Once Upon a Sock – March 2019

Hi Friends!

Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is the ability to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you’re dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie, from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric, created just for us. All are included within my blog.

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So, how is everyone? Did February feel like the longest month ever to you? It sure did to me. The best thing to come out of it was getting my passport 🙂 Yes!!!! I am now officially able to travel outside of the US. Hubby and I are booked for our trip to the UK and Paris and I’m super excited (still!) about it.

Last week, I spent a lot of time on my couch, going through all of my cloth hankies, drinking lots of hot tea and delicious soups, and I wanted something mindless to knit on. I knew I wanted to work two at a time and I wanted to knit toe up. Actually, I started these on Sunday, right before I got sick. But, same difference. I went back to the pattern that I used for my very first pair of socks. It’s by Very Pink Knits and talks you through all of the steps, with videos. It’s called Toe-Up Socks using German Short Rows and worth every penny of the purchase price, if you’re just starting out with knit socks.

I’ve been having issues with my ankles swelling (edema) for a long time and for some reason, the newer fuzzy socks that I wear to keep my feet warm, are super tight around my ankle. I decided to use this pattern and make myself some ankle socks that actually fit. Currently, I’m about 75% of the way up the foot. Once I complete the heel, I’ll knit a couple more rounds and then immediately start ribbing. It will be so nice to have a pair of socks that will keep my feet warm and not cut off my circulation.

I started the socks on DPN’s, working concurrently.

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As soon as I had the toes complete, I moved the socks over to Magic Loop. From there on, it’s been super easy, mindless sock knitting.

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And here’s where I am today. I’m using Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino in the colorway Charcoal on size US 3 (3.25 mm) needles.

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I’ve got about an inch and a half before I start the heels. I will get back to my other socks soon…I just needed something kind of mindless to work on for awhile while I get my groove back and get rid of the brain fog that comes with being sick.

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Oh yeah! And I went back to blonde and purple again too 🙂 BTW, I know my Instagram has been all about the food lately (I started keto at the beginning of the year in an attempt to reduce my blood sugar numbers and lose some weight too), but I will get back to knitting again too!

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Alright, my dear friends. I hope all is going well with you and you’re getting lots of knitting done! Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Stefanie says:

    You hair is so fun; my hairdresser dyed hers purple; it was sexy dramatic. Interesting sock construction as it looks you had a provisional CO there in the beginning at the toes? Mina Phillips does the German short row also.

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    1. Aww…thanks Stefanie! I love having the purple…and I loved the dark gray too; however I was definitely ready to go back to blond. Seems more like spring and summer 🙂 Yes, it was a provisional cast on. I much prefer GSR’s to regular short rows. It’s just so much easier for me. I have a lot of Mina’s patterns. I’ll have to look and see if I have one of the ones that uses GSR’s.

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  2. Knit Potion says:

    Wonderful picture of you!! I love your hair! I started a pair of socks for my dad for Christmas and stopped part-way through when life got crazy. I need to get back to them for sure, but I’m not even sure where they are!

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    1. Thanks Melinda! It’s good to see you again. It’s been awhile and I’m way behind on my blogs again. I need to pop in and see what you’ve been up to. I hope you find your socks soon!

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  3. LOVE the hair! Feb wet really fast for me. Where are you visiting in the UK. Not sock knitting at the moment, but always good to read your posts.

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    1. Thanks so much! Oh my goodness, Bekki! I have not seen you in ages! Again, I’m so behind on blogs and blogging. I need to come visit you too 🙂 I will be visiting for the first full week of May. I’m super excited to come and explore!

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      1. I didn’t blog from April last year until the end of Jan this year. Wasn’t well. but all very boring and all good now. It’s good to be back 🙂

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  4. I love your hair!!! Im going to try Overtones Shampoo that a friend suggested . You wash it in and then it stays in until the next wash.

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 That sounds like a lot of fun! My purple is getting more and more lavender now but I go in for a hair appointment next month where I’ll have her deepen it again. It stays in for a long time!

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