Archive for October 6th, 2014

A Conversation With A Sock

It watched as I stored my gently folded, recently completed shawl. It’s four double-pointed needles sticking out from the small ball of yarn like the top of a tee-pee. “You know you want to knit me,” the in-progress sock said. I was at that vulnerable stage: the end of one knitting project and looking for the next love affair. I took stock of the in-progress sock. It had about an inch (2.5) cm of knitting to go before the heel turn began.

“Heel turns are so magical, aren’t they,” the sock purred.

Yes. I get a deep sense of joy and satisfaction when a heel of a sock is precisely worked. The gentle fullness of the cup of a heel formed by smooth, neat stitches. No pulling, no holes. A continuous flow of knit stitches curving in gentle transition from the sole to the heel flap.

“You and I. We can do it,” the sock said.

And so I reached out and picked up the sock. I carried it to my knitting chair, caught up in the romance and beauty of a perfectly turned heel.

The inch of knitting leading up to the heel turn went smoothly and easily. The sock and I were cruising together. It was pleasurable and lovely. The dpns were in sync, the yarn flowed through my fingers like water.

Before moving on to the next step I stopped to enjoy my heel turn and that’s when the spell was broken. Four holes. I am completely anal retentive about this, but I can’t stand holes in socks. My entire sock knitting routine is built around producing no holes. To make matters worse, these four holes were not at the wrap and turn points of the heel shaping. They were where the increases occurred.

I had no choice but to rip back and figure out why the holes were appearing.

All in all, I ripped back and re-knit the heel turn of that sock four times until it met with my approval. We-Can-Do-It and You-Know-You-Want-To-Knit-Me has spent the last 24 hours in a time out. I hope it has used this time to think real hard about it’s behavior too, because tonight I want to knit the heel flap.

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