July 2004 Archives

Chai Front

Everything but the Ruffle

Have you ever felt like you just lost a day? That's sort of been my whole week this far. I can't believe it's Thursday morning. This will be my last post until next week, as I am heading off to Texas to visit my brother and go to a good friend's wedding. I like Texas (I went to school in San Antonio) but between the rain and the heat it's not going to be a vacation paradise this time of year. Hopefully it will clear up and be nice for the ceremony!

The picture of my Chai' top's front is one I took before I added the ruffle. You'll just have to imagine a ruffle for the moment, as it's too late for me to get out my camera.

I am pleased with the neckline, and I think I will have enough yarn left after the ruffle for the little sleeves. But I am going to do the neckline finishing work first before I proceed, just to be on the safe side.

Well, I better head off and get my suitcase packed -- we picked a 5 pm flight, so I have to get up extra early tomorrow morning and go to work.

Happy Independence Day!

P.S. I feel like I am apologizing a lot lately -- just let me apologize once again to anyone who hasn't got an email response from me and was expecting one. And also to anyone who has left a comment in the past couple of days. I appreciate them all, but work is keeping me hopping right now...

Audrey Front and Center

Will The Real Audrey Back Piece Please Stand Up?

I had a lovely trip to South Texas. Given that it was July, the weather was actually quite pleasant. I got to spend time with my brother and his wife in Corpus Christi and to see a wonderful friend from college get married to the man of her dreams in San Antonio. Pretty good stuff overall. And as a side benefit, I finally got to show John my alma mater. It was fun to walk around an point out all these old reference points in my life, but a bit strange since it was so quiet and empty (there's no graduate school to keep the place busy in the summer).

There would be pictures, except for the fact that I packed up the camera and then promptly left it on the kitchen counter in my hurry to get out the door and on the way to the plane (or perhaps it was the excitement of getting boxes from Levenger and from ThreadBear -- it always seems like my very cool packages arrive just as I have to go away for a while).

But I do have a few pictures of what I worked on while travelling. And with the flights to Texas and the drive between Corpus and San Antonio, I had plenty of travelling time.

Lately I'd been feeling guilty about Audrey -- or rather, my lack of any significant progress on Audrey at all since completing the first sleeve. I think it had to do with fear of darts and how to make the decreases and increases look perfect. I toyed with changing the decreasing and increasing strategy and with leaving them out. In the end, I just decided to trust Kim Hargreaves and follow the instructions.

The back of this top did teach me some humility. I miscounted on where to start doing the decreases and ended up ripping it back to the beginning to correct my mistake (it just wasn't one of those things I could ignore). In retrospect, I'm pretty proud of myself because instead of feeling all annoyed and frustrated and shoving everything back into its ziploc bag, I actually picked up the stitches after ripping and just started over again.

And I never should have distrusted the wisdom of Kim H's pattern writing. I actually rather like the increases and decreases that are called for.

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Decreases and Increases

Now that I am finished with the front, I find it rather strange to see that the front is only a bit wider than the sleeve. I did some test stretching to try to convince myself that this top will be big enough. Ribbing is magical stuff.

I am now having a little internal battle with myself over what to do next. If I was smart, I would cast on for the second Audrey sleeve. But my Chai top is also awaiting blocking and some sleeves. And then there is the Tess' ribbon tank top. And I want to swatch my Phil Ruban. So many difficult decisions.

Before I sign off and head for my blocking board, I just have to show off one of the things that came in the mail just before I left for Texas.

Can A Girl Ever Have Too Many Nice Leather Bags?

One of my favorite online shopping venues (lover of neat office supplies and shiny things that I am) is Levenger. Much of their stuff is pretty pricey, but sometimes they have some great deals in their outlet section. This lovely leather tote/folio bag which is roughly 12" x 12" was being closed out for $29.95. How could I resist? Certainly not a knitting bag (you might be able to squeeze a sock project in if pressed), but very nice for carrying papers and books neatly for business-y reasons.

Candy Everybody Wants

Two Headed Ruffly Chai Monster

When I step back from it, it almost doesn't look like a top. This is probably the first time I've ever blocked a top after seaming the shoulders together. Probably not the wisest thing to do (the shoulder seams make that area a bit difficult to stretch out correctly) but not a fatal mistake in the great scheme of things either. The ruffle is going to take some special attention (and probably some steam) to add the drape that I would like it to have, but that will come later, after I have the rest of the garment together. Perhaps tomorrow night I will get the neckband sewn in, if something else doesn't grab my attention first.

