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Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Just joined the Count Your Socks knitalong. It sounds like fun. Check it out if you like to make socks but need some inspiration to get them finished. I started knitting in Feb of 2003, and since then I've knit 29 pairs. Of those, 10 pairs have been for me. However, I need to crank out a few more pairs for myself because several of my early socks have worn through in the heel and the ball of the foot. I used to knit socks with merino wool and wonder why they didn't last (duh). I darned some of them, but even the darning wore out. I learned my lesson after the first ten socks or so, and now I use only sock yarn.

I've got 4 more pairs of socks in progress (some of which are more "in progress" than others). Here is the rundown:

  • Jaywalker Socks in Plymouth Sockotta

  • Status = Inactive, abandoned for Christmas gift knitting, to be picked up soon.

    Progress = About halfway through the first ankle.

  • Log Cabin socks (from Handknit Holidays) in Rowan Cork

  • Status = Active

    Progress = Having issues with sizing. Completed the ankle of the woman's size, but the cables made the ankles rather tight. I switched to using bigger ndls (US6) and started making the man's size instead. I'm about halfway through the ankle on that (and now it may be too loose, sigh... this is how projects get abandoned). Oh, and yeah, I realize this is not sock yarn, but they are so cute in the book I couldn't resist. I'll have to reinforce the bottom of the foot somehow...

  • Argyle socks for my Dad (my stupid pattern, or lack thereof)

  • Status = Sick of them. This is my 4th attempt at an ankle that fits properly - don't ask.

    Progress = uggh

  • Mountain Colors Bearfoot socks

  • Status = Inactive.

    Progress = Was having sizing issues again due to poor choice of needle size. Need to rip and start over (sigh)

    You might think that having made so many pairs of socks I would not be having so many sizing issues. Well, you would be wrong. Maybe I am just overly picky about sock fit -- but no one likes a floppy sock.

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    Leave a Comment 5 comments:

    Laura said...

    Hi! Just checking in on your blog from the hatalong. I'm doing the Count Your Socks KAL too. Also, Chrissy is hosting a Sock-a-Month KAL, which dovetails nicely with the Count Your Socks. I have been having sock issues lately too. I'm pretty new to it, so it's encouraging to know that experienced sock knitters have to rip from time to time too!

    By the way, did you make the Lite Lopi lace scarf with Lite Lopi? Was it awfully itchy?

    Persnickety Knitter said...

    I made the Lite Lopi scarf out of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted and I love the way it came out. I hope to post a pic of it soon -- maybe when I finally get my gallery up and running. I've never actually knit with Lite Lopi -- I just don't like the way it feels.

    By the way, that link you gave for the Sock-a-Month KAL doesn't seem to be right. It links to a page labeled "Amazing Bible Studies" and I can't find any reference to knitting anywhere. Do you have another link?

    Melissa said...

    Oh, man you mean I was supposed to be counting?

    Persnickety Knitter said...

    The only reason I know how many socks I have made is that I recently started a super-anal list of every single item I have every knit (including lame-o, ugly dishclothes).

    Persnickety Knitter said...

    FYI, I found the link for the Sock-a-Month KAL. Here it is.