I followed your excellent advice, and thus, victory is mine. I located some leftover yarn, ripped back four or five rows, picked up the stitches, and re-knit the very top of the cuff. Because the needles I used the first time are otherwise occupied, I decided to use slightly larger dpns and just do a regular bind-off so that the cuff would match its partner.

Also, I finally managed to successfully cast on the baby blanket I am test-knitting for Cosy. I still haven’t decided which bit of handspun to use next, but I located some leftovers in a pale grey when I was digging for the yarn to do my sock repairs, and it seemed like the perfect shade for the blanket’s middle section. I had a bear of a time casting on — which I blame not at all on the pattern, but on the general fiddly-ness of casting on a small number of stitches on dpns to join in the round, and then managing a slew of markers in the early rows. I think I’m in the clear now, and I’m excited to keep increasing!

Time to pour the coffee and earn some knitting time by working through another book on the list. (Also, I’m bundled up in my Mara shawl and my legwarmers this morning. I love wrapping myself in handknits.)


9 thoughts on “hurdles.

  1. Score on your fix! Glad it worked out. I have been wrapped up my my Simple Stole (aka Spa Diva Wrap) since Sunday. It is the lightest and the warmest thing and huge!

  2. Oh yes, casting on for circular knitting with only a few stitches always drives me nuts! I think it took me an hour or more to cast on for my vortex shawl! Once I got to the point where you are in the picture I loved knitting it! Looking forward to see how your handspun knits up together! Have a good day!

  3. Amazing fix on those socks! I love the idea of “earning” knitting time — I think of it as a reward, but “earning” seems even better.

  4. I am with you on the fiddliness… I once had to start a bag with four stitches spread evenly over four needles!! It was like wrestling with an octopus!

  5. Oh, I’m glad the sock got repaired…it looks perfect. I can’t tell at all that there’s a repair in there. And I can’t wait to see more of this handspun blanket! I didn’t make it over here in time for the voting, but I’m glad the oranges won!

  6. I’m with Jodi: I like the idea of “earning” my knitting time. It gets the balance just right … it’s the knitting that’s the goal! The socks look perfect and I bet that blanket will be extra cozy soon! Casting on is the worst, I agree.

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