The first time was going to be a sock. Knitting a pair of fingerless mitts (I haven't told you much about those yet, but I will!) on double points made me remember how much I like the fiddly feeling of double points and so I settled on socks. Out of my sock yarn stash leapt the skein of Opal I brought home from Scotland more than three years ago, because the colors reminded me of the stones and sea there.
I searched for a pattern that could also remind me of the sea, and picked Jaywalker (sorry - Ravelry link!) with its pointed chevron waves. The pattern actually called for Opal yarn on the exact size needles I planned to use and so I skipped the gauge swatch (not that I would have been inclined to knit one anyway). I had read on Ravelry that the pattern didn't have much give, but all yarn gives, right?
I cast on and found the pattern perfect for the yarn. It was easy to memorize and before I knew it I had turned the heel and was well on my way through the gusset. No matter that it seemed a little narrow. All yarn gives, right?
Finally I had knit enough to try the sock on, and I pictured my toes sticking out from between the double points as I happily slid it on.
All yarn does not give. Not when you knit it in patterns that don't give.
And yet I kept knitting, because surely all yarns give after you've washed and blocked a garment, right? I kept knitting, because even if the socks didn't fit I could give them away to someone with smaller feet. I kept knitting, because the thought of ripping out socks knit all the way to the gusset...
Which meant that when reason finally prevailed (or it may have been selfishness - I really wanted to keep the socks) there was all that much more sock to rip out.
So the second time was still going to be a sock, still using Jaywalker, still using the same yarn and needles - I just went up one size in the pattern. I cast on again, and because the pattern was now so familiar, the sock went quickly. I could tell it was larger, and was certain that this time it would fit just fine.
Just after knitting the gusset, I tried my sock on...
They say the third time's a charm. I just hope the third time gives.