Speaking of getting my attention...

Tonight John and I went to an awesome new restaurant here in Chicago. Le Lan opened last Friday and does a Vietnamese/French fusion thing. It's not for the faint of wallet, but it was quite wonderful, and had a casual atmosphere. The server was friendly and not pretentious. The food was excellent -- especially desert. I had an apricot souffle paired with a keffir lime creme brulee. Just to die for. One of the partners in Le Lan is also connected to my favorite French restaurant in Chicago, Les Nomades, which is where I got to try my first souffle. I'm happy to say that Le Lan's souffle's are pretty close. I can imagine going to Le Lan just to have dessert. But I'm sure we'll be going back for the whole deal as well.

I would never have known about this restaurant (at least not this early in it's career) except for a special delivery that comes to my inbox everymorning called "Daily Candy Chicago", which I signed up for after Maggi sent me an email to let me know about it. Daily Candy has let me in on a bunch of fun cool things in Chicago, so I owe Maggi a big thank you for letting me in on the secret (there are also versions for New York and Los Angeles and Everywhere even if you're not in the Chicago area).

Definitely the sort of candy everybody wants!



Recently I have come to one conclusion with regards to both my eating habits and my yarn: it's time to get a little more lean and mean.

It's been almost 2 years since I reached my target weight, and in general I've been good. I've gained a little, but not really enough for me to feel like I need to diet to regain ground. What bothers me more is that I've lost some of the self control that I developed while I was in the losing weight process. So my little bit of dieting is more about regaining perspective on good portion size and avoiding boredom snacking. And it's about not waiting until I'm truly unhappy with what I see in the mirror (like I did the last time) before taking action to make things better. So for a little while I am definitely going to be a point counting girl.

As I survey my stash, I think I need to bring a little self-control back into that arena. Now, don't get me wrong. I love my fiber stash. It makes me happy to think about all the possibilities and neat patterns that I am going to try. But when I build up too much, it feels like a challenge to get anything finished. So many different projects call out for my attention. What's begging to be used?

  • A beautiful bag of Jo Sharp DK weight wool for a vest for my dad.
  • A bag of purple Muench Bergamo to take on Salt Peanuts
  • Some fabulous Phil'Eponge for a summer/fall sweater from Famille
  • ArtFibers Mousse waiting to become a summer top
  • Phil Ruban in Cassis for a summer tank top
  • Phil'Onde in Jeans and Ciel for a ribbed sweater for John
  • Two bags of All Seasons Cotton to be a Rogue cardigan
  • 8 skeins of Elsabeth Lavold's Silky Wool for a fall cardigan
  • Butterfly Super 10 for Polka Purl Dots
  • Two felted bag projects' worth of Manos Del Uruguay
  • Suri Alpaca Lace weight yarn for a fall cardigan sweater
  • Enough sock yarn to cover the feet of almost everyone in my family twice
  • A whole bundle of Cascade 220 to try out some new bag ideas
  • Gorgeous lightweight mohair for a lacy fall scarf/stole
  • 2 bags of Jamieson Shetland aran weight for who knows what
  • 2 absolutely wonderful Giotto needlepoint cushion kits
  • Cotton Ease for the ChickKnits Eyelet Cardi

And that's just what I can remember off the top of my head without venturing to look into my fiber room. And that doesn't include the 4 projects I am already working on.

I already know it's unrealistic to expect to get all that done this summer -- realistically, I've probably got two years worth of projects in the wings. But, although I did consider it, I've decided that I'm not willing to part with any of it either. And I know that I won't be able to deny myself yarn for a long period of time without creating the need to binge. So what's a girl to do?

Well, a while back Carolyn proposed a good solution: knit three projects out of stash, then purchase yarn for a specific project and knit that project immediately. Repeat as often as necessary to keep things in balance.

I've decided that it's okay for the first round if those three projects come out of my current projects list. After all, once ThreadBear moves to Lansing, so close to my growing up place of Ann Arbor, I'm going to have to make at least one trip to welcome them back to one of my favorite states in the Union.

With that in mind, I've decided to get back to work on a project that I'd set down for a while because it takes so much concentration: the Kidsilk Haze Filigree Lace Jacket. I'm still going to take this one on at a relaxed pace. There's only so much complicated lace pattern work I can handle in any given evening.

