At the moment we have an antique bathtub sitting in our backyard. I’ll tell you why we have it eventually but for right now, at least, it’s become Hannah’s favorite place to hang out. She goes out there, fully clothed, and sits in this empty bathtub in the backyard. She read. She listens to music. She talks on the phone. All from an empty antique bathtub in the backyard.
When I saw her head out there the other night after dinner I went out with the finished Scarlet Devil Socks and made her put them on for me. Honestly, how often do you get to take pictures of socks in a bathtub in the backyard?
The pattern is called Cable Rib Socks and it was published in Interweave Knits back in Spring 2005. It’s also available in the book Favorite Socks. The yarn is from my wonderful friend Kim and the color is called Scarlet Devil.
Originally these were going to be sent to a friend who loves red as much as I do. I knit them with her in mind and sized them to her feet. It was going to be a terrific surprise.
A day or two after I finished the socks I was admiring them and thinking about how I needed to get them photographed so I could send them to my friend. And that’s when I saw it. A mistake. A major mistake which meant that they were not good enough to give to a friend as special as this one.
Do you see it?
Now do you see it?
One leg is a full repeat shorter than the other. I do not know how this happened. I took notes while I knit the first sock. I consulted my notes frequently while I knit the second sock. I knew exactly how many repeats I needed to knit on the leg and yet I knit one less. Apparently I cannot count.
I know I could go back and fix this but it would mean ripping out that entire foot and heel and going all the way back to the leg. I’m not doing that. Luckily they fit Hannah and she doesn’t mind the discrepancy in the length of the legs. She used to be a lot pickier so I’m sort of surprised that she likes them with this flaw.
Then again, she likes sitting in an empty antique bathtub in the backyard.