The saga of the sock

17 Nov

A year ago (no, seriously, I checked the timestamp on the emails) my Aunt J emailed me about knitting her a pair of socks. I bought yarn, started knitting, and finally finished the first sock. The next part of this saga shall be told mostly through emails.

From: Gena
To: Aunt J
Subject: Sock
Date: June 24, 2010

Aunt J,

Okay, so. I finished the first of your socks the other day! Hooray! I decided to try it on. It did not fit over my heel.

Now, your feet and ankles are a good deal smaller than mine (actually, your foot isn’t that much shorter, but your ankles are much skinnier – and here I thought I had really skinny ankles), my feet are slightly swollen right now, and I have very oddly pointy heels. Very pointy and odd.

So, it is possible that the sock will fit you no problem, but I like to stress about things. Thus, I would like to mail you the one completed sock so you can try it on and make sure it fits. If it doesn’t, I can rip it back to where it doesn’t fit and fix it. Or just start over if it doesn’t fit at all. I’d rather test and have to fix one sock than have to redo both!

I’ll put it in the mail ASAP and wait until you try it on before I proceed on it’s mate. But if it does fit, it won’t take very long to finish the other!


And then I didn’t manage to mail it until August 18. Procrastination at it’s finest.

From: Aunt J
To: Gena
Re: sock
Date: Aug 21, 2010

I got the sock yesterday!
It’s very pretty, and I really like it!
HOWEVER, I hate to tell you…it’s too small.  I had to really, really struggle to get it on.  It fit tight…uncomfortably tight…there is no stretch room.  All the proportions were right, and it looks great….it just needs to be a little larger everywhere.

SO……what’s next?  Do you just want to forget the whole thing?  I would hate for you to have to re-do all of it.
Let me know what you want to do.

How are you doing as a mommy?  And how is Coc0?

Aunt J


From: Gena
To: Aunt J
Re: sock
Date: Aug 20, 2010

I thought it might be…

Was it really hard to get over your heel, and then very tight right across the top of your foot and ankle? But the length of the foot was okay and the leg part fit okay? I think the fault is in the pattern – not enough stretch, like you said.

So, I can rip it back and re-knit part of it in the same pattern, adding some extra stitches so there’s more room, and we can hope it fits (again!). Or I can rip it all out and start over in a pattern that will definitely be looser and fit better. And is easier/quicker to knit. Personally, I think the second option is the best. I have a pattern in one of my books that is very similar to that one, but has more of a ribbing quality and thus more stretch. I’ll start over with the yarn I have in that pattern. Mom’s coming to visit in October, I think, and she can bring the sock you have back with her so that I have enough yarn to finish the pair.

Sound good?



From: Aunt J
To: Gena
Re: sock
Date: Aug 21, 2010

The second option sounds like a good plan.  More stretch sounds good.
When I said it was hard to get on, it was even hard to get it over the front part of my foot, then even harder to get over the heel.  Then very tight everywhere.  Length of the foot was OK.  Very top leg part OK.
Sorry for all the trouble!
Aunt J

I’m glad to say that significant progress has been made in the elapsed time. Stay tuned for some photographic evidence.


2 Responses to “The saga of the sock”

  1. Aunt J November 18, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I’m glad to hear that significant progress has been made in the elapsed time. I’m staying tuned for some photographic evidence!

  2. the Bag Lady November 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    See? This is why I don’t knit socks! (snort! I can’t knit anything other than dishcloths and scarves) 🙂
    I’m looking forward to the photographs, too, ’cause now I’m curious.


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