The weekend was quiet and enjoyable and we had no obligations on our slate. I saw Norma's review of Mr. and Mrs. Smith while doing a bit of hit and run blogging (dial up limits blogging time) and, because of her glowing report, we checked the time at a local theater and ran out to see it Sunday afternoon. The theater wasn’t an ice box (a pet peeve of mine during the summer months) and they even had frozen Junior Mints! (We still have half a box in our freezer for another movie night). Well, we loved the movie and laughed while nodding through its not so subtle metaphor for marriage. We, too would like to see it again, Norma! It is a rare occurrence for us to go to a theater or even rent a movie and we couldn't remember the last time we did so. We also saw Finding Neverland on DVD and it is another movie worth seeing.
Now, why is it that every single thing we, at least I, knit has to be started at least twice, frogged over and over, and yet, we still preserver? The Friday Harbor sock (for my Sockapal2za) which I started last week has been no exception to this unwritten rule but, it’s still growing, slowly.
When Knitting on the Road was first published our LYS offered a class with Nancy Bush. You could choose any sock from the book and have her guidance as you knit. My choice was Friday Harbor as I wanted to work with Mountain Colors, a new yarn for me (I hadn’t knit many socks at that point, either).
The first thing we noticed is that the needle size called for was too small (I’m using a size 4 but I knit on the tight side). Then, after starting the YO rows of the lace cuff it became apparent there was a bigger problem. The cuff looked more like a fishtail as the lace pattern was skewed. It took a bit of time to find the problem but, the fix was easy. The erratum from Interweave is still a little obtuse and doesn’t tell you HOW to keep the stitch count correct on the needles. I’ll try to explain it a little more clearly.
The rows of the cuff are unnumbered but take a look at the chart and you’ll notice that there are 3 knit stitches before you do the first YO. You must always have 3 knit stitches on your needle before the YO and the easiest way to do this is to knit the first stitch of the row before to the last (#3) needle as you start the next row of chart. So, do the YO row and when you start the plain row between, knit the first stitch to needle #3. You will do that on the first four YO rows. The last row in this first section you will NOT need to make that change. You should be set up to start the second section of the cuff if you leave 4 stitches in front of the YO. All your YO’s line up and all your decreases line up in both sections of the cuff.
The Travelers Sock in this book has a similar cuff and the photo may be easier for you to see how FH cuff should look. The second section of the cuff you’ll want to make sure the YO’s are centered right above the decrease and the previous decreases are directly below the YO’s. This may make more sense when you are actually knitting. Another thing to note is to make sure you have a purl stitch at each end of the front lace panel. The heel stitches will start above the 24 stitches of ribbing.
If you have questions please let me know and I’ll try to help. The Mountain Colors Weavers Wool is such a nice yarn and I love the color, Canyon. It really is like the colors of the So. Utah desert sand, rocks and sky. I’ll have to take a picture of it against that back drop while we are there later this week.