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Continuing the Sock Saga [Apr. 2nd, 2012|01:29 pm]
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Because I learn better in concentrated doses, and because my feet want more hand-knit socks (this is the greater motivator!)  I've already started the next pair.   Pair Two will be a rich teal-like blue, and I decided to keep track of the individual socks (as I experiment) by naming them A and B in each pair (SockOne and SockTwo will be the only socks so designated.)   Two-B, for instance, has two rows of knitting after the cast-on row, before starting the ribbing.   Two-A's cuff is now over and inch long; Two-B is "behind" and I'll knit a few rows on it as I can until it catches up or surpasses A.  At that point, I'll work on A again.   Doing two at once worked so well for me the first time that I'm going to keep doing it that way.

First Pair, which were drying outside on the picnic table, are holding down the plastic bags in which each growing sock lives as it grows, along with its ball of yarn.   The trees have leafed out (at least partly) so it's hard to see how much bigger A is than B.   Second Pair is not quite as big in the cuff circumference (a little over half an inch difference) and will be a full inch smaller in the part of my foot where First Pair is considerably too big.

From: geekmerc
2012-04-02 06:57 pm (UTC)
You'll be a professional by the third pair.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-04-02 07:13 pm (UTC)
Um...no. I don't have time for a third profession...but I hope I'll have my personal pattern down, and more experience in how to make patterns for (for instance) my husband, so the first pair for him will be right.
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2012-04-02 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh I love the color of the blue. Congrats on finishing the first pair and may the next pair go smoother for you.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-04-02 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've already had some difficulties, but found ways to fix 'em. One thing about screwing up is that you learn more ways to get out of the trouble you got yourself into.

It IS a pretty blue, but it's not the blue I thought I was getting--and yes, I know the ways of computer monitors in messing with color. I think it's going to make stunning socks, though. I'm planning to have other colors. A nice rich green, a coppery-to-coffee-brown (but more brown than copper--do not want orange or yellow.) More pairs of red--favorite color and always cheery--but not JUST red.
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2012-04-02 08:49 pm (UTC)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91332934/100-alpaca-100-percent-fun-homegrown-on might make some interesting socks. I suspect that they will have more soon since shearing season is coming up fast around here. That said, I suspect that there are some neat home-grown yarn options down where you are as well.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-04-02 11:32 pm (UTC)
Nice link. I really like their turquoise and lime.
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-04-03 03:02 pm (UTC)
"Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work." -- Thomas Edison
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[User Picture]From: hugh_mannity
2012-04-02 09:47 pm (UTC)
my feet want more hand-knit socks
My feet think your feet are wise :)

That's the great motivator for me: comfy socks that fit and are fun colours.

I'm impressed by how well you've taken up the fine art of sock knitting.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-04-02 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'm still working on "that fit." Pair Two should fit better than Pair One. I'm trimming the stitch count cautiously, though.

It's funny that I was scared of knitting socks for so long (maternal influence--it wasn't just the socks, but the territorial lines...) It's not really that hard to make plain socks like the ones I'm doing. But the foot is such complicated terrain that it's hard to believe it's navigable by inexperienced stitches.
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[User Picture]From: alfreda89
2012-04-02 11:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely colors! I'm really impressed that you've gone after this so thoroughly. I've watched a fan who does TX conventions knit 100% merino wool socks -- she's heavily into comfort. Quite envious, and thinking it's something else to put on the back burner for "if I ever get a hobby again."
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2012-04-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
Pretty blue. And good on you for making more socks.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-04-02 11:25 pm (UTC)
I love this colour.
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[User Picture]From: harvey_rrit
2012-04-02 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to come up with a good one about "graphic images of socks on the Internet" but I'm too tired.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2012-04-03 12:28 am (UTC)
Yay! :)
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[User Picture]From: xrian
2012-04-03 01:19 am (UTC)
Two thumbs (or is it toes?) up!
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