FO: #kollabsockalong

Written by Sarah on September 9th, 2013 Posted in FO, knit-a-long, knits, kollabora, life, socks

You’ll have to excuse my few days of absence. Last week was one of those weeks where all you want to do is hide from life on the couch with a big cup of tea and some really good knitting, when you want to give hugs to everyone you know. When you’re feeling pain and sorrow, nothing can snap you out of it like a good sock. Of course, those rough weeks are also the ones that keep you too busy to sleep let alone get some stitching in.  The end of summer has been hectic for my family and I was hoping that it would begin to settle down after Labor Day weekend. I was wrong, I’ll leave it at that.

I still feel dizzy with all of the work that I left unfinished over the past few days, there’s just so much to catch up on, and of course, there are plenty of deadlines looming. But I’m excited to say that I’ll be filling up my month with lots of great projects. It’s going to be a heck of a ride and as much as I stress, I love the feeling of importance that comes from one too many commitments.

Anyway, where did we leave off?


I finished the first sock just before the holiday weekend and immediately cast on for the second. I had so much time in the car and having a drink that by the end of Labor Day weekend, I’d already turned the heel and was working my way towards the foot. It all happened so fast. It was like an inverse second sock syndrome. The second sock just kind of happened like magic.

I finally turned to my knitting Friday night, just exhausted and drained, and was so happily surprised that I had just a few more inches to go before my sock was complete.

Together, they are so soft and comfy. These are definitely my new favorite sock and I look forward to purchasing more yarn from Jill to make a second pair. Maybe those will be gifted. Maybe.


Knitting, my friend’s mother (a fellow knitter) told me in college, is something that control freaks love to do. We love being able to preside over every inch, manage the perfect fit, and obsess over tiny stitches. Sometimes when life becomes that blur, when things happen that we can’t change, when we are thrown those proverbial curveballs, it is huge therapy just to sit down with needles, to make something as perfect as we need them to be, and to feel that peace that comes with completing a pair of socks.

Did you finish your socks? Don’t forget to post photos! Judging starts tomorrow!

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Comments (7)

  • September 9, 2013 at 11:18 am |

    I really like what your mom’s friends said. I can totally see where that is very true with my life and in the life of my two friends who also knit. I finished my socks last night and have pictures up.

  • Pat
    September 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm |

    I love to sew, but there is nothing like knitting to relax. I love to watch my dog fall asleep to the lull of my knitting needles. Truth be told, I am a total control freak. Very good post.

  • Mom
    September 10, 2013 at 6:17 am |

    First, I love your socks – the stitch and color are beautiful! Knitting, for me, isn’t so much about control, but relaxation; I love the gentle clicking of the needles as they move along the stitches. It amazes me that the simple act of knit and purl can make such beautiful and comforting objects like a comfy pair of socks or a lacy shawl – it’s truly magic!

  • September 10, 2013 at 7:50 am |

    I agree that knitting (and making things in general) can provide much needed feelings of being in control when things start to spin out. For me, more importantly, knitting lets me feel that I am contributing something tangible for someone I love in those very difficult situations when there is actually nothing that I can do to fix or heal or comfort. Knitting is just the best.

    Hope your family is doing better and that things calm down soon.

  • sherry
    September 10, 2013 at 8:40 am |

    Ooo, they came out so nicely. And the thought of that lovely yarn ’round you’re feet. mmm

  • September 10, 2013 at 10:00 am |

    These are beautiful! They really turned out nicely!

    Knitting, for me, occupies just enough of my attention that I’m able to be still and thoughtful (two things that I’m not, usually). It sort of frees up my mind to let it wander, kind of like running, but without the sweat!

  • September 12, 2013 at 2:21 am |

    I’m sorry you had a rough week. Your socks look beautiful, and I’m so glad they helped you find a moment or two of peace. xoxo

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