Thursday, January 03, 2008

that's it, I'm packing it in!


Witness. Dan's socks. Dan's humongous socks. Custom fit to a tee. They were supposed to be a Christmas gift. They were finished on New Year's Day. Notice the color difference. Should have been a clue. Apparently I'm not a very good detective. I blithely thought that I had not mixed up the dyes in the dyepot very well. Didn't matter. Dan wanted them for warm winter house socks.
They are warm.
They were beautiful.
They were superwash merino.

NOT!!!!
One skein was superwash merino.
The other, not so much.
Note: Knit Picks DK Merino felts beautifully in my front-load Maytag washer.
It's enough to make a Knitter cry. I am so disgusted at myself! How could I have screwed this up so royally?! You can bet I'll be checking the ball bands very, very, very carefully from now on before the wool gets dyed.
I am a lady but the words in my head just now would be very censored. OH CRAP!!! I don't even want to knit anymore. But I will.
(See the look in Bentley's eye in the first photo - even he knew!)

On to cheerier things....

My good friend Rhonda the Knitter gifted this little Narcissus plant to me on New Year's Eve. It bloomed today, sweet thing, a lovely New Year omen!

Freakin' socks.

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Well...you could always knit one more of each and wind up with two pair....

Lia Nord said...

If it's any consolation--you probably didn't mix up dye lots; the different yarns took the dye differently! But you have all of my sympathy, empathy, whatever! I like Sarah's advice....

yvonnep said...

Just keep looking at the flowers and not the socks...I give you tons of sympathy. Now. Here.

Knittingloca said...

My sympathies! I agree with Sarah - knit up another pair and you'll have a wo matching sets - one for you and one for hubby, and if they don't match with dye, you can always dip them again!

knitteakitty said...

Don't pack it in. They're beautifully knitted. I like Sarah's advice, too!

Enjoy your flowers, they are gorgeous!

Tabitha said...

So sorry for the mix up. They are lovely socks though. I like the colors.

monica aka gloria patre said...

I agree with Sarah - only maybe wait a bit to start - the wound is still too fresh! :( Try to think of them as "last year's mistake" and now that there's a fresh New Year you have the moxy to address it - or maybe cast on something else to console yourself first? Hey, eat chocolate, isn't that the answer to all life's crises?
Lia is also right about the dyes - I bet if you dyed both yarns together in the same pot you'd see how differently they take the dye. No matter what, they're still beautifully knit! p.s. Thanks for entering my blogiversary contest! :O)

Mokihana said...

I did that once, on my Olympic (first ever) pair of socks. Two different dye lots. So I knit two more socks, one from each dye lot, and ended up with two pairs of socks!

I'm sorry it happened... I do know the feeling!

DJ said...

You have my sympathies. Been there done that. Don't give up. It will be better next time. Anyway, now you have two pairs of socks that are half done. LOL accentuate the positive, and all that.
DJ in SW MI, USA(a townie)

Knitman said...

Oh dear! They still look good anyway and Sarahs' idea is an excellent one.

Roxanne said...

They are beautiful despite the color differences. Have a glass of wine and I bet they look even better!

Roxanne in NC

guthriegirl-Katherine C. said...

Poor baby! I understand completely! I knit a gorgeous pair of autumnal colored socks early last year- intricate pattern, beautiful superwash yarn- I wore them once, out of sheer determination- because they would fit the jolly green giant. I washed them (hoping they would shrink- they didn't)and put them in a drawer. I have since learned that was "time out." A friend encouraged me to frog them and promised wonderful socks; it was unthinkable at the time. Several months later, after a "sock fast" I did frog and painfully re-knit them into "monkey socks" with many small frogs. I am happy to report that I now love them and should rename them "Mary Poppins" because they are practically perfect in every way, but it was a very painful lesson. Take a deep breath and give them time out before deciding what to do. It WILL be ok!