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My First Sock
Monday, March 13, 2006

My First SockI know, I know, it's been a dog's age since I last updated. I haven't been knitting much lately, since I've had a lot of freelance work. I never finished my Lulu amigurumi and I hadn't started any new things, but I'm going to Italy soon and I wanted a little project to do on the plane. I've never knit socks before, mostly because I hate working with dpns and I dread the kitchener stitch, so I searched for a toe-up sock and found this one by Denise Powell. It has very clear step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures and the sock is knit in worsted weight Paton's Classic Wool (which I always have extra balls of) so I've been plugging away on sock #1. You can see in the picture how I kind of screwed up the heel somewhat, but hey, it's my first try. I'm not gonna be too hard on myself. Hopefully I will finish this one up before I leave so I can start #2 before I board the plane.

Oh, and it's hilarious how thick the sock is, being that it's made with worsted weight wool. Maybe I will be able to wear them with my hiking boots. Maybe.

posted at 3:36 PM . link . . (5) comments

That actually looks really great. You did very well! I wouldn't worry about the goofy heel unless you can feel that it's lumpy. And don't underestimate the value of cushy house socks! I like heavy socks for inside the house, but never wear them outside.

You're doing really great. If you hate kitchener and want to do a top-down, try wrapped short rows. I know people scream in horror, but my wrapped short rows come out way better than the YO kind. And if you can do a heel, you can do a toe - they are exactly the same construction!

By Blogger Jen, at 4:16 PM  

I totally love those socks.

Almost make me want to give up insensible, beautiful peep-toe stilletos in favor of something comfy enough that I can slip into wearing those warm and fuzzy green socks.


I totally lied.

But I dig your site.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:28 AM  

Well, what can I say? Not everyone can be fabulous. Some of us strive to be slobulous and comfortable. Working in your pajamas and slippers is one of the benefits to being a freelance illustrator.

Besides, I'd probaby snap my ankle if I attempted to wear stilettos.


By Blogger Unknown, at 11:10 AM  


Thanks for the tips. Im having such good results with this pattern, I might stick with toe-up stuff, unless I learn that magic loop thing or how to use two circulars instead of dpns. I just don't feel like buying more needles!


By Blogger Unknown, at 11:12 AM  

Nice looking sock! I love the color. Magic loop is great since there are no free needles to lose.

By Blogger Acornbud, at 11:16 AM  

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