It has occurred to me (well, over the weekend it occurred to me) that while I am thrilled about the artichoke tsock, which I saw and then commented on and then drooled over some more, I have not yet knit the last tsock kit I purchased, which was the Nine Tailors sock. Yeah. I blabbed a lot about that, too. And then I blogged about it, and there was some sort of random (and apparently premature) claim about a cabled sweater of some sort, and then I bought two kits (one of which was gifted to the CG, who knit a lot more on it than I did when she got it), and then the one I kept sat in my stash drawer until I had my realization. Part of this realization came during my attempt to find something new to knit. Why was I going through patterns on Ravelry when I had a perfectly good sock just waiting to be made?
Why? Well, I’ll tell you. Mostly it sat there because I got frustrated. I knew when I bought the kit that it was a little beyond my experience level at the time. I had only really ever knit two pairs of socks then, neither of which was lace (I don’t count the Socks of Eternity, because they are one step up from a scarf, that is a scarf with heel shaping). I got the pattern and started on the cuff and ripped it out because I screwed up and then repeated that four more times and then stuffed the kit away until I was less angry with it myself.
Since then, I have knit the Rivendell socks, which taught me twisted stitch cabling, the Waving Lace socks, and 3/4 of the Interlocking leaves socks, both of which have taught me how to work with repeated lace patterns. I cast on too many stitches initially with the cuff, but then fixed that and as of last night I not only finished the cuff but also finished 3 rows of mini-cables and colorwork (!). AND I fixed some mistakes I made in the colorwork, all without frogging back rows, like I usually do. Woo!
Here’s the cuff:
(I realize it is upside-down, but you get the idea. The little round bit at the bottom is the angel’s head, if that helps.)
And here’s what I’ve got of the sock part with the hard stuff:
Woo! Thank you, hideously bad show The Vampire Diaries for being free background noise. I am feeling very accomplished at the moment. I will probably never learn place notation, and will therefore lug around the pattern with me for the duration of knitting the socks, but I know how to do it! Also without using cable needles!
So, yeah. Go, Monday.