Posted on March 2, 2005 at 10:41 pm

AliceHere’s a little more information about that Mermaid sock you might have glimpsed sitting about in my parlor the other day. It’s still there for those of you keeping score, a few rows longer, not that anyone would notice. It’s from Lucy Neatby’s Cool Socks Warm Feet and I was especially attracted to it as a way to knit through some striped Regia that had worked its way to the top of the sock yarn bin, since Lucy recommends that this pattern is particularly well-suited to stripey yarn.   Mermaid_1I first alerted the media that I was knitting it back in January and more than any other sock that I have ever knit, including a fair isle-banded knee socks that I must have undertaken years ago as a result of losing a bet (after the band it was all grey stockinette), these socks are slow to show any results.  Knitting this seems like a lot of running in place.  Knitting this makes me feel like the Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass:
"It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same
place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

There’s some marking of time from the printed stripes in the Regia, but the diagonal rib is featureless: there is not even an end of the round since the marker would travel with the diagonal rib.  The nice thing about this sock is that there’s no gusset!  I’ve never knit a gusset-less sock before ( but I always wanted to try the socks in Kids Knitting ) nor a garter stitch hourglass heel (lots of fun).  I’m excited to try the spiral toe, also a first for me, so I gotta knit like hell to get there!