[I just realized this post is a day late! Apologies, read on and you’ll see how ended up losing a day. ] We left our clueless heroine riding high on her progress, only a bit of trepidation left about the dreaded heel because, well, it was still a few inches off. That Thursday, she knit late into the night to get from here:
Okay, maybe there was a bit of stalling… In addition to writing the last post, I knew I was inching closer and closer to that final frontier: the heel. That and I just can’t resist all the cool knitting blogs on here 🙂 Friday, however, was the day. I woke up ready and since I had a bit of time that evening (The Spouse was out with her mates) I was determined to turn the heel.
You know your spouse loves you when she gets out of bed in the wee hours of Saturday, shortly after falling asleep, to join your victory dance. At first I thought I’d keep going, I was so excited – and then I saw the instructions for the gussets become blurry and erred on calling it a day. I was determined to finish this part of the pair on Tuesday and maybe have whole pair to show you today, but this is where the title comes in. As this first sock evolves, so does the knitter.
Sunday, I got a spiffy new notebook and hurried to get caught up on it before proceeding further. Sounds pretty dull right? Nope. It was fascinating, I went back and forth between the pattern, my notes and the sock to accurately document my procedure and all of a sudden, I understood. The pattern went from being a leap of faith to a map and I could see the sock forming. Granted, the gussets scared me far more than turning the heel ever did but I knew how it worked. It was amazing! I felt like the people in the Matrix that can go back and forth between the code and the scene before them – it was absolutely thrilling!!!
All guilt about not having knit on Sunday evaporated Monday when I realized that taking that time out was the best call ever. There are three things I don’t do: windows, talk on the phone or multi-task. So what did I end up doing on Monday? I’d been dreading Monday because I’d scheduled the day to talk to the student loan people with respect to both of our student loans and this was going to take a while. I’d been on hold for about five minutes when I saw my project bag and before I knew it I found myself knitting, taking notes on knitting, typing and talking on the phone. Not surprisingly, that afternoon (when all was said and done), I discovered I had the wrong number of stitches. I retraced my steps, carefully undid the last 10 rows and went back. Then I knit like a mad woman to get back to where I left off.
Tuesday I woke up and I couldn’t move my left hand. I immediately flashed back to a moment when I awkwardly held the phone between my ear and shoulder as went back and forth between knitting and awkwardly typing. I knew I tweaked something but got caught up in fixing my mistake and didn’t stretch it out. I was reduced to R.I.C.E and listening to audio books as all my UFO’s peaked up from various placed in my living room. Lesson learned. Next time, I just need to wait until things are crossed off the list before knitting. Wednesday, I was back but decided to take it easy and only knit for about an hour. Today I managed to get to the next color change but am no where near done unfortunately. Still, I think it’s looking pretty good, slow and steady as it’s going.
I’m still really amped – it looks like a sock!!! Not only that though, I feel like I’ve evolved a great deal as a knitter with this project. Mostly, I think I’ve learned a better way to knit, not only technique-wise but I think I understand patterns, what works for me and more importantly to just have better instincts about the process. It’s pretty cool. And the gussets are done at last, so onward!