I knit socks the 'old fashioned' way - one at a time on double pointed needles. And I have Second Sock Syndrome... The first sock flies as I can't wait to see how it comes out. But the second one goes much slower. The excitement is gone. Sometimes the second sock will can take 4 to 5 times as long to finish as the first one.
But yesterday, I challenged myself to finish the second sock for one of my daughters and get my house work done. So I broke it down by sock part and here is how it evolved:
I got up bright and early and set myself up in a comfortable chair in the shade under the apple tree.
Cast on and completed the ribbing - then watered the garden (not a tough chore, but a chore nontheless)
Worked half the leg - came inside and started a load of laundry and cleaned 1 bathroom
Worked 2nd half of the leg - came inside and cleaned the refridgerator (oh boy, did that fridge need cleaning!)
Worked heel flap and decreased for heel - came inside and made mac salad (I had to put something in that nice clean fridge!) and did another load of laundry
Worked gusset - came inside and cleaned second bathroom
Worked half the foot - came inside and vacuumed and did another load of laundry
Worked 2nd half of the foot - finished up the laundry
By 4 PM I had finished the toe and my house work!
It actually worked out very well and I think I actually finished the second sock faster than the first one!
Now, last week I took advantage of KnitPick's 40% off sale on their books and bought "Toe-Up 2-at a Time Socks " by Melissa Morgan Oakes.
I am hoping that this method will cure me of the Second Sock Syndrome. Early this morning I cast on the toes for another pair of socks for another daughter. It took some time to adjust to different methods as I am a creature of habit, but so far so good. I have the toes completed and now I am off to weed the garden. I am hoping to finish the foot ahd after that I will mow the lawn.
I hope to have this pair done by next week and will let you know how they come out.
Do you have Second Sock Syndrome? If so, tell me about how you challenge yourself to 'get them done'.
Until next week - Happy Knitting!