while this is comment on my lovely knee socks, what has happened has caused my mind to wander to another topic; how did our ancestors manage to get it all done?!?!
It took me two weeks to knit those damn socks (more on that below). How did the ancestors, who truly needed to be self-reliant, cope when they had to take care of ALL the aspects of their survival? Where did they have time to build their homes, raise their food as well as preserve and prepare it, make all their own clothes, as well as sometimes needing to do the shearing, spinning and weaving too! Yes, I know about the ideas of community and that some weave and spin, while others might farm or raise the cattle. Still, they all had so much to do. Realize that the knitters did it all day long, pretty much. THere are these incredible little holders that tuck into the waistband of belt or apron to hold a needle while the other is manipulated with the yarn. this allowed them to take their knitting out while they shopped or herded the cows, or what ever. Still, the strain on the hands, the neck, the back. and with little light in the evenings to aid in seeing what you were doing. Little hand stitches for holding the cloth into slacks, shirts or skirts! Just awesome!!! All while raising children, pigs and chickens, cooking meals, etc., etc., etc.!!
Put on my lovely new knee socks and before I’d gone 100 steps they were down around my ankles! Oh I know exactly what happened. This was a fine yarn and I’d used US#5 needles creating a relatively loose knit. That meant lots of stretch. The pair I’m working on now, the exact opposite. a 4 ply yarn that should use a US#9 needle and instead I’m using a 6. That means a tight knit, some horizontal stretch, little verticle stretch. Matter of fact, its soo tight, they will probably stand up on their own and never sag or bag!! These are only leg warmers I’m making, for those few cold cold days we have. Matter of fact, before I go a stitch more, will try them on and make sure they will stretch enough to go around the leg. If I have to rip them out, do it before I’ve gone any more rows.
Do know how to make the knee socks fit better, other than ripping them out and re-doing. which I may or may not do. Lets see how the next pair in that fine yarn come out . . .My arthritis won’t really let me do a big project like that in #2 needles!!