5 Pattern Repeats Down, 2 to Go

This is the second sleeve on the project. There's only two pattern repeats left before the cap shaping. After that, there's only the remaining front piece, the seaming and a whole lot of stitch picking up to put on the picot edging.

Heh. I guess it's clear what project likely won't be amongst my first three finishers under my new yarn diet plan. But it feels good to get it underway again.



After a full Saturday of knitting, investigating the Fry's Electronics (geek Mecca) and some more knitting while taking in Spiderman 2 (cast on in a dark movie theatre? no problem!), Sunday morning, this is what awaited me:

Chai Top Pieces

By midnight Monday morning, this is what had resulted:

Chai Top Unruffled
What happened, you ask?

By relatively early this evening, I had the sleeves attached and the side seams sewn up. Victory! I thought. All I have to do now is steam out that ruffle. Before I headed on to my steaming adventure, I tried on the top and showed it to my chief photographer and fashion critic. A raised eyebrow, a wrinkled nose and an "I'm not sure about that, Therese" later, I found myself back on the floor of our basement, ripping out that ruffle. There's no pictures of the intermediate stage. After a second look in the mirror, I knew I needed to rip and rip fast to keep my momentum.

The rest of the evening was spent ripping out the ruffle (thank goodness that it was knit down from an invisible cast on), picking up stitches and knitting a few rows in the round from the waist down -- without the ruffle, the bottom of the top comes to just above the top of my pants and I'd like it to be a little bit longer than that.

But now I find myself in a little bit of a quandry. How to finish the bottom? I don't want to just knit down in stockinette and then cast off -- I want something that will lay flat, not roll. I could do K1P1 ribbing (similar to the neckline) but I really don't want ribbing around my hips.

This has left me with 3 options: 1 ) stockinette to desired length and 1" of garter stitch, 2) stockinette to desired lenght and 1" of seed stitch or 3) stockinette to desired length followed by a crochet edging, maybe a slightly scalloped decorative edging that I would also use on the sleeves.

I'm leaning towards the 3rd option because it would give me some of the feminine look I was trying to go for with the ruffle and it wouldn't clash with the neckline ribbing, nor require that I add the garter stitch or seed stitch borders to the sleeves (important because I probably don't have enough yarn to do anything too elaborate since I wasn't able to reclaim all the yarn from the ruffle ripping).

Any opinions as to which option I should pick or other possible finishing options? For the record, Chai is an irregularly spun tussah silk yarn with a very nice drape and relatively little elasticity.

Cleaning Up My Act


While I work away on my Chai top (I decided to opt for a crochet edging due to issues of both yarn sufficiency and some concern that gravity might not play nicely with this yarn and the extra weight at the hemline), I thought I would show off the other accomplishment of my weekend: cleaning up my yarn room.

How could I possibly consider such a relatively simple thing to be an accomplishment.... well, just feast your eyes on the before pictures:

Southwest Corner

Northwest Corner

Holey moley there was yarn, clutter and general disorganization everywhere. Even a happy slob like me couldn't quite cope with the chaos anymore. An hour or so later, I could actually work in the room again! Clicking on the pictures will give you the shots of the room after I was done (this little demonstration really calls for rollovers, but it's late and I'm not feeling like searching the internet for the code to do it).

Now I can actually use my blocking board again, and admire all that fun French yarn. Good inspriation for the next project while I'm finishing up the Chai top.

P.S. My new Interweave Knits arrived today. I'm not overwhelmed with excitement (at least not yet), but I did like the vertically striped scarf done with Schaefer Yarns Anne (a hand dyed sock weight yarn). I have this lovely skein of Anne that is sitting in my closet waiting for its destiny (it just seems too nice for socks) and I think it would be fun to learn how to make those vertical stripes happen

Smooth as Silk

Chai Top, Front
Chai Top, Back

There's definitely something to be said for ripping. In the case of this top, it went from making me look like the ballet dancing hippo in Fantasia (yes, the frill really was that unflattering because of where it fell and the fact that it was so bulky) to my normal happy self.

What made removing that ruffle much less painful was the fact that it was knit down from the bottom edge rather than knit as a part of the piece. This meant that I could rip it off without affecting the structural integrity of the rest of the garment. I just picked up stitches around the bottom after the ruffle was removed and knit for a little more than two inches. After binding off, I did a row of slip stich crochet and followed it with a band of single crochet. Then I attached it to my blocking board and soaked the bottom with water and let it block overnight before releasing it from its pins.

