When bad things happen to good socks

…or alternatively….when red wine happens to knitted projects….

So let me set the stage…Saturday night I was home.  I didn’t sleep well the night before – stressed out about resigning…I was so tired on Saturday that I didn’t even going to my knitting group.  Stayed home and napped and vegged around.  And we decided to make Japanese Beef Curry for dinner (one of our favorite dinners!).  Made that, and sat down with my bowl to eat and watch a movie (terrible, by the way)….reached for the remote…hit the full glass of wine….ugh.  All over the floor, the furniture….MY KNITTING BASKET!  It is a testament to my distress that  I didn’t take pictures – but it was all over the beaded sock.  We were running around like crazy trying to get it out before it stained things.    Cieara ran with the sock to the sink to run it under water.  It didn’t really come out…so she got some spot remover from upstairs.  I read the back…good – said it worked on red wine.  I sprayed, rinsed, sprayed, rinse…and then Cieara said “hey, that’s not wool is it?”.  Sigh….not safe for wool.    Great.  Sigh.

Well, here it is…can you tell?


Please say you don’t see the stains and light spots…or if you can…I’m really ok with you lying about it.  Because I had a half inch to go until the toe – and then I was sending them to Dan’s girlfriend (Carrie if you are reading this – you don’t see the spots either!).    I keep on showing them to people and they don’t really see anything – the yarn is actually a tiny bit varigated with light and darker sports (see?  I can be totally self-deluding!).

Anyway, it took a while to dry – and for fun I started rummaging around in the stash and saw Jitterbug I bought on a yarn crawl….and one thing led to another and the next thing you know I had a pair of anklets on the needles for Cieara.   I can’t believe how fast they are knitting up – and this yarn – gorgeous!  I wish I had realized how much yardage is in a skein when I bought it – not enough for a pair of socks – but I love the colors so maybe I’ll buy some (when I’m buying yarn again, of course!)


So I resigned today – and now I feel better – no stress at all.  I’ll have a lot to do in the next two weeks, but it is a much different feeling knowing that its 9 days until I don’t work there (not that I’m counting or anything of course!).  

Have a good week – and stay away from the red wine!

18 Responses to When bad things happen to good socks

  1. Pixie says:

    I suggest having another glass on wine and knocking it over onto the second sock — call it “handpainted”

    BTW, I think the socks are lovely and I can’t see a thing wrong with them!

  2. Keely says:

    I actually can’t see anything! When I scrolled down I though, oh she hasn’t posted a pic of the marked socks, she must have taken this before she spilled the wine! So fear not, I couldn’t notice anything!

  3. Leigh says:

    Hi! I think we’re using the same color of Jitterbug. Awesome! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all your beautiful creations.

  4. Emilee says:

    I honestly cross-my-heart can’t tell. They look great!

  5. tiennie says:

    Oh no! You really can’t tell though.

  6. chris says:

    I See NOTHING except a lovely sock. So glad everything went well with resigning – now you can enjoy the end of one job and the new beginning at another!

  7. Lorraine says:

    Jeanne- That has always been my worst fear- spilling something on my knitting. I’ve had it happen with tea, which stains like crazy, but I can’t see anything on your sock.


  8. Laurie says:

    Yeah. Very bad movie. Didn’t make it thru 1/4 of it.

    I can’t see ANY stain. Nope. Nada. Zip. They’re still as pretty as the last time.

    Ah, yes. The Jitterbug! Beautiful colors!

    Congrats on taking the plunge…or plunger…to your old job!

  9. Kathleen says:

    I can not see the spots. We switched from wine glasses to juice glasses when drinking wine. Not so many spills.
    I made a pair of socks from Jitterbug and actually have some left, very little but I did not run out. See them here http://tincantextiles.blogspot.com/2007/04/just-in-nick-of-time.html

  10. Cookie says:

    I agree with Pixie… not that I see anything because I see nothing!

  11. stitch-dom says:

    Um…nothing to see there! They look lovely and warm.

    I once dumped red wine down the front of my favourite mustard yellow shirt and had to dye the entire thing black.

    I say soak the entire pair in red wine and then call it the “wine infused sock” and sell the pattern to a knitting magazine (thereby earning a number of Cast On badges all at once!)

  12. Opal says:

    Totally can’t see the spots. You’re good to go.

    I loved Children of Men! Different strokes. 🙂

  13. Terri says:

    Oh a timely warning, thanks. Spots? What spots? Love the Jitterbug. I really AM going to have to get myself some of that. I saw a photo of some socks another friend is knitting up in this yarn recently and it is decidedly luscious. Glad the work related stress has lifted. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. Rebekah says:

    Ugh, that doesn’t sound like any fun at all. I can’t see the spots or the light spots, and I doubt anyone would even know if you hadn’t said.

  15. hakucho says:

    Poor you, but your sock looks fine to me. Just looks like shaded variegated yarn. It’ll be fine!
    The Jitterbug ankle sock is gorgeous. Beautiful color way.
    Glad you feel better 🙂

  16. susan says:

    Don’t worry about the spots, call it unique and keep knitting. What a great relief I bet to say good bye to the stress of the job. Been there and continue to go there every day.

  17. chris says:

    Recipe for Japanese Beef Curry, pretty please?

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