Thursday, December 13, 2012


If you knit enough socks, there are certain things that you can expect to experience, and I got to experience one of those yesterday morning. I was preparing to put my socks on (I usually stick my hand in first to pull out any fuzz that may have accumulated from the last wear and wash) when I discovered this:

RIP sock

I know it's blurry, but I'm sure it's sufficient for you to see the big hole that seems to have magically appeared in the sole.

My Ravelry projects page tells me that I finished these socks in April 2008, so they had a pretty decent run. To be honest, I kind of knew all along that these socks were not long for this world. I knit them out of Claudia Hand Paint yarn, which is beautifully dyed but is only a two ply and feels a little too soft (to me, anyway) for sturdy socks. They felt a little delicate every time I put them on, and I didn't wear them as often as I wear some other pairs because I was worried about them wearing out. In truth, I was starting to get a little annoyed with these socks because, although they were knit from two skeins in the same dyelot and have been washed exactly the same way for their entire life, one sock had recently become noticeably lighter in color than the other.

There is still a very thin thread remaining where the stitches were (it's almost like all but a few fibers in the strand of yarn just dissolved), so theoretically I could darn this sock, assuming I still have some yarn scraps leftover. I'm not sure how worth it that would be, though, so I'm thinking about just throwing them in a hot wash to felt them and using them for sock puppets or something.

I think it is appropriate that on a day when one sock bit the dust, I finished a new one:

Handspun sock

This is the first of a pair knit out of handspun superwash merino (this yarn, if you're interested). I'm not doing anything really fancy with this pair (though I did move the gusset decreases to under the heel, a la my Scullers Socks, for a bit of fun). Any real stitch pattern would have gotten lost in all this variegation, so I kept it to simple ribbing and stockinette. I have just started the cuff of the second sock, but I expect I'll be able to finish it up fairly quickly. Unlike the sock above, this one should last a while, judging from the tight twist of the yarn and the firm gauge at which I'm knitting.


  1. my husband blows out his socks all the time. at the stage yours is at, you could easily duplicate stitch the hole.

    for bigger holes, i use this method:

    it's not pretty but it works really well.

    fwiw, i seriously hate darning socks and i have a giant pile of my own socks that will probably never be fixed. i have to fix his though--because i can't knit fast enough to replace them.

  2. Hmm. I love handspun socks. The ultimate sacrificial knitting. Are you going to darn the holey pair or just move on?

  3. Oh you are so lucky! My only finished pair of handknit socks already has a hole in them :( It's on the top though...I think something was eating my yarn *sigh*. That will teach me to not check on the sock drawer lol. The yarn for your new socks looks gorgeous! Is that a three ply yarn? Do you chain ply yours?

  4. That sock is so lovely, you really should mend it. It would be very easy to fix it with duplicate stitch. It seems a shame to just pitch it.