When I set my second 4 x 4 challenge last week – to knit a pair of socks in a weekend – I failed to mention that my weekend was going to consist of Friday to Sunday. However I wasn’t going to be able to knit on Saturday, so the omission was purely detail and not me trying to sneak in an extra day knitting.
There would be no Saturday knitting because on Saturday my beautiful niece got married.
The original plan had been to drive up to the Wild North of Nottinghamshire on Friday evening. However Lovely Husband found himself a meeting in Bristol on Friday – an hour and a half away from us and en-route to the Wild North.
Serendipitously his meeting was right next to Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre Fortunately working for myself meant I could take the day off to go up early.
We set off at 6.30 on Friday morning. I had intended to knit from the start of the journey, but having got up at 5.30, it took me a while to get going. By Cribbs Causeway I had knitted so little I didn’t even take a picture.
By the time I’d
done five hours shopping seen to my emails, Lovely Husband’s meeting had finished. I knitted all the way to the in laws and little while I was there. By close of play Friday I had almost completed the leg, which didn’t seem much for 4 – 5 hours knitting. But I guess that’s what you get for knitting 4 ply wool on tiny needles.
You may recognise this as the Hermione sock pattern. When I first decided to knit this sock, I didn’t realise it was knitted on two circular needles, not one. However the day before the challenge I spotted knitsbywhit’s blogging about it and realised. I don’t have two pairs of 2.5mm circular needles and, as knitsbywhit sensibly advised, as this was my first pair of socks, I shouldn’t go attempting to adapt a pattern until I understood how to knit a sock.
Of course I’ve never been very good at sensible, so, since I couldn’t quite get my head round converting a pattern using two circular needles to using one circular needle, I used a nice ribbed sock pattern for DPNs, but knitted it on a single circular needle, and used the Hermionie pattern instead of rib.
Saturday was the wedding and, even though I usually have no qualms about knitting in public, I resisted knitting through the marriage vows, the wedding breakfast and the speeches. I even resisted knitting through the evening. Although be warned family, if I ever get to grandchildren, grand-nieces or grand-nephews getting married, I’ll be the batty old granny knitting my way through the whole damn day.
I began knitting the heel flap as we set off on Sunday. We went home via lunch at friends and dropping daughters off at East Midlands airport and East Midlands Parkway. I’d just finished the heel flap as we left the station.
The fabled and dreaded heel turn turned out to be quite straight forward – just follow the pattern.
However it must have taken a lot of thinking about arranging the picked up stitches around the circular needle, rather than the three needles of DPNs, because this is all I managed in the next three hours it took to get home – minus a little time drinking hot chocolate
and eating a large shortbread biscuit.
I’ve knitted a little since, but I’ve mostly been knitting the lacy jumper I started the week before last.
As the lacy jumper is more complex and needs greater concentration, I’m knitting that while watching TV. I’m saving the socks for when I’m reading, but I’m also knitting a secret jumper when reading and that’s getting priority. So the finished socks may be a while coming.
Whilst technically I’ve already ‘failed’ the second challenge, because I didn’t finish the socks in a weekend, I’ve learned a lot about the structure of knitting a sock. Knitting against the clock has also made me realise that, as CarolJChristie told me last week, there’s a lot more knitting in a sock than you’d think!