Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

Let’s be honest, 99 times out of 100, I’m a project knitter. I knit things that I love to knit for people I love to knit for. And if I start a project and I hate it, I frog the thing and the yarn becomes something else. Once in a great while, a project comes along that speaks to me. The feel of the yarn, the look of the pattern – it all just comes together in such a way that is magical. The apple socks were such a project.
The Dragon’s Breath socks are not.
I’ve knit the pattern before (with more cooperative yarn) for feet that are handier for fitting (mine) and that project was quite a bit happier.
Polyommatus argiolus Sock by Hunter Hammersen

Normally, I would frog and move on. But, three things have come into play.
1. These socks did not fit the friend they’re intended for and her response was, “I don’t mind if they’re a little slouchy. I don’t want you to have to rip back.” She’s a sweetie.
Polyommatus argiolus Sock by Hunter Hammersen
2. I do not hand knit socks so they can NOT fit. (sound of me ripping back to the leg)
3. She brought me Adorn sock yarn from her stash that came from Vogue Knitting in New York because I mentioned I’d like to try Adorn someday. and when I asked if she’d prefer to save it for Christmas (because they’re not giving this yarn away for free, ya’ll), she said “No, Thanks for being my friend.”
I’m knitting these socks for her. They’re going to be beautiful. and they’re damn well going to fit.
socks raveled here

To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things
Frontier Dreams


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  1. Bonny says:

    They ARE going to be beautiful, and I think both you and your friend will be happier when they fit. Like you said, that’s one of the big reasons for hand-knitting socks. Speaking of dragon’s breath, I’ve admired Smaug Socks a million times but haven’t yet worked up the courage to try them.

    • Katie says:

      I’ll have to go take a look at them. They do sound interesting to say the least with the new Hobbit movie coming out.

  2. Jarka says:

    good luck with the socks – the yarn is beautiful and I’m sure you can make it work. they’ll be worth it :) I wish I had friends who d be willing to wear hand-knitted socks by me :D
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  3. Bonnie says:

    You’re absolutely right. Fix that bugger or it’s going to annoy you forever. I think the yarn is gorgeous, and it’ll look great with that pattern.
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  4. Rosemary says:

    I am definitely a “project” knitter too. :) And much as it hurts I think you made the right decision to rip back! I have some socks I knit for myself that are slouchy and much as I love the pattern and the yarn it drives me CRAZY.
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    • Katie says:

      I do not think I would tolerate slouchy socks well at all, so I cannot expect anyone else too….although I’m sure somewhere there are people that like slochy socks.


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