Back in July, I shared a finished sock with Three Waters Farm Storm’s End Merino + Nylon Self-Striping Yarn. I finished sock #1 in time to coordinate with the Three Waters Farm launch of the yarn and share my project here. I cast-on sock # 2 straight away, but courtesy of a busy summer, it was set aside, languishing while I did other things. I know a lot of people suffer from second sock syndrome regularly, but I generally do not so this stood out in my world. A very pretty thorn in my side, waiting not so quietly for its turn to be finished.
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. A very good knitting friend, who had recently traveled from Texas to Wisconsin in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group‘s real life meet-up at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival, was knitting away on her Rainbow Warrior shawl and realized she was in danger of running out of this same Three Waters Farm yarn. Knowing how much yarn I usually use for socks, I had a feeling that I would have yarn leftover when I finished that second sock. I went over to the finished sock, weighed it, did the math, and sure enough, I would have quite a bit leftover. She was less than a week from binding off at that point, so I got the lead out and finished that second sock in a couple of days.
It’s amazing what you can do when you have a finite deadline on something!
In fact, you can finish up a sock that’s been sitting idle for months in just a couple of days!
And in the process, you can be reminded why you loved this project to begin with — awesome yarn, fun pattern, it’s got it all!
I put this squarely in the “unfortunately/fortunately” category — unfortunately my friend found herself playing yarn chicken and yet fortunately it inspired me to get that sock finished. It was about time!
And while I’m knitting a hush-hush project on those needles at the moment, I’ve got a new sock project all picked out for when I get the hush-hush project finished up (I’m halfway there, btw).
This beautiful 100% Organic Polwarth handspun that I spun up at the end of the Tour de Fleece earlier this year…
And I am going to make some stunning socks with it, I think.
I’ve been slow to share these skeins because they are a bit over-twisted in spots as I attempted to ply them on my Schacht Reeves. For a while I didn’t quite understand what was going wrong, why I was struggling, and therefore why the skeins has extra twist. I’ve finally gotten to the point that I wholly understand that I’ve not yet mastered plying on the whole double drive thing and that’s ok. And I don’t need to be shy about that. I don’t have to know how to make it all work right away and I can take the time I need to learn new things. Considering this yarn will be destined for socks and high twist on socks generally lends itself to durability, the over-twisted spots shouldn’t hurt the project at all.
While it’s true that this handspun yarn would have been enough motivation for me to get those Zigzagular Socks finished eventually, knowing I could potentially help a friend definitely helped to spur me along. It just goes to show that when it comes to motivation, it comes in many forms. As knitters, I think we just have to learn to grab on to those powerful motivators when they arise and let it drive our projects from the WIP column over to the FO one. At the end of the day, whatever gets the job done, right?! I’m sorry that my friend had to deal with the stress of yarn chicken, but at the same time I’m thankful because she gave me the motivation I needed to get those socks done sooner than later. She inspired me to forge onward and upward & thus helped me put a new pair of socks in my sock drawer and another pair of socks on the horizon. It was about time!