Last week, I blogged about my favourite projects, inspired by the 30 Day Challenge, created by Knitting in Wonderland. It was hard to pick my favourite project that I’ve completed over the 5+ years I’ve been knitting, but when Knitting in Wonderland asked on Day 7 what is your least favourite project, I didn’t hesitate.
Blogisphere, meet the Moon Socks.
Okay, context. Yes, the finished slippers look great, and my sister loved them when I gave them to her for Christmas 2013, but when I gave them to her, I swore I would never make that pattern again.
Rewind to 2013. I’m knitting fairly frequently, but I wouldn’t have called myself a ‘Capital K Knitter’ like I am today. At that time, it was a hobby. I would knit, but I wasn’t a Knitter. I wanted to make my sister a pair of slippers for Christmas, and when I stumbled across this pattern, I thought ‘How unique! How stylish! Don’t they look warm! Sister will love them!’
I downloaded the free pattern (here’s the link to my project page, but don’t say I didn’t warn you). I started knitting. Perhaps it was my inexperience, still relatively new to knitting in the round, still learning to become fluent in knitting pattern lingo, but as I knit all I could think of is how terrible of a written pattern it was. Picking up the stitches for the foot was one of the worst things I’ve had to muddle my way through, and as I knit, I found that I was constantly checking lengths against my own foot because the lengths they suggested/rounds to repeat didn’t work out.
If any good came from this project, besides the intended recipient loving her slippers, is that because of this project, I started my faithful habit of my knitting journals. My journals are a kind of scrapbook/smashbook that I cut and paste patterns in, use to take notes as I’m knitting along, or I keep notes on patterns I’m improvising on the fly. I had to keep notes while making these (insert negative adjective) slippers, and the habit has stuck. Three journals later, and I have found them to be an irreplaceable resource to me.
So there you have it. My least favourite project: the Moon Socks.