Once Upon a Sock: May Edition

Hi All!

What do you think of the cool new graphic for our header? Thanks go out to Stefanie (see below for the link to her blog!) for creating it and sending it to all of us to use in our monthly Once Upon a Sock posts! I think it’s super cool 🙂 I’ve also decided to copy some of my fellow sock knitters and use the month in the title versus the sock pattern.

Last month I showed you my progress on the Baby Mitten Socks and my Smooth Operators. I finished the Baby Mitten Socks; however need to tell you a little story. While we were in Hawaii, I must have been fascinated by the view because I accidentally doubled the heel length in the sock I made. I happened to notice that I did the same exact thing when I made my first pair of these! However, at that point, both socks were the same, so no worries.

I decided this weekend that I would get that second sock completed so I could blog about them today and lo and behold, after I finished, I noticed a marked difference in heel size!

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See the difference in the back of the heel? The sock on the left was completed in Hawaii and the sock on the right was completed on Saturday.

So, did I read the pattern wrong this time? Or did I read it wrong the other three times I’ve made this sock? Since it’s a free pattern, I’ll post the part here. For the pattern, she uses a different color for the heels; however I’ve been making them a solid color.

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With contrast yarn, k16 sts, placing them onto one needle. You will work back and forth on this needle for the heel.
Next: k1, p14, k1. K 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 11 rows, ending with a ws row.

Now, the first time I made these socks, and the first sock of this pair, I knit 22 rows for the heel. However, when I knit them on Saturday, I read it to knit for a total of 11 rows (which is exactly what is says) and that’s what I did. I think I knit it correctly on Saturday, which makes sense because you pick up 9 stitches later in the pattern. All I know is that I I couldn’t leave it as is. I had extra sock yarn, so I decided to knit another sock on Sunday. I’m sending the sock I knit in Hawaii, just so Mama can have that sock too…she may want to frame it or something 🙂

Here’s pics of the bigger sock with the two matching socks and pictures of the final socks. So super cute!!!! *You can click on the photos to see a much larger image!

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks 2
Needles Used: US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 1 (2.25 mm)
Yarn Used: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Anna Plantain
Started Finished: 3/15/17 – 4/30/17 (I really completed the final pair this past weekend)

I also made some progress on my Smooth Operators; however this is already long, so I’ll save it for next month when I hope to have even more!

Also, have you seen these AMAZING Hogwarts Socks? OMG…I about died when I saw them! (Pattern picture is © Pauliina Mathlin, the Designer of the socks!) The pattern is also FREE!!!!! Once I get some free time, I am going to have to make these.

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Why don’t you go check out my fellow sock enthusiasts? And if you want to join us, let one of us know, post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up! We would be happy to have you!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hey All! I missed last week’s post because I was sick as a dog. I actually thought it was Wednesday and was planning a great post in my head when I realized it was 9pm on Thursday night…much too late to be writing a blog post. Especially when you are sick. It was a really bad cold and is lingering on a little; however I am feeling much better than I did. What did I do in between coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose? I knit socks!

Once again, I entered a KAL…this one is Harry Potter themed (#23HarryPotterKAL) and the deadline is April 30th. Everybody and their mother are doing Hermione’s Everyday Socks, so I decided to do the Shelves Upon Shelves pattern also by Erica Lueder. Since I started so late in the KAL, I wanted to try knitting the socks Two at a Time (TAAT). I really love knitting TAAT and will do this for all socks in the future.

The only thing that was difficult to figure out was the picking up of the heel flap stitches to complete the gusset. I had to take one sock off and put it on DPNs, complete the gusset on one sock, then move it to DPNs and complete the gusset on the other sock. Once they were both back on the needles, I got the bright idea to actually try the socks on. What a brilliant idea! Guess what? They wouldn’t go over my heel. Yep, you heard that right. I should have been trying them on as I went. I even tried them on my neighbor and they wouldn’t go over her foot either.

So what did I do? I frogged them. All that work down the drain. As I was frogging, I kept trying on the sock. The only time it fit over my heel was when I was back to the ribbing. Lesson learned…always try on your sock at various points in your knitting. Don’t be a dummy like me! And BTW, I also got 10 rows into my second Hermione’s EveryDay Sock; however I have put it on hold for now.

