I am half a sock away from my first pair of Toe-Up Socks. They are by no means perfect. In fact, I am so far from offending the knitting gods with the perfection of the knitting that it’s just sad. Anyhow…
The pair I’m working on is from a Knitty pattern called “Back to Basics.” You start with Judy’s Magic Cast-on which is one of those things that seems like it could not possibly work until it does. Thank god for Youtube is all I can say on that. I messed up the cast on for the first sock slightly, but I just do not have the heart to go back and fix it. Having tried on sock #1, I must say that it is the best fitting sock I think I’ve ever made. I particularly love how it fits around the instep. Sock #2 has a perfect toe, but there have been some other issues along the way. I decided to take this with me on my travels. While there was no problem getting it on the plane, it really did not lend itself well as a project to this kind of travel. I’m working on the leg finally and should have it done in the next couple of days.
I’ve been knitting socks again. There’s something of the small child in me. I get bored very easily. The nice thing with socks (I suspect I’ve said this before but it bears repeating) is that there are several parts to a sock and therefore a lower boredom threshold. By the time you’re getting sick of working on the leg, you’ve got the heel flap. When you get to the foot and you’re starting to think it’ll never end, you suddenly have the toe decreases.
Up until recently most of the socks I’ve done have either been in worsted weight (goes fast, big needles, thick yarn), baby socks (over in a sec because they’re so small), or on in fatter than normal fingering weight yarn and on size 3 needles. They have all been done with Magic Loop.
Until recently. I think the bloom may be off the rose for Magic Loop and me. I still prefer it as a method to start circular projects, but for the past two sock projects, I have switched over to dpns once I’ve gotten past the cuff. For whatever reason, it seems to go much faster with the dpns.
I’ve been using the 8 stitches per inch size in Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks book so below I present to you my latest projects:
Now add self-patterning sock yarn to the mix and they seem to go a lot faster. I now have the joy of wondering what color will come up next or how the patterns will form. Hours of fun and entertainment!
So as you can see, I’ve been productive. For someone who hates making scarves, I have sadly, been making a lot of them. This first is the Sea Lettuce Scarf by Lucy Neatby. I am glad to say that the hate never entered the garment. My Ravelry link is here. I liked making the picots and I was endless fascinated with how the wedges kind of forced it to turn in on itself. Yes, yes, I am easily amused. So this is a Christmas present for someone – haven’t determined who the lucky recipient will be yet. I’ve also discovered that I like short rows. I like how they can add dimension to a garment and now that I understand how to do them, I like doing them.
Then we have this tube scarf. Truth be told this was an unplanned project. I started it while I was waiting for another skein of yarn for the above scarf. I won a knitting basket at a silent auction and this kit was included in the basket. I have no Ravelry link to share well because I couldn’t find it on Ravelry. Essentially you cast on about 60 something stitches onto a circular needle, join in the round, and knit till you’re out of yarn. Then you sew up the ends and voila! You have a very warm muffler/scarf. I think this is going to be for me. It wasn’t terribly exciting to work on, but it was very good TV knitting. Nothing like garter stitch to get you through complicated plots.
And last, but not least we have my mom’s Christmas present, a pair of cozy bed socks. These are the Spiral Rib socks from Getting Started Knitting Socks, by Ann Budd. Ravelry link is here. Mom has been asking for socks from me for the past year, but I’ve had a block about sock yarn. Sadly, I have no such block about buying it. Since I love my mother and would like to make her something she can use, I went looking for an interesting worsted weight yarn project. I made some adaptations to the pattern, but these were insanely quick to do. I started them on Dec 3 and finished by Dec 6!
Well, let’s take a look at my knitting New Year’s Resolutions of 2008:
1. Learn to knit socks with 2 circular needles – still haven’t done that
2. Complete a pair of fingering weight socks
I’m still bitter about them, but they are done.
3. Learn to do yarnovers – I did! and they were easy! Who knew?
4. Learn colorwork – Nope, not yet. It still scares me.
5. Entrelac – See #4
6. Make 1 sweater I did and it came out fabulous!
7. Learn a provisional cast-on – Not yet
8. De-stash. According to Ravelry, I have over 6800 yards of yarn in my stash. Very scared about that. – I’ve been shopping the stash. I still have way too much yarn, but I’m trying to look there first before I go out and buy anything. I also participated in a yarn swap and got rid of a ton of crap yarn.
9. Learn to knit continental – Not yet
10. Felt something – Not yet
For months now I’ve been working on a fairly basic pair of socks. The first sock took me a week and a half. The second one….oh the second one…well that took months. I don’t know if the yarn was cursed or if I got cocky and the knitting gods decided to teach me the error of my ways, but it was a dark time.
It’s done now. My mom loves the socks.
And they look reasonably good. I couldn’t get them to match, but I gave up on that in the hopes of just getting through the project.
So lately I’ve been working on projects for my friends who are either having babies or who have already had their babies. It’s been so long since I’ve done some nice quick things, I forgot about the rush you get when you finish a project in a day. And so I present to you Saartje’s Bootees. Quick and adorable!
Why does the second sock go so much faster than the first? It took me about 3 weeks to get the first one done. Mainly because I kept putting it down. Finished sock #2 in a weekend. Anyhow, I’m quite proud.
Got the pattern from Knitters Review. I had tried them earlier in a self-striping yarn (bad bad idea). I like the dark grey color, but I think the pattern would be even prettier on a lighter solid. I did them with magic loop.
More pics of them here and here.
Behold the wonder that is my pair of fingering weight socks!
I ended up frogging the hedgerow socks–found a nice grey sock yarn that I will use for those and doing these up instead. They’re from Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks, which is a great reference source.
So I finally did a pair of socks in fingering weight yarn and I decided that these are for me.
I did them in a combination of magic loop and dpns. I couldn’t quite master adapting the decreases and such for magic loop, but I think they turned out pretty well.