It’s done! It’s done! The “Am I there yet?” questions were all worth it. Since its been said, “The only way out is through,” I decided I simply need to keep knitting. That didn’t mean it couldn’t be made a little more enjoyable. I borrowed some discs from the library to listen to a book while I knit. I chose To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but I figure you can choose what you like or pick your favorite TV show to watch. It’s easier to finish busy work when keeping a mild distraction in the background.

 

The sock does get easier as you knit. You see it taking shape and becoming a sock. Then you get through the foot and when you try it on your baby toe finally disappears and you begin reducing and making the toe. I did try this sock on less than the last pair I knit, since I had an idea what I was about. I also used the tape measure to check my progress against my foot length. But when I got to the toe, my excitement had begun to return and I was well into the story. Now I was faced with a decision as there seems to be more than one way to knit a toe.

 

I reviewed the directions for the wedge toe and the star toe. I believe I used the wedge toe before, so I was experienced with it, but the instructions for it were much less precise than for the star toe in this pattern. I did not have the convenience of running to the computer and looking up Silver’s sock class and was not inclined to redistribute my stitches again as the wedge toe would have required.

 

As I read over the instructions for both toes, I considered making a new style of toe. But in reviewing the strange star-toe style of directions, I could see how many rounds I had to knit and clearly what I had to do with each row. In addition, I could mark off the rows instead of tally them on my paper. The tally may be neater, but I track better when I check the row instead of tally. I chose to knit the star-toe pattern this time. After all, what is knitting to me, but a way to find new challenges?

 

I began reducing and knitting according to instructions. Though at the beginning of the toe section, I was still feeling the pain of knitting all those stitches in the round, from 72 to 66 to 60…. In between, due to the number of reductions in each row, I was knitting two regular rows for every 6 stitches I reduced, which puts this at a similar scale to the wedge toe. But once I got through the first half of the rows, the toe started coming together very quickly. As I knit, I realized I would be faced with one more decision about my toe–how to end the sock. Image

 

Yes, those are my toes making this internet appearance

To put my adventure into real time, I stopped knitting a few rows before due to a shopping appointment I needed to keep. I’ll explain that closer to the end of this post. I stopped knitting for that afternoon and picked it up again that evening for a couple of rows. I still didn’t get to finishing off the toe until the morning.

 

In the morning, I reviewed the last two rows, debating if I wished to continue with the star-toe pattern which would require more knitting in the round, or stopping with eighteen stitches on my needle and completing the sock with the kitchener stitch. I knew the kitchener stitch and I liked it. However, after checking my Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd and decided to see the star-toe through. Some days, you desire continuity.  Then I finished the sock and tried it on.

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The beginning of a loving relationship for foot and sock

Ahhhh….the comfort of a hand knit sock. It fit like a glove for my foot. My foot felt hugged and happy. I wanted to wear one knit sock and not care that the other foot had a store bought sock or what not, giddily all day and perhaps to bed or all week long. It feels that darned good. I think the hugs of the sock on your foot travel straight to your heart when wearing hand-knit socks. Now, I need to start over on the second sock. This may dishearten some for knitting socks, but for me, having one sock done gives me a sense of completion and the ability to continue with a project that may be seemingly endless otherwise.

 

Since the term “Queen of Unfinished Projects” sometimes applies to me, I find it helpful to have a sense of completion at the half-way point. I also find the comfort and feeling of the first sock get me to the second sock. Once I’ve completed my cast on, I’m over halfway done. In reality, I already am halfway done as the decisions have already been made. (Note to those prone to losing their keys, as I am. I keep the completed sock in the knitting bag to show off while I knit sock number two).

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Completed sock with the beginning of sock number two.

(See, I am over half done.)

 

In the meantime, I must discuss another decision I’ve made, as I will not be able to blog consistently, if at all, over the summer. I’m returning to Bay Cliff Health Camp for work as a cook after a fifteen year hiatus. Bay Cliff Health Camp is in Big Bay, MI, near Marquette in the Upper Peninsular(for those of you who are not yoopers) and I do not expect to have reliable internet access during this time. I’m honestly not certain how much time I’ll have to write about my knitting. Some days, I will simply be too tired to knit.

 

I will return shortly before labor day, full of stories about camp and possibly a few about my knitting including a new pair of socks(I hope). They’d make a great birthday gift to myself.

 

In the meantime, if you wish to send me mail at camp, send me a message by Sunday June 9, 2013 and I will send you a message with my camp address. If I receive the message after June 9th, I cannot guarantee I can be prompt with my reply but will make the effort. I look forward to sharing my camp stories and knitting adventures with you in the fall.

Sincerely,

Tanya

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