As you may recall, I proudly posted that the first sock was finished - toe grafted and all! Well, when I was about to do the toes on sock #2 (yes, I got that far without SSS*) WM told me that he thought the ribbing was a bit loose! On both socks!! Eeeeeeeeek!
Just before midnight on Thursday I finished ripping out both socks and rewinding the yarn. I cast on for the first sock (does that make it the third sock?) - this time in K2 P2 ribbing instead of the moss stitch ribbing given in the pattern.
Just to be sure, I knitted swatches in various ribs. K2 P2 is definitely the stretchiest and pulls in the most. K1 P1 looks more formal and is flatter. K3 P1 is a waste of time as far as stretchiness goes! Moss stitch ribbing is very pretty when done in a solid colour but is wasted on self-striping or patterned yarns . It has very little stretch or springiness.
I have completely altered the sock from the original pattern. Apart from the ribbing, I have done an hourglass heel (instructions from The Twisted Sisters' Sock Workbook) instead of a gusset heel (I can't pick up stitches without creating a ridge on the inside of the sock). I had to knit the heel three times and I still didn't get it quite right! Now I'm knitting the instep; it's in stocking stitch which is monotonous but socks knit up quickly so it's not too bad - the perfect television knitting once past the heel!
BTW, I'm looking for some plain purple yarn to knit myself some socks - preferably a wool/nylon blend. Has anybody seen some?
*SSK - second sock syndrome