Today I eagerly wound up my JitterBug yarn and anticipated starting my socks tonight. This evening I cast on for the Bintje Socks and started going. While we were watching a movie, I started on the round where you join the cast on stitches with the current stitches you are working on to create the cuff. In theory it sounds very easy. But, leave it to me to misunderstand the directions and completely eff it up. I was unsure how I would knit the c/o stitches with the live ones and didn’t know how I would be able to simply stitch them with my darning needle either. So I went the only route that made sense to me and that was to pick up stitches from the c/o row and then do a ssk like stitch. It was going along merrily until the last dpn where I snapped it in half. And the only person I have to blame for that is myself. Along the way one of my needles started to get curved from the precarious position I was putting them into and I thought that I could slightly curve it back. And then SNAP! Being a smartass my husband asked me if I was Hulk knitting.
After that I rearranged my stitches and took a look at the next set of directions. It was here that I realized in doing my version of the cuff, I twisted all the stitches so it looked pretty ugly. For a minute I honestly considered letting it be and getting on with my life. But I knew that I would hate ths sock and never wear it if I didn’t correct myself. Plus the adorable cuff of the sock is one of the many reasons I chose to knit it. *sigh* But all hope wasn’t lost yet at this point. I was thinking that I could rip back to the part where you join the stitches and simply knit them together with no dpn’s holding my live stitches, they would (hopefully) sit there and be patient. But as I was organizing myself, my yarn slowly slipped out of more and more stitches until I was forced to admit defeat and simply rip everything out.
My husband re rolled my yarn while I ripped and my kitty kept his huge green eyes on the yarn that dangled in front of his face. He swiped at it a couple times but after a few remonstrations from myself, contented to gaze greedily at it instead and wait for my attention to wane.
Tomorrow’s another day for me to begin anew and I now know what my plan of attack is. I’m thinking that instead of beginning with the dpn’s, I will simply knit the first 13 rows on straight needles, create the cuff, and then change to my dpn’s. In her pictures she illustrates how to join the stitches on a straight needle and I am more confident in myself to simply begin with straight needles and then change to the dpn’s instead of flip flopping between the two a few times. Wish me luck!