In three days, it will be my 1 year anniversary of finishing my first ever pair of socks! I could not have done it without the support and encouragement of my awesome co-knitters Hannah and Paula and all the fabulous folk that commented, sent me tips and just talked shop with me as I knit. The memories make me feel all warm and fuzzy as I slide back into Sock Thursdays once more.
I am so stoked more people are working on socks, especially because as I work on my second pair of Nice Ribbed Socks, I marvel that socks inspire such awe/fear/wariness. A year ago, the very idea of “turning the heel” made my stomach drop, but no more. Now it’s like coming home
Last Thursday, I cast on a pair of socks, not knowing I was coming up on an anniversary, or was coming full circle on a goal that started with this very yarn ages ago, or that I’d be engaging in a healing meditation; I just missed all the Sock Thursday folk. Now it’s one week later and I have to admit that:
a) OMG I’ve stuck with it! I thought this was going to be my Only On Thursdays project – a thing to keep me out of trouble as I waited for my circular needles to start a sweater. Silly really. As soon as I hit that second color change, I knew I was hooked. Partially because sock knitting is the single best bribe to do my physical therapy and then spend some time on ice. This week, PT got real and I’ve been dealing with the fall out a bit more graciously because I’m making socks. Normally, I get into a funk when I’ve worked my foot and leg hard enough to effect my hard won range of motion and step count. Somehow knitting and thinking about the pain in terms of the part of the sock I’m working on lessen the blow of having to take a couple of steps back so to speak.
b) It is just like riding a bicycle, I fell into this project as if I’d been knitting socks my whole life. There were some tense moments where I realized I made a mistake about half an inch back (that’s what I get for going off hastily written notes instead of the pattern itself), or dropped a stitch, but it didn’t feel like a big deal.
Then I picked up my sock on Tuesday, knit the heel flap, turned the heel and got about three rows into the gussets without batting a lash. I did have to focus, but it also just happened and that’s just magical.
c) Self stripping yarn is saving my life right now. It’s been great at helping me keep track of reps, progress and it’s just fun to see your yarn change as you knit. Especially in this case since the yarn cake doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller 🙂 I’d always thought it was weird that a lot of sock yarn had color variations but now I absolutely, 100% get it.
So where am I now?
Right about there 🙂
Not bad for one week! For those of you that are wondering, the stitch markers that are hanging out on this sock are keeping track of the beginning of round. Mostly out of curiosity, but also because my last pair of socks had a weird, although subtle, spiral thing going and I wondered if I knit them unevenly or if the yarn is just fun like that.
Are you working on socks? Would you like to? Come join us! Cast on, and link up with us so we can cheer you on! I’m shamelessly stealing the new updated list of folks doing Sock Thursdays from Katherine since I’ve been out of the loop for so long!
- Alex at Alexand Knits
- Paula at Spin a Yarn
- Hannah at unsophisticated + jejeune
- Jennifer at A Creative Yarn
- Katherine at Fiber and Sustenance