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Andrea409I've started pair #4

I haven’t gotten very far at all – maybe knitted about an inch or two so far, but they are in-progress. Woo hoo!

I really want to get my sock mojo back. 1 week ago


AlsanderaOne pair down, one pair almost down

I have a pair of worsted-weight house socks finished. I like them, and I’m getting over the holes I knit into them, but they’re just enough too big for my feet that they drive me crazy. Mom’s coming over today, and if she likes them, she can have them.

I’m also working on a pair of no-pattern socks with Felici spooky – which I bought before they decided to discontinue Felici. It’s Judy’s magic cast-on, increase to 56, 3×1 rib on the top half of the foot (need 1.5” more here), then I will do a Fleegle heel and 3×1 rib on the leg. I really don’t like striping yarn of this size. I like smaller stripes or hand-painted/tonal a lot better.

Can anyone help me with a pattern question? I like the look of the lace for sockophilia on Ravelry, but I wanted something completely different (a shawl or cardigan). http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sockophilia But can anyone tell me what type of lace that is (or what I should be looking for) so I can try to find a shawl pattern? I’m looking for a word or phrase that I can put into a search engine that might help me find something similar. I’m having no luck and would prefer not to pay for a pattern that (probably) won’t help me with what I really want. 1 month ago


AlsanderaOh, well

Bought ~$50 worth of hand-painted sock yarn, and I swear I’m not buying any more. I have… enough yarn for 9 pairs of longish socks, if I can ever settle on a pattern and yarn that go well together! Right now, I have patterns, but all of them look better in hand-painted, which I don’t have. I have striped (which I’ve decided I hate) and a very mildly variegated/tone-on-tone that I think would look fabulous in lace, but I just don’t feel up to lace yet. I need more practice in something else first…

Also, I did finish a pair of worsted socks. I’m mildly pleased with them since they feel good, but they’re way too loose for me – and have lots of holes around the ankles for the obvious reason. I have not yet washed them, though. After I do that, I’ll decide if I want them or if my mother needs new house socks. Her feet are significantly wider then mine, though, so these might be a bit small for her. Sigh.

What the worsted socks mean to me: I like them, the idea of them, the squishy of them. I hate heel flaps and the way they feel, and I hate the designer of the pattern I decided to use. I have learned some very important things from that. NO MORE HEEL FLAPS. EVER. And don’t buy that yarn again. It’s pretty, but it’s weird. 1 month ago


AlsanderaHalf fyi, half complaint

Why oh why does everyone have sock yarn on sale right now, all at the sale time?

Dear readers, knitpicks has 20% off sock yarn, and lion brand has 20% off the non-clearance sock-ease. I have my eye on about 100 bucks worth of yarn I sure as heck don’t need. 2 months ago


creativecallingPair one cast on

I got about three inches into the first sock in my quest to have only hand knitted socks. I’m knitting Cookie A’s BFF socks, from Knit. Sock. Love. Nice easy patteen to take my mind (and restless hands) off of nicotine. 2 months ago


creativecallingCookie A here I come....

Purchased enough yarn for two pairs of socks today (some malabrigo and some lush Madelinetosh) and also bought Cookie A ’s book. Think my first pair are either going to be the BFF socks or Stalagmite. Treats for quitting smoking :) 2 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanEvil Socks

Six months, six hours and six days ago, I cast on for these socks. I finally finished them this morning. Never again. Never again will I take so long to knit socks.

2 months ago


creativecalling 2 months ago


Andrea409Pair #3

These poor socks took me nearly a year to complete. I’m glad they are finally done.

Did these two-at-a-time. I have to say it was nice not having to keep track of how many rounds I knitted on each part of the sock in order to make both the same size. And it is definitely nice to be done with both at the same time. That’s the definite advantage to knitting two-at-a-time. 2 months ago


AlsanderaEnd of January - bored

So not only can I not finish anything (other than Z-bear’s coat!), I just don’t have the drive to do anything right now.

Projects – WIP:
  • Trying to use some of the materials I have, so I started crocheting… something. Beats me what it is, but it was a blanket pattern. I think it’s going to be a placemat. I hate crochet.
  • That darn sock. I got 1/2-way through the heel, and I just ran out of steam. I need to pick this back up, but it’s giving me a headache.
  • Another use-up-what-I-have-but-don’t-like-working-with project. It’s supposed to be a blanket/pad-type thing for the kids to sleep on. Since they (well, girl-cat) like laying on my knitting projects so much and I don’t like this yarn, they’re getting their own. I will probably frog the scarf I made out the the yarn earlier to make it wider. It’s just arm-knit, so I have no issues repurposing it.