Ravelled Here: Shelves Upon Shelves

Needles: US 2 (2 – 24″ circulars)

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the color Wizard

New Techniques: Two at at Time

Status: Frogged

I know that Hannah at unsophisticated+jejune has her sock post up for this week! Go check out her progress!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

What a tale of woe I have to weave today. It began when I put down my Hermione’s Everyday Socks in October of last year to work on grief knitting, which then turned into Christmas knitting, which then turned into test knitting, which then turned into ulnar nerve problems, which then turned into…you get the picture.

The good news is that I have one sock finally complete. So, I have a HO (Half Finished Object). The bad news is that it’s totally off pattern from where I stopped last year. I remember telling you how I had messed up the pattern and meticulously tinked back to where I had started. Well, this time it really caught me unaware as I didn’t notice until I was 8 rows into the toe decreases. Boo…hiss! I had a dilemma on my hands. Tink back again? Or just continue and finish the darn sock. You can see below what I decided to do, justifying that these are for me and no one, except my husband ,will see the foot of the sock. It fits perfectly and I learned the kitchener stitch, so that’s good news.

Now, I’m stuck on second sock syndrome. I desperately want to have a full pair of finished socks made from gorgeous sock yarn. I cast on and completed three rows on March 27th. Have I touched it since then? No. I really need to get out of my own head and just get on with it. I’m having a case of…well, I knit one…oh, look at all the other pretty things out there to knit. I’m even looking at other sock patterns! Yep, that just about covers it.

Some of our sock club buddies are offline for now; however do go and check out Hannah cause she’s rocking her socks, just like me!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! It’s time for another sock post…yeah, I know. It’s shocking for me too. I didn’t think I’d have anything to post about today; however after reading my dear friend Hannah’s sock post (I’ll link below), I was reminded that even a little progress is progress.

You may (or not) remember my Hermione’s EveryDay Socks. They have been languishing for FOREVER. I started the first sock in September of last year; so yes, that was 6 months ago. Eek! I was finally able to pick up my first sock today and start working on it. When we last spoke of these socks, I was 10 pattern repeats into the foot. I needed to knit to the end of my foot, stopping right before my big toe. I am proud to say that I have now reached that point with 17 pattern repeats (of four rows)! So, yes, I’m finally starting the toe! Are you as excited as I am? Let’s have a party 🙂

I’m excited to learn the Kitchener Stitch and have lined up some YouTube videos to help. Once all that’s finished, I need to still knit the next one…boo, hiss. The next pair I make are going to either be made in tandem or TAAT (Two At A Time).

I know that Maggie and Alex are currently taking a break from blogging; however Hannah is kicking butt on her beautiful, striped socks! If you want to join us in knitting socks, link up and check out what Maggie, Hannah and Alex are doing over on their blogs!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hello blogging world and friends! Have you been wondering where my posts have been lately? Before I get into my socks, here’s the story.

I finally finished my never ending Cables and Lace Shawlette Test project. Towards the end I started feeling a lot of pain in my wrist and elbow on the right hand side. My pinky finger was totally numb and my ring finger was half numb. Some days I could barely bend my hand and had difficulty holding onto a glass or opening a passenger side car door. I soldiered on because I knew I had a deadline (stupid me should have just let the designer know); however had to stop knitting for 2 1/2 weeks after that to rest and heal.

My real life job consists of being on the computer all day, so I restricted all personal computer use and knitting. I also bought a wrist brace and elbow brace to wear at night to stop my arm from curling up during sleep, as well as alternating heat and ice. It’s a condition I dealt with a long time ago, so I knew exactly what I needed to do. It’s called Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and deals with the ulnar nerve. Sort of like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but on the other side of the hand. I’ve also been doing the exercises I was given at that time to stretch the ulnar nerve and help it heal. It’s slowly getting better and it was driving me crazy not to knit, so I’ve started back slowly.

I haven’t done too much on my socks because of the teeny, tiny needles; however I have made some progress! When last we spoke of my Hermione’s Everyday Socks, I was 4 pattern repeats (of 4 rows) into the instep. When I started it again, I picked up where I left off, not realizing I had forgotten to mark a row on the pattern 😦 I got to 10 pattern repeats before I realized that something was wrong. D’oh! I had to tink back all 40 rows and start that section again. I’m now back to 10 pattern repeats and almost to the toe.

