I'm throwing in the towel on the Gringotts Goblin socks. Yep. You heard me right. I'm giving up on a sock pattern. Me. I love a challenge but I have to admit defeat. This pattern has me beat.
All went well for the first two inches (k2, p2 ribbing in one color, silver). Then I added in the second color (green) for the purls. Not bad. I know how to do this two color knitting. It's a bit different with one of the colors being purls but I held that yarn in my right hand. So all went well. Until...
...cables were introduced. Now you all know I like cables. I have done lots of cables. Lots of different cables. But this cable has 2 knit (silver) stitches and 2 purl (green) stitches held to the back, then knit the next two stitches (silver). Then, place the 2 purl (green) stitches back on the left hand needle and purl them. THEN knit the 2 stitches (silver) from the cable needle!! Not only does all this twisting and fiddling make my wrists hurt but it tightens up all the stitches by trying to bring 2 stitches around 4 stitches and trying to knit them.
I tinked back. I let it sit in time out for two days. I tried again. This time finishing the round. And then trying to work the next round.
I am not happy. I am not happy with how the green purl stitches show underneath the silver cabled knit stitches. I am not happy with how much I have to struggle to work the stitches. I am not happy with how long it takes to work one round. And most of all, I am not happy that my arms and wrists hurt. (and I make a conscious effort to not squeeze the needles tightly which puts more stress on the arms and wrists)
So I ask you... why knit it if you are not happy?
Exactly! So into the frog pond it goes.
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