Block 4—the 2 shade of red one—is done. Interestingly, for square 3, I cast on 65 stitches, and used a size 9 (5.25) needle—and got 20 inches perfectly. Block 2, with 70 stitches is actually 21 inches across—but I am sure there are one or two of the tree's that are a bit bigger than the average--(and its easier to slightly overlap—than to stretch out a too small square)
So once again, for block 4, I cast on 65 as I did for block 3—and ended up with a 19 inch block!
In some ways it was a good thing—I ended the last rust red stripe with 4 inches of yarn left over. IF I had just a few more (2!) stitches in each row, I would have run out of the rust yarn.
I did in fact run out of rust red when the block was just short of 19 inches. So I did have a square--just not a 20 X 20 one! To make my 19 X 19 square into a 20 by 20 one, I picked up stitches and knit a border on all 4 sides. (and was left with just a few yards of the bright red!)
The stripes are much more evident in this image--(well lit with an Ott type light) but the stripes are almost invisible from a short (6 foot or so) distance—and will be even less visible from 20 feet (the distance, I am guessing from a car to the side of the road) and even less so at 20 to 30 mph.
Today or tomorrow, I will put the squares in a bag, and run them over to Robyn—the deadline is Sunday the 5th –So time is just about up, too.
But it's September—and I have been itching to start my Pumpkin Pie socks--and I can!
And I already have plans for another pair of 'pastry' socks using the same technique for next year--my Cookie socks.
Either I will get it right the first time, and do a repeat—or I will fall short of perfection, --with the pie socks, (or as near to perfection as I aim) and do my 'cookie' sock better.
The Cookie Sock, are one of half dozen ideas I've written down for NEXT years dozen, bakers dozen, along with Dragon sock, too (Next year is the year of the dragon in the Asian calendar--did i mention that I was born in the year of the Dragon? )
I buy sock yarn all the time—but the idea of a years plan is come up with interesting ideas for the sock yarn I already own! (Actually, it's been close to 4 months since I bought any sock yarn.)