Friday, December 14, 2012

On The Needles Friday - socks!

The LEFT sock - well, I actually have 2 of them done.  Just have to weave the ends in.  I am not happy with them - they are my standard K3, P1, down to the toe.  But the YARN instructions said to use a size US3 (3 1/4mm) needle and to cast on 48 stitches.  Trying to branch out from always doing the same thing - I tried it.  Guess there is something to be said about "tried and true".  I think that the knitting is a bit loose for a sock and wonder how comfortable it will be.  Sigh.
The LEFT sock - I caste on this summer, using my favorite sock needles - size 2 (2 1/4 mm) and cast on 52 stitches.  It is a cotton type of yarn and doesn't have much "stretch" at all.  Since I had just finished the purple sock, I used the same measurements, but now this sock is about 1/4" too small.  Agh. I forgot about the needle difference.  And I already cut the yarn.  I am soooo annoyed.  I would happily knit the 2nd sock and gift them to my mother-in-law for Christmas (she has smaller feet than me!), but I cast on 52 for my skinny legs, not 60. 
So, I have 2 purple socks that I don't like and 1 finer sock that is a bit too small.  And a sock request... my son really liked the left sock and even tried it on.  He wants me to make him a pair of socks... right away, but not in girl colors.  I used to knit most his socks, plus he got hand-me-down hand knit socks, but the past 2 years he has been wearing store bought socks.  Now he says they bother him - dig into his leg.  He showed me, and yup - they dig into his leg, so it is back to hand-knit socks. This is the yarn he picked (don't worry, I have 2 balls).  I love how it exactly matches the colors in my favorite rug.

The sock shapers are a present for someone here in Austria who wears hand-knit boot socks and I thought he would like them to dry his socks after washing, so I brought them with me.
If you want to see what everyone else is knitting these days, head on over to Judy's Blog where she hosts Friday's "On the Needles".
Amazon book wish list:  I saw this book at the bookstore and loved it!  I plan on buying this book in the Spring.  I thought I would share it with all of you since this is a post about sock knitting!  It is more than a sock pattern book - it has all sorts of techniques, different ways of doing things, great information.  Thank you to everyone who have used my Amazon links to buy things - I get a commission from your purchases when you use my links.  Like all things "too good to be true", it isn't going to generate hundreds of dollars for me, but I think that every little bit does add up!  Last month I got enough to get a taxi home from the airport instead of lugging my bags through various modes of public transportation, which was great.  I have been thinking that some months I will buy crafty books that I really want with my Amazon commission and share my reviews with you!  This book is currently at the top of my book wish list!  How fun is that going to be?


straythreads said...

love the yarn for your socks. knitting boy socks is so boring but if sons love them I will knot more.

GeoHolly said...

I love your socks. Knitting socks has been on my wish-to-learn list for a long time. One of these days...