Sometimes You Just Have to Start Over.
Good-bye Lucky Oakland A’s socks.
I was about 5 inches into this sock when I realized that it was going to be too big. I probably realized it at 3 inches but stubbornly kept knitting on as if I could will it to fit. With a gauge of 9 stitches per inch on size 1 needles, those 5 inches represented hours of work and I just didn't want to start over. But finally, I accepted the fact that I could either continue knitting socks that would fit only a giant or I could start over and make socks that would fit the intended recipient, my Dad. So I ripped and I'll start over.
And then, as so many knitters have done, I realized the sock was a metaphor for my life as it is at the moment. After losing my job due to a corporate merger, I was having a difficult time landing the perfect next job. I was offered a couple of jobs that were not my ideal but, like the sock, I kept on looking.
When I’d arrive way too early for an interview, I would sit in my car and calm away any jitters by knitting on the sock. The sock came with me while I accompanied my Mother on her medical visits and while I sat with my Father waiting for her to come out of her shoulder surgery.
In the end I frogged the job search and accepted one of those jobs and I intend to make the most of it. Just as I intend to pick up the needles, cast on again and make the best damn lucky Oakland A’s socks ever.
P.S. My Mom is doing fine—while I sit with her, I’m working on a new sock. A pretty blue Koigu baby cable rib. As for the A's, they're currently in 2nd place in the AL West, with a 31-31 record.