Speedy swirl sock

Sometimes, I hate learning new things. I like doing things the way I always have, and assume, grouchily, that no new way can be better. I am, however, determined to try all of the different ways of how to knit a sock, and this pattern (Swirl Socks by Sulafaye), required learning how to knit toe-up. After some frustration trying to learn Judy’s magic cast-on, I went with the crochet cast-on, and I was amazed! It was so easy!

Combined with thicker needles (size 2) and sport-weight yarn, these socks have been flying along. I’ve become a total toe-up convert. That first progress shot (above) was after just five days of knitting. Probably, if I thought knitting taught life lessons, I would now say something about the importance of learning new things without fear.

I went on a business trip to Cincinnati this week, which entailed lots of airport waiting, and thus, lots of knitting. Something about getting to stay in a hotel suite still feels glamorous to me. Traveling for work–even if just to Ohio–seems so sophisticated! And a hotel suite without all the household chores of home meant more knitting time.

By the time I came back to New York, all the bulb flowers had blossomed. I had enough yarn to make these socks even taller and into knee-highs, but I had been knitting just this sock all week, and I got bored. Sometimes, when I read difficult [read: not particularly plot-driven] and long books, I get physically annoyed with the book. I remember reading Gravity’s Rainbow one summer and hitting the book against our dining room table. My dad looked up, and I was like, “This damn book won’t end!” It was slow-going in the beginning, and I seem to recall that the book was actually fairly interesting in the middle, but by the end, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I was like, “End, you stupid book, end.” I got that way with this sock, and just bound off mid-calf, with yarn left (I had pre-divided the yarn into two balls), because I couldn’t deal with knitting more of it. That’s the beauty of socks, though–you can just stop when you’ve had enough.

I had never seen this kind of flower (above) before. They looked like they were cut out of crepe paper, but they were real. The rectangular ends of the petals were what made them seem fake–most flower ends are tapered, but these look like they were snipped off neatly. If you know what kind of flowers these are, leave a comment.

Off I go to cast on for the second sock.

Posted in Socks, travelingproject at April 6th, 2008. Trackback URI: trackback

7 Responses to “Speedy swirl sock”

  1. April 6th, 2008 at 10:46 pm #Rose Red

    Great socks. I know exactly what you mean about work travel – can be kind of glamourous (if you are staying in a good hotel, anyway!).

    I think the flower might be some kind of magnolia?

  2. April 7th, 2008 at 5:02 am #sulafaye

    My goodness, that yarn is beautiful, and so are your pictures! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about toe-up socks. I’m glad you like them (and how funny, I was in Cincinnati this past weekend.)

  3. April 7th, 2008 at 10:06 am #Grace

    I too just converted to the crochet toe-up cast on method! I’ll never use the magic cast on again.

    I know how you feel about books that refuse to end… sometimes when that happens, I sneer at them and refuse to finish reading them.

  4. April 7th, 2008 at 10:11 pm #jenny

    Love the socks! They are so cute!

    I still find hotels really glamorous, too. Even crappy motels that I stay at on road trips feel fancy somehow. I don’t know what that’s about!

  5. April 12th, 2008 at 1:34 pm #Carolyn

    Nice socks, nice flowers.

  6. April 17th, 2008 at 9:08 pm #anne

    nice socks! never seen that pattern before and I like it a lot- been curious about toe-ups. Love all the socks-with-flowers photos. I can’t get over the dramatic coming over spring here on the east coast, it’s like winter never happened.

  7. May 2nd, 2008 at 7:45 am #setters

    I know I’m late to comment but it’s a star magnolia – I’ve got on in my garden except this year it’s not flowering!! At least not yet, maybe soon…

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