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Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Sock Walk of Shame

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Last year I bravely stated that was going to make socks!  Not just one pair but 12!  What was I thinking?  I think too much Christmas cheer must have been around!



I jumped right in and joined in with a Mystery Knit-a-Long for a beautiful pair of socks.  I was going great guns and even whipped up two at a time to avoid the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome.  And then school started and that's as far as I got. The socks are beautiful and unfortunately they call for a lot of concentration so I just never got back to getting into the groove.  Then Tinky chewed thru the yarn and I threw them into the corner and left them for later....much later it would seem!

Throughout the year I have started a couple of other pairs of socks in an attempt to reach my goal only for each pair to sadly meet the fate of the first pair, chucked into the corner and put to the back of my mind. Gone but not forgotten.... One I knit in the wrong gauge and never realised until I had finished the first sock.  The second I made as a mismatched stripy pair thinking it would be easier if I wasn't following a pattern BUT I forgot about all those ends didn't I!

So here is the Sock Walk of Shame in all its glory. 

***Note that I have a fairly small foot so  my sock photos seem to make the socks look really odd.  Trust me they do fit perfectly....






Soooooo this year I plan to finish these pairs of socks.  THEN learn to knit socks with confidence, two at a time and finish them.  I like one idea I heard (The Shy Lion) but not mentioning any names.... knit different socks in the same colour, that way SSS never strikes  :-)

Have you made any New Year Resolutions this year?




26 comments:

  1. This made me smile Jenni! I love the stripy pair and have been thinking about using up sock yarn odds and ends that way but just can't face all the ends! The only way I can finish a pair of socks is sheer bloody mindedness and to make myself cast on and do the rib for the second one immediately I finish the first, even if its sill o'clock at night!!!
    Good luck with getting these done! xx

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    1. Thanks Sandra, I think I will have some of your 'sheer bloody mindedness please' :-)

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  2. You could make some hexipuffs for the Beekeeper's Quilt with all those little balls of sock yarn...

    Penny
    x

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    1. Oh don't! I was looking at those but I know I will never finish a whole blanket....I do love her pattern though!

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  3. Socks! I, at least, know better than to even start something that complicated! But, you? You CAN do it!

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  4. I vowed I wasn't going to knit another sock last week and what have I just done/Cast on another sock.I'm going in hospital on Wednesday and it is something small i can take in-though I may have a look at the hexipuffs too.

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    1. Yes Hexipuffs are small, very small! Hope your hospital visit is just routine and all goes well.

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  5. Loving the stripey ones here too.......

    I did one of my fairisle ones and then left the second one for later. Am living to regret it as moths have been in the wool. HOWEVER, I am tempting fate and am sitting trying to finish the second one just to prove that I can. Just hope they don't drop to bits!

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  6. Those socks are lovely! Do finish them, it's such a good feeling doing this, I tried a few years a go and had the same 12 month delay but when I did it was soooo satisfying (plus it saved me money too!).

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  7. Those socks are lovely! Do finish them, it's such a good feeling. I decided to do this a few years ago (and had the same 12 month delay before I got into it) but when I did it was sooo satisfying.

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    1. I will be working on them slowly one at a time....

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  8. I will admit that I would rather chew chalk than make socks. The way I go through the socks I already have, bought ones - expensive, some of them, and made of good yarns, there'd be no point in my making them - I'd never risk wearing them. And the fact that I'd die of boredom - going around and around. And they have no eyes. I only knit things that call for eyes - lions and ponies and foxes.

    If I were going to go all wise on you and offer advice based on this piece, I would say this (but I'm not saying it, remember): although it is good to set goals and to do things that push you to accomplishment, sometimes there is already enough in life that you must do and want to do - especially mother things and friend things - that setting yourself a mighty task (like doing 12 pair of socks) is setting yourself up for failure - in all areas. Because you feel the niggling push to fill your oath (which really is nothing but making socks), it effects your temper, your self-respect, your ability to feel good and powerful in a life that, in every other way, is really very strong and rich.

    I'm just sayin' . . .

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    1. Oh wonderful friend you made me laugh at the first comment! I too am hard on socks, so I am a little trepidatious (is that a word?) to actually start wearing mine. I am hoping it is just that store bought socks are such dismal quality these days that a hole appears as soon as I put them on!
      And yes wise advise! I have learnt over the last year to let go of my expectations and not to put any extra pressure on top of my already busy life. Like you say it leaves you feeling 'pushed' all the time and I don't like that at all. This quest for sock making will happen in its own time and if i get there sooner than later then so be it. Thank you for just saying! xx

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  9. I hate the dreaded SSS. That's why I always knit my socks two at a time. I use two circulars rather than traditional DPNs. I find that this way, not only are they both identical, but no matter how long it takes you, you'll always end up with a finished pair :)

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    1. Ruby my neighbour has that book and I am going to have another look at how to do them on the cables. I don't like the magic loop because of all that threading and rethreading the cable but maybe to beat the SSS I need to give it another go?

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  10. Your sock walk of shame is very pretty. I especially like the stripey one.

    In the quilting world we call those works in progress my friend. Nothing to be ashamed of ..because everything gets finished eventually.

    Oh and you;re at least three up on me because I would never ever attempt to make a sock !

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    1. Yes I am hoping that 'Eventually' will happen. I tried your quilting and getting everything to match up drove me demented, hats off to you :-)

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  11. Oh, we had a discussion about New Year's resolutions with the kids, and how we don't make them. Then I jokingly made an announcement.

    "I resolve to not make any New Year's resolutions."

    My eldest immediately observed, "You've failed."

    So, socks. I LOVE handknit socks, and I do not have it within me to knit any. I told myself I'd try it while Littlest was little, so that it wouldn't be any huge investment of time and frustration. I still haven't knit ANY, and the child just keeps growing.

    Still, I look at your fabulous socks and I keep thinking maybe, just maybe I could do it. Especially striped ones. I LOVE your striped ones. But all of that weaving in of ends! You are a delight.

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  12. Hahahaha! That first pair of socks..... Yeah. I started those with you remember? Ummm, I finally took the yarn, frogged the socks after I realized I'd goofed somehow and they were turning out HUGE and made something else with the yarn which I have no idea what I made? Gee that is lame!!

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  13. hehe!! Knitting socks as been on my "to do" list for three years in a row!!-- I have not even made it to the cast on stage!! i will walk with you xx

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  14. The have been on my list "to do" for 3 years now!! I have not even made it to the cast on stage! - I will walk with you lol xx

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  15. Lets put it down to quality , not quantity... the socks, and half socks you have made are really pretty, and fun!

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  16. oh wow, those pink ones are gorgeous...all of them are! seems like we are all haunted by our ufos.. me too! i am currently working on a sweater that has only been missing 1 1/2 sleeves (have not shown it on IG yet..), finishing that is one of my goals!
    be well, my friend!

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  17. You do have very small feet but as a knitter been small in a good thing it takes less time to knit things to your size :) your socks are wonderful by the way.

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