Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The yarn should be called Vexation

Because I'm seriously vexed. I've finally decided on a pattern to use with the Fixation for my sockpal's socks. It's the free lacy sock pattern off of the Cascade website. I love this pattern. It's easy to memorize and looks really good with the colorway I've chosen. I'm happily knitting and about halfway down the cuff when I think to myself, "Gee, this is looking a bit big." I stop and try them on. All I can say is, "Wowza." I refer back to the pattern. Hmmm, no gauge is mentioned. Size 5 DPNs are indicated. Hmmmm... A ripping I will go. Now I've got to decide whether a size 4 or 3 would work better. I'm going to try a 4 today. The good thing is these socks zip right along with the larger needles. I am getting the hang of how to work with the yarn too. Don't pull too tight! Let the yarn flow but give it a little tension. Hopefully I'll have better news for you in a few days. Here's a picture of my efforts, the large cuff that shall be no more by tonight.


Blogger illanna said...

I really love the Broadripple pattern on knitty. It calls for fixation, and it's really fun to knit. I've made 3 or 4 pairs of them already, out of all different yarns. I think the pattern calls for 3's.

3/07/2006 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I like using 2's or 3's for Fixation, but then again, I haven't made socks with them.

Love that colorway though!

3/07/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Carrie K said...

Gauge? What is this gauge you speak of?

Hope the smaller needles fix the problem! Well, they should.

3/07/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Nonnahs said...

Gauge...bleh! Good luck with the smaller needles- I'm sure that will right the problem. Fun pattern!

3/07/2006 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I hope you have a success story with the Fixation. My sock teacher said it was her favorite sock yarn & I loved the examples she showed but I'm still not so sure about working wit it. It might be easier for me to tackle now that I can do socks on circs though.

3/07/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

aw, go for the 3s! it's stretchy, right?

you'll avoid ripping a second time.

3/07/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Christie said...


3/07/2006 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I love the way the black and white is knitting up! Looks great!

3/07/2006 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

Sorry you had to rip that sock. But at least you got past a swatch, unlike myself. Vexation is a great name for it. I'll be learning a lot from your efforts.

3/07/2006 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

it looks great! but i hate it when gaige isn't in instrcutions for things that have to actually FIT! ;)

3/07/2006 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

aw man! how disappointing!

3/07/2006 07:17:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Fixation drives me batty... I always try to tension it and it ends up way to small. I just cannot get it just right...

3/07/2006 09:25:00 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

We have a full range of Fixation. I am anxious to knit socks with it. Thanks for the tension tip and good luck on the redo.

3/08/2006 04:30:00 AM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Thanks for the tip on the needle size- I'll keep it in mind for the Fixation I have. Sorry to hear about all the frogging, but the pattern and colorway are really cute. Looking forward to seeing more progress pics! Take care, Jennifer! :-)

3/08/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger amylovie said...

Fixation is a bit tricky to work with. It looks like you are getting the hang of it.


3/08/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

vexation definitely coins it. i was working my inside out socks in vexation on size 3's. it was too loose; when i poked my finger into the fabric, i could see it fairly well. (of course, i was only doing stockinette so that might be it, too). i tried going down to 0's, but i tensioned too tightly. i'm not a fan of the stretchy stuff. it's alright, but i'd rather just work with natural fiber.
i'm sure you'll figure it out. i love the colors of your vexation, though :) i'm in a brown/blue/green stage right now, but i have a feeling i'll be going monochromatic / grey scale in the next few months. hehe...

3/08/2006 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous crzjane said...

The pattern looks very pretty. The pattern that the color does is interesting. I make socks with #1 or 0. Have fun.

3/08/2006 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I like your colors, but I totally agree about Fixation. I bought some randomly and just don't enjoy the look of it or knitting with it.

I hope yours work out!

3/08/2006 08:39:00 PM  

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