The second pattern for Tour-de-Sock was released Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Vince isn’t quite as excited about this little competition as I am and he doesn’t totally approve of my life revolving 99.9% around getting a sock done.
One thing I’ve learned is that I’m a very slow knitter compared to many. The pattern was released at 5, I knitted til about 1 a.m. and had about half of one leg done. I went to bed, woke up at 5 a.m. and there were already people who had finished BOTH socks. I would love to sit and watch them knit!
When I saw the pattern, my heart sank. My first thoughts were . . I give up! Charts! Lots of charts. I avoid charts like the plague. There are enough patterns out there with written instructions that I’m usually ok without having to do charts. But then I reminded myself that I am not a quitter. Worst thing that can happen is I don’t finish during the allotted time and if I don’t even try, there’s a guarantee that I will not get it done. So, I took a deep breath and downloaded the pattern.
Then there was a needle dilemma. I prefer double point needles. The pattern was written for two circular needles. It was pretty easy to adapt to using DPNs but then I was confusing myself so I searched and found 2 – 2.25 mm circular needles. One of them had a dull edge and as snagging so I kept searching and found another one, but it was 42″ long and I kept getting myself all tangled up in that long cable. Finally, I said . . heck with it all, I’ll just use the 1 – 42″ cable and do the magic loop, although I wasn’t a fan of magic loop but after working with it a while, I think I like it.
There’s a pile of reject needles sitting on the floor by my chair.
It’s a good thing I love cables! Here’s my stopping spot on Sock #2 from last night.
You would think that with such a hard pattern, the back could be plain, right? Wrong!
Even the gusset is beautiful!
This pattern is by Heidi Nick, whose patterns I’ve never done before but she has some gorgeous sock patterns. The pattern is so well written, it’s been easy to follow and understand. I’m so glad I didn’t give up before I started on this one.
That is one gorgeous pattern, don’t you think?