John’s Sock

This is a moment that all of you that are sock knitters know well. You get close to the part where you start the toe decreases, and you are SO CLOSE!

John's Sock

About a billion hours ago, I measured that against a sock* that is the right length for him, and there was about an inch more to knit before the toe decreases.

A billion hours later, and about 8 rows, which should be a little less than an inch, I measured it again. There is about an inch left to knit.

How does this happen? Oh well, it’s a good thing I have more NCIS lined up to watch.

*Don’t judge me on that yellow and green striped sock. It’s some ridiculous non-sock yarn in John Deere green and yellow, and he loves them to pieces.

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My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


John’s Sock — 8 Comments

  1. I thought I was the only one who was sock-toe-measurement impaired. When I’m knitting for myself, I try the damn thing on 20 times before I’ve figured out where to start the decreasing and when to end the sock.

    I knit my first sock out of DK yarn, not even knowing there was anything called “sock yarn.” I followed an article in VK that simply called for DK, without any indication of how thick the result would be. These were a gift, and I hope the recipient did a lot of ice skating or hiking. Those socks would definitely not fit into normal shoes.

  2. Ah, you’ve discovered the Black Hole of knitting! One advantage of having x number of repeats, like the border on Evenstar is that you can keep count and know you’re making progress. I seem to encounter this Black Hole on sleeves.

  3. It certainly is mysterious how that happens! One is so careful, and yet there can be an inch difference from the measurement you got minutes before. Growl!

  4. I also find that after I’ve turned the heel, I feel like it should go lickety split because it’s half done. But, of course, the top of a sock & heel flap do not constitute half the sock – so I always end up feeling like I’ve knit a sock & a half! I am working on some Opal Surprise socks for myself that I started around christmas but interrupted for baby knitting. I did the opposite thing with the cuffs (I almost always do my plain vanilla 2×2 rib, continuing down the top of the foot). I thought I had knit them both the same length & then just held them together (foot about 3/4 done) & the top of the 2nd sock is about 1/2-3/4″ longer than sock one. Too bad! They’re for me & I’ll just ignore it!

  5. I can’t figure out any other way to get a comment to you — so.

    Very glad to hear from you. I want you to know that I’ve been reading you all along but have had some difficulty with this and that and have been an intermittent blogger and bad commenter. I’ve lost the vision in one eye and am gradually maybe losing vision in the other. Hard to get used to, although I think I look fetching in my eyepatch. Aargh, matey. I’ll post something about it whenever. The change in seasons makes everything better, moodwise.

    Wanted to immediately tell you two things. First, John’s sock made me think of the Neruda’s “Ode to My Sock”: …”Sea blue…” If you haven’t already read it, do.

    Other thing. I cried about Riley and very much enjoyed the photos of her life. Thank you for sharing her with us.