Socks v2

Posted July 19th, 2009 by jenn

Project: Black/Purple striped ladies socks (no pattern)
Yarn: leftover Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver 4 ply 7oz Black & Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver 4 ply 7oz Lavender
Tools: Size 5, 40″ Addi circular needle.
Methods: Two at once, magic loop, figure 8 cast-on, short row heel
Started: July 14th, 2009
Finished: July 19th, 2009

All done with my socks. I moved through the toes, foot, and heel pretty quickly but stumbled on the cuff. The ankle high cuff ended up taken me just as long as the entire rest of the pbstripedsockssock did. Originally, I was going to continue up the calf with the same 2×2 striped pattern that was on the foot but with a k1, p1 ribbing. Then, Johnny gave me the idea of doing ribbing that would only show one color unless extended. Example: k1 in purple, p1 in black. I tried that on both socks for quite a few rounds. Eventually it became evident that it wasn’t going to have the correct effect nor have any elasticity to it. I told Johnny, and he said that he meant something like: knit one round in one color, purl the next round in the other color, repeat. That didn’t have the desired effect either. I then decided that I really liked the k1 purple, p1 black look even if there wasn’t much stretch to it. And since I was going to make ankle socks, the stretch wouldn’t be too big of a deal. So, I pulled out most of my experimentation and finished them up with a few rounds of knit to get the rolled look.

Memories And More

Posted July 17th, 2009 by jenn

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Socks: A New Round

Posted July 16th, 2009 by jenn

Project: Black/Purple striped ladies socks (no pattern)
Yarn: leftover Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver 4 ply 7oz Black & Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver 4 ply 7oz Lavender
Tools: Size 5, 40″ Addi circular needle.
Methods: Two at once, toe up, magic loop, figure 8 cast-on, short row heel
Started: July 14th, 2009
Finished: TBA


After finishing up on Johnny’s black socks, I decided it was time to make my own. I am using the left over yarn from his socks and some purple acrylic that I had laying around. While in Fairbanks, I purchased a new needle from Memories and More. Its a size 5, 40″ Addi Turbo. Huge difference! The needle is as smooth as glass. At first, it made it hard to keep my stitches on the needle but now that I am used to it, its nearly impossible to go back to my aluminum Boye.

So, I cast on 16 stitches using the purple yarn for each sock via the figure 8 method on my magic loop. Next I increased my stitches every other round until there were 44 per sock. Once I finished increasing, I started alternating the black and purple yarns every two rows to created a striped pattern. I am moving along very quickly compared to my last (i.e. first) pair of socks. Day two, and I am almost ready to turn the heel.

Socks = Completed

Posted July 13th, 2009 by jenn

Project: Men’s Size 11 socks
Yarn: Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver 4 ply 7oz Black
Tools: Boye Circular Aluminum Knitting Needle 16”-Size 7
Methods: Two at once, toe up, magic loop, figure 8 cast-on, short row heel, 1×1 ribbing
Started: May 6th, 2009
Finished: July 13th, 2009

I finished my first pair of socks today. Yippie! Since I had never made them before, I decided to use what I had on hand (hence the worsted weight acrylic) instead of buying some good sock yarn. Johnny put them on the second I got done weaving the ends in. They turned out to be a little big. I did 52 stitches per round. There are also quite a few errors in them. Regardless, he seems to like them. And, after all this was a complete learning experience for me. Next time I will try 46 stitches (if I use worsted), and I will also start the heel a few stitches sooner.

I am now addicted to knitting socks. I used to tire of knitting and crocheting after only a couple of days of stitching. I now know that it was because of what I was trying to make: afghans and blankets. I need shape, more instant gratification, and more usability. Socks provide that and more. While beautiful and usable, blankets are too much drudgery and take way too long me.

This was my second attempt at knitting in the round. My first attempt was a mirror cover for our scooter. I used the same black acrylic yarn for it, figure 8 cast-on, magic loop, and shaped it with plain increases and decreases. Our scooter is mounted on the front of our truck and if we were driving at a certain time of day, the sun would hit the mirror and blind the driver. I finished that project right before I started these socks. So far it is working great and holding up well.

Hi there!

Posted July 11th, 2009 by jenn

A crafting blog. Nice. How um…. unoriginal and boring. Too bad! I am creating it as a way to track my progress as I learn new skills and hone some old ones. A nice side effect would be the pressure to get more done faster since the world would know that I am procrastinating.

Right now, I am spending most of my free time working on finishing a pair of black socks for my dearest. As this is my first time making socks, they are pretty basic. However, I ignored all of the warnings about doing two socks at once on one circular needle using the magic loop method. Many cautioned against using it on your first pair of socks. Some even rated it as an intermediate project. I disagree. I can’t knit worth a poo, and I am almost done. Hooray! Its so easy and fun. I wouldn’t recommend any other way. Um… then again I haven’t tried any other way.