November 01, 2005
I know, I switched things up on you.
I was willing to work with the splittiness. I was willing to work with the weird-ass pooling. I was even willing to sacrifice the tactile sensation and knit with what truly feels like fiberglass to me.
But then my hands started to blister, right under my fingernails... sort of like someone chafed my fingertips with sandpaper. They were irritated with every mohair fiber that came in contact with them.
And even then I kept going, waiting to see if the pooling might become more pleasant after the heel was turned and the cabled pattern began to encircle the entirety of the sock. (I love my Grandma, what can I say?)
But it didn't, and the blisters weren't going anywhere, so it was time to put the mohair down and step away from the knitting!
So, here's the fascinating tidbit: I was knitting the Mountain Colors Bearfoot on US 1 needles, and 74 sts formed just the right circumference. Now I have the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, which is slightly thinner, I'm knitting it on US 0, and it still takes only 74 sts to get the right circumference! Explain that!
P.S. My apologies to those of you who couldn't access my webpage last night - it's official! I've finally broken my 10 GB/month bandwidth limit! Good thing it's now November and I have a fresh new batch ;).