"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Sock WIP Friday

Since I didn't do WIP Wednesday, thought I'd do it today. Features of the day-the socks I worked on during our camping trip.

I decided this would be th sock I'd use for the Socks on Vacation photo contest in the Summer of Socks 08 KAL. It's a nice bright color that looks good in nature.

I finished it on the hike, after I took my artsy sock photos. I submitted the photo I've chosen today. We'll know who the winner is in September. I'll post my photo then-winner or not. Wish me luck?

I started the second one later that afternoon (my sock Mojo was HOT), but an inch into the cuff I ran into a knot in the yarn. The yarns color pattern repeat does not match after the knot. There's a blob of tangled yarn because I was trying to fix the problem to no avail. In disgust, I tossed it aside and started my first pair for the Summer of Socks 08 KAL. I do not know what I'm going to do about this problem. I will mull it over for a few days.

I had originally planned to use the sock yarn I won in Barbara Bretton's contest for the first pair. However, last week I got a sudden and strong craving to knit with green. So, instead, I dug out my skein of Socks that Rock in Beryl. As my mother used to say, I'm a woman. I have the prerogative to change my mind.

As I promised myself, I challenged me to knit 2 socks at the same time on 2 circulars. I've been wanting to try it ever since I first heard of the idea. I found and printed out the pattern/tutorial Straight Lace Socks from Knitty and took it with me camping. I cast them on the evening of June 21, official start date for SOS 08.

Last night I finished both legs at the point where I start the heel flap. I've posed them so you can see the front and back. The front has a simple lace pattern on it, the back is in stockinette. I did a twisted rib instead of the 2x2 rib called for in the pattern. I really like the looks of a good twisted rib.

Knitting 2 socks at the same time turned out to be a piece of cake for me. Easy to figure out, easy to do. I thought I'd have a hard time remembering what sock I was working on if I set them down for any reason, then came back to them. Not so. I'm having no problem with it whatsoever. However, I DETEST IT! I don't know why, but I do. I did what I promised myself, I learned how to knit socks this way. I've learned, done it, had enough of it. At this point I am taking one sock off the needles and putting it on holders, then finishing the other sock before I finish the one on holders. I'm just one of those folks who likes to do them one at a time, and I do not suffer from second sock syndrome, so why bother with this fiddly annoying method of making socks.

For those of you who enjoy the 2 socks at a time method-more power to ya! I'm glad you like it. We all should knit the way we enjoy most.

Have a great day.


  1. I love the colours of your socks, beautiful knitting! Well done for trying it, and being sensible in stopping ; ) I hardly ever knit socks, and can't bear dpns.

  2. I get very very annoyed at self-patterning yarn knots. With the price of most of the yarn, there should be some quality control to insure a knitter can knit two socks that match.

    When a knot like that happens, I think we should be allowed to sue for mental and physical damages. Makes more sense than some of the other silly lawsuits I've heard about.

    I'm really not in a bad mood today, but those knots are a pet peeve of mine.

  3. Very pretty socks, both of them! I think there should be a law against knots in self-patterning yarn.

  4. Knots are bad...anyway...such pretty socks!!!