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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Sock Report

Here they are, Ernie's socks are finished. I finished them Sunday night and now I need to figure out how to make them fit. These things are huge!

Oh boy did I learn a few things on this pair! 60 stitches on size 5 needles with this wool yarn are too many stitches. I should have made a sample swatch, but I didn't. If I did, maybe I could have finished this pair over a week ago. I should have stopped when I realized they were huge and started over, but I didn't.

See the blue pin marker on the toe? I missed a stitch when I was closing the toe. I'm glad I saw that when he tried them on.

So do you think if I wash them gently in warm water and lay them to dry the wool will shrink enough to make the socks fit? Or am I going to shrink them enough for a 4 year old to wear? This is my first experience with socks that are too big. My other experience with (accidentally) shrinking wool turned out not so good.

Now that the socks are done, I'm going to work on my sweater that I started last winter. I think I quit because I made too many mistakes. I'm going to evaluate it this morning and maybe take it off the needles and start over. This will become my new Tuesday Knitting Report.


scraphappy said...

What cute socks. Too bad they are a bit too big. Do you know anyone with very large feet to give them to? Good luck with the sweater.

Paula, the quilter said...

Agitation and heat are what make wool shrink. If you put them in a sink full of warm soapy water and gently swirl them around you can shrink them bit by bit. This is more controlled than using a washing machine. Here is a link for felting wool by hand: http://knitting.about.com/od/felting/ss/hand_felting.htm