Mar 8

Got Sock?

Posted by Nanc

pink stripped goodness!

Well I do! (Please note that ‘sock’ is singular, in contrast to the more popular ‘socks‘.)

A new and amazing thing happened over the weekend here: a sock was born! See. There to the left. That sock? Yeah, I made that. [said with chest puffed out and proud]

it’s HOT bay-bee!

It all started when C., the enabler, flaunted the new stock of Lorna’s Laces at the Woolie Ewe and her fabulously-coming-along Iris sock. Now how’s a girl supposed to resist that?!

That is how I found myself with two skeins of Shepherd Sock in Flames. (Colorway, not literally on fire.) As soon as I got home, I wanted nothing more than to play, er… knit with this yarn. As I started looking through sock patterns to figure what would work best to show off the colors, I realized that, um… I’ve never made a sock. (Oh sure, I’ve have two socks on the needles now, but they don’t count since I’m just a few rows into the ribbing.) And that, perhaps, it may not be in my best interest to have the first sock I make be out of the best yarn I have. [sigh]

So I picked up the thickest (read: quickest to knit up) sock yarn I had, which also happened to be a gifted sock yarn from the loverly P-lala, aka the Purling Pirate. (Argh!) One skein of Regia 6 ply Crazy Color in Passion (5402), size US #4 dpns, the first pattern from Knit Socks!, and a few hours (okay, a day and a half) later I have a sock. (Man, I knit on this like I was obsessed… crazy. And perhaps I was.) By Sunday late afternoon, I had a sock.

Oh, the joy as I slipped this warm and cozy hand-knitted (by me!) sock over my foot. Oh, the disappointment when I realized that it was a bit (read: much) too big. Even for Bonez’s foot. (Which I think he was a little relieved, given the colors.) So although the sock is done, it is not finished.

Toe grafting? Yeah, that’s gotta go. I will need to rip it back through the decreases and about 2″ (yes, TWO INCHES!) of foot. And then work on those decreases again and that toe grafting. But then, man, I will have an awesome sock!

I guess they’re really no good except in a pair, huh? Purlmeariver, do you think I learned a lesson about gauge swatching? I sure hope so.

7 Responses to “Got Sock?”

  1. Lara Says:

    Yay Nanc! The sock is beautiful (despite its non-fittedness). So glad you’ve joined SA – that’s sockknitters anonymous, but without all the religion – it really is addicting, but oh so fun:)
    Cannot wait to see how the flames knit up – I had had my eye on that colorway but wanted to see how it looks knitted. Are you going to use the traditional sock pattern or are you going to try something different? And remember, you still have the gift certificate for toe grafting from Aubyn – and she would be more than happy to do it (since she is one of the only people on earth that enjoys grafting – we love her anyway.)

  2. chris Says:

    Heeheehee, I dragged you into the sock obsession! Lalalalala . . .

  3. Kathy B. Says:

    That sure is a purty sock, Nan-C (Hums “Dueling Banjos.”) I’m sorry you’re gonna have to rip back several rows, though. That socks! (OK, that was so bad, I probably shouldn’t have attached my name to this comment.) Will you forgive me? 😉

  4. Aubyn Says:

    Welcome to the club – it is a beautiful and anytime i can enable you i will – i really want to see the lorna’s laces knit up

  5. Petra Says:

    That my dear is why this is the YEAR of the Guage swatch! Want me to tell you how many times I have screwed something up because of guage? EEERRRRR!!! I shudder just thinking about it! HA! BEE-U-ti-full sock!

  6. Pamelalala Says:

    I’m willing to admit I have big feet, I’m sure the sock will fit me!!

  7. mk Says:

    Go Girl! I’ve now made a pair of socks using double points, and one pair using the two circs method. I want to try the Magic Loop next. Once you’ve made sock(s) – anything is possible!

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