Projects – forthcoming:
I have nothing planned, really. I can’t find a knit pattern I like for the blanket I want to do. I bought the yarn with an arm-knitting project in mind, so I may not have enough, anyway. I found a crochet project I liked the looks of, but when I tried to make a smaller version of it for practice, I decided I can’t stand crochet. Which is kind of sad, and not only because it leaves me with 12 balls of yarn and no project. 2 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanRound 23 of the Feet!

I am so sleepy right now. So, I am writing rather than knitting and thus saving my work a lot of mistakes.

Below is a picture of the socks before I got into the feet of socks three and four, including the two finished socks. One day, I’ll learn to knit four socks at a time and then, I’ll be invincible.

I’m really hoping to get these finished before I go to donate plasma and platelets. I want to wear these (yellow) socks when I’m on the chair.

In case anyone is wondering, I knit my socks two at a time via magic loop method. It’s an invaluable skill to learn. 2 months ago


AlsanderaNot socks...

So instead of doing sock-learnin’ I made a pair of fingerless mitts and started this. It’s for my niece and about half finished and the pic is bad on purpose since it’s a surprise… My helper stays here, though.

(I have been practicing sock toes, keep getting some random hole, haven’t even attempted trying heels yet. Do, however, have some really pretty tonals for a lace pair eventually. ) 3 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanRound 59

I’m currently incoherent from knitting all night and my finger is sore from knitting this past day and a half. I’m going to take a break, read my book and come back to this knitting later once my finger is less sore.

I’ve got fifty nine rounds done so far and twenty five rounds left to do before the heel flaps in these socks. Tandem magic loop knitting is really working for me, though I am soon to switch back to two sets of circular needles to get me through the heel, turning and gusset parts of the socks. 3 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanMagic Loop is my friend

I went from seven to twenty five rounds on the socks via magic loop method in the space of two days. If I had gone at that rate on a pair of worsted weight socks, I’d be finished in a day and a half of knitting.

I still don’t know how to do the picking up of the gusset stitches via this method though. That could send me briefly back to two circular needles for that alone. Then, once I’m in the foot, I’ll switch back to Magic Loop technique.

I just got some more sock yarn from Knit Picks yesterday. I can’t wait to see what that looks like knitted up. One skein of fingering weight yarn is going to be my Spring/Summer scarf but the rest is all for the feet. :) 3 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanSock Madness

I’ve got six projects to go and then, sock madness will ensue.

  1. Gloves for my friend. (Two at a time)
  2. Socks for myself and my friend. (Two at a time)
  3. Hats for myself and for The Maternal Parental. (Two at a time)
  4. A hat for my friend with the Mythosaur emblem on it.

After this, I’m going to attempt four at a time on two circular needles. I’ll probably fail dismally, but it’s worth a shot if I can get this stash of yarn busted.

I’ll also be making more house/bed socks. The big stash busting order I had turned out to be busted. My client changed her mind at the last second, leaving me with a box full of Red Heart yarn. With this, I’m going to make a dragon and a lot of socks for lounging around the house in. 3 months ago


Andrea409Two pairs down!

I realized that I had forgotten to include a pair of Halloween socks I had knit in October. They are seasonal, but I suppose they qualify as socks I could wear on a daily basis.

Hope they don’t frighten you all too much; they are rather spoooooky, after all.

(These were made with KnitPicks Felici Spooky colorway.) 3 months ago


AlsanderaTwo things...

So… That’s stockingette? ._. I feel gypped. If learning this stitch were on my list, I totally could have knocked it off, but alas.

And while I generally like magic loop and circs, I found myself getting more and more frustrated when working on a pair of mitts this week. I bit the bullet and ordered the DPN set (sock-sized, totally won’t help with the mitts unless I get new, tiny yarn instead of the fluffy yarn I tried to use – which, yes, may be the prob) and ordered some new cables (60”. 40”) that may help with the mitts. I also ordered two balls of fingering yarn. If I can’t make a pair of socks out of each of these 200-yard balls, I have a bigger problem than I think.

Does anyone else have a problem thinking about “fingering” yarn with a straight face? 3 months ago


Andrea409They do exist, I swear!

I’m still (since May) working on my pair of two-at-time on one long circular needle. To clarify, I’m not really working on them. But they are sitting in my project basket…alongside three different sweaters and a crochet project. I just can’t stop knitting sweaters and shawls! Maybe I’m an addict. Maybe there are meetings for folks like me. Maybe I’ll finally wrap up these poor, unloved socks once summer arrives. Maybe I’ll eventually get sick of knitting sweaters.

Whoa, that is a whole lotta maybes. The good news is I think I can safely say I’m familiar with the techniques of knitting two at a time using magic loop. So, I crossed that off my list.

