There is a story behind these socks.
I was in one of my LYSs, over eight months ago, and my attention was grabbed by an eye popping yarn: Wisdom Yarn’s Naked Socks in the Oceanic colourway. It’s blue, it’s green, it’s teal, it’s oh-so-me. It is also 93% acrylic, but it is soft and silky! I had to buy it, so buy it I did.
By this point, I was a novice sock maker (not that I’m anything of an expert now!), having only made 2 or three plain ol’ ‘vanilla socks: no patterning, no lace, just a simple rib, at the top, heel flap and turn, and stockinette in between. But with this yarn, the Naked Socks yarn, I wanted more. Inspired by the colours and colourway name, I wanted a sock pattern that would remind me of the sea. Think waves, think breeze; I began searching for a sock pattern with lace and/or cables. Then I found Gratitude.
This ‘Tangy’ sock pattern was originally published in Knitty, the wonderful online knitting magazine, designed by Brenda Patipa. Drawn in by the picture on the Ravelry pattern page, I knew this was the sock pattern for this yarn. After buying the right size needles (remember, novice sock knitter with only size 3mm), I cast on. The date was November 6.
Between the beginning of November and the beginning of August I had knit only 40 rows. I have hundreds of excuses for my inactivity: Christmas knits, the sweater I wanted to make, knit commissions, presents for beloved friends. I know the real reason though: I just didn’t wanna do it! It’s not the pattern’s fault, for it is a beautiful, well written pattern with clear charts. I couldn’t motivate myself to sit and knit and pay attention to the rows. It was ignored by my own sheer laziness.
Finally, after finishing my Hermione Everyday Socks, I was on a sock-knitting roll, and I wanted to keep the good times coming. I heaved a heavy sigh, looking into my yarn storage and found the Gratitude socks. I pushed past my hesitation, picked up the needles, and started knitting.
Last Monday was a holiday for many of us here in Canada, so Monday morning I settled in with a coffee, Law & Order SVU and the Gratitude socks. This time, everything was different, for the slips and yarn overs were happening so easily! Before I knew it, I must have knitted 6 rows with great ease! And then, I noticed it… A dropped stitch many rows back… With the cables, decreases and yarn overs in this pattern, I could not see a way to fix this mistake. So I took a deep breath, choked back the tears, and started frogging. Rip-it, rip-it, rip-it.
And then I cast on…
Fast forward four days, and the leg is knit, measuring around 5″. I began the heel pattern and thought, ‘This would be a great time to try the sock on, see how it’s fitting.’ Might I add, as I kept knitting, my hesitation and nervousness about the size kept increasing – they looked rather narrow…
My nerves were well placed. It took everything in me not to cry/throw the damned project across the room. I’m putting the socks in a permanent time out – I can’t even look at them to frog it back again.
So, on Thursday night, I broke out another set of DPNs, and I began a Vanilla Sock.