Twisted. Kinked. Matted. Torturous. Snarled. Chaotic.

I could go on.

The sock blank is a truly wondrous thing; its swift changes of color heed not the worrisome siren call of the Fraternal Twin Sock Syndrome, creating a thing of beauty that is, in fact, paralleled by the other thing of beauty right next to it. And knitting two socks at the same time, toe-up, is equally awesome (in the original sense of the word, “something fantastic that inspires awe,” rather than in the Bill-And-Ted’s-Excellent-Adventure sense of the word, “something random that makes Keanu Reeves say, ‘Whoa!’”). The two things together?

Apparently, two rights make a wrong. A very big one.

Things were humming along swimmingly until I hit the heel turn and started to use yarn from one strand at a different rate than yarn from the other. I’m halfway through the heel turn on one sock and have had to slip stitches across to the other heel to work on it just to bring the second, long, unwieldy, difficult, wearisome, obstreperous strand into the world of seemly, appropriate yarn behavior.

As usual, life and art imitate each other, so the week, too, has been twisted, torturous, snarled, chaotic, wearisome and obstreperous. As a reminder that my wounded knitting and wounded week will eventually work themselves out, however, I have full use of my faculties. And my thesaurus.

3 Responses to “A Tangled Mess”

  1. amyl says:

    Hi, I saw your pattern for the forked heel sock on Ravelry and couldn’t seem to figure another way to get a hold of you. I was just wondering if you might have this heel pattern in developement for a man’s plain sock? I would like to make my hubby socks with a heel like these, but I don’t think he would be too into the flame design. :) hahahahaha If not then I will just purchase the pattern on Ravelry and experiment with ratios of stitches myself, but I thought that I would take the lazy route and ask you first. :) Thanks so much!

  2. hapagirl says:

    Hi, Amy! I actually have a 5-size forked-heel sock pattern in the works in 2×2 rib that will give you exactly what you need. It’ll likely be out in the next two weeks or so, if that works for you. (And I’m glad to enable your laziness. I like it when people do that for me!)

  3. Lynnell says:

    Hi! Sooo, were you able to finish your socks? In the end was it worth it? I’ve been reading up on others who have tried the sock blank, as I am wearisome about the tangle factor of it all. My last attempt at a two-at-once sock pattern didn’t fly too well, so I am curious if the socks blanks make it any better. (or worse)

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