Monday, October 02, 2006

SOCK HOP - Day 2

Harrison Ford. We could start with socks and go from there. He could be Romancing The Yarn's very own Ken doll. (Without the felt hair and missing bits and pieces.)

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From THE Wendy: The first of her dad's ragg socks. (Notice, if you will, that THE Wendy handles the pcco perfectly unlike some knitters who will remain anonymous.)

From Barbara

Believe it or not, this one's a keeper.

This is one of my frogged attempts

From Kim:

Kim, you are one fine photographer!

From Denise:


Today's questions are:

1. What pattern are you using?
2. What yarn?
3. Did you cast on yet?
4. Are you double points or circular? Two circs or one?

Me? I'm still struggling with my provisional crochet cast-on toe up sock. It looks like there's room for a major bunion in here and I don't have bunions. ACK!

I'm off to play hooky. See you tonight!


Blogger kshotz said...

I'm following the pattern for the Elongated Corded Rib sock (a four stitch pattern) from Charlene Schurch's book, Sensational Knitted Socks. It's my first attempt at using this book which does all the math for you in making a custom fit sock. (*yeah!* math is not my strong suit!)

I'm using dpns and I have to watch myself because on one round there is a YO to begin with on 2 of the 4 needles....takes a bit of concentration to do that right for me!

My friend has accused me of being a tight knitter (not uptight, mind you!) and for once I see that she may be right. I snapped one of my Brittany US#0 needles last night in an attempt to K2tog. I believe they are guaranteed, so will make a trip to the LYS tomorrow to see what can be done. In the meantime, I'm switching to my sturdy aluminum set, even though they are 7" long and harder to do socks on!

BTW - thanks for the comment on my photography! I've just changed careers and am now working as freelance photographer/writer after having served as a Lutheran minister for the past 13 years in one church!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

Ooooh, Denise, love your colors!!!

And Kim...I'm both molto impressed with your sock and your photography!


9:55 AM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I have not yet cast on. Can't decide if I want to dye/spin my own or buy commercial yarn and not have to figure out the gauge of my spinning! (Obviously I am still a beginning spinner or I would just spin to the gauge I want!)

In the meantime I have been reading about Magic Loop and also using two circulars. I am leaning toward Magic Loop just because it looks so impossible and sounds so simple!

I would love to try the Bayerische sock from Eunny Knit but wonder if complex pattern + new technique = DISASTER

The Elongated Cord Rib sock worked up beautifully for me in Knit Picks Parade. I used the colorway Daffodil which DH assures me looks like a very sick snake :) I like it though.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

I'm knitting a basic cuff-down sock with US size 1 dps and Regia Bamboon yarn in a multi-color that I love. Two challenges with these socks -- the yarn is new for me -- it's 40% superwash wool, 45% bamboo and 15% Polyamide (whatever that is.) And I've never knit on such small needles before! It's like knitting with tootpicks, but so far I am loving the result.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Uh -- that should be BAMBOO yarn. No Bamboons or babboons in the bunch.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous theresa s. said...

Cindi, there's a rumor going around that polyamide = nylon. Which would make sense, but I don't know how true that is.

I'm using size 1 DPNs Lorna's Laces shepherd sock in the black purl colorway (gray, black and a smokey lilac/purple). I bought the yarn at Stitches Midwest and have been itching to knit it ever since. The colors make me think of a night sky.

I'll be trying to do a toe-up sock with a gusset and flap heel. One of the ladies on this blog posted a link (thanks again!) to the toe-up jaywalker pattern with this type of heel construction, and that will be my jumping off point. I don't want to do the jaywalker pattern -- I just want this type of heel. If I get to feeling fancy, I might add some cables or something on the leg. But the backwards gusset construction will probably be challenge enough for this pair.

kshotz, I live in terror of snapping my wooden needles. Good luck with the replacement process -- I hear Brittany is really good about that.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

Cindi, I hear you on feeling like it's toothpicks. I had some 0 bamboo dpns, and they really did feel that way!

Tanya, not only am I trying my first sock but but trying Magic Loop for the first time, but once I quit scratching my head over the picture, it turned out to be incredibly easy to use! (She says, doing the easy part between toe and heel at the moment.;) Stay tuned for the shrieking when I can't figure out the heel!)

3:26 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Everyone's yarn is stunning! I'm so enjoying the photos!

I just cast on today and had to rip out the beginning three times, even though I completely wimped out and didn't even attempt the provisional caston.

I'm using No. 4 needles and can barely see those stitches. How on earth do you all survive #0s?!?!

The one cool thing about DPNs which I had forgotten is that if you just keep knitting, you get stockinette stitch. Love it!

Other than that, I'm struggling with the whole experience but will perservere.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

1. What pattern are you using?
I probably won't decide that until I cast on.

2. What yarn?
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, in the Black Purl colorway.

3. Did you cast on yet?

4. Are you double points or circular? Two circs or one?
Two circs. I'm playing with my fabric density, so I'll be using Addi Turbos size US 1 for the Sock Hop. I usually use a US 2, and may need to go down to a US 0 to really be happy with the fabric.

4:05 PM  

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