I’ve caught a bug and his name is sock…. what? I don’t know either, all I know is that instead of casting on or planning a sweater I wanted to knit I grabbed some yarn from the stash and started some socks. No, not socks for the sockpal I have yet to mention, but rather for my selfish little self.

Child's French Sock

I’ve been wanting to use this yarn, Tess Designer yarn, and this pattern, Child’s French Socks, for a while now though I didn’t think the two would merge. Lucky for me, in my snow induced haze I got perfect gauge with the required needles. Not so great for my sock pal.
Child's French Sock closeup

Why have I ignored my poor little sockpal? I should be looking for yarn, reading patterns, swatching even! I’ve been in denial, that’s why. Ever since that little email proclaiming who I was assigned to arrived in my mailbox I’ve been in a size-induced shock. People, I have to knit for an 11 inch foot. Eleven!! I’ll wait till that sinks in……ready for more? Cables….CABLES. This person requested cables. I don’t like letting people down, so cables or some form thereof they will get. I’ll start swatching as soon as I finish this sock, of course the mail man had other ideas by bringing me a long awaited package. I promise nothing sockpal (not this week at least).

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  • Ms. Notasockknitter February 13, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    yeah, i’ve been totally neglecting my sockopalooza (oh, however you spell it :P) too. i think the deadline is too far away. I know I’m going to wait and wait and then realize that OH CRAP! My pal’s socks have to sent in like three hours!!! (looks around for that fifth US 1 dpn) Eekk!!!!Anyhoo, that is come nice progress you made on that french kiddie sock. i LOVE nancy bush. and that hip knits silk is gorgeous. i’m jealous. i can’t ever seem to be able to nab any for myself. boo.

  • Julsey February 13, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Yay! Now you can knit angelica with me…after you twisted MY arm to join…Well, you had some extenuating circumstances. Now get knitting, fool!

  • Jeanie February 13, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    Fabulous socks and fabulous color!

  • caitlyn February 13, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    They look wonderful so far! Love the color. =)

  • grumperina February 14, 2006 at 12:23 am

    Sigh… you poor thing. That’s like 7 skeins of yarn. Denial is in order for now :).

  • Lolly February 14, 2006 at 7:56 am

    You deserve the Tess! We will sock twins (well, at least in colorway!) yours is such an intricate pattern, mine looks rather paltry next to theselovely cables!

  • tabbytuxedo February 14, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Wow! That Tess yarn is gorgeous! You’ve got plenty of time to work on your sock pals socks.

  • illanna February 14, 2006 at 11:01 am

    My sock pal has 10 inch feet, and I already finished one sock. Don’t be scared- if I can do it you can do it. Although, cables and long feet = a lot of yarn!

  • Leah February 14, 2006 at 11:07 am

    I love love love the color of your HK silk! I am so glad that you got it!! Now put down that lovely sock & start on Angelica!! Your sock pal will understand!

  • Amy February 14, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Very cute sock!

  • christine February 14, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Sorry, but I’ve got to tell you that “that sock bug” is a permanent condition. No getting over it……..sorry. Better buy more sock yarn, you’re gonna need it………(grin)

  • Laura February 14, 2006 at 11:19 am

    For your sockpal, when you described what she wanted.. this immediately came to mind:The Traveler Socks, seen at craftster, here: the pattern here:’s a toe up, with cables, and a short cuff, so that would help make up for the foot size being a little larger. Now, you have no reason to be in denial any longer… except of course that pile of fabulous yarn you just received.

  • tammy February 14, 2006 at 11:48 am

    eleven inches of cable?!! yikes! that must be at least two bottles of syrah!

  • yaiAnn February 14, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    You couldn’t have picked a better color for your angelica sweater. It’s going to look faaaaab on you! =)

  • Purly Whites February 14, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    I’m sorry I forced you to sign up for this sockapalooza. if you end up getting something not so great after knitting cabled socks for the big ass feet, I’ll knit you a pair of awesome socks.

  • Chris February 14, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    Hey! I have a 10.5″ foot. You get used to it. 🙂

  • lori z February 15, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve got a 10.5 inch foot and I’m a lady! I felt bad for my last sock-pal…and since didn’t sign up again.i’m sure you’ll pal will love the socks!