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Archive for the ‘Socks’ Category


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:

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.

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.


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:

It’s from Knitwhits and weighs in at about 215 yards per ball. This is the Fuschia colorway.

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.

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

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.