Teaching is one of the best ways to learn. So why not teach. I hope I’ve learned something from the 45+ pairs of socks I’ve knitted over the past 7 or so years. I consider myself a recovering sockaholic. Being a sockaholic isn’t such a bad thing, but I need more time to knit garments for parts of my body other than my feet. Having knit over 20 pairs of socks designed by Cookie A alone, it is time to cut back on my sock knitting. Way back. Here is my drawer full of Cookies as of October 2010 –
Of course all the socks I’ve gifted are missing and the photo only shows the Cookie A designs in the drawer. There are other sock designers and I’ve knit many of those socks; there’s just something about Cookie’s designs that I love. Maybe it’s all the math.
So last night I’m knitting away on Cookie A’s Trystero (the sock pattern I chose for the class I am teaching) and something seems off. I knit socks top-down in tandem with 2 sets of double-pointed needles; i.e. cast on and knit first cuff, cast on and knit second cuff & leg, back to first sock to knit the leg & heel flap, etc. I compare my two Trystero socks (in fabulous Noro Kureyon Sock): the one I’m currently working is about half-way through the gusset; the second is on hold after the heel turn. Here they are –
Arrrgh! The pattern on the two socks doesn’t match. They are supposed to match. I like a pair of socks to match unless the pattern says otherwise. Not that I have anything against knitters who prefer to knit two socks from the same skein of yarn in two different patterns to produce a pair of socks; I’m just one of those knitters who wants paired socks to match. I once ripped out the entire foot of a sock when I saw that I could make the color transitions on both socks match by ripping back on one sock to the instep, breaking the yarn and knitting the foot beginning with the opposite end of the yarn. (I had given up trying to match the color transitions once I got to the feet.) Matching color transitions is not an easy task with Zauberball yarn; however, when an easy solution presents itself, I say go for it!
Cookie has this fabulous tutorial on sock repair. I have a few pairs of hand-knit socks that need repair. I’m gonna give this a go whenever I can put down the sock needles.