Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Finished Sock

At last, my finished sock. I finished this on Sunday (perfect timing as it was the first day of Soctoberbest!). It has some mistakes: There is a hole in the ribbing, holes at the top of the heel flap where I failed to pick up stitches, and the toe is funky. While working the foot, the number of stitches on each needle got mixed up and when I started decreasing for the toe, I didn't think it mattered. As I got closer to the end, I realized that my decreased were not going to result in equal stitches on the last two needles in order to kitchener. But it turns out I had double the amount of stitches on the back needed that I had on the front needle, so I while working the back needle, I pretended two stitches were one. I was so close the end that I didn't have the heart to rip out the entire toe and it seemed to work. I maybe could have made the foot a tiny bit longer; I will on the second sock.

And good news, I started the second sock right away. I want to finish this pair in October!

Close up of the toe and foot:

And see how much bigger this foot is than a store-bought sock!

So, with half a pair done, I can respond to Lolly's sock history questionnaire:

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? Or in a class?
I started swatching for socks in April. I realized my size 3 needles were too big, so I went to size 2s, still too big and ended up w/ 0s. I started my sock in July or August. I learned from Silver's online tutorial.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
I am halfway done w/ my first pair. I hope they hold up.

What would you have done differently?
Finished sooner! :) Well, I would try to avoid the mistakes mentioned above.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I am using Regia Cotton Color (thanks to my Tea Swap pal, Sarah HB!). I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to starting my second pair w/ some Trekking I bought months ago.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I knit my sock on size 0 bamboo Crystal Palace DPNs and really enjoyed working with them, even though I got a callous on my left pointer finger. I was terrified that I would break one, but so far, haven't! I am thinking of ordering the knitpicks metal DPNs.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
I liked the flap heel. Haven't tried short row yet.

How many pairs have you made?


Lolly said...

Yea! What a lovely half sock! I am so glad to see that you are enjoying the process too - sock knitting is such a blast! Yes, hold out for that Trekking, you will love it! It is a great yarn ;)

Elinor said...

I love those socks. They are such a lovely color. And I have that same exact callous! I think it's hilarious.

KnitPastis said...

Oh girl, your first sock looks really good! Pat on back big time!! I always seem to have to knit socks in between bigger knitting projects. I can't wait to see if this happens to you too:) Knitting socks are so enjoyable!

PuppyMomma said...

Hooray! Half a pair! I still remember the feeling I got when I finished my first sock, and I love it when other people get to experience it. Don't worry about any little mistakes, they make those socks yours, and you'll tweak things with every pair you knit. One down, nine bazillion to go!

Ragan said...

Lovely sock!!!!!

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