Monday, June 19, 2006

To Flop or Not to Flop?

This is the floppy sock I was speaking about below. It's made from Trekking in the lovely colorway #135. It is orange, light orange, green, lavendar and blue. Very pretty. But the calf is too wide. I probably need to knit it with size 0 needles instead of 1s. That's why I usually don't knit with fingering weight sock yarn, because I don't enjoy size 0 needles. I find them immensely tedious and tiny. But here is the photo of the current socks in progress:

This cuff measure 4 inches across and should only be 3 1/2 to fit correctly and not be "floppy." Since they are too large should I consider:

1) ripping it back to the ribbing and switching to size 0 needles for the stockinette cuff; 2) staying right like I am, but adding ribbing in the middle of this cuff to "cinch it in" (of course this may create an odd looking puffy part). 3) Continue knitting and gift the socks to a person with a larger calf?

Advice appreciated.

On a lighter, happier note, I did actually make something that turned out well over the weekend - a pot of Vegetable Soup from my crockpot. Easy, delicious and diet-friendly soup composed of: carrots, celery, onion, zucchini, green beans, 3 cans of low-fat chicken broth; green cabbage diced and oh - the tomato broth is: chopped can of tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste and liberal doses of garlic, onion powder, basil. My husband woke up this morning thinking I'd cooked a roast. He's not very vegeterian oriented, so I think his hopes crashed when he discovered it's "just vegggie soup." But it really is delicious. I'm taking some to work today. Soups on - it's going to be 90 degrees, but I love soup and coffee no matter what the weather. They're year-round staple foods for me.


Chery said...

Measure your gauge, rip and start over with a smaller number of stitches... especially if you like the fabric of this sock.

Jill said...

The soup sounds delicious. I'm assuming you dumped it all in the crockpot at once, then had a meal in a couple of hours? I'm going to have to try it.

ChelleC said...

Jill, yes with that soup, you just throw all the ingredients in your crockpot at the same time, then let it look on "low" for several hours - or "high" if you want it finished quicker. I put it in at 11:00 at night and got up at 6:00 the next morning to turn it off.

ChelleC said...

On the sock, yeah, Chery - I ripped it back and started over. My gauge was a little loose on the size 1s. I was getting 7 stitches to the inch instead of the called-for 8 and I like sock fabric a little firmer than that. So I bit the bullet and switched to size 0.

Laura said...

How many crockpot meals have you made versus socks you've made? Yep, practice makes perfect. :)

Jen said...

Love that colorway on the sock.