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FO: Toe-up Purple Socks

Pattern: Toe-Up Socks With a Difference by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn:Ellen’s Half Pint Farm
Needles: US 1

FO Friday!!!! I’m finally getting this post up after about 3 months of having the project done. Go me.

I love the increase to the heel on these socks.

I love the increase to the heel on these socks.

My lovely friend YarnKettle and I took a magic loop and toe-up socks class at our local LYS. It was all in one, not one class on magic loop and one on toe ups. It was two sessions and like the dummy I can be, I had the wrong time for the first one. THANK the stars she called me up to say she was caught in traffic or I would have been very sad indeed. I don’t have a link to her finished socks from the class because girl makes a ton of socks and I only have so much time to search. Plus she probably finished them like a week after the last class.

I had tried toe-up socks before the class and liked them, but magic loop and I just did not get along. I tried magic loop for other projects before and then promptly dumped her sorry butt because I don’t have time for fussy techniques that are more work than they are worth. When I saw the magic loop class offered, I decided one more booty call was in order, but this time a booty call with an education.

Getting ready to watch classic Doctor Who in the backround.

Getting ready to watch classic Doctor Who in the backround.

The teacher was…well, I’m not sure. I learned a lot from her, but I wasn’t thrilled with her style. She often took projects out of the students’ hands to show us how to do whatever it was we were struggling with, rather than let us do it ourselves. While that’s not bad and is a valid teaching method, I prefer to try the technique with the teacher watching to gain muscle memory. She also kind of trashed double points because YOU’LL POKE YOUR EYE OUT and they are confusing. Yes, they can be similar to eating at a Chinese buffet with a dozen chopsticks at once, but when you figure it out you feel awesome and can kill anyone who would take your dumpling with one of those chopsticks. And I never poked my eye out, a chin maybe or um, my chest, or a hand, but never an eye. Of course, I do wear glasses so maybe that’s why.

Anyway, I learned the magic loop method with this class, and baby, we’re getting married! The stars aligned our timing was right and the technique forgave me all my transgressions. I feel like I’m knitting a bit faster with the one needle rather than the 5. Oh don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be using my double points on the side. It is an open marriage after all, but I totally appreciate the relationship now and am committed to my magic loop baby more than just a mere booty call.

Okay, I think the filler I used on the molding this morning has gone to my head.

The heels and a mess

The heels and a mess

Anyway, so these are the socks I made in the class and I really, really like them. Remember a couple FOs ago, I said these socks were the best fitting socks EVAR! I was wrong. These socks are the best fitting ever. The pattern is super easy to understand and it just fit my foot like a dream. I think the only problem I had was mis-measuring my foot making them perfectly fit the Husband’s size 12 (men’s) foot. Yikes! He would have taken them, but hell no. The yarn is Ellen’s Half Pint Farm and I just love their yarn. Thankfully I still have a few skeins left and maybe I’ll make the Husband socks from those, but I doubt it. I’m not that nice.

I love the color

I love the color

Oy Part II

A couple days ago I regaled you with the latest illness. Did you think that was the end of it? That laryngitis was the last? In fact, it wasn’t. I know, right? I woke up a few times during Wednesday night with my right eye feeling very weird. That’s right, pink eye. I knew it as I tossed and turned and when I woke up, my eye was caked over.

At the doctor to confirm my goopy eye, the Doctor told me I also had a sinus infection. THEN, Friday morning I woke up with pink eye in my left eye. Oy, indeed.

I’d love to say that I knit like crazy while I was home sick, but I didn’t. I did home work and watched a ton of How I Met Your Mother. I am almost done with a pair of socks, though. Yay, me. I’m going stir crazy. I think a visit to a yarn shop is in order. Of course, I can’t buy any yarn, but I can smell and fondle it.

FO: Purple Striped Socks

Pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock (Mediumweight)
Needles: US 1

That’s right, FO Friday 3 weeks in a row. Don’t hold your breath that there will be one next week. I’m plumb out of finished projects and not knitting much right now.

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Stripes!

Let me start the project review with this. These are the best fitting socks I have ever knit for me to date. That’s right. Best. Ever. I don’t know if it’s the pattern, the gauge, the yarn, my screw ups, or a rare aligning of the planets, but I really like the fit of these socks. That’s not to say that my other socks don’t fit. In fact, Skew kicks ass on fit. It’s just these really, really work.

