Why do I seem to be able to move forward so easily on shawls while my socks sit forever? The need to pick up stitches.
I love knitting socks, but they always seem to get finished slowly. I finish the top ribbing (or picot edging, in the case of this pair) and quickly move on to the leg portion. This part usually flies by! Then I do the heel flap -- no problem there. And the heel turn, which I think is kind of fun. Okay -- now it's time to pick up all those stitches. Oy! (Once I'm past the picking up, progress resumes. And I also like Kitchenering the toe, so there's no trouble there!)
I blame it on my less than stellar eyesight, which is probably true. Looking at all those tiny stitches as I pick them up usually aggravates me. (No, I don't have an Ott Light -- yet.) But even more than that, I think it has become a mental block.
So, if I were to make a New Year's Resolution -- which I'm *not* -- it would be to forge ahead and pick those stitches up right away instead of letting the poor sock sit for weeks.
SOCK NOTE -- This sock is 68 stitches around on US 1's. I tried a picot edging on the top for a change of pace. I also couldn't find my notes for my personal sock pattern, so I used the Dutch Heel instructions found in Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet. It's a shallower heel -- kind of flatter on the back -- than I'm used to, but I think it will actually be better for me.
I put these sock notes in here, because while I do take notes on paper, I always lose them or can't understand what I wrote when I look back at them. Then when I go to make calculations and plans for the next pair I'm hitting myself. The blog is the perfect place to keep these notes because it's easily searchable via the nice little Google thing over in the sidebar. Saves me lots of headaches!