Friday, February 29, 2008

Pomatomus Socks. But....

They are finally finished.

I love the colour. I love the texture of the 'scales'. I love the overall look. I even love the name.

I hate the fit. They are too big. They are far too big. In a general kind of way, too. Not too long, not too wide, just too big. The heel, in particular, seems enormous.

This makes me sad. And also brings me to a sad realization. All my socks have been too big. I use the needle called for in the pattern, and it doesn't matter how many books, blogs, and Ravelry posts I've read - I still think I can defy gauge. Or, it's more like my brain is thinking, "Well, sure - of course gauge is important for things like sweaters and even hats. But socks? No way! Gauge doesn't count for socks!"

My brain is wrong. It counts. And it counted after the first sock was done and I tried it on and it was too big. It especially counted after I was done just the leg of the first sock and I tried it on and it was too big. So now my decision is whether to just pretend that they do fit and go on with my life and a new pair of socks, or to rip these out and reknit them.
(Can you spot the difference between this picture and the first? I love my little helper.)

The only pair of socks that I've knit that turned out to be just the right size was a pair that I knit for someone else.

No. I know the right answer here. Sigh.

back to yarn

I like to knit. I like to knit.


charlotte said...

I love the flash of Sebastian in the first photo. I love the colour of the yarn. Been there, how sad to come to the realization that frogging is the solution. You have my sympathies.

Brigitte said...

:( I know the feeling... I just did the same thing with one top down sock that I'd finished. *sigh* They were pretty!

Heh, bit of cat...more of cat...

LadyLungDoc said...

Hmmm...that sounds like a good pattern for me. I dream of "too big" socks!

Janelle said...

Sorry about the socks! I have/had the same trouble with socks coming out too big. My first two pairs of socks came out big, but weren't superwash, so I felted them down to size. The next pair that was too big, I gave away to my MIL. A recent pair went to a friend. I do have several that fit well, maybe that was just luck. I think I just need to resign myself to needing to use size 0 needles. I have a pair on US0s right now, we'll see how they turn out.

Love the yarn, though! Gorgeous color, and perfect for Pomatomi.