Another question I had in my last point dealt with knowing when to stop the pattern repeats and start the toe decreases. I did a little research and found out that the toe decreases actually add about 2 inches. So with me, I will need to stop the pattern repeats right around the mark where my big toe starts.

So, that’s where I am with my sock! How about you? Anything good on your needles lately?

I’m still not sure if my fellow sock knitters are back on the Thursday Sock Knit-A-Long schedule as of yet; however if you want to join us in knitting socks, link up and check out what Maggie, Hannah and Alex are doing over on their blogs!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

PS…the next sock post really will be all about the socks 🙂 You can click on the images below to make them bigger.

Almost finished!

Thursday Knit-A-Sock-Along: Week 9

It’s Thursday and you know what that means? We are back to our regularly scheduled blog post about socks. Yes, socks! What? You haven’t jumped on the band wagon for one of the coolest things in the world to knit? I went from being afraid of them (eek DPNs!) to loving the construction and learning new techniques (to me). Plus, there are just so many awesome sock patterns out there! C’mon…it’s not scary at all. I promise! I eventually want to be able to replace all my socks with hand knitted socks. I’ve got one pair down and who knows how many to go 🙂

To give a little background (if you haven’t read my other blog posts), I am currently working on the Hermione’s Everyday Socks, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn in the color Spectrum and two US 1 – 2.25 mm circular needles.

When we last talked about my sock, I only had 9 pattern repeats completed of the leg section. Guess where I am now? Give up? I’m almost finished!!! With one sock…I still have to make the second 🙂 I am currently 4 pattern repeats (of 4 rows) into the instep and it looks like I may have about 8-10 more pattern repeats to get to where I need to be for the toe decreases. I’ll let you know when I finish. I’ve also learned how to make my first Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset. Super cool! Now I feel like I can conquer the world!

This is my first time making top down socks and I have to say that I really like the toe-up versions better (at least for now); if only to know where I need to stop in the pattern before the toe decreases. The pattern doesn’t tell you…just continue knitting until you have reached your desired length. Well, how do I know when I’ve reached my desired length? How long is the toe supposed to be? More research needs to be done.

I have some fellow bloggers to thank for inspiring posts on starting socks. They are Alex, Hannah and Maggie. They are also working on socks, amongst other things and we are participating in a knit-a-sock-along. Want to join us? Just link up on your next sock post! Until next time…

Happy Knitting!

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Look at that Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset! I’m so proud of myself 🙂

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Thursday Knit-A-Sock-Along: Week 8

It’s been a week already? Holy cow, these Thursdays are coming fast! If you’ve seen my blog this week, you’ll know that I was busy crocheting a super awesome Christmas present this past weekend…and now I’ve got Christmas knitting on the brain 🙂 There are so many people that I want to knit something for the holidays, that I’m not sure I’ll get done. Maybe I should dig into my stash of finished projects? Maybe, maybe not…I may have to rethink how big those Christmas presents will be this year and then plan better for next year. I probably shouldn’t have started a pair of socks and a cardigan for myself. One of those (the cardigan) may have to go into ZZZ status until the new year. That makes me sad 😦

I’m still continuing with my Hermione’s Everyday Socks; however it’s slow going. In my last post, I was 3 pattern repeats (of 4 rows) into the leg section. As of today, I am 9 pattern repeats into the leg section. You might say, big whoop! But that’s 64 stitches on teeny, tiny, sharp ass (can I say that here?) needles times 24! When you look at it that way, I’ve knit a whole 1,536 stitches since last Thursday on my socks alone 😀 Now, that’s the bomb diggity! And it looks really good! I mean the picture doesn’t do it justice…I love the pattern!

You say you’d like to take the plunge and knit your own socks? Why bless you! Why don’t you join me and my fellow sock knitters on our adventures? Check out Alex, Hannah and Maggie to see what gorgeous socks they are creating…and while you’re at it, give us some love! We’ll do the same for you…promise!

Hermione's Everyday Socks

Hermione’s Everyday Socks – Progress is being made!