As proof of their existence, I offer you a photo of said socks on the needle. They are so freaking cute that I know I’ll wear them constantly when I finally finish them. So why do I keep avoiding them? 3 months ago


AlsanderaGoing to be awhile

Since I just took up knitting in November, this is going to be awhile. I can cable just fine, and I’m fairly decent at following a pattern, but I definitely can’t make an entire sock yet. (I’m working on market bags, but they’re coming out more like lunch sacks… Now imagine that on the sock level. Well… Irishka3 junior needs socks, I’m sure… Does this make me a dorky aunt?) Just thinking about the thread required for socks gives me the heebies.

And I probably would have to learn whatever the “stockingette stitch” that I keep seeing is… 3 months ago


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vivacekate How many?

I’ve been thinking through this and I think I am going to try for ten pairs. I was thinking seven at first, enough for a week, but since grad school starts in the fall and it’s entirely possible that there will be times when I don’t do laundry every three or four days, like I usually do, ten seems more realistic.

I want to make two pairs of ankle socks for wearing with Converses or similar shoes, and at least three pairs of knee-highs. The others will likely be mid-calf or knee-highs as well.

So, one pair of ankle socks finished last night, nine more to go. 9 months ago


vivacekateI've made so many socks

But I always end up giving them away to other people! Time to start keeping some pairs and working on building up a lovely, warm collection for myself in time for winter to arrive in London. :) 9 months ago


vivacekate 9 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanKeith's Socks II and Ziller's Symphony

One pair for me and one for a friend. Keith’s Socks II (Root Beer brown) are for my friend Keith and Ziller’s Symphony (Lemon Drop yellow) are for me and made in memory of Iain Banks.

I am making both socks at the same time using two circular needles. I really like this method of making socks as everything comes out even. I only have to count the rounds and rows once and I don’t have to make a second sock at the end of the knitting. Well, technically, I do because I knit in two different colors so as not to get confused but I’m sure you get what I mean. 10 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanGot My Supplies

My two pairs of size two 36” circular needles came today and I’m so excited to finally get this goal into high gear. I’m currently knitting two worsted weight socks on two circular needles as practice for making the sock yarn socks with a pair of socks on double pointed needles to be made but, as soon as they’re complete, I’m going to cast on for this goal and start making my collection of wild and crazy socks.

Parts of me want to frog what I’ve done so far on my friend’s sock and cast it on using the two socks on two circular needles method along with my third pair of socks made originally for me. It would be quicker and more stable. All I’d have to do is ball the skein of Lemon Drop or Rock Candy yarn to get started and I’d be able to take it with me anywhere, as opposed to now where I have to leave these socks at home because they’re on DPNs.

Once I finish the worsted weight socks, I’ll determine what I’m going to do next.

Regardless of what I decide to do, I’m so excited to finally be on the path to completing this goal. :) 10 months ago


KaliTime CamaralzmanThis Goal Is Going Down!

I finally learned to knit two socks on two circular needles. I’ve already ordered two pairs of size 2 circular needles, now all I have to do is ball the skeins of yarn and cast on.

The very first two pair I’m going to make are going to be Lemon Drop and Rock Candy. I’ve got a lot of Sock Ease sock yarn sitting in my yarn bin just waiting for the time when I knit it up into some delicious socks. Now’s the time. :)

Well, once I get my needles. Then’s the time. :p 10 months ago


Andrea409Back to one pair.

I am on a spring cleaning kick and am eliminating as much junk as I can from our apartment. I think it’s wise to get rid of clothes that don’t fit. I kept trying to wear my first pair of socks, but they just aren’t comfortable. The leg is too wide, and the foot is too short. After a day of wearing them, the foot wearing the shorter sock is in PAIN. So, I’m not donating them. I’m sentimental about my first socks, but I’m really, really trying to crack down on this “Live simply” (another one of my 43 things, btw) motto. And to me, that means get rid of things that I have no use for.

So, they’re getting tossed. ::weeps:: Down to two pairs, right? Wrong.

The mystery KAL was pretty fun. The sock was stranded knitting, and the yarn was KnitPicks Palette, which is 100% (not) superwash wool. Yeah, not a great idea for socks, right? I thought that too. But I was so amped about how pretty they were that I kept knitting, trying to shrug off that nagging little voice that kept chanting, “You’re never going to wear these, because the heels and toes simply won’t hold up.” I even tried knitting the heel with some wooly nylon thread to give it some durability, but I hated how it looked.

So, I took a deep breath and sent those socks into the frog pond. Such a sad day.

Nah, actually I felt proud of myself for making that decision. What’s the point of knitting socks to have them sit around purposeless? A man needs a dog, and a sock needs a foot. I’m certain those poor socks would have felt quite listless, sitting in my sock drawer with nowhere to go.

Down to one pair.

Never fear! I’ve started a new pair…one made with actual sock yarn. So, I’m officially stating that I’m starting my SECOND pair for this goal. I’m killing two birds with one stone, in that I’m knitting this pair two-at-a-time on one long circular needle. 11 months ago


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