Nooooo, I don’t have that type of SSS…. Mine’s different. I have no trouble casting on for the second sock. I cast this one on as soon as I slid that first, toasty, completed sock onto my foot.
My problem really boils down to arrogance. I get cocky and I don’t pay attention! Within 10 rows of the second sock, I had already screwed up twice. I messed up the ribbing AND the pattern. I get it into my head that Hey, I can do this, and then I just stop referring to the pattern. But it’s worse than that, because even when I pay attention to the pattern, I still just somehow, inevitably mess things up. And then I have to rip everything out and start over again……
Last night Janelle and I met up for a knit date and I made some significant progress on this sock. I had 4 inches left to go, and I’m trying to finish them by Wednesday so I can show them off at SNB, so I figured I could do 2 inches tonight and 2 at SNB tomorrow (toe decreases and grafting). Then, this morning, I was knitting in the car on the way to work (while carpooling… not driving!) and I noticed I didn’t have enough sts on one section. So I did some shoddy increases and thought that would fix things. Few rows later, nope, still not enough stitches. So I put it down and figure I’d fix it later. Then I pulled it out at lunch and in a fit of desperation and frustration, I frogged 6 rows. Just at that point one of my coworkers walked into the break room and yelled, “Uh oh! I know what that is!” when she saw the heap of crimped yarn on the table…. Luckily I was able to get it back on the needles quickly, but I’m still not back to where I was. Sigh.
I think what most frustrates me is that I also get “Second Sock Syndrome” with my cooking. I find that I can totally wing something one night and it turns out awesome (my recent chocolate-chip-coconut-banana-bread, for example), and then a few weeks later I’ll either make it the EXACT SAME WAY, or I’ll try and wing it again, and it just won’t be as good. I don’t get it. But at least, with knitting, I can go back and fix it.