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Monday, April 14th, 2008
9:18 am
First socks FO

My first socks are completed!


Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, March 20th, 2008
2:24 pm
Sock Mantra (with apologies to The Supremes)

I need socks, socks
To ease my mind
I need to knit, knit some socks to call mine
But mama said

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
She said socks don't come easy
It's a game of knit and purl

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
You got to trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

But how many heartaches
Must I stand before I can pick up
That dropped stitch again
Right now the only thing
That keeps me hangin' on
When I feel my yarn, yeah
It's almost gone
I remember mama said:

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
She said socks don't come easy
It's a game of turning heels

How long must I wait
How much more can I take
Before grafting toes will cause my heart
Heart to break?

No I can't bear second sock syndrome
I grow impatient for a sock to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can't go on
These precious words keeps me hangin' on
I remember mama said:

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
She said socks don't come easy
It's a game of heel gussets

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

Gotta wait!

No, socks, socks, don't come easy
But I keep on waiting
Anticipating for that soft yarn
To weave in ends when complete
For some tender socks
To hold me feet
I keep waiting
I keep on waiting
But it ain't easy
It ain't easy
But mama said:

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
She said to trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

You can't hurry socks
No, you just have to wait
She said socks don't come easy
It's a game of knit and purl

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
6:09 pm
 Are you all on ravelry? That's where I have been for over a month now. <BR>
Anyways, I finished my first pair of socks. Not the kinderwhores (although, I did finally turn the heel on the first one). I did the silvers sock class socks with the magic stripes yarn. The first one looks alittle screwy on the decreases, but the other one is perfect. 

Now I wanna try toe ups or two at once or magic loop...

Current Mood: awake
Monday, August 6th, 2007
5:37 pm
For My Marine
So my best friend is a Marine and he has requested a pair of slippers. Specifically slipper socks. And I have never knit socks before. I have started a pair but never finished. I have some cascade eco wool that I have in mind to use for these so can anyone suggest a pattern for me?

X-posted to other knitting communities

Current Mood: uncomfortable
Friday, July 27th, 2007
10:36 am
I've been wanting to start some socks too. I'm planning on doing the two circulars pattern from Naughty Needles. I hope it's easy. I'll probably cast-on (again) after I pull myself away from the computer.

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
3:13 pm
embarking on a journey!
hello everyone :)  i've finally decided to join in on the sock knitting craze.  i've always loved how they looked, but was never sure if i could do them myself.  i feel like i've finally reached the point where the challenge is welcome :) 

Current Mood: excited
Monday, July 9th, 2007
7:38 pm
My first socks!
Well, I've ordered a set of size 2 DPNs and some Panda Cotton to hopefully make my first socks with! I'm planning on using the Knitty Universal Toe-Up sock pattern. That way I can hopefully get socks that actually fit my tiny and weird-shaped feet (though my mom's cousin has been doing an admirable job of doing so already). Toe-up makes more sense to me since that way I can make the cuff as long or short as I want, and this pattern uses short rows, which I'm fond of considering the pattern that got me into knitting as a hobby was Calorimetry.

I'll post more when I'm closer to getting started! I imagine you'll get tired of me as I intend to post about every aspect of my gauge swatch and beyond... I'm a firm believer in gauge swatches ;)
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
8:25 am
So, how are everyone's socks coming along?

I got a new pair of 12" 3mm circular needles and I'm really much happier with them. I'm to the heel turn on my first sock and have started the toe on my second, using the knotless magic cast on here.


So far, so good!
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
3:44 am
swatching and toes
I'm doing toe-up socks using Lion Magic Stripes using Knitty's Universal pattern.

I swatched three times for these socks. First using addi turbo circs in the size US3's recommended for the sock pattern on the ballband. The fabric seemed too loose, so I ripped and swatched with my size US2 bamboo DPNs. This time too dense. One more swatch for comparison with the metal US2.5's I found at Joann's. This fabric seemed like a happy medium, even though my gauge was nearly identical to the 2's. I'm not a fan of these needles; they make a scrapey noise and are a little heavy and are a set of 4 so I'll need to get another set (actually 2 so I can do 2 socks at once). However I really do prefer this fabric so I guess I'll suffer through and keep an eye out for proper 3mm needles.

I tried the short row toes given in the pattern and decided I don't like them. The wrap and turns seem lumpy and awkward, which probably means I'm doing them wrong. My gauge is also looser knitting back and forth, so I'd have to use smaller needles (which wouldn't be bad really) because I swatched in the round. At any rate, I've switched to the Magic Cast On, which looks far more elegant.
Monday, June 25th, 2007
3:32 am
advice on the Amy Swenson/knitty pattern
midnightfae posted a comment over in sock_knitters with her experience using the Universal Toe-Up pattern:

One thing to be aware of the with the pattern your using (I'm making my first pair of them now, and have finished sock one. I'm usually a top-down kind of girl) is that it assumes you have a row gauge that will make your short row toe only an inch and half... mine was bigger, so the first time I made the foot of the sock, it was about an inch too long, since I knit as far as the pattern said, and then started turning the heel... and the heel made it longer than I, or the pattern expected. Should have measured first - silly me.

So, make sure that you know how long your short rows are an use that measurement in figuring out how long to knit the foot. :)

If you have yarn picked out for your socks, please post a photo to our Flickr group!
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
2:21 am
More info
The knitalong has been announced on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/alongs/my-first-sock-along

There's a Flickr group for posting WIP and FO photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/myfirstsocks/

I'll have a community icon up soon!
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
6:22 am
This knitalong is for anyone who wants to take the plunge and knit their first pair of socks. No deadlines, no specific pattern, no pressure. Hopefully we can help each other out, or at least provide moral support!

Here are some starter patterns you might want to try:

Amy Swenson's Universal Sock Recipe
Wendy's Generic Toe-up Socks
The very popular Jaywalker or Monkey

And here are some links that you may find helpful on your sock knitting journey:

Knitty's Socks 101
Silver's Sock Class
Socknitters' CyberSock Lessons

In your project, please let us know what yarn, pattern, and technique(s) you will be using:

Magic Loop, 2 Circulars, DPNs
Toe-up, Cuff-down
Heel Flap, Short Row, any of the may other ways to turn a heel

Good luck and have fun!!
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