Tuesday, October 31, 2006

SOCK HOP - Day 31

And a Happy Halloween from Brendan Fraser and all of us at RTY

Wasn't it nice of our last Barefoot Boy to show up in costume?

So this is Day 31 and the end of our first annual Sock Hop.

I finished three and three-quarters pairs of socks. My Toe-Up Lucys. The Fisherman's Best Foot Forwards. Goldisox's Sirdar Highlanders. And 1 3/4 of a pair of Wool-Ease red spirals. That's more than my average yearly sock output so I'm pretty much astonished.

My knitting took a step forward that it wouldn't have taken without this blog. I figured out THE Wendy's provisional crochet cast-on. I made a sock with baby cables. I finally got the knack of cabling w/o a needle. And I discovered that red sprinkles is not my favorite shade of Wool-Ease.

How did you do? What did you learn this month?


Blogger Wendy said...

I learned that Barbara can google up better photos of movie stars than I could. ;-)

And that knitting along with you guys was great fun!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Sharon Hurlbut said...

Mmmmm, yummy picture!

I finished two and a half socks and decided to make socks instead of sweaters for my dad and brother for Christmas. I had a great time and really enjoyed getting to know everyone and see your excellent socks. Thanks!

9:27 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

I learned that I really do like the fabric of the socks I knit on size 0 needles best, even though they take a lot longer for me to get finished! I got 1 1/2 pairs done along with a worsted weight pair of slipper socks for my father-in-law.


9:42 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

I didn't finish a sock, but I learned some new tricks and got lots of practice fixing mistakes. That'll pay off later.

10:23 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

And I must say...that photo...oh my. I think it's my new favorite.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous theresa s. said...

I learned that Brendan Fraser should never ever wear clothes. Talk about a Halloween treat! Yummy!

I learned a whole new (to me) way of making a sock, which is more or less a standard cuff-down sock but is knit from the toe up. It wasn't easy. My math was fine and precise and all, but what looks good on paper sometimes looks like a weird puckered blob on the needles. So this project ended up being a lot more time-consuming and challenging than I had anticipated.

I also learned that Lorna's Laces will stand up to a lot of frogging. A lot.

Seriously. A lot.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

I learned that I hate knitting socks.

(ROFL over that photo!)

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

The lesson for me is that socks are more a comstant companion than the main event. They are also the perfect place to try out new techniques because even a little knitting a day shows progress.

I really enjoyed cabling without a cable needle and love the look of knitting into the back loop to make patterns.

I also learned that it is a "little" unrealistic to think that I could have the MIL, SIL, and mother as company, get kids to lessons and practices, break my glasses, have DH out of town for three days, make Halloween costumes and finish a pair of highly cabled and patterned socks on size 0 needles all in the same month!!! :) (Not to say I didn't try - castin on a baby sweater and half finishing it probably didn't help either)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Dallas Schulze said...

Where do you find these pictures? I always knew you were a woman of many talents but your ability to find photos of barefoot, partially clad and out and out nekkid celebs is extraordinary.

As for Sock Hop lessons - I learned never to tell myself what to do. Next time, I'll try reverse psychology and forbid myself from knitting whatever is on the menu.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

I knit my first socks with size 1 needles and really liked the look of them. I made one pair of socks with lots of cables -- also a new thing. And I have yarn and patterns for three more pairs of socks -- though they will wait while I work on a sweater. And I reaffirmed that knitting with you all is a great deal of fun.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Wow, Barbara, you had some impressive output there. As for me ... well, I learned to make heels and gussets and cuffs and such. And to knit on double-points as well as to make the Magic Loop.

I finished three pairs of slipper socks - for Christmas presents, natch. Right now I'm finishing up my first real pair of socks - cuff down - and reading (again) THE Wendy's book for tips on toe-up socks.

This was great fun and I can only say thanks to Barbara and to everyone else for making it so.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

I learned that Barbara is even cooler than I already thought...what amazing photos you came up with, and the knitting output! Holy cow!

I think I'm with Nancy--not a sock-knitting kind of girl, however inadequate that makes me feel. I learned a lot, though, and will try them again, just maybe at a little less stressful time in my life.

But y'all are SO much fun to knit with!!!!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I discovered that there is a frightening number of barefoot celebrity photos out there. The internet might be the best thing to ever happen to foot fetishists.

4:56 PM  

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