Socks, Socks, Socks

I’ve been sock crazy for months – or as my GLBT list says, “I’ve gone over to the dark side”. Many, many socks have been knit, and yes, I do manage to complete a pair before I knit another. The socks you see here are a pair I knit after I first saw someone knitting with Koigu. I had to have some – it was like a drug – get it to me now. I knit these socks like crazy and they are certainly wonderful. One little note – I wore them once and after taking them off noticed that there was a line of soft abrasion right over my big toe on both socks. This yarn is obviously very soft. However, they have been washed a number of times now and they are holding up just fine. And another little note – they were knit toe-up with no picking up stitches on the side of the heel flap. Yes, there is a heel flap and a short row section to make the rounded section where the heel turns upwards. I love that.

The interesting thing about these socks is that they are part of a series I have been knitting using a left foot/right foot pattern which I adapted from an explanation of top-down socks knit this way. It took lots of concentration to get the pattern adapted – somehow it felt like knitting in a mirror; every thing I wrote had to be considered backwards from the way the pattern was written. It felt quite wierd.

Here’s a detail of the heel and the gusset. The gusset is knit right in and is very simple. It was taken from the sock design in Knitty.com for Widdershins socks, a pattern I loved. It was my first foray into toe-up socks and I found it a revelation. I have avoided socks because I didn’t want to deal with that heel flap – oh have I mentioned that I hate picking up stitches already? And look – a slip one knit one heel gusset, just like in a top down sock. I’m such an innocent – I didn’t even know it was possible. I have grown so much. (lol) Now I’m thinking I’m an expert, but then again – there’s more to come in future blogs about that…

And look – here is my very delicate heel and foot – a mere size 10.5 inch foot. That’s about average. Note the short leg above the heel – I’m not into tall socks ever since I started running and discovered short running socks. The top was cast off using the knit 2 tog thru back loop technique which gives a nice stretchy finish. One of the early socks I knit I cast off the normal way, but that was another lesson learned, since I could not get it over my ever-so delicate ankle. Thank heaven for yarn stores – I learned the technique I used here at one of my favorite yarn shops here in Vancouver – Three Bags Full, thanks to Francesca and Linda.

There are more socks waiting their turn to be blogged. I must be happy with this one for now. If I try to do too much, nothing will get done. That’s my style, and I have to live with it.

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One response to “Socks, Socks, Socks

  1. Very nice socks! I sort-of met you at 3 Bags yesterday, you were very helpful to my friend from Edmonton…thanks! (We’d just been talking about how knitting does bring the world together, and you meet the nicest people that way!) Hope you’re enjoying all that lovely new yarn!

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