For centuries I knit socks on three needles. Three metal needles that were about 7" long. It was tortuous. I did it but did not enjoy it. Back then sock yarn was a boring as bleach too. Grey, brown, navy and if you were daring ...dark red. Then my life was transformed when I saw Meg Swansen use 4 needles. It was truly an OMG moment. I didn't knit continental, just the good old "english" way, but I thought what the heck I can do that. Fifty - six stitches translated so nicely on four needles.
Then, be still my beating heart, we got self patterning sock yarn! and I discovered 2.75mm short bamboo double points. Oh joy oh bliss. My life was content. It can't get any better than this, right? Then we got toe up socks. No guess work on foot length now. Not crazy about the short row heel. Gussett heel discovered. woo hoo Hours of mindless knitting watching TV. Every time I look down a new pattern has emerged. Life is good.
Now fancy shmancy patterned socks have become the rage. I got a pattern and 2.25mm "sustainably harvested domestic birch hardwood" needles for Corinne's socks. These needles are as blunt as an unsharpened pencil, very annoying. I persevered. I knit and frogged and tinked and sighed...lots of sighing. There is no joy in my Sockville.
I began to hear about knitting socks on two circulars. I tried but always ended up trying to get all the stitches on one circular. I bought books, I watched YouTube, I resisted, I watched Corinne and thought ...."Hey, I get it." I bought 2 addi turbos in 2.25mm.
Not having a good time here. Flopping wires all over the place. My tension is shot. Not good.... O.K. I tried very hard but it just isn't me.
I am standing out in the crowd. I am going back to my four double pointy bamboo needles - plain knitted socks! I feel free.......lolol ....and I have about 6 balls of Kaffe's new Exotica yarn to knit up....yummy
Corinne, Wanna play sock roulette? Pretty please?