The Year of the Sock…

…is over. I will make the mate to Diane’s birthday sock and then I’m DONE.

I know. “A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.” I hear you, okay? But let me explain.

Pair #1: the pink/turquoise pair. They came out a bit funny; too big for my foot, but the stitches were stretched out too much. I don’t understand how that could be.
Pair #2: the Punk Sock pair. They’ve just been through their second laundering and will probably fit a 6-year-old.
Pair #3 (not shown): a very bad yarn, splitty and too fine to work with. I only did half the first sock before abandoning it, because it was such a nuisance. This in and of itself wouldn’t have made me give up on the year-long project, but combining it with the other problems, it just adds to the frustration.
Pair #4: the Zombie Sock. The first day that Alex wore them, they began to fray on the underside of the foot. After their second laundering they now have holes in them because of this.
Pair #5: the hot pink/turquoise pair. These are in their second laundering and they may work out; I will report back after this dryer load is done.
Pair #6: I did one sock and laundered it to see how it would turn out – because I used a different gauge and number of stitches for it. It too turned out like #1: the sock fits on my foot a little too loosely, and yet the stitches are all stretched out. I won’t be knitting a mate to that one.

So, out of the 4.75 completed pairs, I have a possible one pair of success. (If I’m lucky.) That’s two weeks’ worth of knitting, just for a few items to go in the donations bin. Not worth it; not worth continuing to experiment and continuing to fail.

Now…anybody want to buy some sock yarn?