Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Second Sock Blues

Today I want to cast on a new project so bad it hurts.  But I am being good and working on the second black sock.  I'm just afraid that if I let myself get started on something new, I will never want to finish the second sock and it will sit for several years until I forget which pattern I used and where I was in that pattern.

So for encouragement, I just keep singing to myself, "It's so nice . . . I wanna knit the same sock twice."  (To the tune of Boss D.J. by Sublime.)  But it still is boring me a little.

The second sock or mitten, or anything matched, is both a blessing and a curse.  You know the pattern.  You can do the pattern the same as the other one without too much cursing or problems.  (Well, you can if you remembered to take good notes and count.)  But it is something that you just did, and if you are like me, you will get impatient about moving on and learning new things.

The good news is that I am at the heel flap, and I have given myself permission to start a new project once I pick up the stitches on the sides of the heel and do the decreases going into the foot of the sock.

Part of the reason why I am so excited is that I got the yarn for a new project today!  (This is related to the fact that I had an interview with a local yarn shop this morning.  I will tell you all about that once I know the outcome.)  Granted, I have the yarn for at least 3 other projects, but I have been trying to find this yarn for over a month now.

The yarn is Plymouth Mushishi and I got it in the 09-red color.  And the project is the Big Cosy Cowl pattern by Jennifer Wilder.  This pattern was featured in the Fiber Art Almanac Companion Journal and I have been longing to make it ever since I saw it.  Also, I seem to have a thing going for wool/silk blend yarns lately.

Just as a personality note: normally, I do not make patterns in the same color as the photo.  Often I do not even make them in the same yarn.  However, this cowl just caught my eye, and as much as my rebellious nature tried to convince me to at least pick a different color than the picture, I was in love.

Well, *sigh*, I guess it is back to the sock slog for a while.  The more I work on it, the sooner I can move on.  And I like doing heels, they are interesting and fun.

I will be sure to update if I cast anything on this weekend and I will definitely be here celebrating when the second sock is finished.  I should be done well ahead of my deadline at the end of March.

I haven't quite picked out a pattern for the socks for April yet, but I do have a yarn.  I will be posting more about that before the beginning of April.  I would love some company in the sock of the month project.  So if anyone out there reading is interested in knitting along or even making your own pair of socks of any pattern, I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Thanks for reading,


Hooray for wool/silk blends!!

Sock yarn for April.  Admit it; you are intrigued.

1 comment:

  1. SSS (second sock syndrome) hits many of us. I have tried to do two socks at once with one inside the other but found it so fiddly that I honestly think it is quicker to knit one at a time. I find my second sock usually matches the first OK, but this is not the case with my gloves for some reason. I think I am more relaxed with socks.
    Happy knitting!