Friday, October 06, 2006

SOCK HOP - Day 6

Clive Owen needs socks too.

Some random sock thoughts:

1. The toe-ups I'm finishing today are the second fastest sock I've ever worked. (First being the gigantic yarned Sirdar Highlander cuff-downs.) 46 stitches on #2s and I'm zooming.

2. I've learned a lot about the mystery of single and double wraps. I've narrowed it down to picking up the knits as if to purl and picking up the purls from the back as if to knit and the extra twist that gives the stitches seems to have eliminated gaps.

3. I managed to avoid the deadly rejoin bump by paying more attention to where I picked up the extra close-the-gap stitches. I pretended there was a gusset there and chose accordingly. Sometimes you simply have to empty your mind of everything else and really think. (Ouch.)

4. I'm not sure how I'll handle the cast off.

5. I'll know in a few more inches whether or not the pooling has returned. I'm kind of hoping it will.


Blogger Wendy said...

Woo-hoo! I finished my gigantic dad socks last night! Why? Because I got a set of 2.0mm sterling slver dpns in the mail yesterday and I needed to feel free to start a new pair of socks on 'ewm. ;-)

Dad socks are knitted out of dk weight Swedish ragg wool on 3.25mm needles so they went REALLY quickly. And I cheated by starting them before October 1. I'll send a pic for the blog in a couple of days. :-)

9:12 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

Congrats! I saw those new needles on your blog this morning....they are gorgeous! I'd love to have a pair myself.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

Fran, don't you dare claim this one!:)

Mrs. Clive Owen

P.S. BB and THE Wendy,I'm in awe of your speed! I find myself slowing down as I approach the first heel because I'm just (bawk-bawk, bawk-bawk) well, chicken! Okay, also because I just finished the second grandgirlie purse and I'm writing ninety-to-nothing and my head is full of the story, but...I have to sit down in a quiet place and re-read the heel directions and see if I can translate them to the circ or if I need to move back to dpns and just, by golly, leap in!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I have finished the twisted rib cuff and done 5 rows of the pattern on my bayerische sock. I am using Cervinia Calzetteria in Crimson purchased from

Size 0 metal needles are very hard on my hands as I try to learn to cable without a needle. However, the extreme "cool" factor as I watch the pattern emerge from the rib is worth it. I'll try to get pictures today.

I chickened out on the 2 circs or magic loop experiment and just went forward with my trusty 4 dpns.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

I don't consider it chicken of you, Tanya...what you're doing seems way harder to me!

11:37 PM  

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