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?
I’ve been on a roll, trying to finish up all my UFOs before this baby shows up and takes up all my knitting time. It’s felt really great- kind of freeing- to clear out my Ravelry WIP list (not to mention the shelves in my studio where I keep my WIPs-there’s so much more room in there!).
And, so, the time has come for me to really buckle down and get to work on the White Whale of my WIPs… The one that keeps getting away (or rather, the one that I keep intending to work on but then get bored with and do something else instead).
The infamous Papaya Sweater!I’ve been working on it all week, and I’ve managed to cruise through a skein and a half of stockinette for the body. And, it’s looking surprisingly good! I’ve got 10 inches of body so far, which feels like a great start. I’m going to take a break from the body at the end of this skein, work up the arms, then use the rest of my yarn to see how long I can make the body.
I can’t say it’s terribly interesting knitting (it’s just miles of stockinette with a little bitty garter stitch border), but it’s simple and satisfying. Plus, it’s kind of fun to see how big/long of a sweater it’s going to end up being. I hope it gets massive!
Do you have any “White Whale” Projects in your stash? What’s keeping you from finishing them up?
Good morning Ravellenic Athletes! I hope you’ve been training hard, because the next 17 days are going to be busy!
I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do (not that I waited until the 11th hour or anything). I’ve decided to do something a little different than usual:
I’m going to see how many projects I can finish in the next two weeks.
I figure I’m not going to have a ton of knitting time coming up, so I might as well take this as an opportunity to finish up some (all? If I’m lucky, and very fast.) of the projects that I’ve been letting languish in my WIP pile.
I’ve got my Papaya Sweater, which is really only knit down to the armpits.I’ve got an entire stack of bears that need to be stuffed, need faces, and need to be sent off to Mama Bear Headquarters.I’ve got a scarf that I’ve started and put down and restarted about a dozen times over the last three years. (I even spun the yarn for this one! I just never got off my butt to finish the dang thing!)I’ve got the almost-finished prototype for the 15th Street Wrap– a project that I have written up as a pattern, published, and other people have knit their own versions of, before I even finished mine!I found two half-finished pairs of socks from some point in the past (I think one pair of socks might literally be from over five years ago… I really don’t remember starting them). This might explain where all my US2 DPNs have disappeared to over the years.And of course, I’m about halfway through my sock yarn baby blanket.I don’t expect to finish everything, but it’ll be fun to try!
So, what to do first? (And when is curling on?)
What are you working on for the Ravellenic Games?
I’m always sharing everything that’s on my needles (or in the case of the Cursed Sweater, I’m sharing what’s on my needles, then off my needles, then on my needles, then off my needles…). It’s something that I like doing, obviously, or I wouldn’t keep writing this blog. I love sharing my ideas, and my projects. I love commiserating with you guys when something goes horribly wrong, and I love celebrating when something turns out better than I expected.But, I never get to see what you’re all are working on!
So, I was thinking it would be fun to start a monthly (or so) post series, about what you guys are working on! I’d love to see your WIPs and FOs, and I bet you’d like to see each other’s projects, too!Interested? Awesome! Send me an email (email@example.com) with a picture and description of something you’re working on, or something you’ve just finished and you’re particularly proud of! (Or, you can tweet at me @on_the_needles, or leave a message in the comments section, if email isn’t your jam.) And, of course, your project doesn’t have to be knitting- Are you halfway through a big cross stitch project? Have you just started a crochet afghan? Did you just put the finishing touches on a particularly elaborate sewing project?I’m sure you’re all crazy-creative, and I can’t wait to see your creations!
When I really started getting serious with knitting, back in college, I scoffed at knitters that I thought had “poor self control.” (As a straight-A’s, honor roll over achiever-type, I scoffed at anyone who I thought had poor self control. Not one of my more endearing character traits.) I would never have more yarn in my stash than I could use. I would never start a project and not finish it. And, I would never have more than one project going on at once.
Maybe not never…
18-year-old me would be horrified with 30-year-old me. I’ve got a room half-filled with boxes of yarn that “I will definitely use… some day.” I think I’ve got 4 or 5 projects on the needles right now, and about half of those are somewhere between hibernating and I-just-need-to-frog-this-but-I-can’t-be-bothered.
In fact, I now carefully plan my multiple projects. I always have a big knitting project (sometimes it’s for work, sometimes it’s a gift) that I work on at home. This is usually something awkward or complicated, something that’s just easier to keep by the couch and not worry about dragging all over town.I have a simple project- something that’s just a lot of stockinette or other mindless knitting. I use this project for keeping my hands busy when my mind is doing something else- playing a game with friends, watching a tense movie, or something with subtitles. (My bears are great for this!)And, I always have something small in the works, a project that I can keep in my purse and work on when I have a few minutes. Waiting in line to get into a museum? Knit. Got to work a little early? Knit. Barber running a bit late? Knit. In my opinion, there’s nothing better for purse knitting than a pair of socks (one at a time, of course, to leave more room in my purse for chocolate and a sketchbook).Do you work on multiple projects at the same time, or are you a one-and-done kind of knitter?