The result? Beautiful flat edge.

Now, this would not have been the right decision with a wool garment. If it had been wonderfully elastic wool, it would already be rolling and no amount of crochet or wet blocking would make all that much difference. The hem would absolutely have been the right way to go.

But silk is a different, rather inelastic fiber. And once you block it, it doesn't really want to to roll or curl. You can see that at the base of the garment and at the sleeve edges. The sleeves are also terminated with a simple cast off edge. They've been blocked for several days now and have shown no inclination to curl.

I also decided against the hem for another reason. The fabric is very drapey (something that goes hand in hand with the lack of elasticity). A hem would have added bulk at the waistline and reduced some of the body skimming drapey quality of the top. Or at least that's my fear.

Without the ruffle I have a top that I like quite a lot. I don't have another top that is this soft against my skin. And the Chai has this lovely subtle shimmer that makes the top a little more interesting than it might otherwise be.

What did I learn?

  • ArtFibers' yarn is still awesome. With two tops down and one to go, I feel like the investment I made in their yarn and pattern help was definitely an investment in my wardrobe that I'll get some return on. I'd let myself off of my yarn diet if I could suddenly be transported back to San Francisco.
  • Invisible cast ons are your best friend if you're not sure about a border or edging. You can rip out the border without great fear for the rest of the piece and there's no pesky grafting to worry about.
  • I love the subtlety of the variagations in this colorway. There's definitely a color texture, but it's much more like Koigu and there's no pesky pooling to be unhappy about.
  • Silk and wool are different. Silk fibers aren't elastic and won't curl very much after being blocked into place. This adds to the drape of the fabric.
  • I need to knit more V necks!

The only concern I have about the Chai is it's durability. It is a yarn with a handspun texture -- thick in some places, thin in others, variable twist throughout. The less twisted areas are fuzzing a little bit, which is giving the top a little bit of a soft focus halo.

Overall Verdict: I love it and will definitely enjoy wearing it. I think it will make an excellent top to go into the fall with and combines both subtle and business like with just a tad flirty.

For anyone keeping score... this is the first of three projects that I need to complete before I can buy anymore yarn....

Bond Girls


A while back, I introduced my new toy -- a Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine. I'm still waiting to watch the video, so when Bonne Marie offered to give me an introductory machine knitting lesson, I just couldn't refuse!

It's a lot of fun to go on a knitting adventure with a fellow blogger -- someone who understands your compulsion to take pictures of every little thing just in case it is important to the perfect blog entry. Bonne Marie was kind enough to let me take pictures while she showed me how to set up the machine -- and then to take some of me so that I would have something to share. I'm going to try to put together another pictoral essay for my TechKnit section for others who might want to share in some of the pointers I learned from Bonne Marie.

After a quick tour on her machine, with a basic introduction to weights and yarn control and key plates and silcone spray, it was time for me to go it on my own. And I have to admit, geek girl that I am, it was just too exciting to be combining automation and knitting.

My First Bonding Experience

Bonne Marie recommended standing up for best results and I did find it to work very well for me. And a little of that silicone spray across the area where the keyplate slide meant for almost effortless motion.

After a Little Bonding

I just couldn't get over how fast and easy this was. I kept stopping to admire the lovely grey acrylic masterpeice that was descending from the machine. Before it was over, I had tried all four of the keyplates to get a sense for the tension effects they had on the worsted weight yarn. One thing that surprised me a little bit was that it's the purl side of the fabric that faces you -- and that with all the weights, the fabric looks so stretched out that you just don't think that it is going to come out right. But when you finish your work and detatch the piece from the machine, you get this:


How cool is that?

This machine is the perfect solution to dealing with sweaters with lots of stockinette. I've been planning on making Bonne Marie's Eyelet Cardigan in some icy pink CottonEase. So after I find a good place in my house to set the machine up and practice setting things up and swatching, I may take that project on as my first "mission".

Before anyone gets worried that I might give up hand knitting for a tech toy -- fear not! The machine is fun, but it can't do everything. Ribbing isn't a simple option, and it really is made for worsted/bulky weight wool. I'll still be handling most complicated things by hand. But it is neat to have a new tool in my arsenal of knitting options!

