fo report – Sidewinders Socks


Pattern:  Sidewinders – A PerpenSOCKular Sock Pattern (Pattern link, Ravelry link)

Size:  not sure, but I wear about a woman’s 9

Yarn:  Regia Winter Color, about 80% of 1 100g ball


Needles: 2.5mm needle

Dates:  January 4 2008 – March 3 2009

Modifications:  None, but I plan on some.  I’ve noticed that since the increases are done on either side of a marker, which puts a lot of strain there.  I put them on to wear to the Passover seder on Thursday and found that both the toe and heel had too much strain at that space to wear without being afraid of a tear.  You can see what I mean in the photo below if you look at  my left toe- you can see “ladders” of the gap where the marker had been.  I will need to reinforce the socks before I can wear them, and when (not if) I knit these again I would modify it slightly to leave 1 stitch on either side of the marker, THEN work the incs.


As usual you can find my finished (and unfinished!) projects in my “projects” page by clicking the tab up at the top of every page on my blog, and I also have this project in my Ravelry notebook here.

p.s. thanks for taking these photos Maaike!


discovery stalled


I was looking forwards to having big news to share with you.  It appears that most of the dinosaur’s carcass has been discovered, and it was looking quite good that the remains of its dismembered corpse would have been discovered, if not by nightfall, then at least by sundown tomorrow.  All that remains to locate is the head, horns and arms of the beast…


Unfortunately, this is all that remains of my trusty supplies.  Don’t ask me how this happened.

Honestly, I’m confused.  The pattern called for 2 balls of Patons Astra in the main color.  According to Ravelry, Astra is 161 y/147 m per 50g ball.  So that’s 322 y/294 m needed.  I’m using Smart Superwash, which according to Ravelry has 108 y/99 m per ball.  My ball band says 100m.  I deliberately ordered 3 50g balls – which should give me 324 y/297 m, or just enough to finish.  There is no way I can squeeze out a head and two arms from what I have left- the photo isn’t very clear but there is maybe 1/5 or 1/6 of the ball left, maximum. 

The only thing I can guess is that Astra has changed its yardage since the pattern was written.  In any case, I’d ordered the yarn from my LYS and I have to wait until tomorrow or Monday to see if they’d ordered in only what I’d asked for, or if they have any other balls in this color in stock.  Either way I can’t keep working on the dino until I get more yarn.  That means both my remaining gift knits are stalled until further notice.  I hope this isn’t a portent of things to come for this year!

I think to try and counteract this luck I am going to revisit an old project instead of starting a new one.  Almost exactly a year ago I finished the first Sidewinder sock (my Ravely project) and I only need to knit one more to have a completed new pair of socks for myself.  I have the yarn, and I have the needles, and I have the pattern.  Hopefully nothing will come up to stall this project too!


one sidewinder down…

I realized tonight that I have been doing a bit of knitting lately, but have forgotten to take any photos of it.

About a week ago, only a few days after we got home from our trip, I finished the first Sidewinder sock. I couldn’t wait to do the long grafting and the toe graft and see if the sock actually fit (no sense making a second one if the first didn’t fit!)

These socks are so cool!!!! You knit them lengthwise, so instead of horizontal stripes running around your foot and leg, you have long vertical stripes. It really changes up the look of the self-striping yarn, and maybe it’s just the new sock love talking, but I swear these socks fit better than my other ones.

Ignore those pesky ends, I’ll sew them in once the other sock is done.

Isn’t it cute?

The pattern is free, and it’s from here. I’m knitting it exactly as written for my size, but once I have the other one done and I try them on with shoes, I’m thinking I might want to add a few stitches in the foot length on my next pair. And there WILL be a next pair.