I finally knit to the toe of the second sock. 2.5” to go and I am done. And every other row decreases, which means shorter rows.  Since I’d completed some on break in school the other day, I only had an inch or so left. I sat down on Saturday morning, and knit the last inch of short rows.

If only it was that simple. I did fine for the first few rows I knit that morning. I knit, I decreased at the right time, marking the rows. I just spent weeks, perhaps months really, knitting a ten-stitch pattern repeat across 40 or 80 stitches. How hard can four decreases in one round be?

It’s not, really. It’s the remembering to mark the rows and which row is decrease and which row is knit. And though I want this sock done, it may have been helpful to stop for a little brain food. As I knit on and realized my mistakes, I ripped out a few knit stitches, I found myself grateful that the toe wasn’t in the pattern.

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Maeve and Briannag helping me photograph the sock

I admit, I wondered if there was a way to carry the design with the toe and how it would look. I was not brave enough to knit and decrease the pattern this time; plus this is the Sock Knitting Master Class book, and if such a potentially beautiful toe was feasible, I suspect the master knitters who designed this sock would have tried it already. Who am I to argue with success?

Since I decided not to argue with the pattern, I continued to knit the toe as instructed and mysteriously ended up with multiples of eight stitches to sew instead of nine. I chalked it up it up to hand-knit sock quirks and located a useful darning or tapestry needle.

With the needle I found, I sewed the toe closed in what I remembered to be the kitchener stitch. Later, when I finally put in the DVD for this book, and checked out the toe stitches used to bind off, the presenter said the Kitchener stitch gives people fits.

Having used this stitch before, I will make this effort to make it simple. It’s like sewing figure eights to join your stitches. The “8’s” will help keep the socks looking as if they’re completely knit, instead of sewn. Though personally, if I make this sock again, I’ll likely make it with an adapted start-toe method, or a short-row toes. I want to try that one, so I may present more toes later.ImageThe Finished Socks

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Knit Into Sock Shape

June 1, 2014

My sock has finally moved beyond a periscope and has begun taking on the shape of leg, ankle and foot. Once Wednesday’s high school math students settled into their work of terms and simple examples, I began to knit, and knit some more. I had five class hours, an academic seminar and and prep hour.

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By the time I got to the prep hour, I’d nearly finished another repeat of the lace design, leaving me with only one more repeat to finish-or sixteen more rows with a pattern, and four more rows in stockinette stitch before I got to the toe. I add the four, because once I exhumed and decoded my semi-cryptic notes, I realized I did knit four more rows in stockinette stitch before I began the on the previous sock.

Beginning the toe means I am almost done. This is when the project takes on more of a life of its own. It gains momentum. I want to pick up these needles and knit again. I want to finish my sock, and see it finish. I might even try it on just a little, once I get my feet clean enough after gardening in the mornings, just to see how it feels.

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Soon, I will get to see two completed socks on my feet instead of a sock and a tube, or a sock and a tube with a heel flap I need to turn, or a sock and a periscope. I always begin to anticipate the finished sock when I get to this point. I even made progress through three quarters of the last lace repeat and am working on it more in the evenings to finish it.

Of course, it’s now June and Spring arrived with Summer fast on its heels. I have somedays, like today, where I do not wear socks at all. Oh, the irony! Alas, I still have places where I will need to wear socks and shoes and will wear this pair, because its pretty, or because I only need socks on for a couple of hours.

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Alas, Autumn will return at some point with its chilly days begging for a cup of hot cocoa in a favorite pair of handknit socks. Who could resist? But for now, I will enjoy the sockless sun and summer as long as we have it. Don’t fret, that doesn’t mean I will stop knitting socks. It simply means I will have to knit other items as well, or crochet them….Gasp! I know I’ll prefer to knit more socks.