On Wednesday I finally finished my socks. I already posted most of what I had to say about them in this post. So they were my first toe-up, two at a time, magic loop, short row heel, and stretchy sewn bind off. On top of that it was my first time following a cabling chart and knitting through the back loops. It was rated as an experienced level pattern.
The only problem I came across was the error with the pattern in the book, and I had already started them when I realized there was a problem. I tore them down and started again, but it didn’t bother me. I wanted them to be perfect. Additionally every sock I have made so far out of Joy of Sox has an errata, so I’ve made a habit of checking their project pages on Ravelry before casting on.
The yarn was crazy. I love winding hanks into center-pull balls when I’m really stressed out. When I got the yarn out to wind it, I found it was a huge tangled mess. It took me hours to wind it into a ball. I was quite discouraged and felt that I wouldn’t buy Malabrigo sock again. After knitting with it though, I have changed my mind about that. I bought another hank recently and I had an easier time with it. I suppose it was because I was prepared to work with the tangles. Truthfully I think it’s unacceptable to charge $22 US for a hank of yarn that you have to untangle, but I guess Malabrigo sock is just that good.
These socks have changed me as a knitter. I knew I was a sock person before, but now it’s different. Lately I have been dreaming about socks all night long. I wake up eager to get to work on them. Now I’m starting to appreciate them as a work of art. They are the best type of art as they are so functional. I consider myself to be a functional person and I rarely do anything that isn’t.
Socks are the perfect knit for me, and I am so proud of this pair.