Sock it to me Monday 12

I definitely could have made a whole pair of socks in a week, if I’d just paced myself. But that addictive personality came out, I knit non-stop for hours on end, and ended up with a stabby pain in my left shoulder.

So this is what the second sock looks like right now:

It will be finished this week, for reals. Although I’ll also be casting on my pride sock so it likely won’t be til the end of the week.

I’ve downloaded a pomodoro timer to my phone, which will hopefully stop me messing up my shoulder again. Fingers crossed.

Hannah

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Pride sock KAL

June is pride month, and I’m joining some of my bloggy friends in knitting a pair of rainbow socks to show the LGBTQIA+ community that we stand with them.

The vast majority of my yarn stash is DK or thicker, and none of my sock yarn is rainbow-y, so I’ll be making some chunky bed socks instead.

Here are my two options:

Almost-rainbow chunky

Or these two not quite matching cakes.

The orange, yellow, green and blue are the same in both, but one has red and purple and the other has hot pink.

I think I could work mismatched socks, but the chunky looks like it would be more regular with the colour changes.

What do you think?

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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Pride comes before a silly mistake, usually.

I admit it, I got cocky. ‘I wonder how fast I could make a whole sock now’ I thought. For I, as you may know, am now a sock knitting wizard.

But then I went to knit the next needle and found this:

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A big, long, accidental float on the outside. On the previous round I must not have noticed that the yarn was wrapped round the side (a frequent occurrence), so I missed a whole needle and carried on knitting the next one.

I’m a dingbat.

But now I’m a dingbat who will always double and triple check that the yarn is not wrapped round anywhere in any way before I start knitting.

Plus this is the first time I’ve had to undo anything on the second sock, so on balance I’m doing pretty well.

But let’s not get cocky…

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 9

Last time I showed off my second sock it looked like this:

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It’s always good to keep a record on this here blog because I thought I hadn’t got very far, but it actually looks like this now:

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I’m on the home stretch! It’s a little hard to believe I nearly have my very own pair of knitted socks. They always seemed so difficult.

And you bet I’ll be casting on another one the minute these are finished. After all, the boyfriend needs a pair too!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 8

I have been thoroughly enjoying knitting in the sunshine this weekend (even when it’s just through my bedroom window), and the second sock is progressing nicely. I’m glad I savoured it, as we’re now heading back to the more traditional Scottish weather.

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The two lots of ribbing seem to match, which also makes me happy. I may yet get a matching pair of socks out of this!

Hannah

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Ends and ribbing

Current WIP count: 8

I’m still working away at my Beachcombing CAL

I’m even being a grown up and working the ends in (almost) as I go, instead of leaving them all to the end. That’s my task for today.

Turns out the only thing I like less than sewing in ends is doing ribbing on 2mm needles. This is as far as I’ve got:

But in my defence, I did accidentally pull out a needle yesterday and had to start again.

I will get there eventually!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday 7

Hey, guess what?

I MADE A SOCK!!!!!

It even fits me! Although I haven’t managed to get any decent photos of it on me yet.

I took all the advice and cast on my second sock immediately.

Although I’d completely forgotten how to do the stretchy cast on so it took me 5 tries to get it right. The tail is still a bit longer than I’d like, but there’s no way I was going for a 6th time.

Check me out – past halfway to my first ever pair of handmade socks!

Hannah

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Sock it to me Monday – the birthday edition

It’s odd having a birthday in lockdown. I was never planning to go to my parents house for my birthday, but the thought of not being able to keeps making me cry.

BUT there are also good things. My boyfriend is here with me and he made my favourite meal. My parents sent up my presents so I still had some to open. And the sun is shining for once so I had a nice government-approved walk this afternoon, with some public doodling

Anyway, socks are why we’re here and this is what my sock currently looks like:

I can’t help trying it on every few rows and so far it all fits! I’m really hoping it won’t be too long now til I have a finished sock. Then the second one will go faster, right?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesdayyyyyy

Current WIP count: 8

Oh look, another WIP crept on there. It looks a bit creepy at the moment, but this is going to be a frog bookmark for the boyfriend.

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It’s probably darker than it should be, but it was the closest yarn to me and he’s happy with it so on we go.

I’m still on the bottom ribbing of his Flax. Not too much left to go though, and then it’ll be sleeve island for me.

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I now have a heel on my sock again, and I’m away down the foot.

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It was soooo much easier the second time round – I’m almost looking forward to the next one. It is quite addictive, isn’t it?

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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