I had some company this week while knitting my sock. This is Peggy, our little ratbag. My housemates have two rats, Peggy and Luanne, who are named after the characters in King of the Hill. I had never sat with the rats while knitting before, due to the thought that teeth and yarn do not mix. Peggy is more affectionate and enjoys sitting on my lap or trying to bury her face in my clothes. Whereas Luanne prefers to wander around..chewing things. She had a brief go at the yarn, but I showed her what for!
Here is Luanne, the pretty rat. She is younger, and smaller and daughter of Peggy.
And here is the six week old sock. I have just got past the heel flap and gusset bit which I enjoyed immensely. For a while when I was knitting I kept on imagining how I was supposed to be knitting it, and since I had only ever knitted socks on straight needles, I kept on imagining it that way. Then all of sudden, after I had re-read the pattern, I realised that there would be no seams. No seams at all! I realise that it sounds a little dumb of me not to take that as fact when I picked up the dpns…but you know, I can’t think of everything. That was one thought I let go of for a while. So when it came back to me, I was overwhelmed with joy and relief since I abhor sewing seams. Thus I enjoyed that little section immensely.
If I remember correctly, it is around this point in the sock where Maggie, who is knitting her second sock now, was blessed with the vision of sock construction. And really, the heel turn and gusset, while the most complicated bit of the sock, isn’t really that hard. Don’t let it scare you!
Another immensely enjoyable aspect of life at the moment is the exciting news… WE CAUGHT ONE. Co knitter Maggie and I caught a first time sock knitter and rounded on her until she said she would join us. No not really. Happily, Paula is joining us in our knit-a-sock-along to tell us of her toe-up socks. It is such a pleasure to have a third person. Not only does it strengthen our plea for knitters to lessen the fear surrounding double pointed needles by blogging about their experience of knitting socks, but it also means we can call ourselves the three musk-knitteers. And how great is that?