Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Grumble about socks....

So I am not usually a sock knitter, but I've recently come across some cool patterns that I just HAVE to knit. The problem lies in the gauge. Most of the patterns call for a needle size of US 2. What is annoying about this is that there are really 2 different size 2's - 2.75mm and 2.5 mm. Grrrrrr. For me to get the correct gauge, I need a 2.5mm. Also known as a "non-standard" US 2. And I dare you to try and find a non-standard US 2 at any store. I have one more LYS to try, then I'm going to have to go online. I know that I can get them, but I have to wait. Nothing worse than waiting.

So here's what I'm working on: Monkey Socks. I picked up some gorgeous yarn (Plymouth Happy Feet in color #4 I think) at my LYS last week when they had a Leap Day sale. I've got about 1/2 of the first sock done, but the gauge is just not working out. I'm afraid I need to frog the whole thing and start over with non-standard US 2's. *grumble*

Knit on!


Rachael Peters said...

Dude, where's the pic? So I just got a book from the library "Knit 2 Together" by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark. Not only does it have some cool patterns but it was really fun to read. I spent 45 minutes of my kid free time just reading. I'm going to try the "Muriwai Bath Mat" pattern next but really need to PUT DOWN the knitting for a week so I can finish recovering my kitchen bench. Knitting can become obsessive if you let yet.

Love the new dog!

Anonymous said...

I've bought size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) at Double Ewe in Circle Pines. Have you checked there?

Barb Nelson said...

Thanks Amanda - I have been to Double Ewe, but have never bought needles there!! I'll pop over next week!

hakucho said...

The happy feet yarn looks great. I prefer to have a little nylon for longer wearing. I must confess I never checked my gauge when I made my monkey socks. Guess I was lucky because they fit fine!

Good luck finding your needles :)