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  • knitting1105 8:27 am on September 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    First Sock Syndrome 


    Second Sock Syndrome is a complaint of many sock knitters.  They seem to be anxious to try out a new pattern, and knit the first sock up, only to have the second appear less interesting to knit, and it languishes.  That was never a problem for me, as I was either anxious to finish a quick knit, or had conquered the complexities of a more difficult pattern and the second sock seemed easy by comparison.  Lately I have a new problem however, I seem to be starting and not finishing any first socks.  There is a good reason for all, but bothersome none-the-less.


    The beautiful blue socks are from the Knitteratus Scok Club by Janel Laidman, I love the pattern, the twisted rib on the bottom of the foot is so squishy and comfortable.  Almost done with sock #1 of theses.  The green pair is from the same club, a February installment.  I could not travel with these socks and follow the pattern, so they remained at home and got abandoned when I needed the needles for a pair of traveling knitting socks (ie, a less complicated pattern), and they sit dangerously off needles, and without any stitch holders to hold them in place.  The lime green pair is from the CookieA sock club, and while the pattern is interesting and different from anything I had tried, it broke one of my precious Lantern Moon needles, and I switched to metal.  I am now waiting on some Signature needles to finish these up.

    I have never had this many started socks before.  And lastly, there is the pair of CookieA socks, using some handspun yarn.  These will be for my husband, but I could not finish them while away, as I needed to get reinforcing thread for the toes.  Hope to finish these up soon.


    • Diane 8:36 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that you have any time to do quilting!


  • knitting1105 1:18 pm on January 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Boreal Socks 

    While waiting for the second clue in the Mystery scarf project, I began the socks using the Hazel Knits yarn that came with this month’s shipment.  The pattern is called Boreal.  It is a toe-up sock, not usually my favorite.  I have not found a good way to make a heel work for a high instep, and I find it more difficult to know where to start the heel.  On a top-down sock I knit until my toes start, then work the toe section, and I can easily try it on for fit.  When trying on the toe-up sock, you have to be much more careful, as you are pulling up the end with the live stitches on the needle over your foot.

    This pattern has proven to be very stretchy and accommodating for different sized feet, even with the short row heel.  After I got the increases finished on the toe, it was also an easy-to-remember repeat pattern, so I could take them along with me and knit little bits at a time (the pattern looks like little tadpoles swimming to me).  I have stopped on the first sock, and am going to knit the other sock from the opposite end of the skein of yarn, that will allow me to use all of the yarn and make them higher, the great advantage to toe-up socks.  This yarn is really soft and very nice to knit with.  My husband has a pair of socks from this vendor that I made him last year.  He says that they are his favorite socks, but I have noticed a lot of pilling on them.

    • darciad 1:58 pm on January 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Love this pattern! Where’dya get it?


      • knitting1105 2:04 pm on January 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It is from the Knitterati Sock Club by Janel Laidman. There is still the option to purchase just the patterns here, yarn packages are all sold out.


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