Stacy Knits

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Monday, March 06, 2006

I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit...

I will write it on the chalkboard 500 times...

I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks.
I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks. I will knit a pair of socks.

My blog friends have almost all knit socks. Lolly seems to have a new sock done every time I visit her blog! But for some inexplicable reason, I seem incapable of finishing a pair. We're not talking about second sock syndrome here. I don't even get that far. Let's review my previous attempts. There was the Cabled Sock from IK Spring '05 in Brown Sheep Cotton Fine leftover from Lucky. I made it about 3". There was the next attempt in Knit Picks Sock Garden, a simple ribbed sock. Another 2". I ripped that out in favor of the raved about Jaywalkers. Those haven't been ripped out yet but they have stalled out at about 2".

One sad little failed attempt

Why is this? I have no clue. Small needles don't bother me. DPN's don't bother me. I love warm, soft socks, and everyone claims handknit ones are the best. I've always told myself that if I don't enjoy knitting a project for myself, I have no need to suffer through so I don't feel pressure to finish a pair if I hate knitting them. But I can't say I don't enjoy knitting them! I do like them. Part of it may be bad timing. With the Cotton Fine socks, I wasn't knitting a lot in the summer anyway and may have been tired of the yarn after finishing Lucky. The Knit Picks yarn feels nice but may be suffering from a color selection. You see, I'm not a bold color, stripey socks kind of girl. I tend to wear only dark/neutral/white socks. When picking out the Knit Picks yarn, I chose a color that best fit this but had some color. The shades are nice, don't get me wrong, just not my favorite colors to knit with. I like bright or light colors for knitting! Mostly pink of course.

Never one to give up that easily, I left my LYS the other day with 2 skeins of Lang Jawoll sock yarn in colors that I love (shades of pink, gray and white) and decided to have another go at it. The result:

It's not done yet but I have turned the heel! I'm getting ready to pick up stitches for the gusset. I'm about 1/4 of the way toward a finished pair of socks!

The yarn's forming a really nice, subtle striping pattern. I thought it would be more variegated but this is even better than expected. It's a nice yarn to work with. It comes with reinforcing thread for the heels and toes. I may not need it but more than likely, my handknit socks will be worn around the house a lot so I figure it can't hurt to use it.

It looks like I should finish Sock #1. If I even hesitate to cast on for sock #2, you guys have to yell at me, threaten me, do whatever it takes to make me do it! :)

And a question for you sock knitters. I am using Size 1 bamboo needles which I do like a lot. However, I've already broken one and another looks like it's about ready to go. I have some Size 0 Pony Pearl needles that I like a lot but my LYS is always out of the Size 1. Is there any type of DPN that you guys like best?

4 Comments:

  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Juls said…

    yay! I did finish my one practice sock (using size 6 dpns and worsted). I have been debating if my next socks should be baby socks for the kid or grown up socks for me. I bought a bunch of different dpn's at Stitches West and I have a feeling that the shorter ones (5") will end up being the easiest to deal with. I got metal (Inox) and bamboo (Crystal Palace), so we will see. I love that fuzzy pink/gray Lang wool you are using. Totally perfect for cozy on the couch knitting sessions!

     
  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Lolly said…

    If only, darling... I have too many projects going on, and I often get hung up on socks too - but once I return to them, I fall in love all over again. For some reason, I am having trouble finishing the ones I am working on now...

    Lovely yarns and progress, Stacy!

    About needles: I like bamboo too, but some of my best results have been with metal DPNs... they don't break (they may bend a little though) and the points remain sharp. Pony Pearls are okay, but I found the tip a little dull - but that could just be personal preference.

     
  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    way to hang in there on the socks! that's so cool that the yarn came with reinforcement thread.

    so far i have only used size 3's and 5's for socks, so i didn't have problems with breakage. i just picked up some 5" long size 1 bamboo needles, so we'll see how they work out. they are brittany's though, so if they break they will replace them at least.

     
  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Your socks look great! What dpns do I like? None. I knit my socks on 2 circulars. Which, after you get the hang of it is really easy. And then...you can knit 2 at a time! I only use size 1 Addis.

     

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