Monday, October 30, 2006

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    Although the result may be a less tidy narrative,
    it is also, I believe, a more honest one.
    -Karl Jacoby

    On the last day of Socktoberfest, on the day for Tricks and Treats, what do I bring you? My Century Sock. The 100th pair of socks I've knit. And I have an exact count. This is it, baby. No mistake.

    So what, you are all clamoring to know, what special pair of socks is deserving of such an honor? It's with mixed emotions that I show you the most plain, ordinary socks I have ever - in all my hundred pairs - ever knit. Your eyes do not deceive you. These are plain. Black. 2x2 ribbing.

    Wearing-My-Uniform-With-Pride Socks
    Pattern: 2x2 ribbing, heel stitch, standard toe - do you really need a pattern?
    Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta, a cotton wool blend I bought on the road trip to San Diego when we stopped to visit Knit'n Lit Jenn in Ft. Worth. Small world
    Needles: 5" bamboo dpns, also bought on the same road trip
    Notes: It seems like I've been working on these socks forever. Black 2x2 ribbing is just not what gets me out of bed in the morning, knitting-wise, but it what I put on when I get dressed. The irony? Shortly before finishing these I started a night float rotation during which I wear scrubs and all sorts of brightly colored handknit socks. Ironic, isn't it?
    Best Thing About This Project: I wear the uniform. And I wear it better with handknit socks.

    There may be something fitting after all these being my 100th pair. For all the wild and crazy pairs I've worn in the past, these workday socks will get the most wear by far.

    32 Comments:

    Blogger Punkin said...

    Congratulations! The socks are wonderful. The simplicity in the color showcases the evenness of the stitches, the execution of the heel... a beautiful sock. Well done.

    10/30/2006 9:35 PM  
    Blogger Meg said...

    In the sport of cricket, there is a particular tradition about centuries (when you've hit 100 runs without getting out). You may now hold up your bat and doff it in at least four directions. You may also now stride to the centre of the ground and be congratulated by your batting partner. We, the spectators, will rise to our feet and warmly acknowledge your accomplishment with well-mannered applause, even if you are from the visiting team. Statisticians will reach for their pencils and another notch will be added next to your name for the record books! Congratulations!!

    But, all does not bode well, at least for doctors in the UK! Have you seen this?

    10/30/2006 9:44 PM  
    Anonymous Kristen said...

    Congratulations on pair #100! Yes, wear them with well-deserved pride. (Meg's cricket analogy is great!)

    10/31/2006 4:13 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Yay for 100! I feel so honored to have been a part of the 100th pair. I'm verklempt....give me moment......
    But seriously, it's nice to know that they'll get some use - that is, after all, the best part of handknit socks!

    10/31/2006 4:14 AM  
    Blogger Dave said...

    They're lovely. I somehow get a sense of history from them, taking me back to the days when people *had* to knit socks. They're serviceable, and the workmanship looks impeccable. I think they're a very fitting 100th pair.

    BTW, my stitch markers arrived yesterday, and they're beautiful. The little bag is too cute -- it will be perfect for keeping my notions in. Thank you so much!

    10/31/2006 4:17 AM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    Pretty darn amazing! Congratulations!

    Now, what about that Argyle or Fair Isle pair that you were going to knit?

    10/31/2006 4:33 AM  
    Blogger Liz K. said...

    A big ole salute to you and the 100. This is truly a milestone.

    I have been reading Suite Francaise (about WW2 in France) and throughout the book, women are knitting socks for soldiers and POWs. What progress we have made that now we have citizen-soldier-physicians knitting their own socks for the pleasure of it.

    10/31/2006 5:42 AM  
    Anonymous Donna said...

    I am deeply, deeply impressed, even though a quick perusal of your archives disabused me of the notion that you had knit all 100 pairs since starting the blog (crazy, I know). A pair a month is still mighty impressive, and the box of socks even more so. I myself only have 94 pairs to go!

    10/31/2006 6:25 AM  
    Blogger Liz said...

    To borrow from Marge Piercy: "The work of the world is common as mud./ Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust./ But the thing worth doing well done/ has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident./ Greek amphoras for wine or oil,/ Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums/ but you know they were made to be used./ The pitcher cries for water to carry/ and a person for work that is real. (from "To be of use," http://www.northnode.org/poem.htm ).

    Here's to doing work that is real.

    10/31/2006 6:43 AM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    Congratulations! That IS an amazing accomplishment. May you make many hundred more!

