I finished the first Marina Piccolo sock the other day. It was wholly dissatisfying to bind off and look at this shapeless lump of yarn:
What had I done? Where had I gone wrong? How had I ever let anyone talk me into making socks?
You see, I don't really wear socks. Well, except when hiking or biking. I wear nylons and fishnets and those itty bitty foot covers that are supposed to keep you from developing blisters in heels, but never really do. But I rarely wear socks.
So I didn't really understand the idea of taking time to make socks. Why make socks when you can make sweaters and scarves and hats and mittens? Life is too short to make something that is just going to go on your foot and get all stinky.
But I got suckered in by Margene and Susan, and started making socks. I made a pair for Mr. F (which he has yet to actually wear!), and a pair for myself that I finished a few weeks ago that I have tried wearing around the house to prove to myself that it was worth all the effort. They were okay projects, I guess. But I never really felt the love.
Then, I tried on the blue monstrosity above ... and I was transformed.
Um... I made that?
I mean - I made that!?!?!?
I was floored by how beautiful the sock was. You really have to make it yourself to get the full effect. You can see the relief of the beautiful interwoven wave patterns in the picture above. The blues and greens of the yarn undulate throughout the sock to create a third, unexpected, wave pattern:
Here's the top view with a flash: you lose some of the three-dimensionality of the pattern, but you can see the colors better. And here's the side view:
I love how the decrease edge rolls down the side of the foot. So pretty. And that eye of the partridge heel - why would anyone ever make any other kind?
Friends, sock knitters, fiber fiends: run - do not walk - to Kate Gilbert's website to buy this pattern. Prostrate yourself before her greatness. Then head over to Scout's Swag to order the yarn. You will not be disappointed.
I thought when I bound off the first sock that it would take me forever to finish the second one. But once I saw this on my foot, I had to cast on right away. Second Sock Syndrome? Not here!! I can't wait to have a matching pair!