Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lack of Concentration


I am calling this sock my "LOC Sock". LOC standing for "lack of concentration". I don't know if it's part of my healing process or a function of middle age, I cannot concentrate on anything more than a few minutes. This sock is one of the very few things I have finished since I broke my leg in January. And it was a struggle. I was only able to knit a few rows at a time before I was bored or unable to focus. To help me maintain my attention, I changed yarn color or stitch pattern frequently. I didn't have a plan, whatever pleased me in the moment was enough. I like how whimsical the sock looks.

Now, the problem is knitting a mate. I have always had what many knitters call "second sock syndrome", where it is very difficult or impossible to bring yourself around to knitting the second sock. As I have said about my weaving, once the design problem is solved for me, I am ready to go on to something else. With this new lack of concentration, it will be even more difficult for me to discipline myself to finish. I have already decided to knit the mate with a similar random pattern. If I knit the top ribbing, the heel and the toe to match the first sock, I think there will be enough similarity between the two that it will look like they are pair. I haven't seen the Matching Sock Police around here lately, so I may be able to get away with it!