Since I met C. through a Facebook knitting group, my knitting life went through revolution. I blame her solely for a sock knitting addiction, which had taken over at least half of my knitting time and creative thinking. You see, I used to hate knitting socks. The double pointed needles were bearable, but it was the dreaded second sock syndrome* that got me every time. I produced single orphan socks, unable to force myself to cast on the second item identical to the first one. I still shudder thinking about it. If I have a knitting idiosyncrasy, it is knitting something for the second time, regardless how small it is. So I hated socks, then C. came over with her long circular needles and socks two at a time enthusiasm… This was my sock revolution.
Now I even dream about socks, waking up in the morning with a three dimensional model of a new sock design in my head. If only I could knit them as fast as I’m thinking about them! I know it is a little strange. Well, a whole lot strange. But it is harmless, my feet are warm, the warm fuzzy thoughts about heel and toe options, recalculating patterns and stitch counts with very little room for manouver and flipping complex stitches up, down and sideways to fit into a very small shape a sock is – all these offer a very pleasant mental escape from more mundane reality of changing 3467th nappy (no, I don’t count them, this an educated guess), cleaning breakfast cereal which mysteriously turns into cement in a matter of minutes, scrubbing a very orange pasta sauce from the carpet… you get the idea. There are certainly worse thoughts on these occasions than fantasizing about sock designs and trying to chart them in my head.
Going back to C. She is quite amazing, inspirational, funny and I blame her solely for my sock habit. It is very fitting she helped me with the very first 4 ply sock design – I have designed “Decadence Socks” I just published on Ravelry thinking about her and the wonderful, inspirational knitting buddy she’s been. C. knitted them and all the pictures in this pattern are hers. Thank you, C!
Decadence Socks are cuff down design with a traditional heel and a heavily textural pattern. Delicate cables are the centre of attention, but the yarnover increases and decreases give the design dynamic and airiness, often a challenge in cabled designs.They are tight fitting so those who like their socks a little loose may want to go 0.25 or even 0.5 mm up in needle size. I hope you like them – I love how the initial idea transformed into the pattern and an actual knit.
*Second Sock Syndrome is a terrible condition affecting sock knitters. The symptoms include avoidance of casting on the second sock, revulsion when considering knitting the pattern for the second time, frequent “misplacing” of the project to the bottom of the knitting queue before the second sock can be cast on. The sufferers often end up with a stash of single, unmatched socks and feeling of guilt and disappointment. Sometimes therapy is necessary.
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