After my last post I couldn't stop thinking about my sock - should I carry on as it was or should I rip it?
Can you tell what I did? No, I haven't ripped...yet. I tried knitted a small sample of the pattern (this time correctly, i.e. including row 3 this time - who knew what a difference that would make!) and found that it was, indeed, slightly quicker to knit and looked a lot better. More defined. So, with a huge sigh, I cast on from the outside of my ball of yarn leaving the original sock intact. Just in case. But I like the new sock. In 6 days, or less, I am about up to where I was with the original sock (the heel flap). When I have finished this one, I will rip the first sock back to the top of the ribbing and reknit it correctly - and be much happier for it.
I'm not certain that I will be finishing any time soon, though. I am expecting a parcel of wool any day now. Yes, I know, anyone looking in my stash cupboard would wonder why I needed more yarn - but I did! This is for a special little someone (well two someones, actually) who is having a 4th birthday early next month. I have decided to knit her (and her young cousin who is turning 2 the following month) an Olearia cardigan with short sleeves and plain lower body. I think I will be busy! Why do I always do this to myself?
The yarn? The Little Wool Company perendale in cyclamen for the pink-loving older grandgirl and raspberry for the little one. Crossing my fingers it will be reasonably soft as I haven't used this wool before. Seemed good value and nice colours, both of which I wanted. If I bought yarn from a store in town I would've been paying at least twice as much. Knitting may not have been part of their birthday presents, then. (please don't say I could have spun the wool - neither child has caregivers I am prepared to give up handspun yarn to, unfortunately. Why do so many young (and not-so-young) people these days think that hand washing is to difficult/time consuming or not necessary?)
So, as they say, watch this space!