July 02, 2005
Nip and tuck
For whatever reason, Bloglines didn't register my last blog entry. If this problem persists, I'll try to fix it. Hopefully this entry goes through, and if you didn't read the last one, you now know it happened :).
Mr. Sock came to my yarn surgery office a few days ago - he was very unhappy with his appearance and needed a drastic change in the way he looked.
First, it was my responsibility to make sure that Mr. Sock was of sound mind and wanted yarn surgery for the right reasons. He explained to me that he was a victim of poor planning. It seems that his creator, one Ms. Grumpy, failed to admit to herself that the radical differences in the gauges of Mr. Sock's patterned instep and plain stockinette sole would lead to a poor fit. Ms. Grumpy attempted to create the sock based on the gauge of the patterned instep, but the heel, the sole, and the toes suffered as a result, becoming bloated from the looser tension of their stockinette composition. Mr. Sock was convinced that yarn surgery was necessary, and I agreed.
We identified the problem areas. Of course I had to take pictures while Mr. Sock was all naked and exposed, then point out the trouble spots in a really flashy way, just like they do on those plastic surgery shows - I think it gives me more credibility. Mr. Sock said it humiliated him, but he dealt with it.
Most obvious was the extra stockinette, present all along the side of Mr. Sock. It had to go.
Next, there were the bulges which protruded at the pattern transition at the toe shaping. Nothing a little yarn surgery couldn't fix :).
Last, there was the heel flap - simply too long. As a side effect of the long heel flap, the gussets were huge, stopping just a small distance before toe shaping began. The entire heel area needed a good tuck.
Mr. Sock's yarn surgery went very well, and he is currently spending some time recovering at the Washing Machine & Block Spa with his twin brother, Señor Calcetín. He feels lighter, slimmer, like a new sock! He'll be ready for his reveal shortly!