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I feel strangely confident today.

April 26, 2007


I feel strangely confident today.
– Charlie Brown

There comes a point in the process of learning something new when you have the great epiphany – that “I really get it” moment. Well, I have finally reached my sock knitting epiphany. I needed a gift for my MIL’s birthday so I decided a pair of slipper socks would be a nice yet fast to knit gift (she doesn’t really appreciate hand knits so she wasn’t getting lace socks from fingering yarn on Size 0 needles – ya know). I found a pattern I liked in Interweave Knits BUT the yarn they used was much smaller than the yarn I wanted to use. Being the persistent type that I am, I decided to knit a swatch – egad, I am swatching now. After thousands of several swatches, I found a modification of pattern and needle size that would accommodate the selected yarn – holy cow, I actually modified a stitch pattern.

So, I was happily knitting along on the pattern – using the necessary mods – when I got to the heel turn. The instructions seemed a little odd but since I have only knitted a couple of different types of heels, I thought that this might just be a new heel type so I knitted it precisely from the pattern. When completed, the stitch count of my heel turn didn’t match what the pattern said I should have. Okay, I said to myself (I talk to myself a lot late at night), it’s late, maybe I made a mistake somewhere. So I frogged the heel turn and reknitted it, all the time telling myself that the numbers just didn’t add up – the instructions given just couldn’t yield the number of stitches the pattern said I should have. Could there be a mistake in the pattern – oh the horror??

Upon completing the second heel turn on the same sock, I realized that I had not made a mistake. The numbers just didn’t match. The pattern had an error!!! It was late and hubbie was already asleep, so I didn’t want to turn on the computer to check for pattern errata for fear of waking him – yes I am probably the only person on the planet who doesn’t have a laptop. I would just have to figure out this heel turn without correct pattern instructions. So I re-read the instructions again S L O W L Y. I recognized what the mistake was and reknitted the heel turn the way I KNEW it was supposed to be. The next morning, I checked the IK website for pattern errata and sure enough there was, indeed, a mistake in the heel just exactly where I made my corrections. I had figured out a heel turn without a pattern there to hold my hand!!! I was so thrilled I couldn’t breathe. I tried sharing my excitement with the hubbie – but alas, he is a muggle and doesn’t understand knitterly things. I know this is not a big deal to those who have been knitting socks for centuries years. But to me, who knitted my first sock in January (2007, in case you were wondering), it was a major accomplishment. I have actually reached the level of understanding of sock construction that I can recognize and correct mistakes and make significant changes in patterns. Surely, I deserve some sort of trophy for this – well, maybe not a trophy – but I have at least earned the right to blather on and on about a silly sock on a silly knitting blog. Thank you for kind indulgence.

So without further ado, I give you the Epiphany Sock

Pattern – modification of Cowgirl Slipper Socks by Ann Budd (Interweave Knits Winter 2006)
Yarn – Bernat Denim Style – color Faded Khaki
Needles – Size 6 dpns

They look huge because (a)my MIL has really, big feet and (b)this is a very thick, cushy and soft yarn. They are intended to be a slog around the house kind of slipper so I didn’t want them to be restrictive or tight. They are quite comfortable – even if my MIL will probably never wear them – but that’s another story.

In other news, the Green Leaves sock has grown another inch and now the the MIL sock is done I can go back to them and the other 5 pair I am working on.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. paula permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:25 pm

    Very nice! Congrats on working through all the technical details

  2. paula permalink
    April 26, 2007 1:25 pm

    Very nice! Congrats on working through all the technical details

  3. Becky permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:59 pm

    Love the socks, and I don’t have a laptop either…

  4. Becky permalink
    April 26, 2007 2:59 pm

    Love the socks, and I don’t have a laptop either…

  5. Anonymous permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:32 pm

    love your green soks the pattern and like th lighter shades in the green I think it looks better not a solid color Ann in Maryland

  6. Anonymous permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:32 pm

    love your green soks the pattern and like th lighter shades in the green I think it looks better not a solid color Ann in Maryland

  7. Diane permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:38 pm

    Your mil would be NUTS not to wear them! I made my mom a pair of socks and she promptly put them in her sock drawer never to see the light of day again … until the day my daughter asked for them “because mom’s socks are great and you aren’t using them”. She wore them once and put them back in the drawer. Oh well. No more socks for mom.

  8. Diane permalink
    April 26, 2007 6:38 pm

    Your mil would be NUTS not to wear them! I made my mom a pair of socks and she promptly put them in her sock drawer never to see the light of day again … until the day my daughter asked for them “because mom’s socks are great and you aren’t using them”. She wore them once and put them back in the drawer. Oh well. No more socks for mom.

  9. Amy in MN permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:11 am

    Congrats on your epiphany!

    The slippers look great, I hope you MIL appreciates them.

    BTW – *love* your Horcrux socks…I will be “stealing” your design changes for mine, if that’s OK!

    Also, just remembered this morning about your poll in March. From the comments it seems that most will knit in public without much commotion…so will we ever learn what prompted the poll?

  10. Amy in MN permalink
    April 28, 2007 9:11 am

    Congrats on your epiphany!

    The slippers look great, I hope you MIL appreciates them.

    BTW – *love* your Horcrux socks…I will be “stealing” your design changes for mine, if that’s OK!

    Also, just remembered this morning about your poll in March. From the comments it seems that most will knit in public without much commotion…so will we ever learn what prompted the poll?

  11. Petpig permalink
    May 15, 2007 7:27 pm

    I love to knit or crochet where ever I can. I am not shy. Most places really bore me anyway.
    “HI-5” on the “Eureka” heel moment.

  12. Petpig permalink
    May 15, 2007 7:27 pm

    I love to knit or crochet where ever I can. I am not shy. Most places really bore me anyway.
    “HI-5” on the “Eureka” heel moment.

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