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Filed under: Knitting, Socks, Baby Items — Kristi at 8:03 am on Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Charlie's Wiggle Sock 1

I’ve been struggling with getting the singles fine enough for the yarn I was hoping for. When I do get it as fine as I want my left hand cramps up because I’m having to put so much pressure on the single to keep the twist out of the drafting zone. Anyone have any theories on why I seem to require a death grip on my forward hand??

To break up the spinning I’m doing some knitting as well. Like several of you have noted, having a project that hits critical stages quickly and can be completed relatively quickly can be very important to one’s mental health. So, I cast on for a Charlie’s Wiggle Sock from the new Bordhi sock book. I have a baby beret (more on that, probably Friday) knit out of this same yarn ready to give to one of the owners of the coffeeshop where we gather to knit on Monday nights. Seeing as how one of the gals is knitting a sweater and another is knitting a mom and baby hat I thought a little matching pair of socks might be a nice addition. It’s low pressure, but does allow me to familiarize myself with yet another new construction technique with minimal time and yarn output.

I have to say, the sock is adorable! I am knitting it at a much tighter gauge than called for, so I knit the largest size and I think it is probably more newborn size. But, that works well seeing as how the baby is due in early November! Newborn socks will be required for a fall baby!


Comment by Lizzy B

October 16, 2007 @ 8:20 am

Hmmm. Your problem is one I have encountered before. Usually I found that I wasn’t using a ratio fast enough so I had to hold onto the yarn much longer than would be comfortable. I had hand cramps too and tried faster ratios and that eliminated the problem for me. Maybe change the ratio you’re spinning at? The other thing may be the fiber itself too. I find it is much harder on my hands to spin silk and tencel blends. Not sure why, it’s just my observations.

The sock is super cute!

Comment by CindyCindy

October 16, 2007 @ 8:54 am

Lizzy B makes good points, but it could also be that you’re just a mite tense. I do that when I’m really nervous. Deep breaths.

Comment by bellamoden

October 16, 2007 @ 9:04 am

I know nothing about spinning, but I know knitting! And that sock? Flipping cute!

Comment by JessaLu

October 16, 2007 @ 9:59 am

Cute sock!!

Comment by Jeanne

October 16, 2007 @ 10:24 am

Very cute sock! Sorry, I can’t help with the spinning.

Comment by Lani

October 16, 2007 @ 10:28 am

Can’t help with the spinning (yet. Although I’m going to learn next week!) But the sock is uber-cute! And a great way to relax your hands too!

Comment by Stephanie

October 16, 2007 @ 11:23 am

Great sock! I love little baby socks. I think the ratio may help with death grip.

Comment by Hillary

October 16, 2007 @ 11:24 am

Awww… that sock is adorable. I need that book. I saw it at Stitches but when I went back it was gone. I can think of a few babies who i can make cute socks like that for.

Comment by MX

October 16, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

That sock is adorable!

Comment by Chris

October 16, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

Like you said - everything wee is cute! :)

Comment by Jess

October 17, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

Oh, how adorable! I hope the mama and baby both enjoy the socks.

I had a chance to page through that book this weekend - it is fantastic! I really wish I’d been able to get my hands on a copy on this weekend’s yarn shop crawl.

Comment by Brooke

October 18, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

I also use a death grip in spinning?? Why is that? I have no clue. I am spinning some mohair just now (not right NOW, but you know, its on the bobbin) anyway, i tried realllly realllly hard to spin a more chunky yarn.. fat chance, ain’t gonna happen. I am now spinning a lovely lace weight mohair (white) and the fingers cramp up, which tells me it’s time to take a break, eat some cheese and torilla chips and spin some more!! Little DPNs cramp me up tooo.. it’s the death grip and eye squint (black yarn - boo) that does it.

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