There are at least four hours left of Friday here, so I am going to bask in the glow of a double first, in that this is my very frist FO Friday ever and this is the first sock I’ve ever finished! Geez Maggs, it’s about time!
That’s exactly how I feel too! Wait no, I’m more ecstatic and seriously relieved. This post would have been up as of this morning but as I was triumphantly about to finish the sock last night, I found why I’d been missing a stitch when I started knitting the toe. I double and triple checked, and double and triple counted on Wednesday but I randomly had 63 stitches when I began the toe. Rather than worry about it, I did one less decrease at the beginning and went on my merry way. I checked again after a couple of rows but nothing seemed amiss. Then some time around midnight last night, I went from photographing the stage right before Kitchener Stitch to…
I don’t know what. It wasn’t quite horror, or heart break or devastation but some weird mix of them all. When had that happened – and why didn’t I see it? It looked pretty benign but in the space of about three seconds it went from it’s initial state to dropping down about 8 rows – or so I thought. It was further by the time I’d unraveled enough to catch up. I was back at the brown stripe by the time I’d sorted everything out at around 1am.
This morning I woke up determined to get this sock done. Once Knit-O-Clock came around, I checked everything again, took a deep breath and had at it. It went a bit faster this time around, even though I was being way more cautious and more meticulous with my notes.
I tried to get a shot of my really sweet Kitchener Stitch but the picture above was the best I could do. I’m really amped with it, just in case the amount of pictures hasn’t given that away 😉
The material feels unlike anything I’ve ever worn, interesting and delightful all at once. I can only imagine how lush the sock would feel if I had knit it with the correct needles but it’s still really awesome. I can’t get over the fact I just knit a sock – you’d think I discovered a way to get around conservation of energy! I almost went on Ravelry to say I was 100% finished and then I remembered I need to make another sock – and got even more excited, because this time I know I can do it.
There are a couple of things I would change, and I’ve written them down, but I’ve also kept careful notes of how I did make it so that the next sock is as close to this one as it can be – at least in terms of make. I’ve re-wound what’s left of the skein so I’ll be starting with the same color but at a different point in the striping than this first sock. If my understanding of the stripes is right, I’ll be starting at the equivalent of the first big light brown/flax colored stripe and proceed from there. I thought a lot about reaching for a new skein and finding the perfect spot to start knitting an identical sock, but given that I am almost 100% sure these socks aren’t going to be too similar in the first place, I decided to go for the fun concept of matching-yet-different socks.