Sunday, March 09, 2008

How to Defeat Second Sock Syndrome

Step 1. Start the first sock in your favorite pattern (Nancy Bush's Rib and Cables) with gorgeous yarn (Cider Moon Blizzard in Cherry Bomb).

Step 2. Finish the first sock in record time. Savor the feeling of self-satisfaction and reflect upon how wonderful the socks will look with your Dansko Marcelles.

Step 3. Immediately cast on the second sock, still full of zeal for the whole project.

Step 4. Knit all the way down the leg and start the heel flap. Start to feel a little bored.

Step 5. Get totally distracted by other projects and your sewing machine. Put the sock down for, oh, seven months or so.

Step 6. Realize that it is winter and your feet are cold. Find a nearly-finished pair of handknitted socks in your craft room. Rejoice!

Step 7. Pick up the second sock and take it to Stitch and Bitch. Resolve not to leave your favorite coffee house until you can wear these socks out the door. Sit there for five and a half hours and three large light roast coffees, furiously knitting this sock.

Step 8. Graft the toe closed, weave in the ends, put on the new socks, and do a happy dance! Reflect that sock knitting is terribly fun and satisfying! Resolve to knit more socks!

Step 9. Repeat.



Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

So true...although I'm still stalled at the 'wait seven months' part!:)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Nice socks! I'm closing in on a pair I started in November. Perhaps I will take said second sock only to S 'n B today and I'll have a new pair for tomorrow. At this time of year in Big Texas, you never know which day will be the last sock day.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

Total crack up! I hope the next pair doesn't take seven months.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! I'm so going to try that next time... ;)

I adore your newly completed socks. That has to be one of my favorite colorways! And such a nice pattern for it, hurray! Can't wait to see what the next pair looks like, but I suppose I will!

3:55 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

whoa, that shibui sock yarn is NICE! so are your finished socks! i finish socks at about the same rate, so i'm well aware of this ever-so-efficient method for combating second sock syndrome. ;)

8:39 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Oooooohhhhh! So that's how you do it!

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hooray! think it works with mittens too?

10:46 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

:) yup - that sounds about right!!

7:36 AM  
Blogger knitography said...

Very nice - that Cherry Bomb colourway is one of my favourites.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha....I finished mine too. How to defeat second sock syndrome? Let someone at stitch and bitch convince you its not all that important that you use all the yarn in the ball. bind off immediately, make first sock the right length bind off twice (because you were too uptight the first time), immediately strip off socks you were wearing in front of people you just met put on new ones and dance. Later on you find out the yarn is superwash. Dance more and try to buy more.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

LOL! Cute! Were you the last knitter in that coffee shop?!?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a long stitch and bitch that you could be there for 5 straight hours!! Nice to finally have a finished pair--I admit there are times when I'm quite happy to discover unfinished socks in my knitting basket, ready to be worked on whenever I get the urge.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Marin (AntiM) said...

1) Jealous of your Cider Moon stash, even though I have my own.

2) Also? Two socks at once a marvelous cure for SSS.

3) I feel so close to you. I got the same Shibui sock yarn. Doesn't the colour just make you peaceful?

4:47 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I'm stuck at the heel turn of the first one! I love that colorway.

7:27 PM  
Blogger ofpinsandneedles said...

Beautiful socks!

My treatment is to knit both at once - not in a clever way, just a few rounds on one, a few on the other, each with their own set of DPNs. I've just got to the heel of my current pair, which have been quite slow going, and I now *can't wait* to slip down the home stretch, but I have a few knits for other people to finish first, so the socks are dangling along in front of me, carrot-like!

Good to see you here again. Hope your feet stay warm xx

5:31 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

One can't help but have a passion for socks in the *delicious* yarns you choose. :)

12:38 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Beautiful! I love that yarn... too bad it's not sold anymore b/c I would so have gone and bought this colorway!

And I'll totally be at Bobmas Eve... will you?

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, this is sooo accurate for me!

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, I just did EXACTLY THIS on a pair I started over the summer. Except I waited 9 months instead...

Nice socks! Where are the Marcelles?

3:10 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Yay for finishing!!

Happy knitting-

11:27 PM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

I'm wondering if that coffee house trick with work for a long lingering 3/4 finished sweater or two. Hmmm..unfortunately I'm addicted to yummy sugary lattes...could be bad for my teeth and waist! Great socks, funny story!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Dr. B. said...


It's amazing how we can immediately forget about the boring bits when our feet are so cozy and cute in the socks.

They look great!

6:28 PM  
Blogger MRS MJW said...

Love the light colored yarn for socks. That will be lovely.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Gem at Cashmere Scarf said...

Haha I can relate! Nice.

8:16 AM  

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