I’m plugging away on Nicole’s Christmas socks and I’m just about to the ribbing on sock #2.
This self-striping sock yarn is just so darn addictive. And Felici is so soft that it’s a treat to work with. My dad informed me that he has the traces of my sister’s foot. We just need to be in the same place at the same time to exchange. I’m still nervous about cutting into perfectly good knitting, but I shall persevere!
I’ve been quietly knitting away on my sister’s Christmas socks. I have a soft spot in my heart for Knit Picks Felici. And I decided to go bold….a true afterthought heel!
There she is, a true tube sock at this point. No waste yarn for heel placement. I still don’t have the trace of my sisters foot and the knitting was going so fast I didn’t want to stop. This sock is done and ready for heel placement. Once I get the measurement it should be alright given that I have good light, sharp needles and no toddler distraction…
At any rate I started the second sock!
What is it about self-striping that makes this kind of sock project so potato chipy???
My second Christmas present for 2017 is done! Dad’s Camo Socks are officially a FO…
I’ve actually had them done for awhile, but I couldn’t coordinate a toddler free moment in the natural light of day with the husband to get some modeled shots. Even then I was only able to grab two snaps before the toddler required saving from some perilous adventure like trying to jump off the furniture like superman does. Even then the second shot includes blurry wiggly toes, lol.
For those with inquiring minds, these are a 72 stitch toe up vanilla sock with gusset heel. I used size 1.5 US needles and a single skein of Cascade Heritage Prints 150. This yarn is just such a great way to make socks for size 13 US feet. It’s basically sport weight so it goes very quickly and the 150 grams is the perfect size for these huge socks! I stopped in my LYS to grab another skein and I they were out….now I need to find where to source more
I made it past the heel on my Toe Up Socks With A Difference. These had kind of languished at the bottom of the WIP pile. I had completed the stockinette foot and was ready to start heel. This is a new to me heel construction and I needed time and brain space to sit down and just work through it. Both had been in short supply lately, but I finally made it!
The heel is a double gusset heel worked on the bottom of the foot. I’m following a Wendy D Johnson pattern that is free and found here on Rav. It was easy to follow and a pretty slick construction. Time will tell if it’s more or less comfortable than a traditional toe up gusset heel.
In the mean time I need to finish the leg of this sock and get moving on the second sock!
My sister and I didn’t always get along, especially as teenagers. But now that we are both…ahem…over 3o, we’ve settled into more of a comfortable place. She is most definitely knit worthy as she lives in upper elevation Colorado climate. I have given her many of my sweaters that I knit Pre-Jellybean that no longer fit. But one thing I haven’t knit for her specifically are socks…
I decided to rectify that. I had my dad get a trace of her foot on his last visit. And I pulled some Knit Picks Felici from my stash. I lost the ball band but I believe this is the splash colorway. I know my gauge and tension in this yarn so I could start straight away.
This is a 68 stitch sock on size 0US needles. I’m going to make a toe up sock with afterthought heel. I don’t have her foot outline yet so I may have to knit a tube and do a true afterthought heel without waste yarn if I get that far before I reach the heel section.
Wish me luck! Happy Knitting!!
My Dad’s Camo Socks have surged forward. I made a concerted effort to focus on them since finishing the first sock last Friday. I felt a bit under the weather over the weekend so I got some extra knitting time.
I have just a wee bit of yarn left! This yarn is a sport weight and goes crazy fast (when I actually knit on it). I have two stripes left and the bind off. Fingers crossed I can make it!
The Camo Socks are moving along nicely!
The heel is turned and I’ve started the ribbed leg. I took one small detour to knit some of this yarn into my scrap blanket before I ran out. I definitely wanted this yarn in my memory!
Now I’m just in the tedious portion of knitting and weighing my skein so I know when I get close to halfway and to cast off. I want to make sure I have enough for sock number two!
My newest Camo sock has a heel!
I wasn’t fussy about the striping sequence in the gusset heel. I was in a webinar training for a couple hours this weeks and managed the entire heel turn! I just can’t get over how ginormous this sock is..
I also put a new tool to use during my heel turn!
I used a row counter tool to keep track of my total stitch count across the heel so I wouldn’t have to keep re counting. It was so simple yet so awesome! Kinda kicking myself for not figuring it out sooner…
Due to my recent knitting ennui, I decided just to cast on some vanilla socks to get a jump on next year’s Christmas knitting. I pulled some Cascade Heritage 150 Prints from my stash. This is some self patterning yarn in a mix of brown colors. I think it looks a bit like camo.
This is just a 72 stitch toe-up vanilla sock on size US 1.5 needles. I think I will do a gusset heel as my dad likes the fit of that. It will mess up the self patterning a bit but he’s not fussy about such things.
This is a nice fat yarn that knits up very quickly. I’m already almost done with 9 inches of foot and getting ready for the heel after just a few knitting sessions on this. I was also pleased to use my new Big Bang Theory bag!
It’s a happy day! My Happy Valley Vanilla Socks are done!
You have to love the simplicity and speed of toe-up vanilla socks with sport weight yarn! I knit these babies in 12 calendar days without too much hassle. I successfully made it without any pooling or flashing. Just some mild striping. I used 98 of the 100 grams of yarn in a simple toe-up vanilla sock with gusset heel. I knit the leg until my ball of yarn got small enough that I was worried and then started ribbing.
I will admit one sock is slightly smaller than the other. It was the second sock. I’m not sure if it was just the rush to finish them or what. I thought I held the second one up to the first to make sure I was starting the various phases at the same time. It’s totally not enough difference that they don’t fit. And no one but me would probably even notice!
All I know is that Winter is still here in Kansas and I have another finished pair of socks for my drawer!