As I was wrestling with finishing my Sockamania socks this month I thought a lot about my folks. My mom and dad were definitely different people – yin and yang, if you will. My dad was… how can I say this in a nice way? He was extremely organized, and very detail oriented. Yeah, all right, he was anal, and so am I. How else to explain that I ended up ripping back the heel turn and and of the flap on the second sock several times because there was a “bump”? I finally figured out why the bump was happening, and that there was little I could do about it. When I went to pick back up the stitches from the heel flap, it was obvious that my repeated ripping had taken its toll on the flap. Out it went! Time was running out, and so I knit like the wind …or at least like a light breeze. There was yarn and my knitterly reputation on the line. I had to finish in time.
Mom, on the other hand, is a more creative and free-flowing soul. Organization is not her forte, but give her some paper clips and a rubber band and she can MacGyver something together that does what you need. That woman also has a spatial sense like I’ve never seen before. If you ever need a car or a freezer packed to the brim, she’s your gal.
Where was I? Oh, socks! After knitting part of the gusset, I saw the flaw in my gusset pick-up. It was at least as big as the first heel flaw, but now time was getting short. Dad perched on one shoulder, whispering into my ear. “Frog it, honey. It’s going to bother you every time you think of it.” On the other shoulder sat Mom. “No one’s going to see that but you… it’ll be fine.” Now, usually Mom loses these arguments. I think Dad privately grins an “atta girl” at me every time I frog an item so that it will be just so. But this time the deadline, the yarn bet, and the fact that these socks were for me worked against him. Heck, I didn’t even rip when I flubbed a stitch kitchenering the second toe closed. I feared that I’d have to rip out the whole toe if I flubbed the fix. Besides, there’s only so much you can do when you’re as flipped out as I was yesterday. I desperately needed these socks finished. And so, finish I did. A pair of socks in just under two weeks; it’s good to know that I can do it if I have to.
|Started:||17 August 2007|
|Finished:||30 August 2007|
|Pattern:||Spiralling Socks by Anni Design (Sockamania)|
|Yarn:||Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome (80% superwash wool, 20% nylon) fingering weight.. River Run is the colorway.|
|Needles:||Size US 0 skakel for the ribbing; size US 1 for the sock.|
|Notes:||This sock is a little loose even after going down a needle size. Take out at least one repeat if you do it again.|