Sunday, November 18, 2007

First Sock on 2 Circs




I need to pat myself on the back. O man, I can hardly believe I'm all the way down to the grafting of the toe on my first 2 circ sock. I used "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles" by Cat Bordhi as my guide. The pictures and the directions are clear and were easy to read for a new sock knitter.The yarn is a skein of Lisa Souza sock yarn in the colorway "Lime n Violet" that I won in the "Beth's baby's Birthday Contest". I made it short on purpose because I wanted to get it finished fast and work on all the sections to make sure I understood the directions.

I had only made one pair of socks previously on dpns (update on 11/19: OK I previously made 2 pair. The hideous blue ones and the manicure socks that travelled with me to Arecibo in September. Those actually came out even. I just didn't have enough yarn to meake the toes.), so I wasn't particularly skilled. In fact, even though the first pair are obviously socks and can be worn, the two socks came out very differently and the only reason I didn't frog them is because "They are my first pair of socks, dammit!" I'm proud of this HIDEOUS creation!


I had two problems with the sock. The first was a hilarious "all turned around thingie" going on where the you pick up the stitches off the heel flap and the heel and start to decrease for the gusset. I had stitches everywhere! I used a couple of dpns to rearrange everything. If it happens on the second sock, I'll take pics. The second problem was with the grafting of the toe. The book is DISMAL in explaining the how-to of the grafting part. I'm sure I'll be struck down for saying that. Other than that, the book is AMAZING. A fairly new sockknitter like me can follow the directions and get all the way down to the toe!

I got the instructions for that part here:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips
If you watch these videos and they're all choppy and starting and stoppng, just watch them a second time. They're seamless the second time around.

And for the best part, more sock yarn! Blue Moon wool/silk in 2 colors. I'd like suggestions for sock pairs 3 and 4!

7 comments:

Que Sarah said...

Hey nice Lime n' Violet yarn! I have a skein here just like it ;-) Your socks looks great! I learned how to kitchner from Knitting Help as well - I love that site!

vagabond bettie said...

I started the second sock today. I'm stalling on the clappy. I know... just finish it already...

Amanda said...

Thanks For being my angel secret pal. I love the cotton. I got it yesterday. Thank you!!

Carol said...

You did a great job on these!!! Can not wait to see you!!!!!

Susan said...

I vote for Monkey socks (by Cookie A, in Knitty, I think) with the new STR. I can't tell from your post, but do you like the circular or dpn method of sock knitting better? I tried one pair of socks on circs and didn't like it, but I'm trying to be open minded about trying it again some day.

vagabond bettie said...

I like both methods. I was looking for some size 1 circs while I was in Florida this weekend, but no luck. The size 2s are a little big. I'm going to make a few pairs with each method so I can remember both.

Debby said...

Congratulations on the 2 circ socks. For the life of me I cannot get it. Just use my old dpn's and still have trouble finishing the second one to look like the first.