I noticed what an old fogey I have become some years ago when my son, who was probably only about 7, got his first Nintendo game and immediately inserted it into the game player and started pushing buttons on the controller. He figured out what the game was supposed to do instinctively, whereas I sat reading the instruction leaflet and comparing the controller to the schematic that explained what each button was for.* I still prefer to sit and read about a new computer or piece of software before I press any keys. I think Will’s instructions for anything electronic are still in their shrink-wrapping. (There are some things I can do in Microsoft Word that he cannot, however. But it has taken me hours to figure these out.)
When it comes to knitting, I am far more confident. I will plunge right into the middle of a book and ignore some of the often good advice in the introductory chapters. And so it has been for Charlene Schurch’s books. I should have proceeded with more caution, because I would have read that I prefer a tighter sock top than Charlene does—a fact I discovered only after I had finished my fourth pair in Socks That Rock medium weight and located the Charlene Schurch sock group on Ravelry. There I learned that many of her fans also like negative ease. And so I stumbled upon the reason my latest pair of socks fits so well, whereas the first seemed a bit baggy around the ankles.
There’s quite a difference between the sock when it is off the foot and when it is on, and I’ve been attributing this to the twist pattern itself, rather than the act of the twist stitch in creating the negative ease.
Despite all this theorizing, I’m very pleased with the way these socks turned out and fit me. (Photographing them was a challenge. The color of the socks in the top picture is more accurate. In the bottom one, I’m attempting to hold the camera steady with my foot balanced on a table under my Ott-type light.)
Although I really do like Socks That Rock, I don’t think I’ll use medium for socks again because it makes a thick sock. I have some skeins of lightweight to try out, and I suspect I’ll find those socks more versatile. I will use the medium for fingerless gloves, and I hope the Rhinebeck booth in 2009 has the same mill ends that I overlooked in 2008 (in my frenzy to get some skeins of lightweight and figure out where the end of the line was).
For the record, I’ve knit these in the spinel colorway, using U.S. 1 Brittany Birch needles. The pattern is one of the six-stitch alternatives in More Sensational Socks.
Now that the sock knitting for 2008 is done, I’ve got two days to swatch for the first of my twelve sweaters for the NaKniSweMoDo KAL. I’ve made some adjustments to my original list of possible sweaters, and I have indeed succumbed to the various on-line yarn sales. It came to my attention that I had no worsted-weight stash yarn and that I could use a few warm pullovers. That omission has now been corrected—but more on that when the packages arrive and I’ve settled on a pattern.
*To make matters worse, I did not even realize the game had levels. When I got to the end of level 1 in Mario 1 and reached level 2—and I excitedly called Ed at work to tell him that the game had more to it. Keep in mind that I required about a week to get this skillful. I started my videogame playing with Pong and Space Invaders.