The Getting of Patience (Sock Saga II)

Australians knitted a million pairs of socks for the troops during WWI ( World War One) and three times that many in WWII.  I’m not sure if my first sock  will be ready before the next global appeal for socks, since I’ve had to undo the thing yet again to start from the beginning.  They say that it would take 10 hours to knit a pair of socks; I won’t time mine.  The result would be shocking.  Did anything else get done in Australian households during the two World Wars?

A pair of woollen socks must be a great comfort for the foot soldier.  According to Elizabeth Zimmermann in her 1971 classic, Knitting without Tear”. they’re like ‘a pair of heating pads under the feet’.  They are warm; I stuck my hand in mine while I was pulling it apart and found out for the first time what ‘toasty’ means.  It’s 27ºC in Sydney.

Why did I go to the internet when I have EZ by my side?  I could have avoided those ‘unsightly vertical looseness where the needles join’ by tightening the first stitch at the beginning of each needle or by carrying ‘2 stitches forward’ as I finish each needle, though I’m not quite sure what the latter meant.  The Youtube video didn’t mention that.

This is a lesson in patience.  First I must fetch a new ball of yarn as the old yarn is past its tolerance of tugging after too many false starts.

Patience.  I was almost at the heel before discovering the fatal flaws at one joint.  There were dropped stitches as well as ‘looseness’ and the hard part hadn’t started yet. The flare in the leg came from adding stitches at the joints. Starting again.

Watch this space for the next episode :)



The Fatal Flaws

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18 Responses to The Getting of Patience (Sock Saga II)

  1. Sunshine Jansen says:

    I find DPNs extremely nerve-wracking so I applaud your tenacity! Socks are something I’m working up to, or perhaps leg warmers if my courage flags…

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  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    My family is into knitting big time, and it is fantastic. Every time I return home, I get a selection of slippers (large socks that my guests can put on when they visit), stocking caps and what I really like are knitted wash-rags as they absorb and scrub very well. Also, for some reason when I see my mom or sisters (or nephews) knitting it warms me as I think to days of my ancestors :-)

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  3. Verónica says:

    I just posted about a couple of pairs of socks I knitted. I had a lot of fun making them. Hang in there!

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  4. taphian says:

    knitting socks is really very difficult, Mary. I can’t do it. Hope you will succeed before WWIII, hehe

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  5. This had me in stitches

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  6. zdunno03 says:

    Let’s hope you are knitting socks for soldiers of peace.

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