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A Successful Failure

September 28, 2010

"F***stockings," Jones said.  "Fool" by Christopher Moore ♦♦♦♦♦

Royal arches ToeAfter nearly 18 months, multiple rips, frogs & re-starts and hours and hours of planning, learning and knitting enjoyment, the Royal Arches socks are now officially off the needles.

And in the rubbish bin.

It's not as bigga deal as you might think. The picture isn't the FINAL-final, but one of the incarnations of the toe. I think I was getting artsy-fartsy on the drive down to Mom's a few weeks ago.

Was there a 'straw' that sent these to the bin? Not really. I never found THE toe method I liked (nor the fit). Once I decided to 'make do' with the toe, I still had to pick up and knit the leg of the sock, since I started it at about ankle height.

I did some stockinette on the leg for about 10 rows and realized that the gauge was such that the leg was too loose. So I decided to do a cable rib that could fold down like an anklet. But to make it look right when folded down, I had to knit it inside out. Or some such bother.

I wasn't "mad" at the project and it wasn't really boring me... but I'd abused the soup outta this yarn and I finally admitted that no matter how many (more) alterations I made to it, the poor socks were just NOT going to spring back into any recognizable shape.

Okay. A bit overdramatic. They would have been just fine, if a little thick. They started feeling like FrankenSocks. No harm, no foul, I got plenty of entertainment for my minimal $ investment.

Now I'm ready to move on to another yarn, another color, another new pattern - just because I've been working on this ONE pair for so long doesn't mean I haven't been buying sock yarn and collecting interesting patterns!


permalink 3 Comments:
At 9/28/2010 7:30 AM, Blogger Crispy Babbled Back:  

Now I'm no expert at knitting but the toes on this pair is a bit odd. I love the design on top though. I'm wishing you wonderful luck on the next pair :0)


At 9/30/2010 6:12 PM, Blogger quilton Babbled Back:  

I love the pattern too, but that toe is a bit odd isn't it. Wonder who "designed" that pattern? Think I'd stay away from their creations in the future.
Geez, I hope the next pair turn out well.

At 10/11/2010 3:03 PM, Anonymous Gimpy Cat Babbled Back:  

Tracey I cant knit to save myself so anything I see you working on Im in awe off, pity it didnt work out, obviously something amiss in the pattern but you tried your best. Was a pretty design though, better luck next time :-)

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