Reading While Knitting

Nothing complicated; nothing too exciting, but yes, I do knit while I read. As well as during many other domestic activities.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How to Avoid Second-Sock Syndrome

I don't, as a rule, knit socks. I find them tedious to knit, although I adore wearing hand-knit socks. On this pair of Embossed Leaves socks, though, I'm doing okay with the dreaded SSS.

My secrets so far include:

1. Choose a pattern that intrigues you. Some folks are all about the yarn -- squishy bouncy sock yarn, or self-patterning so that "just one more row" seems to pull them along. I'm not so much that way, although I'm open to the idea that I haven't met the right yarn yet. On the other hand, the 16-row repeat on this pattern is interesting enough and challenging enough for my lace-addled brain to keep me thinking, "One more leaf, one more leaf."

2. Choose a yarn you adore. Welcome, inconsistency! I know I said it wasn't the yarn, but I can't imagine knitting a sock in a yarn that wasn't great. The Knitpicks Gloss I'm using has enough color variation to make me hold it in the light, moving it gently back and forth to watch the play of light on the silk and wool. I've even made friends give their opinion: "See how there's subtle shading in how the different fibers dyed up? See how it shines?" They nod and back away slowly.

3. Make time. Seems like an obvious point, yes? Well, in my life, stating the obvious is something that makes a lot of sense. I've decided to devote my morning run time to the second sock, because, well, because this morning I was preparing to run intervals. I'm convinced that they are a great idea in kicking my running up to another level (despite still not being very interested in racing). So I jogged to the park, stretched, made my way to the baseball diamond where the plan was to run to first base and jog/walk the others five or so times. I lined up on home plate and started and wham! a muscle in my quads did something ominous.

After realizing that it wasn't going away, I limped home to ice and ibuprofin. No running for these legs for a few days, at least.

But hey, when they do run again? They'll have a pair of nice socks to wear afterwards.


At 4:49 PM, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Ah, so THIS is why I'm going so slowly on my second tiger sock. Boring pattern and serviceable yarn (not sproingy or squishy, but I LOVE the tiger stripes). You have solved that mystery for me.

It's okay to have slightly inconsistent rules. They actually made sense to me, though.

I hope the quad is healing fast. Take care of it.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger suzee said...

Owie! It's the weather, we're all overdoing it...

Hope it heals up fast and enjoy the k'nittin'.

At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope it heals fast... but not too fast to keep you from enjoying your second sock :-)

Wish I had the running mojo at all....perhaps I can persuade myself to walk...


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