Do socks have feelings? Nope. Not at all. I know this. But I’ve discovered an interesting method of making socks that plays with the part of my brain that likes to tell stories.
The trick is to knit two socks at once on DPNs. Not on the same DPNs, mind you. I cast on one sock, do the ribbing, then switch sets of needles and cast on the second and do the ribbing. Then it’s back to the first sock for the leg. Switch again.
Pattern: Slipped Stitch Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply, Winter Eclipse
It’s a playful, leap-frogging kind of thing that makes me really motivated to work on the socks: I’m either eager to get ahead on sock one, or feeling bad for sock two that it’s lagging. Silly, but that’s where my brain’s at these days.
I think, in all seriousness, that the strong attraction of this method is the real sense of purpose I have each time I pick up the needles. I’m not ‘just knitting’. I’m either setting out into a new stage of the sock or I’m making sure the second one catches up. That translates into a greater motivation to pick up the project more often. Between the mental rewards of ticking items off a Sock Sections list and the increased time I spend knitting, I’ve a much greater sense of progress with this method. That just feeds back into the whole loop and kicks it into a higher gear.
Could also be that it’s playing to my personality with the sense of duty and purpose. Motivated to manage the whole world? Me?