Thursday, September 09, 2010

Oh hello my old friend EPIC FAIL. It's been far too long inbetween visits...

You know? You never can tell what's going to happen with a yarn when it gets wet. For the most part, it turns out softer, loftier, and with a better 'hang' or drape. And sometimes, it goes bad. Really bad. Really really bad.
This would be one of the bad times hitting me square in the face.
Do these look fine to you?
 How about in this pic?
 One more just for good measure.

These *were* a normal sized pair of socks and then I washed them and they stretched... and stretched... and stretched.. All on their own mind you - I wasn't pulling on them or anything. So what *was* a normal sized foot length is now Clown Foot size. Shaq-sized. Frankstein-length. It's just...................ridiculous. Big floppy loose flapping sized length. I literally laughed until I cried when I first saw what was happening.

(And uhhh, one foot might be longer than the other too but that might be because I knit on them when I was really sick. *ahem* I swear the length problem in general was not my fault because he tried them on before I washed them and they fit like a glove, albeit with one a TINY bit longer than the other.)

Oh well. If you're not FAILING, then you're not KNITTING. Just gotta shake it off like a prize fighter and get ready for the next hit. lol Overall it's a fairly easy thing to fix. I can either unravel it back 3-4 inches and reknit the toe entirely or cut the toe off neatly, put it on DPNS, unravel the foot some, and then graft the two back together. I'm usually a champ at grafting so I'm thinking the latter will do it.

14 comments:

Sharlotte said...

You could always donate them to the Circus! Just kidding! I know what you mean about the yarn having a mind of it's own. It's funny, you can knit the sides of the yoke of a sweater one side at a time, and the length is always different, even if you have the same amount of rows. Knit them at the same time and they are fine. Very odd. I like the colors in the yarn that you used for the socks.

Margaret said...

Oh bummer! I've never seen that before -- but then I haven't tended to wash knitted stuff much. (I have tried socks yet. I need to.)

Kajsa said...

oh darn it! After all that work!

Sylvia said...

Aaack - I cannot believe that happened. You seem to have a very good attitude about it. What yarn did you use?

Laurie said...

Yes, could we get a warning on the yarn. LOL!

You could always use them for gift stockings...why not start a new tradition and have birthday stockings instead of Christmas stockings? Ok...maybe not. Maybe just unravel it and reknit. ;-)

ViviBijoux said...

It's upsetting isn't it when you work so hard on a project and then something happens and ruins it. Never mind, as you say, it's fixable right?! They'll still be a beauty to prize ^_^ Virginie

natalie said...

Oh no! That is too funny! Socks for Sideshow Bob! Ha!
I hope you can graft them to normal human size. :)

Meadows08 said...

Bummer about the socks. Who knows, maybe Shaq is in need of some supper comfy and warm socks!

Pumpkin said...

Oh no! :o( It happens to us all at some point. Take heart :o)

Margaret said...

Wow, that's a new one on my! I've felted socks before by mistake, but never strrrreeetcched them. (at least not yet.)

Julie said...

Very pretty, nice pattern, hope you can fix the super-length!

Siobhan said...

Hey, you could wear them at night as super long slippers!

Dee said...

Sounds like a plan!

The color is beautiful!

Pretty Things said...

Well, you could also stick one inside the other for a lining and make a really cute iPod or makeup bag for your purse! Seriously.

And your title just made me guffaw. And I love being able to trot out a word like "guffaw".