Knitting Round-up: Problematic Projects

Realising that I had missed off one of the other frogged projects, combined with a conversation with friends this evening, has led me to think about the projects which are just giving me hassle!

Liab

Liab in progress

Mentioned earlier, the Liab socks were being knitted for a long-standing friends.  I was pleased that the 50 gram balls meant I could keep the foot length growing long enough to make longer socks than normal (e.g. socks for me or mansocks).  What I hadn’t factored in was the fineness of the yarn; far finer than most of my sock yarn… and I’m a tight knitter. So as I completed the first sock (except for kitchenering, fortunately), I realised it seemed quite tight.  I asked my friend to try it on, and he confirmed it was too tight.  I couldn’t find anyone with narrow enough feet so in the end I frogged it.

The pattern is lovely, and remains something I want to knit… different yarn is definitely needed though.  In fact, I liked it so much I looked up other patterns by the same designer, General Hogbuffer.  That project will follow in a later post.

Freebees

Freebees in progress

After completing the Jaywalkers (mentioned in the same post as Liab and which will be covered in a subsequent post), I offered to make my friend the beautiful Freebees socks.  I looked out for yarn, and in the end picked Violet Green‘s Beth yarn (Bluefaced Leicester) in Sunflower. Again this is a very fine yarn and is too fine for the pattern.  After discussions with my friends this evening, I think it’s not going to work out in this yarn, so another one will be needed.  H has suggested dyeing something specifically, which seems the way forwards but sadly, this is another project which needs to bite the dust.

Sea Tangles Scarf

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I have some beautiful Habu yarn; silk and stainless steel in red and blue, and wool and stainless steel in green.  Trying out the Sea Tangles Scarf seemed a good idea as it would be an interesting way to use the blue yarn but I’m not feeling convinced.  I can’t put my finger on why, or what about it but I’m just not feeling the love.  I’ll leave it for now, and certainly not frog it immediately… not least because I don’t think it will frog well.  Much pondering to do.

Nutkin

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I’ve wanted to make Nutkin for ages, and favourited it as soon as I joined Ravelry.  Finally I had the opportunity as we were going away.  Long bus travel and an easy to learn repeat.  Ideal.  In fact, so much so that I had almost an entire sock by the time we got to France.  It’s a really lovely knit.  However, as the emerging theme through several of these posts hints, I knit tight. So the enduring question is, is it too tight?  That is yet to be established. :/

About Never Conforming

A prolific knitter and appreciater of hand dyed yarn, I'm generally found knitting socks.
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