Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Simply Lovely Sock #1, 5 More to Go
Liz now steps into the XRK Confessional:
I caught the Clap.*
Those blue flowery shoes in IK infected me. As the only person currently contributing to this blog that actually wears heels with any regularity, I think I can say that the likelihood of me actually wearing the socks with any of my heels is pretty slim. So then with what shoes would one wear these lacy socks? Dansko clogs? Sneakers? I don't know. But if I am going to be truthful with you, I think I want the shoes more than I want the socks.
Y'all, I am not enjoying knitting this sock. The KTBLs are getting to me. The US1s are annoying me. US1s have never annoyed me before. I think of y'all languishing on the size 0s and I just about want to cry. The salmony color, while appropriate to the sock, just isn't doing it for me.
Am I the only one who feels this way?
Now, let's let it be said that I have no beef with any knitter who wants to scrap the socks entirely, but I am not willing to go that far with these socks, despite my annoying whining about them. See, I have actually made these socks an experiment, a learning experience, so I must finish the pair. More on this later.
And, I am a knitter who has thus far managed to scrupulously avoid Second Sock Syndrome (SSS). I have a multi-pronged strategy that I employ that get that second sock knitted. So here, as a service to the knitting community and to my fellow XRK SLS Knitters, I am sharing my SSS Avoidance Technique:
1. Do not have mulitple sets of DPNs in the same size. This only makes it too easy to cast on another pair when those new skeins of sock yarn jump into your shopping bag and follow you home.
2. Wear single sock. Admire your foot. Feel how good, how warm, how soft that sock feels, better than any mere mass-produced sock you'll ever buy. Try on shoes with the sock. Wear it around a bit. Feel stupid wearing just one sock. Endure strange looks and the occasional comment from beloved spouse or darling children regarding the wearing of one sock. You do need another sock to be complete, whole. Keep single sock in knitting basket to remind you of how great it would be to wear it with another one just like it!
3. Cast on for second sock IMMEDIATELY AFTER grafting toe of first sock, and knit at least 5 rounds of the sock.
4. Apply nose to grindstone, and knit the thing. Get it done. You have more sock yarn to knit.
* The Clap or Clapotis- lured into a knitting project by cute model, photo styling, etc. Projecting yourself into model's life, wanting to be the girl in the picture, not so much wanting actual knitted object.