Thursday, January 28, 2010

Slowest Monkeys Ever

So I knit this pair of socks. They're called "Monkey Socks" and it's one of the most popular sock knitting patterns ever. I see the posts on Ravelry, and some people can knit a whole pair in a week or less! It makes no sense to me. I don't even have a job right now and it took me almost 2 months to finish this pair! Seriously... 3 days short of two months, that's how long it took me. I don't understand how other people do it.

You may notice the way that my feet are positioned. This is to hide the fact that they don't actually match. I used the same yarn for both socks. I even used the same needle. But somehow between the knitting of the heel of the 2nd sock and knitting the toes of the 2nd sock my gauge increased dramatically. I'm not really sure how it happened.

You see, I have a notoriously tight grip while I'm knitting. When I first started I would get cramps in my hand because I was holding the needle so freakin' tight. I even thought I was started to develop arthritis last year, but it turns out that I was still just holding the needle really tight. I even snapped one of my wooden needles! But somehow, in the middle of knitting the 2nd sock of this pair I must have actually relaxed a little... because around the foot of the 2nd sock the pattern gets totally HUGE!!! I couldn't even do the same amount of decreases to get the end of the foot fit. So the 2nd sock is square! Who has square feet? Actually, who has only one square foot? But my only other option was to rip half the thing out and find even smaller needles... or stop relaxing, which might have happened pretty easily if I had ended up ripping half the sock out.

So now I have a pair of socks that just don't quite match. And although they will, for the most part, be tucked inside my shoes I will still know that they don't match.
That's all. I'm not sure if I can get over it or not, but we'll see.

In other news, spinning class starts on Monday!!!! Except that my nephew's first birthday party is on Monday. And I would love to celebrate my nephew's first birthday, but I already paid for the spinning class... and it's non-refundable. He'll only be one year old, so I doubt that he will hold it against me since 1) he often cries when he sees me and 2) because he's one, he won't remember if I'm there or not.
It's his dad and grandma I'm worried about. But... but.... non-refundable.


kt jo said...

Your socks are gorgeous, and better than 90% of the world would ever be able to do. I feel like you have some unleashed stress or sexual frustrations with how tightly you hold your knitting needles though. This worries me.

kt jo said...

p.s I'm following you now- why aren't you following me???