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!
After much consideration, I’ve decided to continue with the Once Upon a Sock blog posts. I know that people get busy and one day this will grow. Thanks for all your input! It really helped me decide.
I’m so excited to report that I finished the socks that I’ve been working off and on for the last couple of months. I took the very first pattern I ever used to knit socks and made them shorties due to the upcoming warm weather. These fit perfectly and I know the pattern makes for a nice, sturdy sock. These will definitely keep my toes warm when the a/c starts to kick on.
Pattern Name: Toe-Up Socks using German Short Rows by Staci Perry of Very Pink Knits
Ravelled Here: Toe-Up Socks using GSR – Shorties
Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm using Magic Loop Method and DPN’s for the toes and heels
Yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino in the colorway 149 Charcoal *47 grams of yarn used, which means I have enough left for another pair of socks!
Special Techniques: Provisional Cast On and German Short Rows
I love the fact that there are no holes in the toes or heels due to the german short row construction. I normally have to use my end yarn and sew up little holes here and there. As you can see from the images, they are perfect!
I have to tell ya’ll a little back story. I uploaded these pictures on Imgur to show to one of my chatting groups as soon as I finished the socks. I was soooooo excited to be able to share one of my projects after seeing others gorgeous makes. I accidentally made the pictures public. Can you guess what happened?
Yep…internet trolls. I was called out for my “cankles”, had people asking “where are the ankles”, calling my legs tree trunks, and I received a ton of down votes. I know these people are hiding behind their keyboards, but my Mama taught me if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all. People can be mean and it hurt. Yes, I know I have Flintstone feet. I was born that way. Wide feet, high arches, and no ankles.
I have diabetes, and along with that Lymphedema. They don’t know that. Since my job is sedentary, my ankles and fingers are constantly swollen. And when I travel, oh my gosh! It’s so painful and can take a lot of time to reduce. That’s what I love about knitting socks. I can make the ankles as loose as I need to accommodate the swelling. It’s not something I would wish on anyone else. I took these pictures, on purpose, at the very beginning of the day when my legs and ankles were least swollen. So that’s the back story.
Moving on! I’m so excited to be leaving on Saturday for a two week trip to London and Paris for my 50th birthday (May 16th)! Squee!!!! I’m meeting up with a couple of my fellow OUAS bloggers and I know we’re going to have such a great time 🙂 Keep an eye on my Instagram (ftlsweetie) for pictures during my trip. Until next time, Happy Knitting!