Misbehaving Socks

Edited 01/2008The pictures have been removed to prevent trauma for socknitters. (Ok, not really. They’re just gone!)

With the arrival of Autumn and her cold days and nights, it’s the perfect time to start wearing handknit socks! I’ve been happily wearing mine, but there were two near-disasters.

About two weeks ago, I pulled on a pair before going mall-walking and thought they felt funny but decided it was my imagination. That funny feeling returned soon after I started walking. The sock on my left foot felt really, really strange. Seriously, it felt as if the toe was unraveling! But that couldn’t be, they were brand-new, as yet unworn since I received them last spring. I kept thinking, “It can’t be! It’s just my imagination!”

Finally, as soon as I got home, I took off my shoes, but then realized I had to unscrunch my eyes in order to see what had happened. Alas! The toe, indeed, was unraveling. How? Why? It’s a mystery. I didn’t feel a stitch pop; the yarn is nice and thick, the socks well-made. The sock’s poor, broken toe was messy, and I spare you readers a picture of the carnage.

Fortunately, I was able to get all the live stitches onto a cable needle splint. I slowly picked out the yarn end and re-knit any dropped stitches. From there, it was just a matter of regrafting the toe.

About a week later, I was getting ready to wear my 6th Sense socks when I felt something strange. There seemed to be something loose on the leg. As in a ladder. I turned the sock in-side out and immediately found the offending dropped stitch.

No way! How could I not have noticed a dropped stitch during knitting, or even during the umpteen times I’ve worn these socks!? Luckily, it wasn’t as messy as the unraveling toe and I was able to fix it quickly with a crochet hook. I considered whether I should use the matching emergency skein to tack down the stitch, but ulitmately used some spare yarn I had. It seems I might have dropped a stich when doing a SSK or K2tog at the heel.

Happily, both socks have been repaired, are under control, and look great again! (And it was good practice in sock-disaster-and-recovery during Socktoberfest!)

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4 Responses to “Misbehaving Socks”

  1. Chris Says:
    October 29th, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    How stressful!! For some reason the pictures aren’t loading, so I’m spared the true horror…

  2. Nicole Says:
    October 30th, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    That sucks! It’s a good thing you were able to make the repairs so painlessly.

  3. Guinifer Says:
    October 30th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    Man – that’s a skill I’m going to have to learn! Repairing my homemade socks!

  4. Pink Dandelion Says:
    November 2nd, 2006 at 5:41 am

    eep! Sounds like some close calls there… glad everything worked out ok though.

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