I walked yesterday and today.
I have been thinking about the socks I ripped apart yesterday. I mean, really, I had about 2 inches to go. Although there were many small mistakes in the pattern, a zig where there should have been a zag, they were beautiful. They looked like a birthday cake. And who looks closely at socks? However, they would not have fit. I could possibly have given them to someone else. But they were super short and fat, and who could wear that?
So when do you accept a few errors and go on? How many mistakes are too many? It made me think of city projects, like the Big Dig in Boston. When do you deem a project a failure? O course, socks are not bridges, and people's lives aren't in danger if the socks are too small, or have ladders. But I had spent considerable time and effort on these socks, and starting over means that there will be no socks ready for Hannah's birthday. It sets me back a ton on my sock goals for the year.
I am definitely not a perfectionist. I was not happy with the ladders. Really the zig errors were not a problem to me. But fit? I draw the line at way too small. Too large? Possibly ok... you could wear them as slippers. A gift? this makes all the decisions harder. Why should someone accept a badly knitted pair of socks? Well, I am learning. That is important to remember. And although, nothing I make is perfect, it is knitted with love, and the thought of the recipient in mind. That being said, I will make these socks, and they will be beautiful AND fit. Just not this month.
Where am I in my knitting today? I have finished about 4 inches of the legs of the Glass Slippers socks for Samantha. They really look good.
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in Midway is about $25 per hank. How expensive are these socks going to be??? I guess I will keep looking for the yarn for sale.
I did cast on (CO) the Mystery Sock for the Ravelry Sockdown 2011. The pattern is Watercress Socks by Lise Brackbill. In order to have them count for the Sockdown, I am knitting them in my chartreuse yarn.
I am making them for my youngest kid, Luke. He wants a pair of socks to wear over his ballet slippers, to keep his feet and ankles warm before, after, and between classes. He has long, narrow feet. I will make the wide size though, to fit over his feet and the ballet shoes.
Here is a photo of my cast on:
I promise, in October, I will make 1 pair of socks only!
C. A. Losi