This Thursday I finished the pair of socks I made for the dear brother-in-law (forgot to take a picture!) Friday I started on the "Skew" socks again. This first picture shows how far the sock was at 7:50 p.m. today. This next picture shows the same sock at 7:54.
Now, why in the world did I "unknit" this sock a second time? Well, I was up to the part where a gusset begins for the ankle. But things were "backassward." The increases were on the wrong side of the sock. I reread the pattern (find it at www.knitty.com, go to the pattern library, click on past patterns and enter "Skew" in the search box) and realized that I had made a mistake IN THE FIRST ROW!!!
With toe up socks I use Judy Becker's magic cast on, and after the first round (two needles) I hang the tail of the cast on outside the sock and use that as a reference point to determine the beginning of the round. This pattern said, knit just one needle, then begin the pattern of rounds, which puts the beginning of the round at the opposite side of the sock. Non-knitters, just don't mind the confusion: even knitters will wonder what I mean. You have to understand this strange sock pattern to know what's wrong.
If this were an ordinary toe up sock, I could probably fix it, but these are "Skew" socks. If you go back in the blog to the post of October 27, 2011, you will find an explanation of the Skew sock. It's knit flat, on the bias, with some tricky business to create a heel cup. Because of the unusual construction, it didn't seem possible to "redeem" the sock at this point. The only cure was to "unknit" the whole business and begin again.
It's times like these that I remind myself: I knit because I enjoy it. I like to keep my hands occupied. I like to create things, even if it's just on a craft level. People like to receive hand knit socks as a gift. So it's the process, not the end result that's the important thing.
I'm chagrined though. I went to the Monday afternoon knitting group for the first time this past Monday. I was finishing the socks for W. I guess I was feeling a little pumped up at being able to show up one week later with most of a sock completed. So much for knitterly pride, which like any other, goes before a fall!