Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Another Sock Project

Last night I decided to get a start on knitting infant socks to match the Fuzzy Wuzzy Baby Hat I made on Monday. I am using a pattern from Knit Socks! by Betsy Lee McCarthy. This is the first pattern of hers I've attempted, but the directions seem very clear and easy to follow. Good since this is the first time I'm attempting to make any kind of lace, besides making tiny socks. I cast on 36 stitches on size 1 (2.25mm) needles, using Tweedy Cotton Classic 100% mercerized cotton #420 (blue). This is the left overs from the hat yarn. If all turns out as planned, the socks will be about 3 3/4" long when done and fit a 0-9 month old baby. I decided to try to knit both socks at once, so I got a second set of needles and I'm working each part of the sock on one, then doing the same part on the other sock.

I've officially wandered down the path of having two unfinished projects in my bag at once. (Evil!) I usually refuse to start a second project until the current one is complete. All these babies coming near the same time is making me adjust my normal working principals. Probably for the good ...


WK said...

That's an interesting approach to avoid 2nd sock syndrome. I try not to have too many projects going on at once, but tend to have at least two - one harder and 1 easier/quicker/mentally unchallenging/social. Sometimes this increases to a 2nd one when there is something I really want to try. I guess technically I have 5 projects right now -- a vest on long term hold, a vest on short term hold, a hat and socks that I am pretty actively working on, and a hat that is really just an experiment.

Jay Queue said...

It took me so long to get to Sock #2 from the first pair that I thought I better take evasive action from the get-go this time. I found the advice to do both at once in one of my books, can't remember which one, though. I still have to figure out how to do two on one set of needles, or reread the directions you sent me at least.

I think that the number of projects you have going seems pretty sane. Especially since you have to have two on hold. I think it seems pretty good to have two levels of projects at once. But I can't seem to get over being obsessive, so I try to keep the projects I'm actually working on to a minimum. This number does not include the projects that are only "in the hopper," and for which I may have purchased the yarn and found a pattern, but have not actually cast on any stitches. Those are in a queue, but I don't feel the pressure of them until I cast on.

Hmm, I do have two embroidery projects that have been on hold for a while, but I won't be able to get back to them until I knit a few more things.