Getting Lucky


It's a fun thing to have friends in neat places that like to trade yarn. On my first trade with Becky, I asked her to surprise me with something interesting. The box she sent me contained (in addition to the requested Phil'Onde) 4 skeins of Phil Ruban in Cassis.

4 skeins of Phil Ruban in Cassis in the top center

Very pretty, I thought. I just love the saturated not quite wine, not quite purple not quite maroon color that is Cassis. Becky also helped to find me a pattern to go along with the yarn. I was psyched! With a happy summer tank top on my mind, I sat down to dig into the Phildar pattern... only to discover that I was going to need one more skein of yarn than I had.

Becky very kindly agreed to help me track down another skein. Only her first trip to Phildar resulted in finding nothing at all -- she would have to come in when the new shipment arrived. I started considering stripes because I figured that there was no way that I would get another skein in the same dye lot as the first four. But some magic happened and the store did in fact get in more Cassis -- from the same dye lot as the one I had!

How lucky is that? I felt even luckier when I found out that Phil Ruban is being discontinued (at least in this color, I don't know if it is the whole line or not).

Once I had the last of my Phil Ruban in hand, I decided it was safe to swatch. After my third Phildar swatching experience, I can say one thing for certain -- the knitting standard is looser than for more most US and UK patterns. Before anyone takes that the wrong way, let me explain: I have to go up a needle size from recommended on every Phildar pattern or swatch I've done so far., and that rarely happens to me with other patterns. And the Phil Ruban is no exception. Instead of 4.5 mm needles, I get gauge on 5.0 mm.

Phil Ruban Swatch in Cassis
click the image for a close-up

Phil Ruban is a 100% cotton tape and it's a real delight to knit with. It's fine enough to create a pleasantly un-bulky fabric, perfect for summer, but big enough to knit up quickly. Knit up, the swatch has a pleasant texture and a reasonable amount of give. And I had no problem maintaining even happy stitches.

Lucky Beginnings

So this evening, since I got home from work too late to head out to the KIP, I sat down with the pattern and started to work my way through the French. After I felt pretty confident about most of the instructions, I cast on. The pattern doesn't really have a name, so given the bonne chance I had locating another skein of Phil Ruban, I think I am going to refer to this tank top as "Lucky".


Oh! Look! A Knitted Square!

So what do I have to show for my weekend's efforts? Nothing, really, but a knitted (mostly) square. It is a wonderful, soft, square, made of Phil Ruban, but a knitted square none-the-less.

Well, maybe that is not entirely true. There is an itty bit of shaping (increasing past the waist that is almost imperceptible). But not really enough to hardly even notice. The back of the Phil Ruban tank top would be pretty mind-numbing, if not for the tactile pleasure of the Phil Ruban running through my fingers, my efforts translating the pattern, and the fact that it is knitting up so quickly. There's only a few more inches left until I get to the shoulder shaping. It would have been done tonight (probably) if I hadn't had some things from work that needed to be attended to.

I should be able to complete the project this week. I'm going to be spending a fair bit of time on airplanes. Good for knitting, bad for blogging, as I probably won't have an internet connection Wednesday night. Then I have another trip out-of-town Sunday through Tuesday. After that, I get to keep my feet on the ground for a while. So for the forseeable future, it's going to be small, portable projects.

Block Party

The Back of the Phil Ruban Top

Gosh! There's just too much excitement here chez Keyboard Biologist. The back of the Phil Ruban top is finished. A big thank you to Carolyn who helped me with some French knitting terminology.

The back was a long slog. I decided to spice it up a little bit by short-row shaping the shoulders in preparation for a three needle bind off. I've wanted to try this ever since I read about it on Sarah Peasley's blog a long long time ago. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the shortrows are pretty neat. I'm looking forward to attaching the back to the front.

The one thing I still have to figure out is how I am going to finish the neckline. The pattern doesn't describe much, but I think the cast off edge on the back is a little raw. Of course, a lot will depend on how much yarn I have left after the front and the back are done. I've used just about 2.5 of my 5 skeins.

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders: More Crafty than Your Average Board Game

One of the hazzards of cleaning up my yarn room is that I discover things that I knew I had, but had forgotten about. It's a little like Christmas. Or finding a $5 bill in the pocket I haven't worn since last winter. In this case, it turns out to be the lovely Colinette cushion kits that I plan to turn into wall hangings for my living room. I have Snakes and Ladders and Chequers sitting, just waiting to get started. After I got them, I took a vote and Snakes and Ladders was the winner.

