I have been carrying these same socks around with me forever, putting in a row here or there. The above picture of sock number one is time stamped February 15. I started them on the 9th of January and finally on an airplane, heading for an hour layover in Memphis, I cast off for Wendy's generic toe up feather and fan socks. Since the 19th I have worn them twice and carried them in my purse everywhere hoping to get a chance to photograph them and yet here I am typing this entry without a single image on my camera...hang on a second while I take a photo or two (or 15 and still none of them will be good...is it the camera or operator? Good question...)
Just my luck...my camera battery just died after 2 pictures. Now I have to go home and charge it and then take 13 more pictures only to hate them all. So while I am waiting for the battery to recharge let me distract you with a query/story. I always have a sock on the needles and carry it around with me in my purse. While waiting, or commuting, or hanging out, I will pull it out and complete a couple of rounds. Often someone will ask me what I am knitting. If it matters, I knit one sock at a time on double points. My response is always "a sock". Then people inevitably respond with "just one?" Not knowing what else to say I point out "just one at a time". Would it be more accurate to say I am knitting socks? I feel at the moment I am knitting just one. I think if I was working on a sweater sleeve I might respond with "a sleeve" and if I feel like talking to them might show the other parts of the sweater or a picture on the pattern. Are they asking about what I am currently knitting or wondering what it will become or are they just trying to make conversation with a stranger for no good reason?
I immediately cast on for my St Patrick's Day socks while waiting in the airport in Memphis. The pattern I choose called "Making Waves" warned that it pulled in quite a bit and to maybe make a larger size than usual so having smallish feet I decided that the medium size would be just fine.
In just a few days I had knit quite a bit and was almost ready to turn the heel. So I tried them on, they weren't even close to fitting over my heel. So what is a girl to do but cast the first sock aside and cast on for the second one with more stitches. But I love the way the pattern is working out with the stripes. I am nearing the toe on the second sock (and worrying about whether their is enough yarn) and trying to psych myself up to pull out the first sock.