It all started when I tried on my Knickerbocker Sweater for the SSKAL and found that my actual knitting tension was much more relaxed than my swatch. It was now sized perfectly for a woman blessed with more womanly curves than myself.
Solution 1: Okay, I thought, it will make an excellent "boyfriend"sweater. Only, I hadn't knit it long enough to look right in that style. Hmmm.
Solution 2: I decided to wash and blocked it to add length. It did grow... in every way.
Solution 3: Maybe Lou Ferrigno needs a boyfriend sweater.
I threw it in the dryer where the Stroll Sport sprang right back into it's original shape, and ripped it back entirely. I started again with size 0s (scream) and a ruler on my lap to constantly check my gauge like I have OCD. I believe in this design. It will be mine.
So here is my second attempt at Hermione's Everyday Socks. With only 52 cast-on stitches and a slightly modified heel turn, I think they're going to work. Since I wasn't finishing with the group anyway, I decided to make contrast heels and toes using some leftover Stroll Tonal. I love the way this looks. I may use that yarn to add a crochet stitch to the top edges when I'm done.
It seems I invented my own ugly heel stitch pattern halfway through season 1 of Longmire, while halfway asleep. Compare it to the photo above. I cannot see how I got that from the pattern instructions.
Or maybe it was just the sore throat/ cold thing I have coming over me and making me hyper-focused and groggy all at once, because today I feel like everything is back in the proper perspective. I won't finish these things when I wanted to but they will get finished eventually and be greatly enjoyed. I'm not mad a Stroll Sport yarn anymore and I haven't talked to my knitting in a whole day. See, everything's cool- it's just a hobby.