Friday, September 25, 2009

Back to the notebook

Back to the notebook
My last idea failed miserably once I got to the instep. I still like the basic idea; just needed to figure out a different way of execute it. I think this time I've got it right. I am finding that the more time I spend designing, the more I learn. In the beginning, I wanted every idea to work out perfectly the first time. Of course, the design process doesn't work that way. I have a few failures tucked away in my sock drawer as a result.

Now I am much more comfortable with ripping out and starting over again. I just don't quit because it didn't work out perfectly the first time. I've learned to fail and be alright with it.

7 comments:

=Tamar said...

I do understand. I once reknitted a sock heel 18 times.

Marjorie said...

Gosh, we all have socks that didn't quite make it... I especially do, because I have one basic sock recipe which works for me. But I've seen your shaped instep sock praised, and me-with-very-high-instep wants to know more-- for instance, what size needles? I prefer fairly small ones but don't want to buy a pattern to be confronted with #2s. Thanks for any input!

Marjorie said...

PS My recipe is 64 st on size 0's. I only have to knit socks for me, so that's the constant unless I'm actually following a pattern which requires smaller needles & more stitches. Thanks again!

Marlowe said...

Marjorie,

I used US 1s for my basic shaped arch sock.

Marlowe

Marjorie said...

Sorry to be so naggy, but stitch count? I often find I can downsize to 0s from a 1 pattern, if there are 64 stitches. And thanks for your answer!

Marlowe said...

Marjorie,

The st count is 64. You want to be careful in going down a needle size as the arch shaping is on the bias, which does not have the give that non-biased knitting has.

Marlowe

Marjorie said...

Thank you so much! Just the info I needed. I think I'll add a few stitches to make up the diff for the gauge I need. Now, to go get the pattern :) It looks very, very cool.