It’s time for a knitalong. Start thinking about socks.
Details below, but first, I need to show you my rocket socks in all their peculiar glory.
Having been on a sock hiatus for some time, I was knocked out by how much fun I had making these socks.
At the gusset-making portion of the show, I watched the stripes turn into pools or flashes or whatever. It was a combination of fascination, horror, then tender acceptance as I saw what happened to the stripes as they turned the corner. Hey, stripes, it’s OK. You’re still awesome even if you do get all weird in there for a minute. You will forever remind me of a Saturn V rocket.
They fit my size 10 flipper feet so perfectly. Exactly 10 inches long. The heels sit on my heel, not halfway under my foot like so many socks I own. They are marvelous. This is Susan B. Anderson’s “How I Make My Socks”, and the yarn is Fred.
I kitchenered the heck out of the toes.
I had an intense feeling of loss upon finishing these socks. It was such a profound absence of meaning in my life that I headed straight for Stash Zone Number 2, certain that somewhere in there was another pair of socks, unfinished, that would preserve the giant sock mojo in my soul.
It took about three minutes. Of course I found more unfinished socks. Doesn’t every knitter in the universe have some unfinished socks marinating somewhere?
This 97-percent finished pair of socks was stopped in midlife, like a bog body or a trilobite. This pair of socks lacked exactly twenty rows—one toe, basically. What was so dire that I had to stop knitting these socks with less than an hour’s work left to go? Did a meteor hit the northern hemisphere? Did I get stuck in a peat bog?
Watching half an episode of Homeland, Season 5 (oh, Peter Quinn you heartbreaker), I finished this second pair of socks. No more sock puppet for me.
But once again, I was left without socks to make. The only cure for no socks is MOAR SOX.
So. Anybody who’d like to finish something for once, who’d like to start a knitalong already halfway home free, this knitalong is for you. Three possibilities:
Option 1: Poke around to see if you can find a bogged-down sock project, and dig it out.
Option 2: If you don’t have such a project, feel free to dive in with a fresh skein of sock yarn (NOBODY lacks that), and go hunting for a sock pattern that will amuse you. I’m really curious what patterns everybody selects, so I’ll cook up a thread over on the Mason-Dixon Knitters forum on Ravelry.
Option 3: I also encourage anybody who has never made socks to jump in. So many cool things about knitting a sock.
Let’s start on Monday, May 16. We’ll finish by the end of May.
I couldn’t help starting. I’m a mess.
PS Congratulations to the six winners of our Noro Rainbow Roll drawing:
Alison L. of New York, NY
Ruth J. of Oklahoma City, OK
Amy P. of Oak Creek, WI
Meryl D. of Bangalow, Australia
Terry S. of Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia M. of Spring, TX
Long may you roll your rainbows! And thanks to everyone who shared their favorite rainbows. It’s a My Little Pony world.