Saturday marks the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere, anyhow), right?
We all know what that means: Summer of Socks. And I haven’t even thought abut what I’ll start with to kick off the Summer of Socks!
I ought to be finishing up my Nanner socks right around the start of SOS. I have the first one almost done:
(It would be completely done if I didn’t spend so much time goofing off over the past few days.)
So I checked my “pending” folder on my ‘puter for sock designs I’m working up and note that I have 76 files in there. I guess I ought to pick one out, polish it up, and designate it the kick-off sock for the Summer of Socks.
A while back someone asked me if I ever knit any other people’s sock designs. The answer is: not any more. In early 2007 I did knit 2 or 3 of the patterns that came with sock club offerings, but since the start of summer last year I’ve been doing my own thing.
Someone else asked me if I ever knit my own designs twice. And the answer to that is pretty much no. I’ve got 76 pending sock designs so I’d better get to knitting those.
Note that I don’t expect all 76 of them to evolve into socks. But more than half of them probably will.
Thank you to all of you who left such thoughtful and caring comments on the impending demise of Golden Boy. Many of you offered to send me prospective Golden Boy replacements and I took a couple of you up on this offer. I thank all of you who offered.
Many of you shared your row counting techniques. In true Wendy fashion, I have found something wrong with each and every one of them.
While the paper and pen method works well for many of you, it does not work for me while commuting, nor at home, as I have a pen-stealing kitty.
The katcha-katcha on a cord around the neck works well for many of you, but does not work for me on my commute, as I already have a frigging badge around my neck and do not wish to wear any more non-jewelry related stuff.
The mini katcha-katcha pinned to the knitting works well for many of you, but I have tried it on a sock-in-progress and it’s a bit too heavy for comfort.
I am clearly difficult.
On reader recommendation, I purchased a Clover row counter.
It’s not bad . . . it’s not bad at all. Not quite as good as Golden Boy in his prime, but definitely usable.
By the way, I do not need a row counter for my Nanner socks — the pattern repeat is only 12 rows. I only use Golden Boy on very long pattern repeats. By counting rows, I can keep better track of the pattern and therefore memorize it more easily. This means I don’t need the chart, so I knit faster. It’s all a chain reaction.
“I do not steal pens. Nail files? Yes. But not pens.”