Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Still On the Needles

It's funny how Elise's socks took me all of two days to finish, and after a few weeks I'm not yet finished with one of my own.  The plan was simple:  I would have my first pair of handknit socks by my birthday.  A week after my birthday has come and gone- progress is slow.


I'm about ready to finish up the first, and already dreading the impending "second sock syndrome"- it's bound to happen, right?  When I started this pair, my yarn was already wound into one skein and I thought it would be a little easier for portability to just do one at a time.  Plus, I was kind of making things up as I went, and piecing together a few different toe up sock patterns, so I figured I would take good notes and screw up one instead of two.  

So, when you do knit one sock at a time, how do you push through that second one- any secrets? 


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14 comments:

  1. I recommend the same thing I use when knitting sleeves of sweaters; don't dare start another project whilst working on the first one. You have to finish both sleeves/socks/whatever before starting the next. You are, however, allowed to choose the next project, and gather the necessary patterns, yarns, needles, etc. It will be motivation to finish. This is especially motivating if you need the needle from the project that you are currently working on.

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  2. Cast on the second sock as soon as the first one is cast off. It's the break in between the first and second that is the problem. Don't give yourself any time to look around and see other projects you might want to knit.

    I'm learning this lesson the hard way.

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  3. Cast on for the second sock immediately after you finish the first one (like, within seconds)! That way you'll have the burden of an unfinished but work-in-progress sock on the needles!

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  4. IF you figure it out let me know - I suffer badly from SSS (second sock syndrome) and swear the next pair will be adapted to do 2-at-a-time magic loop whether top down OR toe up!

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  5. I cast on the 2nd sock right away. I am already 3/4 of the way done the second sock. Next pair I am attempting 2 at a time.

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  6. I recommend 2 at a time. I knit at least six or eight pairs a year this way (they are my carryaround project, on the bus, in line, at the movies, etc), whereas if I did one at a time I would finish maybe a pair or two.

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  7. I wear the first sock as I'm sitting knitting on the second-that lone cold foot pushes me on to finish the second sock! =)

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  8. I am following this discussion. I decided to knit my husband a pair of socks for Christmas... They weren't off the needles until after Valentines. On the upside he loves them and I feel waaaayyy less intimidated by fine weight yarn/projects/needles than I was before, on the downside it took me 3 months to knit socks.

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    1. Don't feel bad, I think my first pair took 2 years. Of course, I was knitting other projects, had started on DPNs then found Magic Loop then figured out I was messing up the lace pattern....Sigh. Oh well, I wore them yesterday and they are still so nice & warm!

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  9. It always takes me 3 months to knit a pair of socks. My goal this year is to get it down to 2 months, but so far, it's not working. 2 at a time on one or two circulars is too fiddly for me. I'm looking at the sock inside a sock method, or do like some just have 2 going side by side. Susan B Anderson just wears her one until she gets around to the other. For me, as long as I cast on the second sock before I celebrate finishing the first, I'm usually stoked to finish the pair. Hang in there!

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  10. I knit top down with the afterthought heel so it goes fast and ncourages me to start the second

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  11. I don't find two on two circulars as fiddly, actually, as see above they are my carryaround project, I don't have to worry about losing needles. Whereas a scarf on straight needles I have lost two in a week.

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    1. Which is why I use circs for those too...

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  12. I learned to knit two socks at a time on two circular needles in October and I love the process. I have knit seven pairs of socks since I learned! There is no "second sock syndrome". I love knitting socks!!

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