Unearthed

A recent toss of the secondary knitting basket (don’t look at me like that, I know some of you have them, too) revealed by far my oldest WIP.

gray sockAs far as I can tell, I put that down some time in the summer of 2011 and haven’t touched it since.

For those keeping score at home, that’s one whole sock and pretty much the whole leg of another sock.  That should, in theory, be the fastest path from me to a shiny new pair of socks.

Alas, in this case, the theory doesn’t quite hold true.  The first sock truly isn’t knit tightly enough and will totally feel icky under foot.  I have absolutely no notes from these.  And most important of all, I don’t actually like knitting at this gauge.

But…but, I hear you say, these are awfully pretty socks, and it would be a shame to waste them.  Indeed they are, which is why I got out some graph paper and carefully reverse engineered the cable.  Then I did a lot of muttering and pinning of knitting and poking at things with darning needles and counting of tiny stitches.  Then came some vigorous typing and a bit of a stash toss.

quince tern in duskLovely, no?  Finally, I pleaded with an intrepid and talented knitter to pretty pretty please loan me the work of her needles.

So never fear, these are going to find their way into the world!  They’re just taking a rather more circuitous path than I would have imagined when I cast them on.