Frankly, it’s not a UFO

I’ve been working on several projects using worsted weight yarn (more about these next week) and I started to get tired of the sameness in gauge. My solution was to pick up my abandoned Fluted Banister socks from last September.

They looked like this when we last saw them, one leg and the second cuff just completed.


Little by little, I’ve been working on these for about a week now. It wasn’t long until I finished both heel flaps.


Catching up on the current season of Grey’s Anatomy helped me zoom through both gussets and I’ve put the socks aside to take with me when I mall-walk. I prefer to keep my knitting-while-walking projects very simple, and stockinette insteps are perfect.

What socks will I knit next? I’ve long wanted to do some sideway socks like these. I started swatching last night, and the Opal I was planning to use did not work out. I would have had to use a US 2.5 to get gauge and the resultant fabric was too thin, not at all suitable for socks. I’ve found another yarn to use, but I’m not yet sure how well the stripes will work out. Sometime in February (if not sooner), I’ll cast on and see how things go.

If you haven’t seen this, Sheri of The Loopy Ewe posted an impromptu quiz about Frank or Martha socks

There are two distinct types of sock yarns – the Marthas and the Franks. Take this quick quiz to see which describes you best:

  1. When you have a crisis in your life, you: a – scream and then vent to a friend, or b- you are never in crisis-mode
  2. Your coffee of choice is: a – Venti Mocha, or b- regular, black
  3. Your knitting basket contains: a – what knitting basket? or b – each of your projects in Ziploc bags
  4. What’s for dinner? a – whatever you can find in the freezer when you get home, or b- whatever is on your menu calendar for that day
  5. When reading the newspaper, you: a – skim the front page & head to Lifestyle, or b – read the main stories & editorial pages
  6. In a crowd, you like to: a- stand out, or b – blend in. (10+ years ago, I would have answered A.)
  7. The number of knitting projects you have in the works: a – more than five, or b – less than five
  8. These kinds of test: a – amuse you, or b – annoy you.

Score yourself. Mostly A’s? You’re probably a Frank. Mostly B’s? You’re probably a Martha. (Yes, very unscientific. Very stereotyped. No real rhyme or reason to it. But I think it’s a good basic indicator. What do you think?)

So who are Franks? Franks are people who like to wear bright, flashy, “look at me” types of socks. You figure, “What’s the point in wearing anything that isn’t fun?” We named it Frank after a guy we know who has worn red “look at me” socks with every outfit for as long as we’ve known him. He makes a statement with his well-known red socks.

And who are Marthas? Marthas are people who like to wear classy, conservative, “normal” looking socks. You might love big jewelry or have a fancy car, but in socks, you prefer them to blend in. We named it Martha after a calm, soothing, classy teacher I once had. When you were in her room, everything was right with the world.

Most of my socks would fit into the Frank category. Generally, colors delight me; I often knit colorful socks, but can also appreciate classic colorways. These socks above fit into the Martha category, don’t you think?

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10 Responses to “Frankly, it’s not a UFO”

  1. Amy Says:
    January 19th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Hmmm…what does it mean if my answers were 50/50?

  2. Nicole Says:
    January 19th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    The sideways socks are intriguing… if only they could be knit in one piece somehow. What a convoluted pattern that would be!

  3. knittymama Says:
    January 20th, 2007 at 9:33 am

    That’s funny…I’m totally a Frank.

  4. Rina Says:
    January 20th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Hm… I’m mostly a Frank (5) and some Martha (3). Personally I like to make my socks with just solid colors because I like to work with lace, but there are times I like to work with stripes too. My friends said I have my wild sides unexpectedly. Ha ha

  5. Chris Says:
    January 21st, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Too much phlegm in my brain to take a quiz. Fluted Bannister Socks pretty.

  6. Jeanne Says:
    January 21st, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    I knit socks sideways once, they tend to get longer with wear, so knit the foot shorter than you normally would. Or swatch extra carefully, i.e knit it and wash it. Mine became unwearable.

  7. Guinifer Says:
    January 22nd, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    I really like those Bannister socks – easy pattern?

  8. Dyann Says:
    January 23rd, 2007 at 9:38 am

    I’m completely Frank! The socks looks great. Can you really knit while walking? That’s more coordination than I have!

  9. mrspao Says:
    January 24th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Hehe – I think I’ll have to try that. Those socks look great :)

  10. Pink Dandelion Says:
    January 26th, 2007 at 12:34 am

    Yes those are nice martha-ie socks… I tend to wear frank socks myself… my socks don’t usually show, but I feel all the spunkier knowing that my feet have a little flare… I guess it’s kind of like what animal print unmentionables can do for some people ;-)

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