I suspect it’s the pattern. It’s just a really good pattern—simple and easy to understand. Of course, I need to add a caveat.

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Are you checking out my caveat?

I didn’t like how the pattern did the heels. I prefer having knit 1 slip 1 on the back of my heel. Maybe it’s because that’s how I’ve always done it or maybe it’s an irrational belief that it will create a thicker fabric and thus not wear as much. Whatever it is, I decided to do the type of heel I liked. Except (and there’s always that pesky except), it didn’t work out right to the pattern. I needed an extra stitch and had to rework a couple things. If you look at the picture, you can see that the gusset is smaller than the width of my heel. I don’t know if that’s normal, but it’s much smaller than on all my other socks. That said, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

Again I’ve used Socks that Rock because I have a ton from several yarn fumes-induced craziness at Rhinebeck. That happens a lot. I’m not in love with Socks that Rock despite the aforementioned fume craziness, but I do like how it stripes and it’s a good, solid yarn. Although, saying that it’s a solid yarn is much like saying that homely girl over there has good birthing hips. It’s nice, but it’s not as nice as it seems. Of course, both thisand Skew really are beautiful because of the striping from Socks that Rock, so I’m very happy. Although Makoto uses Socks that Rock, the striping isn’t really there, but then, it’s a subtle colorway and a different type of pattern.

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I have good birthing heels.

The one where I dreamed about socks

Last night I had the weirdest dream. I was at some event. It may have been a movie or lecture? I’m not sure. I was at this event with a sizable group of people—some were the ladies from my knitting group and others were people I knew only in dream. We were outside in a city-style setting with large buildings, but not as large as NYC or Chicago.

All the people in my group had their knit socks on and no shoes. Apparently, my group had coordinated this to celebrate their socks. I did not want to participate. The ground was cold and who the hell wears socks in the street? There’s glass and dog poop. Socks will get ruined! Besides, no one told me about this and I didn’t bring my socks. But, people had brought extra socks that I could wear (can I say, ew?)! I should do it. I kept declining and they kept pushing until I woke up.

So if you buy into dreams having meaning, what does it mean? Maybe I don’t like to display my knitting? Maybe I’m ashamed of my sock work? Maybe I have a higher standard of hygiene because socks in the street would be yucky? Wait, I walk into the garage in socks all the time and that is one dirty garage.

I have no idea what it means, but it’s been stuck with me all day.

FO: Makoto

Pattern: Makoto
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock
Needles: US 1 (I think)

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Fortune Cookie Socks

Have I mentioned that I’m part of the Cookie A Sock Club? Oh I have? 73,428 times, you say? Well, now it’s 73,429!

The sock club (73,430)  sends yarn, 2 sock patterns (1 easy, 1 hard), and 2 cookie recipes every other month. In February, we received our first shipment and Makoto was the easy pattern.

I wasn’t in love with Makoto the first time I saw it, but I did like the idea of fortune cookies all over my feet. I decided to use some Socks that Rock I had in my stash that, while variegated, didn’t have too much contrast.

I should state right up front that I have the WORST luck with socks. I usually have to rip out an entire sock, reknit a section 20 times, or salt and burn their bones to prevent them from killing again.

Wait. That last one is ghosts. Sorry, my bad.

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Side View

Anyway, I have problems with socks, so I was pleasantly surprised when the sock club (73,431) pattern wasn’t too bad! I did knit the first sock too short, but that was such an easy frog and re-knit that it only took about a day to fix. Otherwise, nothing. The heel went smoothly, the leg was a dream, and the rest was good. I’m probably going to be bitch slapped by knitting Karma soon and have a project nightmare, but for now, I’ll take it.

Overall, I’m really happy with the pattern. I’m happy with the color I chose. To be fair, I cheated and watched as other sock club (73,432) members posted their starts so I could see how different color combinations worked with the pattern. (I love Ravelry.)

The only complaint I do have is that it’s a very bulky sock. So bulky that I have cankles when I wear them. People, I have many, many flaws, but cankels are not one of them. I don’t know if the bulky sock is attributed to the pattern itself or the yarn. It’s possible that it’s a combination of both. It’s also possible that I knit the socks a bit too big which accounts for the bulk. I think they fit well, but maybe I should have gone down a needle size or something. Of course, considering I will be wearing these with pants, the cankles will most likely not be an issue.

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Hmmmmm, that’s almost the same as the first picture. Talk about lack of photographic vision.