Started: May 27, 2014
Finished: June 6, 2014
Yarn/yardage used: Artyarns Ultramerino4 (discontinued), color 131, about 130 yards each
Needles: Size 1 DPNs, one set each of 4" Hiya Hiyas and 6" Knitter's Pride Nova
Let me take a moment to share with you what I know of knitting theology.
There is the swatching god, who is the stereotypical trickster god: almost always full of lies, but occasionally telling the truth just to throw you off guard, for maximum amusement. There is the sock god, who for at least the past year has borne an implacable hatred of me (maybe, in true Greek heroic fashion, I forgot to make the proper sacrifices to it at some point?) And then there is the yardage god, who loves me. I always seem to finish projects in well under the yardage required. In fact, I have never, ever knit a single project and come up short on yarn (well, except that one pair of socks for Amy, but we'll attribute that to the machinations of the jealous sock god).
It took me until this pair of socks to realize that all of these are merely different faces of the same monolithic, overarching deity.
Now, I've always known that I was a tight knitter. I don't help matters by recklessly going down needle sizes in search of a more pleasing fabric. For most of what I knit (shawls and... shawls), this doesn't matter. I've kind of vaguely suspected this might have something to do with my sock troubles, but...
These socks are tight, okay. Really, really tight. I knitted them as written, with the recommended needle size. They're advertised as being able to fit a calf/ankle circumference of 10 inches, due to the stretchiness of the ribbing. My feet are size 6 and my ankle circumference is less than 8 inches. Putting these on and taking them off requires a lot of shoving and sliding and scraping and squishing.
Why is this?
The pattern calls for a gauge of 8 stitches per inch, in not-stretched-out 2x2 ribbing. I have no convenient way to measure my ribbed gauge. But my stockinette gauge is 9.5 stitches per inch.
Maybe the blocking god will magically fix everything?