At the shop, I have been hosting a sock of the month club, based on the book Favorite Socks, by Interweve Press. So far we have done Meida's Sock,
and now the footlet is scheduled. We will begin sock #3, the Eastern European footlet, the first week in June.
I have made these socks.
Each month, I show an example of the next month's sock, finished. So that means I am working on July's sock , the Austrian sock right now........before the June class. Are you following all this? Of course you are, you are not a bunch of dummies, like me.........at least I feel like one. The Austrian sock has been ,,,,,,,,,um ...a challenge........ First, I swatched with many different yarns, to get gauge and to show stitch definition. Too soft, too thick, too dark,,,,,,,,the list goes on. I tried lots of yarns, and this sock starts with 72 rows of 9 stitch I-cord........that a lot of I-cord. I did order the recommended yarn from Louet, but is not here yet. You would think I could find something to substitute with since I do have a whole shop to choose from.
Along with the yarns, I had trouble finding needles that worked well for this technique, too blunt, too slippery, too much drag. Finally I settled on Silky Wool and old aluminum needles.
And the chart,,,,,,,,,,oh the chart,,,well, it has no mistakes, but no grid lines every ten stitches like some charts have, Yes, I know, I can put them in myself. A 36 stitch repeat pattern with 24 stitches on each needle confuses it more. and each row is different, no "rest rows". I have not yet begun to memorize the repeat. Here is what I have to show for about 10 hours of work,,,,,,, each round takes me a half an hour. This knitting is best done while locked in a quiet closet with a strong lamp and a strong drink! No TV, radio or ipod. OR family. So here comes the question.
Can I change horses in midstream? When customers joined the class, the sock patterns had not been announced,,,,just that we would do six different patterns in six months. At the first meeting, I announced the line-up of patterns. Should I change now......put an easier pattern in the line-up? Skip this one? The idea of the club is to learn something with each sock............Am I shirking my duties as instructor? If you non-kniters don't understand the question, I guess you will have to go back and read the entire post. Or not,,,,,,,It's not your problem. I need feedback..........and maybe someone to knit this sock for me!