This 100% silk has a lot more give than the 100% wool Lola did. I plan to ask Amy Singer about that during her No Sheep for you class at Churchmouse on Tuesday evening. How do I anticipate the stretch during blocking on different fibers and yarns? By the way, the class still has a few spaces available.
My knitting teacher and buddy Karen Alfke is also knitting my shawl and experimenting with needle sizes. We usually knit at very different gauges, so this'll help me figure out the needle sizes to recommend.
We also talked about figuring gauges and finished size for different yarns so the pattern can be used for lots of those one-off or expensive but lovely things that need a one or two skein pattern. This should be a great adventure in knitting.
I knit a few more rounds on my current socks. When I went to start the gusset increases a few days ago I didn't have all the figuring I'd done for the gauge change or the pattern itself with me, of course. Based on my memory of the numbers, I started to wing it and realized that the way I'd set up the pattern on the front interfered with redistributing the stitches for the gusset and heel. That part got winged, too.
I made notes on more things I want to change and to try on Sock #2. And I thought about how OK I feel with knitting an 11 spi sock that may be just a bad prototype. I enjoy the whole process of designing, including the discoveries, lessons, and failures.
I think the socks are on hold for a bit, though.