This past weekend, my husband had to work (he works weird hours and has to work every other weekend) and I convinced my kids that they wanted to sleep over at Papa and Ditka’s house. I HAD THE WHOLE QUIET HOUSE TO MYSELF!
My plan was simple. Make socks. Now, I have a love/hate relationship with my sock machine. It taunts me. It barfs up yarn randomly. It jams for no apparent reason – and always always always on the toe. Not the heel when I am only halfway in, but always the toe, when I am almost done. Because my sock machine hates me.
But when it works and I am in the zone, I can crank out 5 pair of socks in one evening. And when you have a sock yarn stash as I do, going through a few skeins every once in a while is a good idea…
I think you know from the title of this post how the evening went. My sock machine hates me.
I haven’t used my sock machine in a while. I knew it would need tweaking. My niece and nephew have been over and they like to touch. I knew it would need tweaking. I was OK with that.
My sock machine hates me.
I tweaked for about 2 hours. Used scrap yarn and adjusted the tension and the timing. Played around. Finally, about 4 hours in, after it completely COMPLETELY jammed (on what, I still don’t know) and I had to
yank and scream gently and without anger remove all of the needles and start over from the beginning. I made a sock. It was giant. GIANT. So I decided to put away my sock machine before I said some things to it that I would regret.
Maybe I will try socks again if I ever have another night alone. Maybe 2019?
In the meantime, here is a picture of my weather blanket. When plans go wrong… I do believe I have miscalculated because it is March and this blanket is already halfway up my legs. I believe, in my completely sober state, mind you, that I calculated the blanket as if I were knitting one row per day, when I am actually knitting the back row as well. I think it may end up being a 6 month blanket…..
So a whole quiet evening free and my biggest accomplishment was binge watching The Great British Baking Show.