Friday, 20 March 2015

Second sock syndrome

I've been struggling with life recently: possible virus, side effects from this and withdrawal symptoms from that. It's not much fun really so I've done a spot of Internet research and although I haven't found a solution for my headaches and blurred vision, I've been able to diagnose myself with a rather serious condition. I suffer from chronic second sock syndrome and in the year of the sock, it's quite valuable that I've discovered this early as there are several cures.

It doesn't really come as a surprise to me because I am, by my own admission, a tragic and frankly quite terrible knitter. My sock knitting history is plagued by disasters. Firstly it took forever to master double pointed needles, then I was bereft of the patience to read a pattern. For over two years I was flumaxed by the anatomy of a sock and stricken with fear when it came to turning a heal, combine all of this with a inability to count stitches and it really is amazing that I ever attempted to dedicate a year to socks.

One solution is to knit both together on one circular needle using the magic loop method. I checked out this video but sadly I got in such a mess that I thought my head explode.

Some of the issues I faced were that my circular needle was too short and the points too thick, I've never used circular needles before or tried the magic loop method and finally my complete lack of ability.

Fortunately there are other solutions, like knitting both socks at the same time on double pointed needles. At the moment this seems to be going well and I am able to share my time between my "Larkspar Socks". And of course I've finished my red faux cable socks and can enjoy those for a while.

Green leaf sock is not out of sight or mind but the pattern is way too complicated for me at the moment so that second sock will have to wait.


1 comment:

  1. I am impressed by anyone who can knit socks they look so fiddly and having more than two needles when knitting all way make me loose stitches with abandon! I have never knitted socks, keep saying ill try but I'm scared, but I have the same problem with sleeves, if I don't knit them together then there is most likely to be one lonesome sleeve waiting for its friend for a very loong time!


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