I should have so many socks to tell you about right now. Two, actually, which really is so many when it’s been so long since I finished a pair. A week ago I was doing alright in the sock knitting department. A week ago I was a full pair closer to my 2012 sock knitting goal, which was great because I’m really behind on that goal overall. Today I have regressed by half a pair – and I don’t mean by one sock. I mean by half of each of two socks.
So, what had happened a week ago was that I had finished the second experimental slipped-stitch-and-short-rows-sole sock. With the second sock I had played around with different ways to close the gaps between sole and instep where I turned for my short rows and most of them had worked well enough on one side. The other side still had noticeable gaps, though. I kitchenered the second toe, put the socks on, enjoyed that lovely new-sock hug you get before you wash and block and wear and repeat and it’s still lovely but never quite the same as that first time, and took a good look at those gaps. And I decided that it wasn’t worth it, any way you cut it.
Having a completed pair of socks checked off the to-knit list was not worth having a pair with lots of holes in them. Having just any pair of socks in my favorite sock yarn did not outweigh the desire to have a good pair of socks in my favorite sock yarn. I made up my mind right quick that I would rip out the soles of both socks, get ’em both set up on my new Knitter’s Pride 2 mm 40″ circ I’d been wanting to audition as a potential replacement for all those snapped-in-half Knit Picks tragedies, and finish up the soles all 2-at-a-time style in a weekend.
Quick, decisive action makes me feel like a more accomplished knitter. Wise. Experienced. Pragmatic, even. Ripriprip and those soles were gone. Rip a bit more and the heels were un-turned. I re-turned that first heel with an image of my glorious, blue-socked future hanging right before my eyes. Then, I started on the second heel.
And one of the needle tips snapped in half.
And I swore a little.
I don’t have any other 2 mm circs. Nor do I have more than one full set of 2 mm dpns, and the one full set I do have is wrapped up in Kristi. And so, where I was hoping to be able to tel you about a whole new finished pair of socks right now, alas, I can only tell you about three partial socks. My plan is to finish the first Kristi, finish one of the blue socks, then decide whether I alternate a Kristi and a blue sock again or finish up the second blue sock before starting the second Kristi. (Yes, I could probably buy more needles and work on both, but I gotta tell you, I am so over buying needles right now. I need some space.)
I don’t even have pictures to show you. The only project I’ve made real progress on lately is a secret. It’s all terribly sad, sad stuff. I promise I’ll be back soon with more vegetable stories and eventually a sock (or two).