There were a few things that were bugging me:
- They seemed too big and baggy (and I'm sure Joe doesn't want Nora Batty socks)
- The hearts seemed a little squooshed
- I was knitting a couple of rows from each end of the ball to give it a striped effect... but the stripes weren't showing up
- Cast on fewer stiches and changed from straight stocking stitch to K9, P1 - this touch of ribbing seems to pull the sock in nicely and give it a little bit of leg huggability
- Added an extra row to the hearts so they are a little less stumpy
- Ditched the stripes
Now I'm happy! I don't love ripping out, but when I find myself knitting and knitting and questioning myself about the end result, I figure sometimes its best to just go back to the drawing board... or little notepad, in this case.
The socks are now coming along nicely, although I am currently in that mental phase of 'I just want to be done' after doing rounds and rounds and rounds of the K9, P1 stitch pattern. I may add in the afterthought heel right now just to break up the monotony. But all in all, pleased with how these are coming along.
Other than the knitting, there's also been some purchasing. First up, this lovely Spun Right Round sock yarn. I don't have any plans yet... it just called to me like a siren song:
And some fabulous Kaffe Fasset fabric:
My uncle has asked if I would make him a quilt with bright, happy, seaside colours. Here is our colour inspiration for the quilt.
I think these fabrics will above work well with some that are already in my stash - I wanted some golden sand, and sea blue colours in there. I might need some other brights too, to make it pop. I'm still playing around with ideas at this point... I love this part of the process.
I also pulled out the WIP Berties (hospice) Blanket. It's been a thoughtful week for me: A sweet high school friend passed away from breast cancer last Friday. It has haunted me all week, and that gave me the nudge to pull this out, so it can be seamed and handed to a local hospice where it can bring someone some comfort. Thank you to all who contributed squares - this is going to be a beauty. I just have one last square to complete and then onto the seaming.
Go hug your loved ones xxx
Wishing you a good weekend,