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Birthday Socks & Pair 50 [Mar. 3rd, 2016|03:53 pm]
e_moon60
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It's not quite my birthday yet, but then these socks aren't quite finished, either.  But more about that later.  I wanted cheerful socks for my birthday.  This pair overtook the pair already underway because I made such a mess of one sock of that pair the first week I was sick.   This pair pretty much screams "HAPPY!" at me, which, having been sick several weeks and with a birthday days away, I needed.

Bitterroot-finished3
I put them on right after closing the toes, went outside, and took the pictures.  Their first formal wearing will be on my birthday because...birthday.

What, non-knitters will ask, is left to do?   (Knitters know.  Knitters are sniggering now...)   Well...every time you change the yarn, for instance to make a stripe, there are loose ends.    And though you can stick your feet in them with the ends still loose, the right way to finish socks is to weave in every single loose end.  Neatly.   (If you knit with only one yarn, and it doesn't have a break in it, there are only two ends-one where you cast on and the other where you do some kind of bind-off.  I purse-string 'em at the toes.

This is what the inside looks like, laid next to the outside of the other sock:


Bitterroot-finished-strings

I change yarns at the bottom of the sock--or, on the leg, at the back.  Weaving these ends in wlll take me several days, but I should easily finish these by my birthday.

One more picture:
Bitterroot-finished2
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From: (Anonymous)
2016-03-04 02:48 am (UTC)

Karen

I don't do anything that lets me post without being semi-anonymous, but those socks remind me of birthday balloons.

I'm curious though -- has no-one ever mentioned the possibility of knitting with both strands at once? Admittedly, it muddies the colors for a bit, but at least you don't have any loose ends....
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-03-04 03:06 am (UTC)
These are perfect birthday socks! They are wonderful, and cheerful indeed.

Have a great birthday week, and enjoy the day when it comes around.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-04 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm pleased with them and looking forward to wearing them when the insides are finished.

Meanwhile the attempt to build a big enough backlog that the socks will last longer (and I can slow down on socks and do other things) is ongoing. First year socks, those knit in 2012, are all worn out, with one exception, the #3 pair (and it's nearing its end of life.) The oldest remaining turquoise pair (the second turquoise) is also nearing its end. A red pair actually sprang a full-bore hole week before last. I had an extra red (knit 2 prs plain red last year) to replace the red, so at the moment all three weeks have the five basic colors plus two other pairs. The Birthday Socks bring me back up to 24 pairs of regular socks in service; two of the pairs are Herdwick, the VERY warm socks I wear only in the coldest weather, of which we had little this year. But I really want to get another week's rotation in the full-size socks, and another two weeks' rotation in the short summer socks for hot weather (4 weeks in each) because every gain in rotation extends sock life. Socks that enter an 8 week rotation will be worn on average 6.5 times a year, and could last (assuming an average lifespan of 100 wearings--as measured by two pair I tracked) 15 years. (Socks that enter at a faster rotation will use up part of their life before they get to the 8 week rotation.) In the meantime, replacement socks will enter at whatever rotation is there when they're assigned a slot.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-03-04 11:36 pm (UTC)
It's hard to believe so much time has passed already, since you started. The turquoise pair is gorgeous -- I have the notion you'll be working on spring colours soon, but look forward to photos of their replacement, when the time comes.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-05 05:39 am (UTC)
I want to finish the brown & green socks (turned the heels today) and if possible another pair before starting on this year's quota of summer short socks. That pair will be either blue or green (after another examination of the wear on the bottoms of existing blue and green socks...if there's another pair about to let go, I'll do a replacement pair. I have on an older pair of greens right now. And the turquoise in the Week One sack is looking shiny on the bottom, too.

But I have fewer summer short socks, so I need to get back onto them. (Need more knitting time. Not happening this year. Writing workload is, um, firm.)


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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-03-05 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, you don't want to be stuck with thick/long socks in summer. We're just heading into autumn here in Australia. It's my favourite season, but I think Sol has yet to receive the memo..

I kinda know how you feel, balancing craft time and workload. I'm studying again so my personal time is limited, and creative energy must be directed into my projects. I find it hard to switch off even outside or at home, and tend to exhaust myself, creatively; the mind sees inspiration everywhere, and tries to discern everything I look at as a potential design idea. I'm afraid my To Read and Crafts lists aren't going to progress very far this year.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-05 04:32 pm (UTC)
I do wear the regular socks (5-6" cuffs) when traveling in summer because both the transportation (train or plane, terminals) and hotels tend to be colder than the house. But at home in summer, or while riding the bike on errands, short socks work fine.

Since knitting eases my hands from long sessions at the keyboard, I can work several 15 minute knitting sessions into a day--and I can knit just about any time I'm waiting (for an appointment, for instance, or on public transportation.) Five minutes gets a row done (I'm not a fast knitter.) Two rows here, two rows there, 3/4 of a row another place...it adds up. Knitting, unlike writing, is something I can pick up and put down; I don't need to dive into it for long periods to make it work.
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From: sheff_dogs
2016-03-04 02:07 pm (UTC)
I can't remember if we have discussed this before, but could you not weave in the threads as you go? It's what I do because I hate weaving in and sewing up so I do everything I can to minmise them, but I also I find it neat and very effective.
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From: sheff_dogs
2016-03-04 02:09 pm (UTC)
Oh and I forgot to say yes, happy socks, I especially love the way you 've managed to find colours that really go with the multicoloured yarn, just lovely!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-04 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I guess that's what an oversized stash is for (esp. the leftovers from my mother.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-03-04 02:24 pm (UTC)
I find it difficult to do that inside the sock, and the socks do not evert over the needles. (I'm making thick socks; the fabric is stiffer to start with.)

To each knitter her/his own workflow.
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