“I thought you hated knitting socks?” Neil asked when I cast on a pair recently.
“I don’t hate knitting socks,” I said. “I just hate knitting the second sock.”
I think the incident that has stuck in my mind is the time I knit a pair of knee high socks in a 2×2 rib. I mean, that is enough to put anyone off socks. However, I was a little strung out when I started these socks and just needed a knitting project that would occupy enough of my brain to distract me, but not so much that I would lose it if something went wrong. For me, knitting lace usually does the trick, for I find that half of the accomplishment is in remembering the lace pattern.
The pattern is Toe-Up Totem Socks, although I didn’t make them as long as you might normally do, and I cast on less stitches so that the socks didn’t end up too big. As a result, the lace pattern wraps around the instep a little more, which I think is kind of neat.
I have to put them away until the cooler weather for now, but I’m kind of excited to pair them with my Swedish Hasbeens or my saddle shoes. Or even just my pyjamas on a Sunday morning.