In which I discuss my shortcomings as a knitter
The good news: The collar on the Urban Aran is coming along quite nicely. Picking up stitches is never as much of an ordeal as I expect it to be.
The bad news: The sleeves are too long. Too. Freaking. Long. They grew more during washing than I expected them to, and well, I may have made them a bit longer than directed in the first place. Although I am somewhat short in stature, I have freakishly long monkey arms. Sleeves are usually too short on me, so I knitted an extra inch into the Urban Aran sleeves without a second thought. Thus, the knitting gods smote me down for being presumptuous.
Yesterday I was too sick at heart to start ripping out my sleeve caps, so I started on a new sock.
The pattern is Charlene Schurch's Ripple Weave Socks from the Fall 2006 Vogue Knitting. With all the twisted stitches, this pattern strongly reminds me of Pomatomus, and I suppose that's why I selected it. There is a rather glaring error in Row 3 of the pattern chart. Yeah, it was really glaring after I knitted through Row 4, then realized there was something strange going on. The error truly is obvious just by looking at the chart, but clearly I am not observant enough. VK is not observant either, as there is still no correction for the chart on their errata page. I found out later that the error is, however, well documented in the blogosphere.
On a happy note, the responses to the "I am Spartacus" contest have given me a chronic case of the giggles! I may never be able to watch that film again without imagining all the rebel slaves wearing colorful socks with their sandals.