Friday, June 29

Carnage!



Well, the tricky part of the second Baudelaire is completed - but my knitting basket has paid the price! This was the scene late last night in Chateau Knit Nurse. The air was somewhat blue...! The front and back cable increases proved just as difficult on a stationary sofa as they were on a jerky London bus - and more destructive, as you can see from the fact that my set of five Brittany 2.25mm dpns is now somewhat depleted.



So, I have a few recommendations if you are planning to knit yourself a pair of these socks. Have some aluminium needles on hand - even if you don't use them throughout, you should at least bring them in to play for the front and back cable increases. Another suggestion would be to make the sock without the larger instep - no increase is required for this version. Or you could make the smaller sock on larger needles. Or you could make a different pattern altogether...

That last suggestion wasn't really made in any seriousness, however! It's worth the struggle, and the finished item is going to be rather gorgeous, I really hope my sock pal appreciates it and realises how much I've suffered.... I mean how much I've learnt from this experience. It has truly made me a better knitter!

Incidentally, I notice from the Brittany packaging that these needles come with a five year guarantee. Is it worth me returning them? Do they have an exclusion clause relating to Baudelaires?

6 comments:

Sockapalooza Pal. said...

Regarding Brittany.

Email them. Tell them when you got the needles and where along with what size and length and they will mail you replacements. I just had to do it a few weeks ago for my US 1s.

(You can also call, but email is free and overseas long distance.. not so much, and that's not even counting the time difference, which would be around... 8 hours.)

I hope your pal appreciates your socks just as much as I hope you'll love to bits the ones I am making for you.

Knit Nurse said...

Thanks pal!!! I will do that!

anna said...

oh no! come to think of it, i emailed brittany about some needles a while back and they sent me TWO replacement needles. definitely worth the time to contact them! either way, those socks are looking gorgeous; you're pal will love 'em!

Maggie said...

Oh no! Tragedy!

Love the colours in the socks, look forward to seeing a pic of the finished item(s).

rahime said...

Ouch! Just *knitting* did that? I've only had it happen when I was trying socks on, and then I could see it coming... Those are pretty socks though, they'll be worth it!

smug sheep said...

disaster! I love using Brittanys too. Definitely worth an email I would say