Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Stupid Freakin Socks

I'm making The Greatest a pair of socks. I have little interest in knitting his sweater right now, and a huge mental list of projects I would rather be knittings. I decided that if I knit him a pair of socks they would be done rather quickly and appease him while I neglected his sweater for a few months to persue other interests. I finished the first sock with no problems. It looks great.

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The picture doesn't really do it justice, but it looks great. Here's a closer look.

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I took very careful measurements and it fits his foot perfectly. I'm very proud of myself. And of course since I have made him one sock and it is perfect, I have zero interest in knitting the second sock. But I just can't be that mean and abandon his barely started sweater as well as his half done pair of socks. So I have been working very hard to finish his sock so I can move onto more fun projects. I finished the heel on the second sock on sunday and finally got to sit down yesterday to work the leg. But as I knit I kept thinking something was off on this sock. I keep careful notes on all the patterns I work and always use a row counter, so things should have been fine. But I laid the second sock next to the first sock and discovered a problem.

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Can you see it? The Greatest tried it on and the second sock is indeed much longer than the first. I'm such a perfectionist that I told him I would just have to rip the entire sock out and try again. He suggested I just rip down until the sock is about the same length as the first one and then start the heel. But then *gasp* the row count on the two socks would be different, and they wouldn't be exactly the same. I think he's tired of waiting for me to finish something for him, because he then suggested that I just keep knitting and he would fold the excess sock under his toes. I just love him so much. I'll probably just rip it down like he suggested and then keep going from there. If I ever do socks again I'll have to learn to knit two at the same time on circular needles. My attention span isn't long enough to do a second separate sock.
Here are some pictures Pork Chop took of her cousin.

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They had the best time together: model and photographer. I'm so glad we have the digital camera, otherwise we would have to spend her college fund in film and development.

1 comment:

Jacki said...

When I made my wristwarmers, I was horrified when I realized I had lost count of my rows on the first one. I went back and counted eight or so times, but the thumbhole row kept throwing me off. To this day I'm not entirely sure they both have the same row count.
Good luck on the second sock! There is so much to knit and so little time, isn't there?