September 24, 2008


I have wanted to make socks with Cascade Fixation for a while now, so I was delighted to receive two balls as a gift. I searched for patterns online and came upon this one. I tried a gauge swatch, but it was waaay off. I thought maybe it was because the yarn was stretchy, so I just went up a needle size to be safe and got moving.

While I was working, I thought the sock looked small, but I decided to stay in denial. I knitted the leg, heel, turn, gussets, and decreases before I began to panic. I tried the sock on and found that it was tighter than panty hose. No good.

Ripped out the whole thing.

I had to cast on 52 sts instead of 40 to get a sock that fit. This woman who wrote the pattern must have slender legs and feet! So I started knitting Friday morning and had 17 rows done when I boarded the plane.

A man across from me asked what I was making. Then he said, "OK, we've got four hours to Vegas; I want to see how much you can get done!" So I started working. And I worked and worked and worked. I wanted a break, to read or to nap, but I felt all this pressure from the guy in the seat across from me! It was so silly. He drove me to knit for four hours straight.

At the end of the flight, I held up the work for him and he disappointedly said that I hadn't really gotten that much done.

Yep, knitting is slow.

Five hours of work:


Half a sock. Dark photo taken in our "ghetto fabulous" hotel, as Guard Wife called it.

I came home and finished the sock on Monday and started the second last night.


Three cheers for knitting for myself!

Posted by Sarah at September 24, 2008 01:38 PM | TrackBack

Heck with that guy! I'd like to see *him* knit that much in four hours! That sock is really cute - I really need to try doing a sock pattern, so far I've only done one knitting project, a really simple scarf.

Posted by: loquita at September 24, 2008 04:10 PM

Eh, what do random airline passengers know, anyway? ;-) Looks great to me! :-) (And he should know better than to dis someone holding knitting needles ;-)

Posted by: kannie at September 24, 2008 04:31 PM

I'd like blue ones please; size 9. Oh, can you put the no-slippy-grippy stuff on the bottom so I don't fall? Thanks :)

I think it's great and I'm super proud of you!

Posted by: Susan at September 24, 2008 06:09 PM

Wait...they let you on the plane with knitting needles? TSA must be slacking off...

Posted by: Marine Wife at September 24, 2008 10:52 PM

The guy must have been drinking. Just because it's okay to take knitting needles on planes doesn't mean they won't hurt if you get jabbed with one!

It's cool to see the finished product! The photo of the one @ G-Fab made me have a nasty flashback involving that hole. Ick!

Posted by: Guard Wife at September 25, 2008 11:35 AM

gosh that's gorgeous! I just have no patience for it... I tried crocheting (again -- after 25 years) when the grandson was born... 10 months later and the blanket is still 1/3 done. (sigh). I plan to finish it and give it to him for his college dorm room LOL.

Posted by: Some Soldier's Mom at September 25, 2008 09:05 PM