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The obligatory sock post... [Nov. 8th, 2016|10:48 am]
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This is a short obligatory sock post between political posts.     Here is a sock (not a pair yet, you'll notice) that combined three different yarns from three different manufacturers.  It is, though you can't tell it from this picture, the left sock of the pair:

Navy blue yarn from my mother's stash; purchased white and gray yarn

You can see the double stitches along the bottom, where the two yarns were each carried along the striped, working a stitch with both yarns at beginning and end of stripes, and once in the middle of each stripe.

Some people think old yarn "goes bad" or "dry rots".   If it is mothproof or doesn't get eaten by moths or cockroaches or other things that will eat wool, and it's protected from excessive heat or sunlight...it can be fine after many decades.  I have an afghan that my great-grandmother, mother, and great-aunt worked on in the 1920s or '30s.  It's beautiful, bright, still great to throw over me when reading on the couch.  The dark navy yarn is probably about 33-35 years old and it's great to work with.

The other sock of this pair wasn't started until this sock was finished, because I didn't want to open another skein of the navy.  It's Red Heart, 100% wool, in big 4 oz  pull skeins, too big to fit into my usual 1 gallon-size workbags.  Red Heart doesn't have 100% wool anymore.   Here's how you can tell it's a left sock:

Its matching right sock is well under way at this point.

 All my "shorty" socks have the same basic pattern now, with the frame (top of sock, heel, and toe) in one color with matching contrasting stripes, and the main part of the foot in something else.  This pattern would easily customize to any other size and shape of foot and of course can be any color, with any stripe pattern (or none) on the foot.  Converting a taller sock to a short one is easy--just make the cuff/leg shorter.

This pair also mixes yarns from different sources, of different ages.  I used a variegated yarn for some stries, and a several plain yarns for th others.

From: (Anonymous)
2016-11-09 10:58 pm (UTC)

left sock

How do you know it is a left sock? Do you make different sock for each foot?

Jonathan up in NH
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-11-10 05:49 am (UTC)

Re: left sock

Yes, I make socks shaped to my feet. I have what are known in the business of knitting socks as "pointy feet". So the symmetrical sock toes are not as comfortable as "anatomical" toes. There is an argument that with symmetrical toes you can move them back and forth and avoid excessive wear on the pressure points, but if you don't have them marked L and R, then how do you know when to move them. My experience with commercial socks was that my feet always shaped the socks a little, making them more comfortable to wear the L sock on the L foot and the R sock on the R foot all the time anyway.

Both the second and third pictures show that the longest part of the toe is not centered, but biased toward the "big toe" side (and my longest toe is the second, which is where the toe of the sock is actually longest. The ones shown on my feet lie exactly on the line of the toes without being either bulky or too snug.

The precise fitting of socks offers delightful comfort compared to treating a sock as a straight cylinder with a kink in it for the heel. That is, it works when I remember to cast on 56 stitches for the shorty socks instead of the 60 I cast on for the taller ones. Otherwise, the shorty with 60 stitches is a bit loose. But since one ankle swells more than the other, that's a minor complaint.
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