Friday, August 17, 2007

Ribbit

I won the ribbit contest on Calling on Kahlo's blog a couple weeks ago. The gifties arrived yesterday - look how amazing!! A cute little green frog to keep notions in (and I really had been coveting one of these, but none of my LYS stock them yet), a couple Chibi needles in a green case, a great tape measure, and the most amazing little crochet needle (so great for picking up dropped stitches - not that I drop stitches...).

I won this for the heartbreaking story of ripping out my Hush dress - I am sure you all remember that. And the day that I got the e-mail saying that I won, I was wearing the dress. Coincidence? The day that I got the package, I realized that I was going to have to rip out the toe of my "stocking that ate christmas" and start again.

There are photos below of the completed stocking - and as you can kinda see the foot is awfully blousie. The heel of the stocking is kitchnered to make it flat. When you pick up the stitches long the side of the green and white check, you pick up 8 more stitches then were in there to begin with (in my stock experience, you generally have as many stitches in the foot as are in the leg for balance and fit). I am going to try taking the stitches down faster by ssk two on each side of the beginning of the round. I am hoping that this makes the foot a little flatter. I am also going to try a traditional toe decrease (on the top and bottom of the toe - not the sides like normal) to see if that helps to take some of the blouse out of the foot. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them!! I want to make three more stocking using this basic pattern with different fair-isle - so while all are different, they all have the same shape.

Happy Knitting!!

6 comments:

Jana said...

I think your suggestions sound like they're on the right track. I don't have anything to add really, but I just had to say my heart goes out to you-I know frogging sucks but it always makes for a better finished product in the end. I'm sure it's worth it!

elizabeth marley said...

Hmm...I know how you feel, I've been frogging left and right lately. I don't know what to tell you about the sock. It seems like it shouldn't be so poofy, but who knows? Maybe the kitchenered heel made a huge difference?

said...

Arg! That is horrible. :( I hate frogging so much. On the bright side? You have that adorable little frog case!

roxtarchic said...

great gifts!!! how cool that you won... ;) i have a book on stockings.... if you want me to scan & email the foot/toe section... lemme know! ;)

Calling on Kahlo said...

I hate frogging things, but I am glad you liked the froggie. I had been frogging the same baby sweater over and over and finally I think I got it. Congrats!

a friend to knit with said...

oh, i hate that you had to frog the foot of this! have you finished it?