My lovely Spring Twist socks going to wash (a month ago)
and there they were: Not one sock, but BOTH. One on the heel
and one on the ball of the foot! Devastation!!
They have been hidden away in a drawer, waiting for this moment. No matching yarn to be found, which is a sign that I wouldn't be able to handle matching yarn. It's difficult enough without "disguising" my stitches, however, I may rethink that as I see the finished product. I looked in my stash for this yarn (Sock by Shibui Knits Fingering / 4 ply 100% Merino, which doesn't seem to wear well as socks) and even though I have tons of scraps I had to make due with TOFUtsies
(by South West Trading Company Light Fingering / 3 ply 50% Wool, 25% Soy, 22% Cotton, 3% Other).
The process went mostly like this:
#1 - Today, no deadlines, I should have a look at those socks. Hmm. Here they are. What was the problem? Oh, the heel with the funny every onther stitch worn through.
#2 - Pick up those dangling stitches, be done in no time! Only 4 are loose.
#3 - Start stitching below the culprits, but wait! What's with this fancy slip stitch reinforcement technique that I use on almost every top down heel? Duplicate stitching just took a nasty turn. Where are those missing stitches? And with much teeth-gnashing I ended up with quite a mess.
#4 - Say good-by to lovely even rows... Oh well, it's the heel, I'll never tell. Then I had the brilliant idea of trying to disguise my messiness by false duplicate stitching over the duplicate stitches! Brilliant I say, until I compare the finished result, which doesn't look much better. Repeat #4 to "never tell."
#5 - OK, finished! Put them on to model... but what's this? The second sock: How did I miss the gaping hole? Darn, again... This time with a closer look at both socks, in both problem areas. Yep, they both need re-constructive AND preventative care.
|Beautiful heel but doomed|
|Hole is isolated|
|Weak spot on the other sock|