I Don’t Know What Came Over Me…

… but I just spent the weekend knitting socks.

Perhaps it was because this yarn is gorgeous (and purple) and squishy (and purple) and lovely (and purple).

Perhaps it was because I started it so long ago, that the good knitter in me wanted to make sure that it got done.

Perhaps it was because I thought about casting on something new, but my conscience nagged me into finishing something up first.

Whatever the reason, I made tons of progress. When I last put them down in October, I had completed both legs. This weekend, I turned both heels and knit each foot. All that is left are the toes.

Now, you all know that I am not a sock knitter. I have only ever completed one pair of adult size socks – a gift for my sister, and only because she really wanted them – plus a few baby socks. And, while the magic of turning a heel does enthrall me, mostly I find it boring.

This was going to be fun, though. It was a mystery knit-a-long, in which every week a clue was published – first the cuff, then the leg, etc… – until the pair were finished. I thought that surely the anticipation of the next clue coupled with the desire to stay ahead of the clues (finish knitting the first clue before the second clue was released) would help me to actually complete a pair of socks for myself.

And, the yarn is purple. And, it was a knit-a-long, so there was competition and accountibility. And, the yarn is purple. What more motivation could I possibly need to knit a measly pair of socks?

That was in October. I was all in and finished the cuffs in one night. Next clue – the leg. I whipped those puppies out with time to spare.

Then, the little pink line showed up and I started spending a lot more time cozying up to the toilet rather than my knitting. And I fell out of the race. Sigh. That’s just the way it goes, sometimes.

So, here I am, trying to get them finished. The excitement is gone. The mystery is over. Everyone else finished their socks months ago and I have the entire pattern all printed out. I don’t even particularly like these socks. (If I am going to do socks, I want them to look more like this.)

At least they are purple….

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4 thoughts on “I Don’t Know What Came Over Me…

  1. It must have been something in the air – this weekend was chock full of knitting finishing at my house, too. So satisfying!

    By the way, I’ve actually made the Kai-Mei socks, and love them. A word of warning, though – I think the pattern runs a little bit large, as I don’t usually have trouble fitting socks, and these turned out a bit baggy on me. Though that could be user error – I wasn’t fussed enough about it to figure it out. 🙂

    • Actually, that sounds perfect – I have fat feet! HA! 🙂 I can’t justify buying the book, though, because I feel like I need to earn it by completing a few pairs of socks before I spend money on a book. I love Cookie A and wish I was a sock knitter just so I could get that book! 🙂

      • Fat feet – haha! Too funny. I like MamaMidwife’s suggestion – the library is an awesome place for knitting books. Also, have you heard about BookMooch.com? I haven’t used it yet, but a number of friends recommended it strongly. It’s a free online book swap – you get credits for sending books to other people, and can use those credits to request new books.
        That might be a good source for knitting books too!

  2. I got the book from the library. Loved the pattern! The leg was the boring part and took forever. But the foot was super fun and came off the needles fast. I am sure the Malabrigo sock yarn helped too. The ankles are baggy on mine. But I am starting to understand/realize that I have skinny ankles in proportion to my feet and legs. If I want to be happy knitting socks I need to learn to get narrow at the ankles. So I just haven’t knit socks.

    What yarn are you using?

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