Sock of AGES

Socks are useful as knitting projects because they are small, portable and, in my case, fairly brainless knitting. I admire the many intricate sock patterns out there but can’t understand why you would put in all that time and then stick them in shoes for no-one to see – for example look at these stunners from the Twist Collective . But then I am an habitual ‘sensible’ shoe person, and wearer of slightly too long trousers, so my feet are invisible. The heights of sock complex-ness for me is maybe a little 3 x 1 rib up the cuff, or a Jaywalker and/or self striping yarn. But – back to the portability, you can take them anywhere, and knit on them anywhere. In theory…:

I really don’t have clown sized feet

This pair of socks has been on the needles for about two years, I am pretty sure they’ve been to Beautiful Days (twice), Cropredy (probably twice as well), and Musicport. It’s hard to knit outside in the blazing sunshine (or, lets face it) pouring rain, and even harder when your diet mainly consists of cider, or they would have been finished by now.

They have definitely been to Heathrow,  Seattle, Battle Ground Washington and Bend and Portland Oregon. And yet still, here they sit, an inch away from being finished. If certain carriers would allow you to knit while in transit (what do they think knitters will do?) they would have been finished by now.

The needles of doom

If I hadn’t become horribly distracted by the Madelaine Tosh in Knit Purl in Portland, and forced to swatch just to see how it knit up in the car on the way back to base, and yet again be beset by the booze too nice to turn down problem (I’m looking at you Deschutes Brewery),  they would have been finished by now.

But most af all, if I hadn’t hidden them at the bottom of the knitting basket, only to have them surface again when searching for supplies for another project, they would have been finished by now (this more than one project thing probably isn’t helping…)

I don’t think I (or they) can take much more, so I have made a decision. I will finish them tonight. If no-one reminds me about that tune I’m supposed to be learning…

So VERY NEARLY finished…

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