We’ve all heard of Second Sock Syndrome– that affliction that makes it nigh on impossible to make yourself knit the second sock of a pair. I admit, sometimes I get a little flare-up of SSS, but it’s something that I try really hard to avoid.
But, I have to admit that I live with a related affliction. Something just as (if not more) deadly than Second Sock Syndrome, but perhaps a little less common. I’m here to raise awareness about FSS. That’s right: First Sock Syndrome, otherwise known as Cuffonly Sockitis.
I realized that I might be having a bout of FSS this weekend when I went to grab a set of my favorite sock needles for a new project (5″ bamboo US2 dpns, if you’re wondering). I have 5 or 6 sets of these needles, so I figured I’d be able to just grab some from the jar on my bookshelf and go on my merry way. But no! I couldn’t find a single needle!
It turns out they’re all being used in socks. And not second socks. That would be too easy- just a couple hours work to free my needles and finish off a brand-new pair of socks! Not a single sock in my house is past the heel. They’re all firmly stuck mid-way down the cuff.I don’t even remember starting this sock. I think I started it literally before we moved… almost 4 years ago.And this one… I don’t even know what to say. It looks like I started it, got bored with it, put it down, picked it up again, completely forgot what pattern I was working, and just guessed until I got a couple more inches knit. Look! You can clearly see where I totally forgot what I was doing.Clearly, I have a problem, and clearly, I’ve got some knitting to do to finish/fix these socks.
Or maybe I’ll just go buy another set of dpns.
Do you ever get FSS?
Earlier this year (April), I completed my first pair of socks…..using worsted yarn!! Prior to that, I had at least 6 different cuffs started, all the results of taking a class or workshop for sock knitting. The burden was heavy; but I bit the bullet, ripped out all of them and resolved to knit at least one sock. I grabbed Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks (from my library of “let’s knit socks” books), and decided worsted was my friend and forged ahead. I think that my lack of construction knowledge in fingering was keeping me from finishing more than a cuff. I want to knit another pair, perhaps in DK before I drop to fingering. My feeling of accomplishment was immense and I’m looking forward to starting another pair.