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Spires ahoy

Remember Gothic Spire? It’s okay if you don’t, because I hadn’t actually touched it for months. But I finally finished it a couple of weeks ago:

Pattern: Gothic Spire by Cookie A
Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino in color 2169
Needles: US0 / 2.00mm Inox Express circulars

Difficult sock to photograph because the yarn’s such a dark purple – the pattern kept getting lost, especially in my detail shots. The pattern’s clearer in person, I swear!

So why the heck did this take so long, anyway? Well, I was actually making pretty good progress to start and I finished the gusset on my first sock… back in early May. But then – and only then – did I realize that something was off. The start of the round wasn’t moved to the left, so it’s not offset from the previous pattern repeat.

Funny thing is, this is actually called for in the pattern. Or at least in the version I have. (I bought it back in… 2007, I think?) It calls for working the chart three times while moving the beginning of the round, and one last chart repeat without rotating. So when I cut one leg repeat out, I thought I was being smart by not moving the last start point. But then I poked around on Ravelry and found that pretty much all the projects have the start point for all leg repeats rotated. So I’m guessing that the pattern’s been updated since I bought this (although I can’t actually say for sure, since I haven’t looked at the version in, say, Knit. Sock. Love.).

So, I frogged back to the end of the second leg repeat, moved the starting point for the third leg repeat, and then continued from there.

But then I stalled out after I started the second sock. I wasn’t really feeling all the twisted and wrapped stitches to begin with, and I got super discouraged after having to reknit so much of the first sock, and I wasn’t knitting at all for a month or two. So, yeah. Love the finished product, hated the process of making it. Oh well, can’t win them all, I guess.

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Slow and not-so-steady

I’m running out of FOs to post – I have just one more, and then you’re stuck with reading about my WIPs for an indeterminate amount of time. So, what is going on with the WIPs, anyway?

There’s really only two worth showing at the moment:

I finished the back for Lizette. You may notice that it’s biasing a bit, which I’m not a fan of, but I’m hoping the seams will stabilize everything. I’m pretty excited about this one. I can’t wait to have a cute summery top!

And, I actually started another project the same week I started Lizette:

It’s installment #2 of my self-imposed sock club! The pattern is Gothic Spire by Cookie A, and the yarn is Koigu, in a lovely dark purple (prettier in person). Believe it or not, I’ve had these two skeins of yarn earmarked for this specific pattern for a couple of years. So it’s about time I started working on it, right? I’m cutting out one of the leg repeats but will otherwise be knitting this sock to pattern.

As for the other projects, none of them look significantly different from the last time you saw them. Just slightly longer. Boring, I know.

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