Sock it to me Monday 39

Ah DPNs, how I missed you!

This almost-sock is the work of just two days, and it fits me like…well, like a sock. You have no idea how relieved I was when it slipped onto my foot with no problems.

At this point I think I have to admit that I’m just not a sock-circular-needle kind of person. I can see the benefits and I get why some people like them, but I shall be sticking with my trusty DPNs from now on. Especially after having a dig through my craft bag and discovering that I have at least three sets of them, which means I can have three pairs of socks in the works at a time! You know, because I really need some more items on my WIP list…

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 38

The shortie socks did not work out. After the first sock didn’t fit very well I made adjustments when making the second, but it still didn’t fit so I frogged them both.  I still can’t believe my gauge is so different just because I used a circular rather than DPNs.

The socks will still happen though! I can use the DPNs that are free now because I finally finished the Christmas socks, despite their best efforts to be frogged.

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Yes, it bothers me that the toes aren’t identical, but after at least 10 mistakes/frogs/restarts there’s no way I’m undoing one just to add a few rows of red. As far as I’m concerned they’re pretty darn good for my first ever striped socks. Plus they’re nice and warm, which is perfect for the Scottish pre-winter Autumn.

Man I love making socks!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 37

Socks are progressing woo hooo!

I’m on the foot of my second shortie sock right now.

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Buuuut I’m considering frogging the first one and redoing it. It turns out that my tension is quite different on a sock circular compared to DPNs and it doesn’t fit quite right. I love knitting socks and I love the yarn so why not!

Also I finally finished the first Christmas sock. 8th time lucky.

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So far I’ve only had to cast on the second sock twice, and I’m really hoping that will be the only restart this one needs. Fingers crossed, tight.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday… *checks notes* number 36

Well it has been a while. I believe my brain is trying to make up for lost time because all I can think about is knitting away at my socks. 

I’ve already finished one shortie and started its partner.

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And the Christmas socks have made an appearance again. Can you tell where I just gave up with the pattern?

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The last few cable rounds I attempted were giving me soooo much trouble, but then I remembered that I don’t even like texture on the bottom of my socks because I tie my shoes quite tight and end up with odd patterns imprinted onto my feet. So I stopped faffing about with cables and just knit straight, and I can’t believe how fast that foot whizzed by. There’s only a toe left to do and it’s finished. 

For the second sock I might stop the cabling even earlier – they’re going to be hidden in my shoes so nobody would know anyway! Either way I’m hoping to have two pairs of finished socks to show off next week. Time to get back to it.

Hannah

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UFO upgraded to sleeve island

You may remember (or possibly not, as there’s been the whole pandemic thing since then) that I started a Flax jumper for the boyfriend earlier this year. For some unknown reason, I made it halfway through the bottom ribbing and just stopped working on it.

The poor Flax sat in that state until Friday, when it took IT over three hours to get a programme sorted on my work laptop. They had remote control of the laptop so I couldn’t actually do any work, and the jumper was sitting on top of our pile of blankets right next to my desk, so to pass the time I picked it up and finished off the ribbing. That was all it took to relight the fire and I haven’t put it down since!

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Wahey sleeve island. You may be able to see that I’ve gone completely over to team DPN and I’m not using circulars at all for the sleeves. I can’t tell if it’s quicker or not, but I certainly feel happier about it.

Hopefully I can finish this before winter rolls round.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 23

Please excuse the hasty photos – I completely forgot today is Monday!

The boyfriend’s socks only need a toe and the ends sewing in to be finished.

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Hermione’s every day socks are bimbling along down the first foot.

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How I wish I had gone for a plain foot instead of carrying on the fiddly pattern all the way down, so I could have been done and onto the second sock by now. Oh well, you live and learn! 

I’m pretty excited to get my socks finished because I have PLANS for the leftovers. I already think I’m going to love them, but we’ll see. Now, on with the current socks.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 22

I’m kind of liking having two pairs of socks to work on at the same time, especially as one is simpler than the other. If I want a little bit of brain work, I knit my neon rainbow socks.

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And if I want to just zone out while watching the new episodes of Lucifer (eeeeeh!!) then I can work on the boyfriend’s socks.

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It’s perfect! Y’know aside from the ridiculously long DPNs I’m having to use for the rainbow socks, but you can’t have everything.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 15

Argh these not-rainbow socks! The pooling is playing slightly different with this second sock, and I don’t know if I can just let it slide.

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I’ve no idea how this is happening, as I’m using the same skein of yarn on the same needles as the first sock.

Curse you again, accidental colour pooling!!

To give myself a break from misbehaving yarn, I also cast on my first Rose City Rollers.

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I must say I’m not a fan of this heel method; picking up stitches gets me so tense. For my next pair (yes, I’m already planning it) I might stick a different heel in and see if I can make it work.

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 10

Oh so much news for my tenth socky post! I’d like to say I planned it so there was something interesting to say just in time for double digits, but that would be a blatant lie. Everyone knows I’m too disorganised for that.

The first news: I finished my first ever pair of socks AND THEY FIT!!

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I keep trying them on because part of my brain can’t quite believe that it worked.

These are made with Mothy and the Squid yarn in the colourway Peacock Flower. The pattern is Basic Sock with Integrated Heel on Ravelry and I used 2mm DPNs to make the largest size for my hobbit feet.

I can’t even tell you how happy I am with these socks. If I were not so scared of causing holes I’d never take them off.

But I am a sock knitter now and can’t bear to have empty needles for long, so the second news:

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I cast on for the boyfriend’s socks and already made it to the foot.

It’s going soooo much faster than mine, thanks to the sensible amount of ribbing (15 rounds, thanks for all the advice!) and a slightly shorter leg. Also the fact that I haven’t yet messed it up. Win.

It’s official – I love knitting socks!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 5

I frogged the sock back and took about 3cm off the leg length, then started knitting on it again straight away.

I got to the end of the gusset (lookit me, knowing the lingo) and realised that I’d made another mistake: The pattern is written using 2 needles in magic loop method, but I’m using 4 DPNs, so when it says ‘knit to end of needle 1 and place marker’ I actually should have knit to the end of my needle 2.

Sigh.

So I’ve frogged it back AGAIN and this is what I have now.

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Third time’s the charm, right?

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 4

Turns out I’m still a bit scared of socks.

I was powering down the leg faster than I thought possible with such fiddly little needles, and then for the last few days it’s just been sitting in my WIP bag looking forlorn.

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Why? Because I’m half a centimetre from starting the heel part and NEW THINGS ARE SCARY!

But I’ve had a word with myself and my task for tonight is to do that last little bit of the leg and get on to the heel. I can do this!

Hannah

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