The first Nutkin is finished and, while I loved the yarn and color, I was not crazy about the pattern. Most of the problem is mine. The little voice that sends warnings was ignored, and I forged ahead, giving no consideration to trouble.
A sock with only 64 st. is just a bit too small for me and while I cast on 68 I quickly decided the sock would be too big and decreased away the extra stitches within an inch of the hemmed edge. Yeah, mistake number one. My knitting is very tight and often smaller than gauge. You guessed it, mistake number two...my sock is smaller than gauge.
The usual MO is to try a sock on as I go, or at least, check the gauge, but I did neither and, when it came time to measure for the toe, I could barely pull the sock on my foot. Yep, mistake number three. To make matters worse (yes, mistake number four), I ignored the warning from a commenter about the sock biasing. The thought of starting over drives me crazy, but the thought of going through with the second sock is driving me crazy, too!
Sarah's yarn is wonderful and I love the bright blue bits on the olive ground. The yarn should wear well as it's a 3 ply and knit at a tight gauge (there is something to be said for ignoring gauge). I have my eye on another of her colors, Korea, and if I didn't have so much blue yarn already, it would be in my stash…not hers. If I stick to a couple of goals (knitting and exercise goals) it will be my reward, so I will wait until worthy of the purchase. It's not like I need sock yarn, ya know?
Sock attrition happened twice this week…TWICE! Sock knitting must continue!