drop enough stitches doing it that I needed to frog it.

Wednesday: I somehow twisted one of the needles. Frogged it.

Thursday: I accidentally flipped my work over, so instead of working the sock counterclockwise in a circle, I actually went down the left side, across the bottom, flipped the sock and went back across the bottom and UP (what turned out to be) left side again, then flipped the work and went back DOWN the left side…You can see it coming, can’t you? Yup. Frogged it.

Friday: Hallelujah! NO FROGGING! I got it started! Finally! Stayed up until about 2 a.m. trying to get as much done as I could because I had class the next morning and wanted to at least have the leg portion done.

Saturday: Talked to Anita at class and found out how to at least start the heel flap. By that time my arm and wrist were in agony from all the tight knitting on itsy-bitsy needles with skinny yarn, so I switched to the ribbon scarf for my mom. Ahhh…Blessed size 13s.

For a few days I didn’t work on it because I was giving my arm a break. Picked it up again last night…

Found out in all the frogging and recasting, I somehow managed to cast on 8 too many stitches. After contemplating which would be quicker: head in the oven or knife to the wrists…I took it off my needles using some waste yarn. I decided that I was having enough problems with this particular sock that I just was done with it. I may go back to it at some point and just do it anyway, but at this point…no.

I wasn’t particularly happy with the yarn. It was a pretty color, and the stitches looked nice and tight, but if you stretched it at all, it would sag. I also found out most people like to use a size smaller needle for the rib, and that makes a lot of sense to me, so I want to try that, too. So I’m going to return the yarn I bought, and look for something a little nicer.

See? I was so proud of myself for finishing mom’s scarf that the Hubris Gods decided to smite me. What’s that quote? The best way to make the gods laugh is to tell them your plans. Well, there you go. Living proof.

A Humble Guppy
AKA The Fish With Sticks

Ahhh…After all the unfinished projects and the knitting on teeny tiny needles, it’s nice to work on something that doesn’t make my hand cramp, AND I’ve actually finished it, too! YAY! Of course I stayed up a wee bit too late last night in order to cast off, but that’s ok. I had Jack O’Neill and the SG-1 as well as Elliot Stabler to keep me company. Yummy on all counts.

Now if I could just get my mom to tell me how long she wants the fringe, it could really be FINISHED and not just off the needles. And now I’m really excited to start the bright blue version for myself.

No more progress on any of my other WIPs just yet. I’ve been giving my arm a break after 2 weeks of cabling followed by a week of size 4s. I’m hoping to get the heel flap of my sock finished by the time I go to class on Saturday. We’ll see…

As a side note, RIP, Dana Reeve. You were a fabulous example to us all.

The Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
…When you have a number of unfinished projects going? Why, go shopping for more yarn! And then cast on more projects!

I went to one of my local LYS’s and they were having a gumball gamble sale and I got 40% off. So of course that means I can buy 40% more yarn, right? That’s how it works, right????

At another store I was able to find two more skeins of the Noro my mom bought me a few weeks ago, and it was even the same lot number! So I’m thinking of making a Clapotis. Or something similar.

I also picked up this great mohair yarn in this beautiful varigated red/pink/purple color way. I’ve been thinking about making something really lacy, but haven’t found the right pattern yet. Anyone have any ideas? I have just under 800 yards.

Next, I cast on a ribbon scarf for my mom. While she knows about the scarf, and she saw the first two pattern repeats, I’ll hold off posting the pics until after I give it to her.

And finally…

I’ve lost my mind…

I started knitting my first pair of socks. So far, I’m enjoying it. I like the fact that the project is so small and fits into my bag for work.

And after all that, I’m still working on my shawl, my olympic scarf, and my Harry Potter scarf.

The Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

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