Stunning Socks

I’ve neglected my knitting blog for so long now. Working full time and being a graduate student seems to have sucked the life out of me. Since I’m in between programs at the moment, and taking some time off, my crafting is picking up. This post by Knitting Sarah gave me some inspiration to share my latest socks.

These are afterthought heel socks and the yarn is the Atom colorway from String Theory Colorworks. I did also use one of their heel/toe mini skeins in chartreuse. String Theory is one of my absolute favorite dyers and everyone who has seen these socks has tried to convince me to give them to them. Alas, as much as I love them myself, I am giving them to my mom this Christmas. If they weren’t slightly too small for me I would very likely keep them for myself. Darn my big feet!

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Let There Be Sock!

I finished knitting my first ever sock! The yarn is a wonderful handspun from one of the ladies at my knitting night and it made the sock process a joy. I had originally planned on giving these sock pair to my mom (since I am not much of a sock wearer) but it came out fairly large. I have big feet and ankles so it fits me and I guess that means it’s meant to be mine. It still is slightly looser on me than I would like but, considering how rarely I wear real socks, I’m not concerned.

The weather in Texas yesterday was over 70 degrees so I got to sit on the patio and take a couple pictures. Of course, because this is Texas and we have fickle weather, it’s back down to 40 today.

In even bigger news than finishing one sock… I actually started the second! I did the ribbing last night. Take that, Second Sock Syndrome!

Of course, sock knitting has turned out to be perfect for watching my Korean dramas. All the stockinette means I don’t have to watch my hands so I can read the subtitles.

Can I just say, photographing your own foot is an awkward process…

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Doing the Unthinkable

So I am, after a year of avoiding them, knitting a sock. Nothing fancy, just a plain old stockinette sock. I am not big on wearing socks (I’m more of a barefoot girl) so I planned to give this sock (so ever produce its mate) to my mom. She’s a knitter and constantly cold so she seemed like the ideal person to appreciate a sock knit from handspun yarn.

Unfortunately, this sock is seeming… rather large. My mom is a skinny, short little thing and so her ankles and feet are fairly thin. This sock is big enough around, somehow, that it would be pretty saggy on her.

The good news is that I have big feet and ankles (I blame my sturdy, Czech ancestry) so they will fit me. Now that I’m on to knitting the foot I even slipped it on to test it and it really does fit me well. But that means I have to knit the foot long enough to accommodate my US size 10 foot. Not a huge issue, right?

Here’s my concern… sock number two. With how large sock one will be… I didn’t really consider the amount of yarn left over to create the second sock. It really might not be enough and, given the handspun nature, I can’t get any more.

I intend to weight sock one when it’s complete and then weight my remaining yarn to see how it will pan out. It may be fine. Maybe that ball of yarn is wound tighter than it looks and the smallish sized ball holds a deceptive amount of yarn. It’s totally possible. I’m tempted to weight the sock now but that would include the needles and not all of the required yarn so it wouldn’t be accurate.

I won’t lie, if this falls through… it might be what ruins me for knitting socks forever…

I Don’t Even Knit Socks…

So why am I picking out sock patterns?

And buying yarn?

And wondering if I have the right needles?

Why am I making all the plans for socks?

Especially since I know that I will get SSS (second sock syndrome) and never complete the second sock.

To make matters worse, my only attempt at knitting socks ended in the ankle and heel with no gusset or foot.

And since I don’t even wear socks except in the coldest winter times (which is rare in Texas).

The only justification I can find is that these are darn cute socks.

I bought yarn to do them in black and white with pink hearts.

The yarn I chose is ShibuiKnits Sock in Abyss, Ivory, and Blush.

Love Sock by Devon Clement

**UPDATE**

The yarn arrived. It is very soft and squishy. If I’m going to knit socks, at least I’ll be doing it with great yarn. My colors will be different than the example photo, but I think I’ll like them.

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So Tiny

Wee Tiny Sock Kits

  Wee Tiny Sock Kits

I ordered the Wee Tiny Lucky Sock Kit and a Wee Tiny Black Cat Sock Blocker from the Brave Little Knitter on Esty and they just came in. On the left in the photo is the kit for the Lucky sock. The yarn looks like it’s glowing because it is so fuzzy. The bag is little notions to make the tiny sock. In the center is the Cat Sock Blocker and on the right is a pencil and some yarn that was a special bonus. If you figure that the pencil is normal pencil sized, you’ll realize how tiny these really are. I’ve only attempted to knit one sock, which was me-sized, and I hated it. But, I’m thinking that making one tiny sock to hang on my bulletin board might be less infuriating and certainly take less time. Since the seller threw in the extra mini-hank of yarn I’ll most likely use that for the second sock to put on the blocker. The seller also sent me a years worth of Wee Tiny Sock patterns (since there was a delay in my shipping) so if I like this then I have plenty more to make.

The Lucky Sock example photo

Pay Day is Yarn Day

So I got paid and was off work today so I decided to go yarn shopping. My plan was to get yarn to make a witch pattern from the book Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards, and Fairies that I have.

I’m using the witch

I needed to get some flesh toned DK yarn and something for the dress- ideally purple. I ended up at Madtosh in Fort Worth and got some of the Tosh DK to use in Fawn (for the skin) and a purple for the clothing. I wanted to do more colors so that the different clothing items wouldn’t all be the same color, and I wanted a blond/brown for the hair, but at about $18 a skein, it wasn’t happening. Once I make it to that point, I can probably pick up some other DK yarn for hair and accents that costs less.

Then I needed some needles, but I had forgotten to bring the pattern book and I wasn’t sure which I needed, DPN or straight. So, I bought both, just in case. With all the needles I have at home, I didn’t have any smaller than a size 4.

Of course, I also picked up a few other yarns. I couldn’t resist the brilliant, bright colors of the SweetGeorgia sock yarn. I don’t even knit socks. I tried it once… It was going fine but I absolutely hated the tiny needles, tiny yarn, and tiny stitches. I have been feet, it would’ve taken me years to finish those. I might use this to experiment with the two-at-a-time socks. That, I might actually do.

The Scrumptious yarn was, exactly that, scrumptious. I couldn’t resist the silky, rich purple. I bought two skeins to give me more options for what to make with it.

The Manos del Uruguay called to me because it’s kind of different. It’ll probably end up as a Boho style hat like my Malabrigo did.

All in all, I spent far more than I planned. I told myself I would only spend that much if I found the colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze that I wanted to make a rainbow scarf. They didn’t have any, but I still managed to spend a ton.

I cast on the leg of the witch doll tonight, but I can tell this is going to be slow going. There’s a lot of little pieces and lots of making up. It only seems appropriate to make myself a little purple-garbed witch to match the blog. 🙂 However, I am also working on a hat right now that I’m really enjoying, so it will probably be my primary focus.