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SSS

Posted by mobarger on May-24-2015

There is a sickness that plagues knitters and I know I have it. Just one quick look at my project page on Ravelry and you will see my symptoms. All the pictures of single socks are the biggest clues.

I have single sock syndrome. I work hard on the first sock and by the time I finsh, I am bored. The pattern, the yarn, the project — who knows? After the first sock I have no desire to finish the second.

So today I finished the mate to my earliest sock ever recorded. My first sock was finished in June of 2007. My second sock – 7 years, 11 months and 3 weeks later.

May I present:
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Not quite matched up but I don’t think it matters. The yarn is Trekking Color 126. I think at the time it was referred to as Trekking Neapolitan. In fact, a quick Google check proves my memory correct and the first few links in the search even date back to 2007. Nothing since? Wow.

Anyway I checked to see if I have improved at all in sock knitting. These are top down socks, so the first thing I looked at was the heel.
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so the top sock is from 2007. I didn’t pull the stitches tight after I picked them up. The little white stitch at the top shows me I did some trickery to bring some stitches together to avoid a hole as I finished the gusset. Conclusion – always pull those picked up stitches tightly around your needle.

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My toes have seen some improvement as well. My older sock, on top, shows some wobbliness. Not sure what was going on there. Today’s sock toe is without wobble.

So I am about to start another pair of socks. Using another machine-dyed self-patterning yarn. They are fun, do you like them?

One Big Sock

Posted by mobarger on Sep-14-2014

Check out this Freia sock yarn:
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It’s from Knitwhits and weighs in at about 215 yards per ball. This is the Fuschia colorway.

Sock
I wanted to use every inch of this yarn and I kept knitting and knitting until I knit the longest sock I have ever knit. And I still didn’t finish the ball, leaving a lot of pink unused which I added to my mini-skein pile.

View of cable
It’s a simple toe-up (I used Wendy’s pattern) with a mock cable along the side. At 6″ I started increasing 2 stitches every 6 rounds for some calf shaping. The heel method used in this pattern works really well — much better than a short row — to keep the color flow going.

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The resulting sock is …um … a foot long. I’ll be starting the second soon, I promise.

More
I have similar yarn from another vendor (FishKnits) that comes in a longer skein of 440 yards and is 70% Merino/30% Silk. This one is destined to a long shawl to show off that color change the best.

More Freia
I have more Freia too (Color: grapevine). They came to me wound in opposite ways (I bought them at separate times). I’m thinking of knitting them as is for a reverse look in the pair of resulting socks. What do you think?

A Sock and A Sale

Posted by mobarger on Feb-22-2014

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The sock I started during the Super Bowl? I finally finished it today. A couple of brain farts really got in my way: stupid short row heels and reading patterns. The pattern approaches the heel in a different way. Also my brain was convinced that SSK = K2Tog. This rarely turns out well. Did it turn out well this time? Pretty much, but now I am dealing with too tight of an EZ sewn bind-off and trying to make the cuff looser.

Meanwhile to distract you I will tell you of 2 sales of which I recently partook. I had no business buying yarn, but Craftsy is having a sale on TML. For $15.36 you can get a skein. I have to tell you I have been coveting the Stephen West colorway for a while and I may have bought one two three.

Another sale is at Interweave Knits — on books this time. Their shipping can be a little high but if you use code WEAVE15 you will get 15% off. Like me. *sigh. I found some knitting books I have been looking at for a while and they were less than $4. But here’s the thing – they have stuff from all of their fibery crafts on sale and that code still works. Just saying.