Knitting and London life. Not necessarily in that order.
Friday, June 29
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?