    10/31/2006 6:43 AM  
    Blogger Carrie said...

    Wow, quite a milestone! 100 socks? I can't even imagine. Congratulations!

    And thank you for serving our country!

    10/31/2006 7:25 AM  
    Blogger jennie said...

    Congratulations! That's a serious accomplishment (and a total inspiration...).

    10/31/2006 7:26 AM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    Wow - 100 sock!! That's quite a record!! I can't wait to see the next 100 socks.

    I hear you on boring - I'm working on a 3x1 rib sock on 0s that is killing me. How did you survive Second Sock Syndrome? I'm bribing myself to finish!! It's sad but true - sometimes boring socks get more wear than cool socks. I've decided that I only want to knit socks for my husband (a sweater for a 6'3" man is... big). The problem? He thinks he's branching out by picking a color for his socks. *sigh*

    10/31/2006 7:33 AM  
    Blogger Carole said...

    They are wonderful. Congratulations on your 100th pair!

    10/31/2006 7:38 AM  
    Blogger Laura said...

    congratulations on your 100th pair of socks!

    and sorry about the swatch thing. sort of. :)

    10/31/2006 8:22 AM  
    Blogger Wendy said...

    A big salute to the 100th pair of socks!

    Wendy

    10/31/2006 8:26 AM  
    Blogger christine said...

    Sometimes boring is just perfect!
    Great socks, and picture!!!

    10/31/2006 9:10 AM  
    Blogger JennyRaye said...

    I think it is absolutely appropriate that your 100th pair is your uniform pair. I love the picture too! Congrats on hitting 100--I'm just 81 behind ;o)

    10/31/2006 9:30 AM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    I think the socks are simply wonderful. Sometimes the basics don't look as pretty, but in the end that's what you go to first. And there's nothing wrong with getting to wear the wild and crazy ones on night rotations - surely the sight of a beautiful sock makes you smile, even at 3 in the morning.

    10/31/2006 10:01 AM  
    Blogger AJ said...

    I can try to knit it all, but I think I should always have an emergency stash...just in case ;)

    Congratulations on your 100th pair, I wish I could just work on my first! :) They look great!

    10/31/2006 10:16 AM  
    Blogger amanda said...

    their classics and the 100th pair should be classic. besides how cool is it that you can wear handknit socks with the uniform?

    10/31/2006 10:34 AM  
    Blogger Nonnahs said...

    These are perfect for #100! Congrats!

    10/31/2006 11:27 AM  
    Blogger Jeanette said...

    That is a lot of pairs of socks. Congratulations! Wear them in good health.

    10/31/2006 12:11 PM  
    Anonymous Carrie K said...

    That is actually a really fabulous pair of socks to have as your 100th pair.

    10/31/2006 4:58 PM  
    Anonymous Dad said...

    The simplicity of the socks reminds me of the routine of nature.Sunrises and sunsets. Constant, predictable, stunning. Wonderful socks for a wonderful daughter.
    Love you a lot,

    10/31/2006 7:14 PM  
    Blogger Amy O'Neill Houck said...

    The socks are wonderful... Great job! Have you cast on for 101?

    11/01/2006 6:47 AM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    I'm so proud of you girl - for knitting your 100th pair of socks AND for serving our country!

    I love this picture!

    11/01/2006 9:15 AM  
    Anonymous Leah said...

    Ironic indeed!

    All that ribbing would about kill me! But they look great!

    I would so like to see a pic of you in scrubs and colorful socks though(hint)!

    11/01/2006 10:16 AM  
    Blogger eyeknit said...

    You and your socks have been an inspiration to me. I've only completed 15 pairs so far, but the sock lust hasn't abated a bit. I should have started knitting socks back in med school! I'd be a lot further along. I think I have a new goal...a century for myself. Thanks for sharing them with us!

    11/01/2006 12:35 PM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    Wow, the 100 mark! Shouldn't there be a special prize or something handed out by the knitter's guild? A large plaque at the LYS?

    11/02/2006 8:39 AM  
    Blogger margene said...

    "I wear it better.." LOVE that line. It makes your uniform uniquely yours and it's a secret that only you know;-)

    11/02/2006 9:17 AM  
    Blogger cindy said...

    Wow.....you are one prolific socknitter!!! I've been knitting socks for a number or years, but I'm sure I haven't made a 100 pairs!!! Congrats!!

    11/02/2006 1:31 PM  

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