Actually, it's frustrated times. Frustration is the watchword of the last few days. Having difficulty sleeping, last night I was amazed to wake from a dream that was entirely about anger. I can't remember the substance of this dream, but OMG, I was out-of-control, steerage-class-plane-passenger-during-a-4-hr-runway-delay, deliriously angry. Have you ever woken from a dream enraged?? Till last night, I don't suppose I have.
I can't say if it's this anxiety-provoking bug*, which has
Allow me to tell it like it is:
Here's a tiny little piece of the sock:
|A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. It may be ribbed, but it ain't nice!|
- For starters, who makes a sock in royal blue?? Seriously. I only ever wear black socks. The shop had this same, very nice (if somewhat sheeny) merino-silk blend in black. Why didn't I just make a black sock? That, I might get some use from! The yarn has a lot of spring and strength (imparted by the silk). You know I ordinarily don't like silk yarn in any amount, but I was looking for strength.
- I will never darn a sock. So how is it that I'm making a thing that's gonna need to be darned, or discarded, in some period of time (and probably sooner rather than later the way we walk around here)?? My choices will be, presuming I don't just burn these things on completion, a) wearing and breaking them (and wastefully throwing them out, which might be hard to do) or b) never wearing them and keeping them in a drawer doing nothing (also hard to do and wasteful). Socks, they really give you all the options.
- Those of you debating whether to knit socks or a sweater: Please be aware that you can knit a pair of simple socks in about half the time it will take you to knit a simple sweater. I don't know about you, but I'll go with the sweater - which people will actually SEE when I put it on. And which won't rip in the toe. Note: I've never had a pair of socks that didn't eventually die in this way, so I'm sensitive. I have no actual indication that my hand knit socks will go at the toe. Specifically if I don't use them.
- And a tiny bit about specifics: Magic loop may not be the best way to make all socks, especially if your needles are a US 0 (2mm). Admittedly, I'm a total newbie with this degree of magic loop - small-diameter knitting though, I've done quite a lot of in the past. However, I've never managed to pull out half the needle, exposing mini, microscopic live stitches (taking forever to replace on the needle and then leaving an unsightly tension-change ridge) quite so many times or in so many ways.
- A propos of tension-change ridges, I used such a crappy needle (one a new LYS sells and which I'll never purchase again!) that it's actually snapped while I was in the middle of a row! I was not knitting hard, peeps! The needle, so sharp at the point that I couldn't actually push on it without it hurting, routinely split the rather pliant yarn. How many badnesses can I expect to block out? Really. Cuz now I'm using a slightly larger needle to complete the project (2.25 mm). On the plus side, the new needle (also that terrible brand) seems to be handling things much more naturally and without any tension differentiation. I did think to myself, when I swatched, that the 2.25mm felt better than the 2mm. I guess I should have listened to my gut.
- The sock leg is going to be too big, I'm pretty sure, esp. after a wearing. I should have cut an inch out of the pattern (8 stitches) but I really didn't know how much negative ease a sock requires till I started making one. (This is a reasonable learning curve experience I can't take umbrage with.)
- This pattern isn't designed to be made up with magic loop, so I had to go online and learn how to make a sock with magic loop and then tailor my pattern to the method. I suggest, if you don't want to use DPNs, and I don't, that you start with a sock pattern devised for magic loop in the first place. It'll save you some time and energy. Having said this, I'm glad I figured out the magic loop version because the idea of carrying around 4 or 5 needles to make a little circle seems ridiculous to me!
So, knitters, come clean. If you hate making socks, you can share your true feelings here! Tell us about it. And, those of you who don't knit, what's the core knitting project of your imagination? What's the thing you would want to make if you did knit? Is it socks???
* I should clarify that, even though I caught this bug hard - as you'd expect given that I'm still recovering, in muted ways, from pertussis - I can breathe (if not through my nose). I'm coughing a lot more than Scott and M did when they had this thing before Xmas and, I sense, I feel worse than I would, ordinarily, with a cold (though I'm a misery when I have a cold), but this is a totally different scene. It would great to recover
** I have come to realize, in my 40s, that I'm actually quite competitive in some ways and I love a test! Gillian, apparently, has my number.