Spiraling Notions


Socks Socks Socks

Big surprise, I’m knitting socks. ’Tis the season I guess. I started getting the itch in October and it has not let up yet. Looking at the dates this sock binge seems to be annual at this time. I have knit about 20 socks since my first sock.

Only the most recent fit properly...

This makes me then think about what the problem is. What is the problem? The problem is that I do not know how to measure my foot properly to make the sock work for me. So, like any other yarn enthusiast, I went on a book buying spree.

I have at this point 10+ books on socks. Really, I do. Most of them are just patterns though and this has started to bother me.

Even the one with the good information on construction and different types of construction goes into a talk about how IMPORTANT it is to measure your feet properly and then ignores the details on how to best measure and what the ratios should be. It is only through my own trial and error that I have actually been able to figure most of this out.

This last book I bought, again talks about how important good fit and proper measurements are but then excludes the proper measurements or how they relate to the construction of the sock, and this source touts its encyclopedic nature. It would be like a historical record of the US that completely ignores the New England area of the country, or explaining our government without mentioning the Senate. How can all these books ignore this?

Thing is I still don’t know where to get the information I need. I have begun to experiment, of course, but in the face of the many hundred years or so in which humans have been knitting it seems ridiculous that no one source can explain the details - especially books written on sock design, construction and fit. But they all have pages worth of information on how to knit as though this is your first knitting book...

At 20 hours a pair and 15,000 stitches a sock the least I can do to start with is have all the information I need on how to measure my fucking foot properly.


Sock Fatigue...

I have run into a problem.

The sock obsession is spilling into other socks before I finish the pair. I have 5 different socks on needles right now and two finished single socks... Oh what to do. There are not enough hours in the day for me to finish all the knitting and spinning I want to do.

BUT I have started spinning... yep... sock yarn. I have some superwash, without special goat nylon and also a regular Blue Faced skein which will probably shrink in the wash. I am not sure what pattern to use with the BFL. Since the BFL is variegated, I do not want the pattern or color to wash out because of the other. But I have about 400 yards so that should be okay for 1 pair... if I get around to the second sock that is.

Here it is:


Great Expectations, um yeah...


I started knitting socks. I am really annoyed about this for a number of reasons, actually. Although they are nice to wear around and if the pattern is simple you can bring them anywhere. But they are a pain in the ass. For the amount of time you spend on one pair of socks you probably could have knit an afghan for a king sized bed.

And don’t get me started on sock yarn... too late!

I am disenchanted with spending 20-30$ on 4 ounces of yarn when the make up is identical to every other yarn out there. That is to say: 80% wool 20% nylon... But this is special nylon that was hand spun by Peruvian temple virgins and came from the elusive nylon goat native to the slopes of Macchu Picchu and can only be harvested at 8pm on the spring solstice every four years. And each goat has its own personal masseuse following it through the mountain trails to make sure the resulting nylon is exceptional... oh wait nylon comes from wood chips and vegetable waste... made in a factory from digested sludge.

But apparently this nylon/wool combination is from exceptional sludge.

I went a bit off-the-handle and bought about 10 skeins of sock yarn so that I could satisfy my current binge. It got a package from Knit Picks - the enemy - with 5 different Stroll Tonals. And from JimmyBeansWool, I decided on Lorna’s Laces shepherd sock yarn. Upon arrival I instantly tore into the packages and closely examined my 10$ skeins and comparing them with the 24$ skeins... aside from the label there does not seem to be much of a difference in quality... and really, both labels were made of paper...

But then Lorna’s Laces is Kettle Dyed, by hand, right...? OOOOhhhh. Well so is the Knit Picks stuff, apparently by hand as well. Course that hand is probably also an unpaid peruvian child... but then again... maybe Lorna’s is too... Their website is a tad obscure about such things. Don’t get me wrong. This is not an advertisement for Knit Picks. It is an exhaustive missive about yarn snobbery. What makes this child-labor-violating-animal-cruel yarn better than this non-fair-trade-slum-originating-hand-dyed?

I only wish I had the balls to add an extra 10$ to my yarn because I sneezed near the dye pot while I was in the kitchen.