Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ugly Black Fixation Bulky Socks - FO

Listen, I never promised you a visual rose garden, did I? Sometimes a girl's gotta knit what a girl's gotta knit.

Those charming blobs of black stretchiness over there are the black Fixation Bulky Socks I made for my beloved Goldisox of the fussy feet. That, my friends, is love. Only someone who loves you would ever endure endless rounds of black black black ropey stockinette. (A trophy wife would never knit black socks. Just sayin' . . . )

I think I posted the particulars one other time but a quick rundown: basic sock architecture w/heel flap and gusset. K2P2 ribbing. Plain stockinette leg and foot. Round toe. 44 stitches on #4US Addi Turbos. Magic Loop technique.

Want to know the definition of crazy in love after all these years? I cast on for a second pair.



Blogger Jamie Denton said...

I'm dying to try knitting my first pair of socks. Cindi Myers has been trying to convince me I can learn this strange phenomenon with a "how to knit socks" book. Pfffttt. Until yesterday I was skeptical. Now I'm feeling rather bullet proof!

See, I'm making a sweater for one of my grandsons. His 3rd birthday is next month so I'm working real hard to get this beautiful blue hoodie sweater done in time -- and meet my rapidly advancing deadline.
But yesterday I ran into a problem. The instructions indicated I had to do a 3-ndl bind off. Huh? WTF is that?

Well, color me stupid! I went went online, found out what a 3-ndl bind off was all about and voila! How utterly simple. The back and front are now very nicely put together at the shoulder seams. I couldn't sew a better seam!

My point? I was merely terrified of the unknown. I'm still quaking a bit with fear of attempting to make socks, but I'm going to suck it up and give them a shot. I'm tired of suffering from sock envy and can't wait to get started.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

The socks are wonderful.

I'm getting ready to knit gift socks for my dad and my brother. My dad has size 12AAA feet and my brother has size 14EEE feet.

Yeah, only love for my family would make me do this. Please pity me.

I just finished my mom's socks -- she has dainty size 6 feet. I love her best. ;-)

6:57 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Wow, that is love.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I'm thinking we need to all do a pair of socks together. What do you guys think? We could do a Sock-A-Long -- you pick the pattern, etc., and we work along together. Maybe we could start 9/15 or 10/1 -- anyone else up for that? Spirals are a great place to start although there's really nothing that hard about a plain pair of socks. It sounds scarier than it is. (Spoken by someone who has knitted some really awful C R A P in her day.)

Wendy, after I regained consciousness, I reread your comment and felt the blood leave my brain a second time.

I will never complain about my husband's feet again. Never. Talk about familial love!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Holly in CT said...

I don't know how you composed the picture of the socks. They appear to be on a bed of some sort. Assuming the bed is twin sized the socks are large enough to fit a Yeti. Yes, my dear that is true love!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

LOL, Holly in CT! The socks are actually on sock blockers (hello, THE Wendy!) but they're bigger than the biggest size blockers so they kind of droop dejectedly over the edges. They're cunningly posed on a 22" square pillow from The World's Ugliest (But Most Comfortable) Couch that Goldisox and I bought 5 President's Day Sales ago after snarling and sniping our way through a dozen furniture stores. (The couch is a solid color, btw. Ugly but not dangerous-to-your-mental-health ugly.) (It's close though.)

11:30 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I can't shut up today. (You can tell I finished my book, can't you??) Jamie, the book (novella, actually) was part of an anthology w/Cindi and Marie Ferrarella. I didn't know Cindi was a knitter! Listen to her. She's a wise woman.

11:33 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

I'm up for a sock-a-long. I must dig through my stash and choose a yarn...and wow, two weeks, maybe a whole month of anticipation and yarn petting.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Jamie Denton said...

A sock-a-long. I'm trembling with fear again. HELP!

7:11 PM  

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