Wednesday, October 04, 2006

SOCK HOP - Day 4

Even Colin Firth needs socks.

Sockhoppers, help! I need your blog links so I can make sure you get proper recognition for your work. (And because I can't wait to go visit them!) Feel free to post them in COMMENTS and I'll pick them up there.

From Knittech: "I had forgotten about the Sock Hop! Finished my scarf and casted on for them."

Soon to be the famous Dragon Scales!


I finished sock #1. I cast on for sock #2 and made it through the pcco w/o drawing blood. I'm now at the start of the foot itself and should make considerable progress today. It really is a very fast knit in this slightly heavier weight yarn.

Finishing sock #1 reminded me why I stopped futzing around with toe-up socks: the cast-off (bind-off) at the cuff. I have no problem casting off loosely. What I do have a problem with is the slightly ruffly look the ribbing gets after I do. Remember the little dinosaur in JURASSIC PARK, the one who lifted his "wings" into a gorgeous ruffled cape then gobbled up SEINFELD's Newman? That's what I think of everytime I look at sock #1.

The pcco went off without a hitch on sock #2. I picked up the purl wraps and double wraps from the back, purl style, and managed to achieve uniformity and smoothness. At least I think I did. I swear sometimes when I go back and look at a project it's like some evil knitting gremlin snuck out from beneath my mountains of stash and screwed it up on me. (Hey, it could happen.)

Pictures to come as soon as Blogger cooperates with me.

Okay. Here we go:

Call me crazy, but I prefer pooling to striping.


Current status:



Blogger Tam said...

Colin is yummy! I'd knit socks for him, particularly if he would agree to wear them WITH NOTHING ELSE. hehehe

Despite his yumminess, I recommend that you MISS "Hope Springs". I saw this movie the other night and it is a DOG. Not even his cuteness could save it. Now that is BAD.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I'm heartbroken, Tam. Even bad Colin Firth is usually better than no Colin Firth.

9:53 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

Oooh Barbara....I am loving that sock of yours!! I had a Lorna's Laces that started out striped and then pooled....I love them! (They look like the aurora lights!) I have not made much progress on my sock (only 30 min. of knitting time last night...:( *boo hoo!*)so no photo today. Hope to do some catch up at SnB tonight!

I've always sort of considered myself a "butt" gal when it comes to admiring the opposite sex(followed closely by shoulders)...but I must say all these bare feet you find are having a strange effect on me! ;-)

My blog, Ewe & Eye (Knitting & Photography), is at Enjoy!


10:34 AM  
Blogger Holly in CT said...

I agree, I love the toe part of the toe up socks (especially if using the magic cast on from Knitty) but have yet to master a decent cast-off that isn't too loose or too tight. Participating in the Sock Wars has taught me to be a much better grafter so until I discover a better cast off I'll be doing my socks cuff down. After making 3 pairs for the Sox Wars (essentially a game of assassin played with socks)I can finally cast on a pair for me from the most recent issue of Vogue.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

LOL! The barefoot thing is beginning to freak me out. Have you ever noticed how many bare feet are out there, toes flapping in the breeze? Take a look at some author publicity photos and I guarantee a fair percentage of the women will be sporting bare feet. The # doubles (at least) when you venture into celebrityland. That's when the men join the party. (Although the thought of a barefoot Salman Rushdie does make me laugh.)

What is it with the bare feet? What in the name of socks is going on? Are we becoming a nation of foot fetishists? Is it a secret plot hatched by nail technicians to keep them in business? What, I ask you, what??

When I was poking around last month for Liam Neeson pictures I happened upon a very weird website filled with barefoot photos of male celebrities. Knitters, trust me: you ain't seen nothin' yet.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Sharon Hurlbut said...

Ooh, the Regia Silk looks almost as yummy as Mr. Firth! The Dragon Scales keep calling to me, but I have too many other projects going right now. I look forward to hearing how you like the pattern.

You can find my blog Field Notes at:

I haven't posted any pictures yet, but I have two pairs of socks in progress - one for my hubby, and my first attempt at toe-up for myself.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

I've taken some phone-camera photos of my slipper socks but can't remember how to get them ready to post. As a back-up I'm taking some with my regular camera and will convert to digital and post those if necessary.

I like those "pooled" socks, Barbara. But I can tell that I'm going to prefer knitting cuff down to toe up. At least in the beginning.

This is fun! I've turned the heels on the pair I'm making and am amazed at how normal they look. Unlike the person knitting them. LOL!

12:21 PM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Feet don't do it for me. Sure, it feels wonderful to walk barefoot in the grass, in the sand, and to toast the toes in the sunshine. But pose those twinkies for photos? Huh.

I love that pooling. It reminds me of a soft-focus landscape, a drift of blue flowers surrounded by freshly turned dirt.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy said...

Most of blogland hates pooling, and I can't figure out why. I love it: the way the colors flow and intensify, the way they become a meadow full of flowers or, as Kim says, the auroras ... I'm trying to figure out ways to cause pooling, but most advice is on how to prevent it. Go figure!

LOVE the socks.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I like both pooling and striping, depending on the colors. And the size of the stripes. But you're right - most of blogdom seems to hate pooling.

I wasn't going to post any pics of my current socks, as I started them last month, but I've changed my mind. Sock #1 isn't a sockhopper... but sock #2 is. So I'll post pics anyway.

And my blog is at:

4:29 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Don't tell me Colin Firth was wearing those shoes without socks! No wonder he took off the shoes. I've resisted making men socks so far; their feet are too big. Although I would like to make a pair of thick ragg wool socks for my husband even those he is size 12W. Can one knit socks on size 10 needles?

I like your Lucy socks!

My blog is

5:04 PM  
Blogger KnitTech said...

Dragon Scales are mine. Pattern (just the pattern for 80 stitches) is posted on the blog:

7:39 PM  

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