Saturday, July 28, 2007

Monkey Off My Back

Monkeys - I love them!


Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A.
Mods: Added one more pattern repeat on the leg, eye of partridge heel, short-row toes (I love the look and feel of this type of toe)
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted Yarns in Pink Cloud (soooo cute!)
Needles: Crystal Palace dpns US2 (I used 5 needles)
I have finally finished my silly Monkeys that I started at the end of June. I am so mad about these dang things! I finished the first one fairly quickly (or so I like to think) and then had a bout of SSS. After a little while, I finally got started on the second one. I thought that the ball of yarn looked a little smaller and maybe even not quite the exact same shade and perhaps a tiny bit "fuller" in the twist. However, I was so intent on doing the second sock quickly since I had such a hard time getting it started. Once I got to the heel, I should have taken my head out of my butt. I started to run out of yarn. So I went and got the next ball which also seemed like it might have been a little small, etc. So when I literally started to set up to do the toe, I look in my knitting back which I haven't really used since the end of the first sock. Lo and behold - my MATCHING skein of Pink Cloud was in the bag. I failed to acknowledge prior to this that I had purchased a matching pair of skeins together (they were the last two in stock at the LYS) and felt that I needed one more, just in case (or for a pair of anklets later). The third skein was purchased at a different shop, different lot no., etc. However, if I needed it for the toes or anything else, it was close enough so that NO ONE would notice, right? Apparently, even though I divided this extra skein into two equal balls (one extra one for each sock), I even failed to recognize (aka acknowledge) that this was not the yarn intended for sock number two. So what does any good knitter do? When she's at the toe of the second sock? That was so hard to get through in the first place? Why, she frogs it, of course! So I immediately frogged the dang second sock with the dang "backup" yarn and dang it - I knit that dang thing up so fast that my head spun. If it weren't for Aron's wonderful offer to knit a few stitches into the toe of the second sock (they were to be given to his mom), I'd probably have a burning ceremony for the dang things. Lucky for Wendy, and the socks, Aron's stitches saved the day. Thank you, Sweetie. :) By the way, technically, I do love the socks. And the pattern. And the yarn, for that matter.

8 comments:

holly said...

I love your Monkeys too! They look beautiful. I'm just starting the heel flap of my second sock right now to see if I can finish it by 7/31! the pressure!

Aron Digumarthi said...

I think I should add a few stitches to all your weaving, er, knitting ;)

trietdo said...

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uberstrickenfrau said...

OOO, socks look great. I'm kinda behind on this, but what is the eye of partridge ? I've seen other blogs where they said they used this but never actually show it. Just wondering. :O)

Allison said...

Your monkeys turned out beautifully! I like the handpainted yarn. V. nice.

jessica said...

oh I'm so sorry that you had so many issues with that sock. I hate sss. I acutally just started that pattern but yesterday got some sock yarn in for a sock swap pal and need to knit those first, of course I needed the needles. So the Monkey socks is on a holder and I'm trying my hand at socks on 2 circulars, to avoid sss.

Thanks for your comment on my socks on sam kal4!

Debby said...

You get an A for determination for sure!!

Hope Birch is doing OK. Mohair shawls just take forever, but they're so beautiful, it's hard to resist.

Janice said...

Your monkey socks have quite the story!! they turned out beautifully!! I hope to do these someday when I have a little more sock knitting under my belt!! I snatched up my Peppermint Mocha yarn quite a while ago... I'm sure Sheri will get it in again. Hopefully soon. Now to catch up on more of your blog....