A sock, a sock!

[Enter Pomatomus, and attached Needles]

[Exit Sleep and Sense]

Nevermind that it was already past one in the morning. Or that I needed to be in lab again in another eight hours. I was so very close to finishing my very first sock and I just could not put it down. 3 o’clock rolled by and I knitted on. 4 o’clock clicked in place on my clock and I entertained the idea of sleep but oh there aren’t that many rows left and really, I should be done in no time. After all, the rows are getting shorter, aren’t they?

Knit, knit. Damn. Tink, tink. Knit, knit, knit.

And as the birds started chirping to greet the paling sky, I moved the last stitch to my right needle, snipped the yarn, slipped on the sock to check the fit…

and immediately began poring over directions for grafting the toe.

Whether it was the lack of sleep or some inherent inability to comprehend Interweave’s diagrams, I could make neither heads nor tails of the directions. I soldiered on with my tapestry needle, though, with the determination and tunnel vision born of late-night delirium. Much fussing with loops and the yarn tail later, I had a finished sock. My very first sock.

O happiness.

I stood back and admired. I had knit a sock and all was well with the world. And at that moment of pride and happiness, I lost my balance and trod with all my weight on a DPN that didn’t respond well at all to the sudden pressure.
Perhaps the knitting gods required a sacrifice in exchange?


Blogger Nit One Perl Two said...

I am so happy I found your site. It appears we have more in common than knitting! I'll let you know when I complete the "world renound" triple lindee patern. It will be soon!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous yuki said...

Congrats on finishing your sock-- it looks great! But you should get some rest before you run out and get another set of DPNs! :) Have you started making a long list of 'socks to knit' yet?

5:16 PM  
Blogger profbookwurmknits said...

beautiful sock
sorry about dpn tragedy
i will read earlier blogs to discover your sock pattern and yarn
i am also happy to have found your blog

5:49 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Talk about perserverance! It looks great.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Unsurprisingly, it looks great! And your tale made me laugh at loud. Oh for the day when I can stay up all night knitting - oh wait, weren't you meant to be caring for some yeasties? Hope your next day went well.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Areli said...

Isn't that one of the worst sounds? I hate breaking my dpns :-(

Your sock is gorgeous! Totally worth a night's sleep :-)

1:54 PM  
Blogger hege said...

Congratulations! I am getting ready to start my first sock as well :) Hope I will like it as much as you do, that is real dedication staying up all night!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Congratulations! (And you wanted to go back to the yarn shop anyway, didn't you?)

I had to go through three or four instruction books to find a grafting lesson that made sense to me. Funnily enough, it was Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears," but I couldn't get the instructions in her "Knitter's Almanac"!

9:50 PM  
Anonymous le chat qui coud said...

it looks great! very nice socks

7:16 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

woohoo for a finished sock! it looks great!

yipes, sorry to hear about the dpn incedent... zowie!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

You are knitting Pomatomus for your first pair of socks?? Brave woman!

6:41 AM  

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