No Way Sock

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I have frogged the linen sock. It was becoming less & less pleasant to work with. And I know, linen softens up after washing to become a delight. But it also stretches. I’d made a bracelet from a cool knitty pattern & wasn’t thrilled.

Plus, I’m trying to pare down projects that aren’t bringing me joy, as well as the over-all WIPs. I don’t mind 2, 3, maybe 4 WIPS (I’m currently at 4 according to my Ravelry page.) but more and I start feeling itchy and like nothing is getting done.

So now the yarn is free. There’s roughly a skein or so of this Knitpicks Lindy Chain left. Do I have options other than some washcloths?

And that bracelet? I snipped the button off & put it back in the button box, used the tag to hang it from the faucet and am calling it a narrow washcloth.

The linen sock. Of doom.

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I’m still not enjoying this sock. I want to enjoy this sock. It’s grey & yellow, which is obviously a great color combo, it’s everywhere right now. But it continues to just annoy me. Part of it is the linen yarn, it’s just not that great to knit with. And part of it is that socks go so much slower on size 0/2mm needles.

You can see in the picture that I bound off the middle six stitches on what is now a toe up sock. The fit isn’t bad at this point. And this should go on & off my foot, which is a good feature in a sock. And I don’t mind that bit of garter. Except that the garter should have gone across 18 stitches, not just the center 6. I was trying to be fancy and wanted a smooth gradation up from the 6 stitches to the 6 stitches on either side. Except that’s way to fancy for this practice sock. And yeah, only doing one at this point.

So last night I pulled out the needles and carefully re-inserted them just below where I started the garter. This time with the 18 stitches in garter. I’ll still lose the center 6 but I’m hoping that doesn’t make a terrible look.

I’m going to persevere. There may ever only be one sock if this linen continues to fight with me. but I’m gonna get through this.

Turkish Bedsocks

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I love the Churchmouse Yarns Turkish Bedsocks pattern. Love. With a few modifications. My favorite things about these socks are that they’re quick, they’re a fun construction, and I love wearing them to bed because they keep my toes warm but push off easily without using my hands once I’m warm enough.

But they’re not perfect. I don’t like the seaming. So I do them seamless, picking up the edge stitches. Great, seamless! I don’t like that this can leave small holes, though, particularly on the purl sides. No problem, I modified the twin stitch from the Fish Lips Kiss heels¬†(totally worth the $1 if you like socks). Great, no holes! I also generally use size 1 needles since I’m a loose knitter.

But even these, in wool, are a bit warm for summer. So I’m trying a pair in linen! I haven’t seen a lot of reviews of linen on feet. I’m using¬†Knitpicks Lindy Chain, since I’ve had it sitting on my shelf, mostly untouched, for about a year. I know that linen doesn’t have the memory of wool, so I’m going to knit them, wear them, and, likely, look at adding some elastic around the ankle. I’ll have to report back.