I was happily knitting on my sock with my Knitter's Pride size 1 (2.25mm) sock needles, after I realized that size 1.5 (2.5mm) was too big. then the yarn stopped gliding. It actually got snagged by the needle. I was devastated. I'm sure I just received a bad batch, and Jimmy Beans Wool has a great broken sock needle replacement program. So, i just have to actually send the thing. But the worst part is......waiting.
So, my impatient self bought a pair of bamboo needles as a quick fix to keep my sock mojo going. There is a notions store a few blocks from my job that sells these. They are a quick fix when I am pressed for time and can't make it to Purl Soho or Knitty City.
I made some progress during my commute. Enough to try them on at work. Haha.
However, I didn't realize until after the fact that these needles were 7 inches, and my original needles were 5. I felt like I was going to poke my eye out.
Then someone in my knitting group asked what we thought about 9 inch circulars. Ding ding ding!!! I had a pair at home for years, and never used them. It turns out that they were the size I needed.
So, I transferred them to my project on Saturday morning.
I took the train to 34th Street and back, to spend some time with my best friend, having lunch and shopping.
Here is my progress when I got back. Notice how the sock on the left fits perfectly, and the sock on the right is just a little too loose. So, I need to do that one over.
Time to insert the afterthought rip cord.
And this is where my sock stands as of now. I am contemplating how I will do the heel.
So, I decided that the heel will come from the outside of the second ball. I will start with the pink section, and continue until it is done. Once that is complete, I will know where to cut the yarn from this skein for the next afterthought heel. Then, I can measure and finally get the yardage count that I have been so desperately looking for. And hopefully, I will have perfectly matching socks that use up all of my yarn.
My take on the 9 inch circulars.....I feel like I am knitting with my fingertips. I have to hold the needles a bit differently. I could be knitpicky and complain about it, or be happy with all this progress I made. I choose to be happy. I do have my eyes on a pair of 32" Chiaogoo circulars for future projects though. But i'm not rushing to get to the store to buy them today.
I may not finish my knitting in time for Socktober, but Operation Sock Drawer is still underway. These socks will not be made in vain.