Socks. Socks. Socks. Dear me. I did say once before, I think, that actually WEARING the socks I knit was a revelation. Toasty toes, unlike cheap cotton and/or nylon blended socks, they are like a hug for your foot. But I am still searching for the very best way to make them. So many options, difficult for an obsessive like me to cope with. What do I have so far?
The first pair is in the laundry – did those many years ago on DPNs.
I’ll spare you the photo of them worn and smelly, but I do have a photo of the layout I did with them on it, for Scrapbook Inspirations – I took the photo in 2008 so when I said this pair was old, I underestimated how old. I thought maybe 4 years. Ha!
I don’t shy away from brightly coloured socks!
The recent pair, that I cast on and knit while MIL was here, to refresh my memory and try her favourite pattern, was also on DPNs – well, the firs one was. The second one is on a teeny tiny Addi circular – so small I am finding it hard to hold on to! But I am glad that it’s on and hope it will ward of second-sock-syndrome. Also quite pleased it is looking like I did find the right place to start sock two so they match at least a bit.
Then I have the best part of one worsted weight sock done, my first attempt at the Magic Loop for one sock – that is the black one. It’s got issues, due to the ripping back (at least a row where I think I twisted the stitches) but these were only ever meant to be thick, warm, around the house socks, so I always looked at them as a practice pair.
Then I have two circulars, to try the two socks on two circulars method – I am thinking that with that method (and the Magic Loop too) those first few rows, keeping the cast on edge from twisting and getting the rib established, is the hardest part. I have an idea to try when I cast them on. That is planned for the cheap sock yard from Tiger (£3 for 3 balls, 75% wool, 25% nylon) and might end up being a go at the afterthought heel that Moz sent me. Eventually I will try the two on Magic loop version but am thinking I so need a longer circular for that. The cheap Pony circular that I am using for the black socks is rubbish – the cable is so stiff and the join of the needle to the cable catches the loops every time I slide the loop around. If I had not seen about a gajillion videos of people using proper circulars with thin flexible cables I may have just given up on the method, but unwrapping the Knit-pro needles I can see it is going to be SO much easier!
There are a couple of balls there at the back that I don’t have plans for – one of them was bought back when I bought the yarn for the original pair….
And just because I thought it was insanely great, I have to show you this video. Yep – a week of socks, all different patterns, all on one enormous (pair of? Magic Loop?) circular needles. Seriously. I am in awe….