2012-03-30 09:53 pm (UTC)
They look fine to me. Next will be even better. I can guess it took more then a couple of socks before your mother became the master you admired.
2012-03-30 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Well done
Thanks! I'm going to give these a little swim in cold water (not me, just the socks!) and see what happens before making the final decision on how many stitches to cast on. I have some beautiful hand-spun natural-colored (shades of gray) wool that would make great socks.
Have you looked at starting your socks from the toe? I discovered Judy's Magic Cast-on, and it is (a) amazing and (b) a heck of a lot easier than Kitchener stitch! That said, your socks are very cheerful and look cosy. I suspect socks are an obsession which sneaks up on most knitters...
No, I really like working from the top down. Or rather, I want to do some more pairs from the top down before trying toe-up. Toe-up socks aren't knit with a heel flap (I understand) and I really like the feel of the heel flap instead.
Kitchener stitch itself isn't so bad...but the video that suggested leaving big loops to tighten up later meant over an hour of struggling with those *@!!*! loops that have to be tightened exactly in order.
Wish my tapestry needle hadn't taken a dive into the chair where I was working--knitting needles fall through and I find them on the floor, but the tapestry needle rolled off the seat cushion and disappeared into another dimension. We both looked, with flashlights--pulling off the seat cushion, peering into every crevice and on the floor beneath. I still have ends to weave in.
I've knit a dozen or so pairs of socks, and I still get little ears when I graft the toes. If there's a secret for avoiding it, I haven't figured it out.
Other than switching to toe-up socks, I suppose. I made one pair of toe-ups, but they were colorwork and too thick for most uses. I should try a more standard toe-up pattern one of these days.
I've always heard that the solution for avoiding the ears is "try toe-up socks." ;)
Congratulations on your first pair of socks, Elizabeth!
2012-03-30 10:52 pm (UTC)
Lucy Neatby has a great DVD for that, using a sock chimney. Easy to follow.
I usually k2tog all around, and around again, until I have 8 stitches, then cut yarn and pass it through the loops, pull tight.
Those socks look great! Congrats -- it's a step to be proud of.
Hope the upsetting things start downsetting soon.
That sounds like it'd work! I may do that on the next pair.
Though in one of the videos, the demonstrating knitter *appeared* to produce socks with Kitchenered toes that had no ears. Can't tell on screen if they had palpable knobs.
One thing I'm tempted to do next time is shape the toe end more to my feet than the usual symmetrical shape. The front of my foot is not symmetrical: the two longest toes (and the second is as long as the big toe) are on the medial side. Why not have R and L socks? (Though my feet are very happy in these as house socks.)
Those look great. I am totally impressed. Well done!
I showed the wife and she swears either her wrists won't do it, or her brain won't do it. She's not sure which. We both have a great appreciation for being able to knit so well.
Well, then...guess it's up to you, huh?
Kitchener stitch is difficult under most circumstances, and doing it at the fine gauge of sock toes is especially not easy, though as you noted, there are (now!) videos to show how to do it. You FINISHED a perfectly lovely pair of socks, and unless you wear only Birkenstocks or other sandals with your socks, no one but you will know that you've got a few beginner bits at the toes.
Congrats. Those look comfy too.
I need to make my own socks. The store-bought ones wear out at the heels too easily.
You can reinforce the heels of socks you make. Kind of like putting patches on the knees of your kids' jeans before they wear a hole in them.
Congratulations! The sweet taste of success and a pair of socks. Things couldn't be better.
Yay, well done! Grafting the stitches together takes a bit of practice and a lot of frustration, but you'll find you use it all the time once you can do it - I very, very seldom actually cast off the shoulders of a sweater or cardigan these days, but leave the stitches on a length of wool (yarn, sorry - my British English vocabulary is showing and there are significant differences in knitting terms) and graft them together before doing the neck. Looks much better than a hard seam, and with an invisible seam up the side you hardly know how many pieces the thing's been knitted in!
Socks finally came off my feet (feet said, "Oh no! Where'd the comfort go?") and got a quick gentle wash, a squeeze to get some of the water out, and then several hours laid over the line outside. Now they're inside, still damp (my feet want them back on, NOW.)
The plan to knit a proper gauge swatch/tension square before starting the second pair is foundering on my feet's desire to have MORE SOCKS RIGHT NOW. (I'm only one inch into the gauge swatch, but it seems to be in line with what I measured on the socks themselves while they were in progress. I do know that I knit tighter when I'm worried (about a sick family member), but that's not something a swatch will detect. And I think it varies by about half-a-stitch/inch, which, on a sock, isn't that much, as there aren't that many inches around.
Yayy! They look wonderful (and super cozy) -- imperfections and all.