Once Upon a Sock: October Edition

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Hi All and Happy October!

I absolutely love this time of year. The leaves are just starting to change on some of our trees, although it will take a tad bit longer for the rest of them to catch up. The nights are definitely cooler and the days are too, which is a relief after an unprecedented, super hot summer. Pumpkin everything has come out…although not all of it good. Have you tried Halo Top’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream? I’m not a fan because of the pieces of pie crust (think soggy pie crust…not crisp and flaky) in it. Plus, I think there are some things you just shouldn’t mess with from the original flavor. Pumpkin Oreos anyone?

One of the other things I love about this time of year is getting to wear socks again! Yep…it’s all about the socks. And due to being sick last week, I was able to finish another pair, just in time for this cooler weather! I’ve talked about them many times on the blog. I actually started the first sock back in September of 2015. Socks were not really a priority at that time, even though I was blogging about them every Thursday. I finished the first sock in March of 2016 and cast on for the second. Then I put them away for a really, really long time.

Last month, while trying to determine which sock pattern I wanted to work next, I finally decided to pull out that second sock and get it done. I was tired of them taking up a pair of needles and a project bag. Plus I wanted that extra yarn for my sock yarn blanket 🙂 I also made a solemn vow to myself to finish everything in my UFO and WIP projects before starting anything new. This pair of socks is the reason why I always knit them TAAT* now as I never want to get SSS** again. I’ve even blocked them and taken pictures. Go me!!!

Ravelled Here: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Started / Finished: 9/26/2015 – 10/3/2017

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) 24 inch circulars

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock in the colorway Spectrum (used 96 grams)

Techniques Learned: With the first sock, I learned how to do my first Heel Flap, Heel Turn and Gusset. I’ve used all of these techniques multiple times since then; however this was my first! I also learned that there are some mistakes you can live with and some you can’t. If you look very closely at the sock on the right foot, you’ll see that I got off pattern on the foot section. I decided I can live with it since I’m the only one that will ever see it.

I had to throw that last picture in there because my dog photo bombed me 🙂 Hey! Did you know that my friends and I blog about our sock knitting the first Thursday of every month? If you would like to join us, please let one of us know in the comments and we will be happy to link up with you! In the meantime, check out my very creative knitting buddies to see what they are up to this month! I will link straight to their posts as soon as they blog about them.

Katherine at fiber and sustenance

Kat at felinity knits

Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

*TAAT = Two at a Time

**SSS = Single Sock Syndrome

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Once Upon a Sock – September Edition

Hi All!

This is going to be a short post today as I’m on vacation and am writing this post on my iPhone instead of my computer.

We are currently exploring Northern California and having a fantastic time. We’ve been to Novato, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Sausalito and other small cities in Marin County, including a visit to Muir Woods today (breathtaking!) I brought lots of knitting with me; however I have knit nothing on my socks this week.

After my last post, I was trying to decide which sock pattern to start next. By the middle of the month I still hadn’t decided. I happened to look over at my UFO bags and remembered that I started the Hermione’s Everyday Socks in 2015. I finished one sock and 10 rows of the second sock by early 2016. I decided that enough was enough and I needed to finish that HO and make it a FO.

No, I don’t have a FO, but it’s now a WIP instead of a UFO! Woo hoo!

Me, and my fellow sock knitters, link up the first Thursday of every month to talk about our socks. If you would like to join us, let one of us know and we’ll be happy to add you to the group! I know that Stefanie from Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons is taking a social media / blog break for the months of August and September. Katherine from fiber and sustenance just moved to the U.K. and she’s made a little progress on her socks! I haven’t had a chance to see if she or Kat from felinity knits has some amazing pics of her socks in progress during her recent trip to Canada! Go check them both out for some fun times and gorgeous pics. have their Sock posts up as of yet for this month; however I’ll update as soon as I have access to email and my computer!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

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.