Startitis is a cure for SSS!
I know that you are skeptical. But think about the symptoms of startits (as documented by the Yarn Harlot in her fine book Stephanie Peal-McPhee Casts Off:
- A general and vague discomfort or ennui with knitting already on the needles
- A keen interest in any knitting that isn't on the needles at the moment
- Finding the second sock less charming than the first
- Using derogatory adjectives to describe the first sock
- Appearing dazed and refusing to admit that there is a sock, despite being surrounded by hundreds of single socks
At least, that's what I found. Behold!
This is the second Blue Danube sock. The simple stockinette sock had lost its charm; I needed something a little more challenging (but not as challenging as the Sweaters of Despair). I needed something new. This second sock fit the bill perfectly. The Texas contingent might recognize this sock as the one that I was attempting to knit at the blogger meet-up at MDSW in 2006. I was so excited and so intimidated by all the awesome knitters that I messed it up royally and had to frog it later. I started it again, only to have the same thing happen. So the poor sock was relegated to the Basket of Unfinished Projects for more than a year.
The slip stitch pattern this pattern uses is wonderful. It's simple enough to memorize, it's easy to knit (assuming that you can count to five), and it looks amazingly complex. And the yarn is a luscious blend of merino and silk. What more could you ask from your knitting?
Emma says "Flies...I need more flies to catch!"