"S" Is Also for SisyphusWhat you don't see is that this is the hundredth go at knitting my first sock. (OK, it's actually the ninth. Just felt like the hundredth.) I scrapped the first try about half way down the cuff — couldn't bear the ladders I was seeing. It was also a little tight. I cast on again with my trusty DPNs... And then ripped back.
I started reading anything and everything I could about how to avoid those tell-tale culprits. Yet, no matter how many times I went back to the ribbing and restarted, I couldn't get it right. In fact, it got more wrong. Minor ladders became swinging bridges. I feared monkeys on the lookout for jungle vines were soon to be headed my way.
Knitting this sock became personal. In the worst sort of way.
Enter the sanity-saving 9" HiyaHiya circulars. My fingers were cramped but those ladders were gone. Make that banished! Funny thing is, when I got to the instep shaping I used my DPNs and all was just fine. I couldn't begin to explain why. Nor did I tempt fate with the foot, returning to the circulars.
With my first sock finished, I slipped it on my foot only to discover a flopping, too-long toe. Sigh. (OK, actually it was much cursing.) So I started and finished the second sock with the correct modification (shown above) and it fits. I feel like Cinderella!
Is "S" for Irony, Too?The too-big first sock has been frogged and the yarn is now on its way to becoming my second sock. As I was working on it last night, a thought occurred to me: "S" is also for slipper.
My tenacious Grandma would be so proud. (And this time, yes, I will make the pair.)