I bumped into my friend Bob in the Skyways of downtown St. Paul the other day. He is a knitter, and after discussing naughty puppies and naughty horses, he brought up second sock syndrome. I explained to him my approach to avoiding second sock syndrome, using double-pointed needles:
You may think it an attempt to trick you, but really, it is so simple. Two sets of sock needles, wind the yarn into two balls. Work one cuff, then the other, one leg, then the other, etc. etc.
I have tried to do the two socks on one long circular. This pair started out that way, to help a knitting student who wanted to learn the technique. Seriously, to me it is one big pain in the rear. Fussy, tangled, and more trouble than it is worth. To me. I have many friends who prefer that approach and I hope they continue to be happy with it. When a student asks “Is it really better?” I tell them they’ll have to try it and see. I prefer working socks on double pointed needles, and two sets helps me to avoid Second Sock Syndrome.
Another ‘time saver’ that I don’t find saves me any time is cabling without a cable needle. Perhaps that conversation is better left for another day.
On the topic of Wise and Foolish Virgins, Stashdragon left me a link to an article on Norwegian Tapestries that includes a photo of the original. Don’t just look at the photos, though, it is really an interesting bit of writing, including the tale of a weaver who argued with the carpenter building her loom. She ended up being burnt as a witch.