So off to the stash I went. Unsurprisingly, a skein of yarn did throw itself at me shouting "Here I am! I going to be the pair of Lenores you seek." and I knew it was right, and that it would make a pair of these socks perfectly. Out came the ball winder and swift and pattern. Voila, I was ready to go.
The Yarn Harlot was able to produce a lovely, easy to read document that will in fact (when followed correctly) produce a wonderful pair of socks. Apparently I just became partly brain dead when it comes to making these socks. My first pair took me over a year and on at least one occasion had me looking at my husband and saying "I do actually know how to knit, right?" before flinging the socks across the room and bursting into tears. And here's why:
Mistakes I have made while knitting these socks:
- cast on the wrong size.
- cast on the right size with the wrong needles.
- cast on the right size with the right needles and then changed to the wrong size half way through the lace pattern.
- completely changing the lace pattern, making up new one as I went along.
- skipped entire sections of the lace pattern resulting in a completely incorrect sock.
But, they are on the needles and hopefully they will go much better this time around. And the knowledge that I will love them when they are finished is what's keeping me going.
I have no idea why this pattern causes me such grief. I can do everything that it calls for and in a different pattern I wouldn't have the same problems. So my goal is to take less then a year to make this pair. And to not throw them across the room while I do so.
Am I the only one? Does anyone else have a pattern that they love to hate while knitting, but knit anyway because the finished work is just so satisfying?