Holidays are over, and I went back to work this week. This morning, I sat down to knit a few rows on my sock heel before I headed out the door.
After a bit, I began to notice something rather strange. (The photo is not the best, but it’s all I could get in early morning light).
I looked at it again from a different angle:
Nope, my eyes were not playing tricks on me. Then, I thought I’d done something wrong with the stitches, but no, the pattern is the same.
It was a bit of a shock to realise that the different look to the sock heel was because my tension (gauge) had suddenly become veeeeeerrrry, veeeeerrry, tight.
Whereas my gauge over the holidays was nice and relaxed, and quite normal for me, it seems I’m suffering an extreme form of the blues at going back to work, and this has shown up in my tension becoming so tight that it has changed the entire look of the stitch pattern. Tension has literally changed my tension!
I’m probably going to have to knit the rest of the sock on needles two sizes larger! I tried ripping back the tight bit and using a size larger (going from 2.25mm to 2.5mm) but even that tension is far too tight. Reeelaaax, deep breaths, think happy thoughts, I said to myself. It still hasn’t worked. 😦 I’ll have to try 2.75mm next.
The gauge at the beginning of my knitting is correct, so I need to replicate that. Ripping back and starting again will not work on my current gauge as the sock will come out the wrong size and the stitch pattern will not look right. I wonder how much larger the needles will have to be before I finally get the right gauge!?
Quite interesting that. I didn’t know I was feeling so tense. It’s not surprising though. I had already decided that things need to be different this year, but it looks like my body is telling me that things really have to change. With a young family relying on me, I cannot afford to jeopardise my future ability to provide for them by carrying on with status quo.
It’s just funny that it was my knitting that has made me quite literally ‘see’ it.