What's really going on here?
I'll get to that, but first things first... my very first sock is finished! Yay! You must see all parts of it. Here's a side view:
Here's an oblique view of the bottom and the heel:
Here's the toe:
...and here it is flat:
And I don't even have second sock syndrome. However, since I need to make my Sockapalooza 4 pal some killer socks, I decided to start on those (and make my second sock later). I chose the Monkey pattern from Knitty that so many people have made with such success and this lovely yarn:
It's "Phoenix" handpainted superwash sock yarn from Sunshine Yarns. My sock pal loves wild color combinations, so I think this yarn will hit the spot. I did about 3 and a half repeats of the lace pattern, and it's looking great, if I do say so myself.
There's just one problem.
Can you guess what it is?....No?... I'll give you another hint:
My flat gauge swatching (in stockinette) didn't help me make the right choice of needle size (US 0). I can't get the sock over my heel. Now this might not be terrible if my sock pal had teensy little feet, but she's a size 10 US. I'm a size 8 and a half and I can't get it on. Oh, my! I think I'll go up to a size 2 and swatch in the round, and I may just trade the lovely twisted 1x1 rib for a 2x2 rib (it should be stretchier, no?).
Or.... or.... maybe my sock pal doesn't really want a pair of socks... maybe she could do with a pair of foot warmers. See, if I just turn the sock upside-down and switch to bigger needles....
Oh, come on, you know it's a good idea!
My distress over the impending ripping of the Monkey sock led to a barrage of photos (as you may have noticed already). Here are a few more:
Prickly sock needle shadows:
Why is she leaving her sock here?
I don't know, but those pointy parts are sure interesting... if only I had opposable thumbs.
Verdict: The Moana-Monkey mind meld was unsuccessful due to incomplete sock-brain contact. The procedure will have to be performed again at a later date with a larger Monkey (or a smaller Moana brain).
For those of you who think my kitties are the most cooperative critters in the world (!!), I leave you with this:
...this is what it looks like most of the time during our cat-knitwear photoshoots!