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?
Stricken with that dreaded Second Sock Syndrome!
I’ve managed to avoid it for years. All my pairs of socks have been either completed finished or completely frogged (except for those socks in Mardi Gras colors that I stopped working on because I realized I would never wear socks in Mardi Gras colors, and really, who would dye yarn in those colors. Honestly.)
But, I can no longer say that I am unaffected by Second Sock Syndrome. Observe:
One sock, perfectly completed (in less than a week, mind you). Bound off, ends woven in, ready for blocking. Look at that lovely shade of hand-dyed blue. The yarn is beautiful and squishy. It’s delightful! And I’ve already done the toe on the second sock. The fiddly part is done. Now I just need to knit.
Unfortunately, I started the second sock almost a month ago. While it’s been sitting in my WIP pile, instead of working on the sock, I have completed:
What has to happen to make me finish these socks? I want to wear them… I want them to be finished… I just don’t want to pick up the needles and work on them. Ugh!
What do you do when you’ve got a wicked case of Second Sock Syndrome?
It’s one of the most feared maladies in the fiber arts community. It strikes suddenly and without consideration for age, experience, or the general health of the knitter. It’s sent many a project bag to the back of the closet. It’s the cause of countless cold feet. It’s the one, the only,
Second Sock Syndrome-The silent killer (or rather, the cause of people getting bored with their socks and not making the second one of the pair)
Don’t fall pray to Second Sock Syndrome. Knit your second sock, and make sure your feet get the love that they truly deserve.
Here’s my pair of socks:
I made sure to follow the exact same pattern that I used to make my first sock, so that they match perfectly. Count your rows in the leg and instep, so that one sock doesn’t end up longer or shorter than the other one.
Also, in case you were wondering, I didn’t make a whole sock in two days. I’m fast, but not that fast.