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Extra Epic Sock Project - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Extra Epic Sock Project
These are probably the most re-doing I've done on a single project in a while.

First, I had some sort of terrible measurement failure trying to measure my "toe to anklebone" length (that's not one of the more standard sock measurements, I don't think) - you have to use that to determine where the tail of the snake starts. But then the first sock came out really really short, after I had turned the heel, and I didn't think desireearmfeldt's feet were that much smaller than mine, so I ripped back and put some more length in. (Except that I clearly put in way too much length, but we'll get to that). Going around the back of the ankle, the snake travels sideways pretty fast, and the tension I was knitting at, the fabric under the snake bunched in. It was okay being worn, because everything stretches, but it looked ugly. So I ripped that back and added another row of snake each time it skipped a stich, which made it look a lot nicer. Then when I finally finished both of them and blocked them, I decided that it was just too long. (The heel is a little weird so I wasn't sure before). So I dithered for a while, and finally cut out about an inch and grafted everything back together again. Marvel at my Kitchener stitch, mathhobbit!

Anyway. They're definitely epic, but even after the fixes, there are some issues. I find the heel and toe, with the branching papyrus, a little weird-fitting. Too much increasing over too few stitches leads to weird tension, at least for me. And the little "headdress" snake head at the top doesn't seem to bend down the way it should, in my test wearing. And I am really bad at sewing snapz into knitting (which will be a problem for the sweater of ilhander's that I need to fix). But... I adore the snake, curving around the foot. I think I may have to make another pair with just the snake.

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chanaleh From: chanaleh Date: November 3rd, 2012 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
But OMG, so cute!!
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: November 3rd, 2012 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Epic Kitchener stitch for the win! And the snake is adorable. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: November 3rd, 2012 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG, that is made of total win! In spite of the issues! Wowee. :-)

Are you going to make more? Where would one wear such socks total win?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 3rd, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hah! The bonus about giving socks to other people is that I do not have to worry about where one wears them!
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: November 3rd, 2012 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! What are their names?
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: November 3rd, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Snakesnakesnakesnakesnake!
remcat From: remcat Date: November 4th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I did similar surgery on a mitten cuff earlier this week ... but only because I was going to run out of yarn otherwise :).
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