The socks that took three years to knit

I'm not what you would call a monogamous knitter. I always need a project for every occasion - lace for when I want to concentrate, a stockinette sweater for watching TV, socks on the train, et cetera. Unfortunately, this means that some projects tend to get lost and neglected for months at a time. Or, even, years.

Magic Loop spiral eyelet toe up socks Anastasia

That's where these socks come in. The pattern is Anastasia, a simple toe-up sock with a spriraling yarnover eyelet pattern. These were my first magic loop, two-at-a-time socks - a technique that I have now discovered I'm not all that fond of.

I guess I like the piecemeal nature of a pair of socks: you work a toe, then a foot, then a heel, then a cuff; then the next toe, foot, heel, cuff. It goes at a quick enough pace that you keep getting rewarded by your effort by being able to move on to the next bit. Basically, the pace of two-at-a-time socks seems too slow for me. Intellectually, I know that it's going at the same rate, but it just doesn't feel that way.

So, Ravelry tells me I cast these on on the day after Christmas, 2007. I finished them this weekend. For the majority of those three years though, they just sat in my closet looking like this:
Two at a time magic loop Panda Cotton socks in progress

So I'm very glad to have them finished, finally.
Finished orange cotton wool-free socks


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