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Thursday, June 18, 2009

A little more sock

Thanks for all the complements on the wrap yesterday (both for the wrap and model)!
My latest public knitting project has been this Vog On sock and as you can see I've made it around the heel turn and I'm working on the gusset decreases. It's always interesting the kind of comments I get when I knit socks in public but for some reason, this sock has caused two separate people to ask if I had to knit two socks. (Both of the people who asked this question were men and neither one had given any indication of being a few cards short of a full deck before the question.) I've been knitting socks in public for years and I've been asked lots of questions about them, but this is the first time I've been asked this particular question and to get it twice in a couple of days kind of blindsided me. My answer was that yes, since feet tend to come in pairs, I would be knitting two socks.

Has anyone else ever gotten this question? How did you answer it? Is there another option besides knitting two socks? Is it possible to knit one sock, bury it in the forest on a full moon and come back and dig it up along with it's mate which has magically appeared, fully knitted by the forest fairies? Where is this forest? Do I need to leave the rest of the skein of sock yarn in the forest or do the fairies have their own stash? Do they need needles? I'm just a bit confused by the whole thing right now.



Blogger CraftNinja said...

Hmm, this question would perhaps explain why certain sock patterns have written at the top, "Knit two." I always kind of thought that was a no brainer myself, but clearly some people think differently!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous nowaks nähkästchen said...

No, I never heard that question.

But in a male brain socks probably either grow in the sock drawer or on shop racks... :o)

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Joyce said...

I think I'd tell them I just randomly pick two out of the drawer, so there is no need for knitting them in pairs!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Your reply was so much kinder than what would have likely popped out of my mouth. I do remember some sort of faddish fraternal sock thing a year or two ago. The socks came in threes oddly enough, and were of similar color, but the designs were like triplets that came as two identical twins and one fraternal mate. I believe it was the tweens and HS age that loved them.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Unless I only have one foot (which some people do) then I would say , yes , I need to knit two! hehe

10:46 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Never been asked that myself, but if you do discover this forest, please share.

11:20 AM  
Blogger baby face said...

I have never been asked the question. However, after I made
my first sock, I was so excited that I ran it up to the yarn store
and said "I'm finished". My LYS
owener said "Only if you know someone who has one leg". Stupid
stuff comes out mouths occasionally, even mine.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you could switch to circular needles and knit both socks at the same time.

i've started doing that to avoid "second sock syndrome"

there are a couple of links on how to do it on line.


1:55 PM  
Blogger Judy H. said...

Were they perhaps asking if you *still* had to knit the second sock, as in, was this the first or second of the pair? Otherwise, nope, I've got no clue.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I've haven't been asked that one yet, but today a co-worker asked why I was knitting a hat in brown when the pattern picture showed it in white...

7:36 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

People do say the darndest things. I have twins, a brown haired boy and a blonde haired girl. Inevitably: "Are they identical?"

"Err . . . . no."

People say the darndest things.

8:42 AM  
Blogger MizLu said...

Just today as I was knitting a sock in public, a man asked me what I was knitting and on hearing my answer said, "You know you have to knit two, don't you?" I was sooooooo grateful for his reminder!

9:05 PM  

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