So, when I cast on my Rick socks, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see that spiraling rib start to take shape. I knit the cuff, and then jumped right into the leg, thinking how cool it was that a few ssk’s and yarn overs were all it took to make that really cool look. But, after knitting about two inches, I stopped. This didn’t look like the picture in the book.

My spiraling rib was inverted. Huh. That’s weird.

See? Here it is, inside out.

So, I went on Ravelry (what did knitters do before Ravelry?) and perused the 643 other pairs of Rick socks that have been made. No one else seemed to have the same trouble. Sock after beautiful, spiraling sock met my search for help.

Eratta. That had to be it. But the only eratta for this pattern didn’t start ’till the gusset.

So, I enlisted the help of the “Cookie A Socks Fan Club” on Ravelry, posting a desperate plea for someone to tell me where I was going wrong. And waited. Nothing.

Just about the time I started to consider frogging the whole thing and giving myself up for a huge idiot who couldn’t even decipher a knitting chart, I had a thought.

Maybe I am not doing the ssk right.

This is a scary thought. Do you know how many times I have executed the simple ssk stitch? How many lace charts I have followed? How many sweaters I have shaped? How many stitch patterns I have knit?

But it was my final hope. So, I headed over to Youtube (what did knitters do before Youtube?) and looked up a video on “how to ssk”.

And, what do you know? I have been doing it wrong all this time.


Oh, the joys of being a self taught knitter.

I have been ssk-ing – slip, slip, pass the stitches back to left needle, knit – which produces a twisted stitch. For some reason, it has never mattered and I have never noticed till now.

The temptation to rip out everything that I have ever knitted and do it right has passed (it was brief). I am okay now.

But, isn’t that unbelievable?

A Cute Miscalculation

Remember my little sewing extravaganza in which I churned out a bunch of boxy bags?

Well, I want to make some matching notions pouches for them.

Here is my first try.

Apparently, I shouldn’t have gone so small.

Here it is compared to the size the pattern makes.

I did much better when I sized them up. But, I have lots more zippers. So I guess I can try again.

And, the kids love it. Everyone is begging for their own.

Too bad – I am busy knitting socks…. (maybe next week)

How To Avoid SSS in Three Easy Steps

It is an insidious affliction affecting many sock knitters. I have fallen prey to it myself on occassion. Second Sock Syndrome. A cousin of Second Sleeve Syndrome, it can be almost paralizing at times and many a lonely sock or one armed sweater has fallen into the abyss of unfinished and (mostly) forgotten knits. When your motto is “Never knit the same thing twice”, your sock knitting suffers. What is the second sock but a monotonous repeat of the last knit that you finished?

How does one avoid such disaster? I have three simple strategies.

The first is this. When it is at all possible, knit both at the same time:

Kai-Mei in Dream in Color Smooshy Buttercup

There is also the option of knitting socks that mirror each other. These are knitted one at a time, but one doesn’t shirk at knitting the second sock because it promises to be different from the first.

Rick in Paton’s Kroy FX Copper Colors

This second strategy should work, but, just in case, it should always be employed along with the third strategy and that is – Cast on second sock immediately after first sock is complete.

I hope this doesn’t mean that I am doomed….