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November 14, 2005

Tess, finally


I've had this Tess yarn wound up for 3 months now! At first I thought I'd make gauntlets, but that didn't take. Then I tried a few stitch patterns to use as a scarf but the colors were too bright and crayon-like for me to think I'd actually wear it as a scarf.

In the end I went back to my go-to project -- socks.

Do I really need to tell you the pattern?

In true grumperina form, I have made a couple changes. I prefered the way the yarn knitted up at 9 spi. I know it's really tiny but I just don't like loosey goosey knitted socks. They look bad and they wear worse. So, I cast on for the larger sock size and actually got a sock that matches the smaller size -- perfect.

The other change I made was to use a tubular cast on and a 1x1 rib. Why? The 1x1 tubular cast on is *so* much quicker. At 9 spi I figured I earned at least one short cut.

I do have one other change in mind. Christy you probably know what it is since I told you I liked your sock that used it this weekend.

The rest of you will have to wait a few days. I'm such a tease, aren't I?

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Looks great so far! Good luck with the rest of it!

Posted by: grumperina | Nov 14, 2005 7:52:04 PM

Really like the colors, can't wait to see it progress.

Posted by: Kris | Nov 14, 2005 8:25:09 PM

Oooooh, maybe I should try knitting the largest size with a smaller gauge. Maybe that will solve my jaywalker woes.

Posted by: Angela | Nov 15, 2005 1:22:02 AM

Ooo la la, I like that happy colorway! I've got to try that sock pattern, too.

Posted by: Karma | Nov 15, 2005 1:34:47 AM

The yarn and the pattern go great together.

Posted by: Jessica | Nov 15, 2005 3:01:56 AM

Ah, Tess yarn is so much fun to work with! I haven't tried the variegated kind, but I really like the way yours is knitting up. Beautiful! ;)

Posted by: Lolly | Nov 15, 2005 7:55:55 AM

Love it! I need to do some socks in that pattern soon.

Posted by: Kate | Nov 15, 2005 8:46:08 AM

Do you mean that the 1x1 tubular cast on is faster than a 2x2 tubular cast on? because its definitely slower than a normal cast on...

Posted by: Diana | Nov 15, 2005 11:40:23 AM

Wow, this sock is coming out fabulously! Can't wait to see one done!

Posted by: Meredith | Nov 15, 2005 2:29:32 PM

Love the sock! So cheerful!!
I love that you always make a pattern "your own"...I do too :)

I wonder why no one (that I've seen on blogs) has tried just a garter stitch border for the first 5 rows...that would really highlight the pretty wavy edge...mmmm maybe I will!

I love the Tubular cast on and think the extra fuss and time is worth it but I'm just not a 1x1 rib kinda girl! So yes, it takes me 4 hours to cast on, heheh (just kidding!)

Posted by: Debi | Nov 15, 2005 3:09:24 PM

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