Curing "Second Sock Syndrome" and the Four Year Pair of Socks
Poll: Tell me truthfully, how long does it take you to 1) start and 2) actually finish the second sock of a pair? Well, I'm sorry, but if you don't cast-on and finish that second little rascal right after the first one, you will suffer outrageously from Second Sock Syndrome, a.k.a the Bubonic Plague of knitting, a.k.a. Don't-you-dare-make-me-knit-that-thing-again-or-I-will-kill-you Syndrome.
This, my friends, is a pair of socks that took four years to make.
Four, long, single-sock years pretending the other one got *oops* lost in the dryer. I mean, if you think an alluring pattern or an eye blinding color could be enough to inspire closure, think again. First, these Beautiful Butterfly Socks by Shiny Little Stitches are a delight to make... smocked stitches, lace, even a different orientation for the second sock, this pattern has it all!
And then check out this shade of Jawoll Superwash sock yarn, which comes complete with a stabilizer thread spool packed inside like a prize in a Cracker Jack box. Even the incentive to fish it out and hold it double for the heel wasn't enough to get me to finish.
|From MoaO's stash on Rav|
I have a proposal for a cure for second-sock syndrome, ready?
Hypothesis: One doesn't need two of the same sock. (Case and point, do you see the four years of pills from use on my first sock, never mind the ends that got felted because I never wove them in?)
Corollary: No, I don't mean you should have the other foot bare... just wear another completely unrelated first sock without a pair! This is (1) lovely Galileo Sock by Laura J.
A Better (and I Think Genius) Solution: Just make two different exciting sock patterns using the same skein of sock yarn. Think about it! It would be twice the fun, you would never have to feel that woeful Second Sock Syndrome guilt AND only the most scrutinizing loony would know the difference when you wore them, I swear!
Ok, but clearly I managed to finish the Beautiful Butterfly pair of socks, despite the timespan of a US election (which is always 4 years, but somehow the 2016 election feels like it will be the Rumplestiltskin of elections). Anyway, the question is, what made me finish?!
Ironically, it was another full pair of socks. My husband demanded one, he even picked the skein out of a Knitpicks catalog:
|Knitpicks Stroll Fingering in colorway Coffee Shop|
With the simple pattern Ridge by Dieuwke van Mulligan (and him breathing down my neck), I had to finish the pair right away, see?
And bizarrely, after finishing the second sock I realized that I had in my hands the exact needles required to finish off those 4-year socks. Hey, the pair is nice, don't get me wrong, but I really am going to try out my new hypothesis, just you wait!
I don't have any house updates for you (because my SD card broke) but my screened porch is finished! It's a beauty.
What I do have is a JOB UPDATE! On November 2nd I will take a position running the social media channels of the scientific institution I work for in Bar Harbor, Maine: The Jackson Laboratory. This is a departure from my training as a researcher, but a welcome departure. I was already transitioning into leaving academic research to do scientific writing (manuscripts, grants), but when I saw this opportunity I had to give it a go. My knitting social media channels have really taken off (especially my Facebook Page) and I feel like I've learned so much about capturing audiences online that I could use my deep scientific expertise to help people get to know our institution better.
I am really excited to take this on -- wish me luck!
Stay tuned for a WIP tour, I've got a ton of projects on the needles to show you.