Tiny stitches. Thin needles. Fine yarn. What a match made in knitterly heaven! After finishing my Mint Fizz socks and realising that they were just a bit too loose, I set about working on another pair of socks in the Yarntini sock yarn, this time aiming to get a good, fine gauge. The finer the better.
I dragged out my not-often-used 2.25mm circular needle and decided that I needed fine gauge rib socks. Doesn’t everyone?
On the bus this afternoon, I experienced a kind of bliss. Watching the tiny stitches stack up, going around and around had me in a mesmerised state, I thought yes, this is it. This is exactly the kind of sock knitting I want and need now. With no fewer than three work Christmas functions coming up in the next week, these will get trotted out (get it? Socks? Trotted out?) routinely and will grow, despite the miniscule gauge, quite rapidly I think.
To compensate for the finer gauge, I’ve upped the stitch count to 68. I’ll keep it that way and decide on stitch count for the foot when I get there.
Isn’t the colour amazingly sunny and happy? It’s called Sunshine Stream. I’m looking at the brightness thinking, where have you been all my life?
Sometimes, simplicity in the form of neat, fine gauge and uncomplicated knitting is the key. I know some people think that small needles equate to painfully long gestation but I think that because it’s simple knitting that will happen while I’m doing other things, I don’t imagine they’ll drag on too long.
And even if they do, what happiness there will be in following those colour changes and all those delightfully tiny stitches.
That said, watch me cast on a pair of chunky mittens or something some time soon just for contrast.