Knit Picky: Help a Knitter Out

"properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit...
 and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either."
~elizabeth zimmerman

Friday, May 12, 2006

Help a Knitter Out

First, the FOs: I made a hat to go with the ugg booties, but it's on my other memory card for my camera, so I'll try to get that uploaded soon. It's really cute. I used the same yarns as the booties, and the pattern from Adorable Knits for Tots (which in the UK appears to be for TINY tots). If you look at the thumbnails, it's the sweet little square hat with the tassles (no fair isle, though).

I'm also working on a special "wedding knit" that I won't be unveiling until the second half is done. Patience, my sweets.

Okay, here's a sneak peek, but you'll never guess what it is.

Inari has patience2
She's a pretty good sport, considering how many things I make her wear

Here's the part where I need help, though. I'm trying to make socks with Brown Sheep's Wildfoote. Apologies in advance if there are any Wildfoote aficionados out there, but so far I am...well...hating it. Absolutely hating it. It has, essentially, the properties of several strands of thread held together--that frequently unravel. It's small and splitty and requires size US1 needles.

Now, I know that for some of you out there, US1 is positively gigantic, but I have knit all three pairs of socks I've made so far on US2s. And 1s seem so...toothpick-like. I couldn't find any 6" Crystal Palace bamboo dpns (my favorite) when I was ordering the needles, and I ended up with 6" Skacel bamboos (I think). And these things are just way too bendy. So, right off the bat, the tools are ticking me off.

On top of that, my first round is a nightmare. I'm knitting cuffdown, trying to do the Slipped Rib Stitch from Sensational Knitted Socks. I have not made it past the first few rows. The yarn keeps splitting and the stitches keep dropping and I've had to take it out about a gazillion times and restart, and I've about had it. What is going on?! I'm not an incompetent sock knitter. I've knit three other pairs without problems. But these socks are going to be the death of me.

Should I try toe-up? Should I go up a needle size to regain at least that level of comfort? Should I use a different cast on (backward loop is not working out well).

Do any of you have any sage words of wisdom about Wildfoote? What should I do? At this point I'm pretty much inclined to set it on fire--pretty drastic for a yarn ho such as me. So far I've knit socks with Elann's Denim Knit cotton, Sockotta self-patterning sock yarn, and Artyarn's Supermerino. The merino wins hands down. I'm really feeling like I should bite the bullet, kill the Wildfoote, get some nice merino and try, try again. What do you think?

posted by Stephanie at 3:48 PM


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