It’s funny how something so very simple can sometimes cause the biggest issues.
I finished a pair of socks last night:
These were meant for my mother, but now they are mine. It’s not because I love them so much that I can’t give them away. I do like them, but that’s not the reason.
The reasons are thus:
1. See the toes? They’re not the same. Despite the rest of the sock being perfectly symmetrical. Why!?? I am quite annoyed. My mother is a perfectionist. I know this will bother her, especially because the rest of the sock matches. It’s not worth the stress to give them to her. I considered knitting the toe longer to match the colour change, but I figured that I’d end up with one sock that was quite a bit longer by the time I did that. It wasn’t worth it.
2. More importantly, I had issues with the heel. Baggy stitches, to be precise. Do you sometimes get that? You turn the heel, and however hard you try, there are ugly, loose stitches that sit right on the turn of that tiny triangle of turned stitches. Usually I can fix the issue if it happens by knitting those stitches tighter, or changing to a smaller needle just for the heel turn, but in this case, those horrid stitches persisted in staying loose. No matter how many.times.I.ripped.back and tried again!! I nearly cried with frustration, because I knew that my mother would notice. And comment. It was probably the anxiety that was making me knit weird!
Not to mind, I comforted myself. I’ll just tighten them up later by darning them down.
I finished the socks and darned the loose stitches down on the inside, telling myself that this would make for a better lasting sock anyway. The heel turn on my socks always goes first. It worked. They look good. You can’t tell there were any loose stitches at all.
BUT you can feel the darned stitches. I don’t mind. It’s kind of squishy like when you darn the holes in your socks. I wasn’t sure my mother would understand extra-squishy bits on her heels.
The whole thing was stressing me out. I couldn’t bear the stress of sending less-than-perfect socks to her for critical comments. It’s not like I started knitting socks yesterday, and I expect what I produce to look good, and not have (obvious) flaws. So I decided to keep these, and knit a different pair for her. And hopefully, I’ll have perfect socks next time around. Perhaps I should use semi-solid yarn which won’t produce unexpected results at the toe!! And try not to think about who I’m knitting for while I’m knitting them.
In the meantime, I figured that someone must have something useful to say on the subject of how to fix loose heel stitches. And of course, there was. Have a look at this very helpful tutorial from Cat Bordhi. I’ll try that one next time. Just in case I have the same issue again.
In the meantime, here’s a happy knitting result to share with you:
Pretty Monkey socks. So pretty I want to keep them for me! And there’s nothing wrong with them at all.
The only change I made was to knit a sturdy heel (S1, K1) instead of stocking stitch, and perhaps I knitted the cuff half an inch longer. Cookie A does a good sock pattern! 🙂 I hope the recipient likes them…