Drat.

I may have spoken too soon about the return of my knitting mojo.

All was going well with my Spot Check socks for a couple of days.  I was happily knitting on, enjoying the playful way the colors were knitting up, daydreaming of cooler fall days when I could keep my feet warm and cheerful wearing them.

And then it came time to knit the heel.  I’ll admit, the fabric seemed a little tight.  I had anticipated this from previous experience with color work socks and cast on for the largest size.  Surely a 70-stitch sock would be large enough!

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Not so.  After a couple of heel flap rows I decided I had better try the sock on before we got any further.  I could barely get the thing over my foot!  And what kills me is I had that feeling, that little niggle that tells you when something’s not quite right.  As knitters we should listen to this feeling as soon as it hits us, otherwise precious time can be wasted.

Turns out, casting on 70 stitches was only one of 2 ways in which the author suggests the knitting of a wearable 2-color sock.  The other, which I either missed or chose to ignore, was to go up a needle size after knitting the cuff.  Drat.

So, these are off to the frog pond.  As much as I think they’d make stellar fingerless gloves, I had my heart set on the socks.  So when my rage dies down and my mojo kicks back up, I will set about knitting these again.

Mojo in Check

My knitting mojo has been nonexistent for approximately 2 weeks now.  It’s a strange feeling to lose something that has been such a part of my daily life.  I would watch tv without doing anything with my hands.  Or ride in the car and just look out the window.  Strange!  I really got a reminder of what my life was like before I was a knitter.

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Hemlock Ring blanket, stalled

I had been trying to force myself to work on this blanket, but my heart just wasn’t in it.  And I didn’t feel like starting any  new projects, so no knitting was happening at all.

This break did give me a chance to work on some other projects.  My little sewing machine has been humming as I work on alterations, hemming, refashion projects, and my first quilt.  All good fun, but not knitting.

Fortunately, just when things were beginning to feel irreparably bleak, I was rescued.  Knitting night with the Stitch ‘n Bitch gals (and one guy last night, hooray!) helped give me the kick in the wool that I needed.  That and the miracle of coincidence…

I was flipping through Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn before heading out last night, and I was struck by a certain pattern.  I wanted something simple, and Spot Check seemed to fit the bill.  It’s essentially a stockinette sock knit in two colors, one a solid and the other a wilder multi.  And as I looked closer at the photo of the pattern, I realized that I had the yarn called for in my stash.  Not just the yarn, but the exact 2 colorways pictured!  It was clear that I had to knit these socks.

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Spot Check in Shibui Knits Peacock and Spectrum

I got off to a good start last night, and have even knit a couple rows on them today.  I’m not going to be so bold as to say that my knitting mojo is officially back, but I will say that I feel like knitting a little bit.  Which is a great improvement!

Hope you have a great weekend, knitting or otherwise!