The most grueling project of my knitting life

Completed on 12 April 2008

Beware of this pattern! It's the Fanning the Flames mitered socks from Heartland Knits.

Now I love a knitting challenge as much as the next person, but hey, there comes a time when you have to say, enough is enough!

I began these socks on a dancing weekend in the English countryside. And here it is, more than five months later, and I have only just now finished the pair.

Each sock is composed of 23 triangles. Each triangle took me about 40 minutes to complete.

You do the math.

On the upside, I did enjoy knitting with my hand-dyed yarn. I do love dyeing wool! You never really know how it's going to turn out until it's knitted up. It's always a surprise. (Albeit some surprises are nicer than others!)

Here we've just completed the first triangle. Oh, how I remember that day fondly! I was so pleased with my knitting self. I was happy and anxious to continue knitting.

I had no idea that the novelty would quickly wear off.

This is the point, at three full repeats, where I knew I was in trouble. This project was no longer a labor of love but rather a chore. It was a test of perseverance.

What to do? What to do? Do I cut my losses and frog? Do I forge on?

My London knitting friends suggested cutting the project short. Instead of making socks, why don't I make a pair of mittens?

Oh how I wish I would've listened to them! (They can say they told me so!)

The pattern utilizes a lazy afterthought heel.

I'll admit, despite all my misgivings, these socks do look nice and colorful in my sock drawer!

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