Monday, August 10, 2009

No SSS Here!

In math world "SSS" is a test to see if two triangles are congruent (could the be stacked on each other and match up exactly). The SSS test says if the sides of two triangles measure the same then the triangles are congruent---Side-Side-Side.

In knitting world "SSS" means Single Sock Syndrome. A condition where knitters only knit one sock and fail to complete the other sock in a timely fashion if at all!

When I first started making socks I perceived this could be an area of weakness for me....and I knew the ever DH wouldn't be happy if he found out about it. And for the most part I have been disciplined and not let it happen.

But then there was the one sock I completed on my last trip to Scotland....that has sat lonely! and there was another socks that I had just finished and wasn't too eager to start the second one. So then I had to decide what knitting to take on my 3 week trip. Socks sound perfect...I could start a brand new pair!!!! Instead I took the singletons and made their matches. It wasn't excited, but it does feel good to have them done and now I can start a new pair guilt free.
Pattern: Leyburn by Mintyfresh (Socks #5)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces
Needles: US 1's dpn
Time: Mid February-Mid August :)
Mods: Yep....used more stitches (I think I had 69 around the foot) Then I increased as directed for the leg....I could tell I had too many stitches so I cheated and decreased a few stitches mid leg....which looks weird when you aren't wearing the socks, but who looks at them then.
I think part of the reason I had trouble finishing these is that they have short row heels and toes. They fit fine, but I don't enjoy making them that way. Now that I have Wendy Johnson's new book I know other ways and doubt I will do this construction again!

So on to the other pair (Socks #10) They are actually a test knit...and I really like them! I feel safe to post about them because she wanted us to make rav project pages! This was the first time I had done a test knit and it went well. I'm not totally sure I'm willing to do it many things I want to make, but occasionally I like to help out!
Pattern: Cloverleaf Cables (I'll link in rav when the pattern becomes available)
Yarn: Opal that I got on my first Scotland trip
Needles: US 1.5 magic loop
Size: Medium
Mods: None. I'm not sure why I didn't want to start the second one either....not the fastest knit with the cables and all but I enjoyed it!
On a personal note...Jetlag and I are at war. I'm so thankful that when I fly east I'm okay....I have work and limited time....but flying west....oh my. For the day when I want to sleep at night time, wake at day time, not have a roaring headache!! You would think after several days I would be fine....maybe it is because I thrive on routine and have always had very regular sleep patterns....who knows, but I'm okay from 6 am-9 am. After is a gamble. I'm going to try to work today (I tried Friday and fell asleep in the middle of it) and see how it goes.


Wool Winder said...

SSS has never really been a problem for me. I didn't even know it existed until I started reading blogs. Good for you for finishing up both pair. They are lovely.

Stacy said...

Hope you kick the jetlag... it's such a nuisance.

Socks look great friend!

Tiffany said...

Great job!!! That's tough but it feels so good when you are done.

kadezmom said...

love the socks as usual. I dont' tend to have sss either, cos I want to WEAR the finish product too much. I've made the leyburns....and I have yet to see a pair I haven't loved. Great for handpaints!

Hege said...

Great socks. I really like the Cloverleaf Cables, and the colors are fab!

Daisy said...

Ooh I love Leyburn - it's on my to do list. I've just been knitting with Lorna's Laces for the first time and really enjoying it too.

Robin said...

I love the wide variety of texture, color and pattern choices in the socks you have been knitting!

Bea said...

Your socks are cute! Congrats on getting them all finished.

Davene McBride said...

Both pairs are so pretty!
Love you!

Trudy said...

I love both pairs of them,(I hope that's the correct way to put it!), but I'm lking the last pair best. Something about the cables, but the color, too, I think. You do such great socks!!