Inside Snakes and Ladders

Given the size of these cushions you'd expect it to come in a bigger box. In fact, canvas, instructions and yarn all come in this nice little treasure trove. The main color in this box makes me thing of pumpkins, though not quite as bright. And I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that these colors would look good together.

A New Project Begins!

So far good, I think. These colors are much friendlier with each other than I would have guessed -- and quite different from all the images I have seen online. This project requires a little more counting than the Mahjong cushion did, but it still doesn't take too much brain power -- which is a good attribute for an "I just got home from work and I want to do something but nothing too mentally challenging" kind of project.

I didn't get very far tonight. I'm getting ready for a nice long plane trip tomorrow morning, so I've been packing and ironing and making sure I have all the paperwork I need to get through security. Did you know that a lot of the major airlines will text message you now to appraise you of flight status? How cool. I'm going to try it tomorrow and see how it works.

See you again on Friday!

A Brief Note


Just want to wish everyone a good weekend. My business trip went well, and I even got some time to knit on the airplane, but I just didn't have enough time to put a post together. I'm going to be offline again Monday and Tuesday of next week but will be back on my regular schedule after that as I have no travel plans at all for August -- except perhaps a trip to visit my parents in Ann Arbor and take a quick trip up to Lansing to visit the new ThreadBear location.

Back, But Just Barely

Lorna's Laces Pinstripe Sock

I've been on 6 different planes in the last 7 days. That's a lot more airplanes per day than I usually average. I don't hate to travel, I actually find it pretty exciting, but I do find that the process takes a lot out of me. Business travelling is a high energy process for me -- making sure I get where I need to go on time, accomplishing my mission and getting home without leaving anything important behind. After all the focused energy and the excitement of the trip, when I finally do get home, I often get a little bit of the "after party blues" going. My normal routine looks, well, routine.

That's kind of where I am now. Even after a day of being back in town, I still have this blah feeling swirling around me. It's compounded a little bit by the feeling like I managed to find a little cold virus somewhere en route to home. So I hope I'll be forgiven for not having much exciting to show.

In fact, the only thing I have to show for all that airplane time is about 6 inches of the sock I am working on for John. You'd have thought with all that flight time I would have had time to knit something spectacular, but I had to spend a lot of it preparing for things and getting caught up on some reading.

There's nothing fancy about this sock. It's knit at about 8-9 stitches/inch using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Pinstripe colorway. It's going to have an afterthought heel. Shepherd sock knits up nicely and has a nice smooth feel to it. I think I might have to consider some socks for myself out of it in the future. The best part for me, though, is that even though it has an odd bit of pooling, I've gotten the thumbs up from the boy that this sock will be accepted into his wardrobe eventually. Apparently manly coloration and wifely dedication to sock knitting have overcome his aversion to unusual pattterns.

(Actually, John's made me feel quite good about the socks I've knit for him. The grey striped Opal socks are in constant rotation since his building is a little too well air conditioned. And let me just say that Opal wears like iron. For as much as he wears those socks, you'd expect to see some wear and tear, but after a nice dunk in the washer, they look almost brand new. )

Stripes and Reservations

A Little Loose Around the Edges

Had a lovely night at the KIP tonight. It was a small but happy group at Letizia's. And it gave me the chance to finish up most of John's first Pin Stripe Sock.

Here's the first of the PinStripe socks. Evidence of both the thrill of victory and agony of de-feet. This sock fits well in the leg and foot portion, but I got the toe a little long (probably should have only knit 7 inches instead of 7-1/2" before starting the toe decreases) and the heel is probably a little baggy, too (U did a 6 point decrease and probably should have gone to 50% of the original stitches + 6 instead of 50% of the stitches before starting the decrease on every row component).

I haven't decided whether I will rip or not. After all, it is just a sock. I can make the second one a little bit shorter and with a slightly different shaping to the heel. Given the patterning in the yarn, these things won't make too much difference.

Of course, I say that now because I am a little bit tired of this grey and black sock. I suspect that my knitting "conscience" will get the better of me and I I will make the second one, be unable to live with the first one, and rip out the toe and the heel on the first one.

But you never know.

What will the weekend bring? I'm not quite sure yet, but it may be time to get back to the Phil Ruban Tank Top or my microfiber ribbon tank. I might even start something new...