Plain-Janes

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I think I may have mentioned that I’m working my way through a pair of plain-jane socks (from Socks from the Toe Up, of course) for my roommate. In order to give them SOME SORT of excitement (!) I’m using some Stroll Multi that has been ruminating in my stash since my last big Knit Picks order. It’s light blue (denim-ish), dark blue, and some purple. For some reason, I thought that I had used some stroll multi before and it didn’t pool- but maybe that was because I had knit the socks in a different size. Because, for real, these babies are pooling like no tomorrow. On the foot and leg it’s like they are in stripes- and not the good kind.

Blue. Violet. Multi.

Still, I don’t really have much motivation to rip them out and start again. Primarily, the stockinette is killing me with boredom, and I don’t really look forward to re-doing an entire sock (and she requested stockinette instead of any sort of patterning). Also, they’re a size larger than I usually knit, so the instant-gratification that I usually get from socks isn’t really coming. Secondly, my roommate, who leaves to visit her boyfriend EVERY Thursday and doesn’t return until Monday afternoons is starting to get on my nerves (can you hear some venting coming on?). Recently, she’s started snoring, which is really, really something I desire in a roommate. Also, because the temperature is FINALLY going down they turned off the A/C for our building. Apparently, this is some sort of catastrophe for her internal thermostat, because the room has to be sub-arctic (not arctic, sub-arctic) for her to survive. As a result, her fan runs 24/7, and she leaves the window open all night (our building is right on a busy parking-lot with a bus stop). But still, I’ve survived. In fact, I have, on occasion, been nice and not-grumpy in the morning (which can sometimes be the only time I see her because our schedules are so different) and asked how she’s doing. This has not made me any more excited to work on her super-boring socks.

sock #1=complete...mostly

Still, I plug away at them. I’m just about finished with the first sock, and I’ve started the second. I know, I know, that sounds weird, but I have a plan. I only have 1 50g skein of the Stroll Multi, so I’m doing the toes, heels, and calf ribbing in a contrasting green. They just won’t be very tall socks 😉 So, after I turned the heel on the first sock, I knit about an inch in the multi, and then I put the stitches on some waste yarn. I’ve cast on the second sock, but I’m still working on the toe (bad me- I didn’t work on it ALL WEEKEND!). Eventually, I’ll try to even it out and use up all of my multi- or as much as possible. I know this would be a lot easier if I had a yarn scale, but I have no idea how to go about purchasing one. Knit Picks does have one, but it’s $20 and with shipping that’s a little out of my price range right now (I’d like to keep it under $15). If anyone has any suggestions, or at least ideas of what I do/do not want in regard to using a kitchen or postal scale as a yarn scale, I would LOVE some advice.

why isn't this sad little toe growing??? why???

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