Nicely done! :) Very colorful set of socks you've got there.
Thanks. Green Two is past the gussets and onto the forefoot, and Turquoise One is partway down the ribbing. After that will come another red pair (I really like red socks) then a purple, then a decision whether to go with the royal blue (not shown here--this blue is actually rather teal-ish) or another turquoise. (Yes, I also like strong colors, as you can see. Eventually I'll do a wild striped pair from the leftover yarns of previous pairs. Maybe knee socks. They'll be safely out of sight under my jeans.)
2012-09-11 12:19 am (UTC)
Sock Project Report
Nicely done, very nicely done. My feet are feeling envious.
2012-09-11 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Sock Project Report
Thank you. I have to say...socks are a lot easier than I expected. Still a lot of stitches, of course, and there are times of tedium, but not impossibly hard. That may be because I'm trying them on every so often. I would encourage more people to try making them if they've got any knitting experience at all. (It helps that I did some flat things before tackling socks, reminding my fingers what knit and purl and ribbing felt like.)
Those are lovely. Well done!
Thank you! I'm really hoping to get Green Two done before I leave for NYCC (should do, if I keep at it, even with copy edits going on) and Turquoise One will then be "lead pair" for the train trip, closing in. I might even manage to finish it on the train. When Green Two comes off the needles, I'll start Red Three (eventually Red One, the short and wide, will become home socks, house socks, no longer depended on for travel. But I need several more pairs given the slow drying time inside or in cooler weather, before I can leave Red One at home.
Once I've got enough pairs that it's not a scramble to keep clean ones in the drawer, I've got some gift socks to make (3 pair so far) and then I want to try (gasp) knee socks. With (more gasps!) cables. Though I may try a pair of wristers with cables first.
Cables are Not Hard, don't be scared by them! I freaked myself out about cables and then when I actually got around to trying them I was astounded by how easy and not-mind-bending they were.
I agree, they look scary and reading the instructions without having cabled is scary, but following the instructions is simple. Far simpler than socks.
Edited at 2012-09-11 12:19 pm (UTC)
What concerns me a little about cables is that they're supposed to change the gauge. I'll have to experiment with any adjustment needed to make a sock leg with cables fit comfortably.
Ah yes... cables. Great fun.
If you're looking for a wrister pattern, I recommend Fetching
from Knitty. I've made it, friends have made it and it's an easy, quick knit. There are some other similar patterns on Knitty, but I think Fetching is one of the easiest.
They all look so lovely!
I really ought to try socks some time but I'm currently engaged in making scarves for my friends for Christmas... and I've got Mom's scarf to finish and that shawl I started last year...
I made scarf presents last year, but this year is socks. If you ever do start making socks, I found it helpful to concentrate on socks alone for awhile. Also, to start the next pair when the first pair is somewhere in the heel region (on the heel flap or turning the heel) so you have a sock object to change off to. (And always, ALWAYS work on both socks of a pair in alternation, so the day you finish the toes you have a pair, not just one sock, to put on a gloat over.)
I think you're really improving on the heals and toes. Do you find them being more comfortable as you gain more experience?
They're so much more comfortable than commercial socks that it's hard to tell. The first pair, Red One, is quite comfortable once it's in the shoes, but it is too loose and the ribbing is too short. From Blue One on, they're all within 5% of the same level of comfort.
I haven't knit in 20ish years but you have me thinking. I have not found any knee socks that fit my fat long legs for under $40 a pair (some great German ones but pricy) The jeans that look good on said legs fit so the wind whistles up my legs waiting on subway platforms 3 stories up during the Bronx winters. If I went back to knitting I could have warm socks that fit for less than a kings ransom.
Though I don't have to cope with those elevated platforms, I've considered doing a pair of knee socks for the rare times I need them here.
You give me hope I might do this well knitting one day - I'm getting the hang of crochet, but not knitting and I'm debating taking a class. I think I'm going to have to see it done in front of me with instructions to start getting it right.
And - I love the shade of blue - it's such a cheerful shade!
2012-09-11 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice looking socks
I found watching the knitting demos on YouTube very helpful because I could replay just one thing over and over until I "got it." The knitting demonstrators move more slowly than the crochet demonstrators, so it's easier to see. But perhaps a class would be helpful for you. People have different ways of learning things.
Lovely! Cozy, bright socks.
And happy feet. I have one pair (old, stretched out) pair of commercial socks from quite a ways back, that I wore today just because I *finally* had the "front five" all clean and dry at once. Well...they were better than the ones I threw out, but...they didn't really fit (again, the tops too tight) and they'd worn somewhat thinner, so less cushiony.
Mm I need more cushiony socks myself. My store-bought socks are "comfy" but all so thin.
Thanks...I am feeling quite good about them. This is the first time in my entire life that I've exceeded my mother in any kind of needlework. (Although--I don't know how many socks, if any, she ever made for herself. But she made me two pair. And I've made myself five. DAUGHTER-POWER! It's never too late!)
I had been sorta considering socks but was so put off by the microscopic stuff (gorgeous, but microscopic) that they sell as sock yarn. I was so happy when you started your online description of your adventures knitting socks with worsted. My new pair (well, 7/8 pair, I got sidetracked on the last part of the second) is made with worsted on #6
needles. A bit loose, but since it actually worked, I will probably do more, with nicer yarn, on #5s
. I thought they would be WAY bulky, but not so. Don't know why everybody on Ravelry is so in love with sock yarn and #2
Thank you for your example!
You're so welcome! Glad you joined the worsted side of sock-knitting (I'm not alone! I'm not alone!) My mother used worsted yarn on #4s
for the hiking socks she made me, and that's a denser, probably longer-lasting fabric, but I like the breathability of worsted on #5s
. Or at least, this worsted. Someone at a yarn shop told me they didn't like using thicker yarn because it hurt their feet--felt harsh--but these don't feel at all harsh to me. I guess feet differ.
I don't knit (yet - although I seem to be more and more surrounded by knitters, so I may eventually succumb). My husband has been having problems with his feet; he is allergic to a mold that likes to grow on wet leather. He wears leather work boots 40+ hours per week, because of OSHA regulations. He sweats, or it rains, or, or ... His poor, poor feet. Someone suggested wool socks; he bought 2 pair at Red Wing yesterday. They were $14 PER PAIR. I asked if they were gold-plated.
I'm thinking it might actually just be cheaper to take up knitting ...
Wool isn't cheap, alas. The wool for my hand-wash-only socks runs about $7/100 gram ball, and I need two balls for a pair of socks (there's leftover, which will go into another sock, but one sock takes up more than half a ball. So I'm spending $14 on the yarn. (But I get the color I want!) The machine-washable wool is more expensive, more like $10/100 gram ball. However...the socks are far more comfortable. If the wool socks work for him with the mold thing, you or he (men do knit--more men used to) can make socks that really fit his feet.
If I were knitting custom socks for a living, I'd have to charge way more than just the cost of wool for them.
Your socks are lovely. I like the vibrant colors.