My granddad turned 80 years old yesterday. Happy birthday to him! Of course I paid him a visit, and I ate more cake and waffles than I should have done. But they were good!
As a present, I knitted him some personal birthday socks. Since we call him ‘pepe Fons’, I made him socks that said just that.
And I added the number 80 as well.
For the characters, I just took out some checked paper and coloured the boxes to get the words and the numbers right. What I needed next, was a basic pattern for toe-up socks. I found a really great one, in Dutch. It comes with a table that gives you a clear overview of all measurements and stitches you need for each size and leaves you space to fill them in in the pattern as well, so you don’t need to check the table all the time. It uses a reinforced heel, which may be for the best for my granddad’s socks. Maybe that means less repair work for me, since I usually darn his socks.
To do the characters, I used intarsia. I know they say it cannot be done in the round, but I chose to browse the web and see whether that was true or not. And you know what, you can do intarsia in the round! You need to use yarn-overs and then knit those together again, and you do see a slight seam, but it works!
And be honest, if you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t see it at all, right? I feel another tutorial coming 🙂
I’ve always wanted toe socks, and now I finally have a pattern for them, woot! I’ve already knitted 5 toes, I’m amazed by myself.
When I see my toes lined up like that, they seem to be very long. And in Dutch, that means you’re easily offended… Oh well, they’ll fit. And if not, I can turn them into kids gloves, haha 🙂
If you are a sock knitter, you’re probably familiar with SSS, Second Sock Syndrome. You have finished one sock, you are happy with it, but you don’t feel like starting the second one. Which is logical, since you already know you can do it, and you don’t want to do the exact same thing over again, right?
I just finished one sock.
And while I am very happy with how it turned out, it did take me quite some time to finish it. I can blame this on two things: I cracked a dpn and I tried out a new heel, the yoyo heel (aka boomerang heel).
I could not find new bamboo needles in the shops I visited, so I had to order online. Luckily, Hobbydoos always seems to have what I want. And while I was ordering anyway, I got myself a couple of dpn caps. They are shaped like a mitten and a hat, don’t they look cute? It’s as if they make sure that the dpn points don’t get a cold 🙂
While I used a Dutch heel on the previous pair of socks that I knitted, I wanted to use a yoyo heel this time. I did have to start over once, but since I had to start over the Dutch heel four times, I do think the yoyo heel is easier. It’s not perfect (yet), but I think I like this heel better. I’m a fan!
So, taking these things in mind, the second sock should be easier and faster to knit. Still, I’m starting to appreciate Harry Potter’s Dobby’s view on socks: never wear two identical socks, it’s boring.
Picture by glockart.
When knitting, what kind of needles do you prefer? Is it wood, bamboo, metal, plastic? I’ve recently taken a liking to bamboo ones. They feel warm and cosy and they don’t make any ticking noises while knitting.
Earlier this week, I started knitting a new pair of socks on bamboo dpns. Of course, these are very small, and look more like toothpicks than actual needles. But I knitted and knitted, and I was already getting to a nice leg lenght, so I decided to try it on. I carefully wriggled my leg through the sock while still on the dpns, and then, for some reason, I put my leg onto our pouf. And that’s when I heard it. Not too loud, very gentle, but still, a very recognizable ‘Crack’. I had just broken one of my needles.
So I sat there, with not even half a sock on and dpns sticking out in every direction, as if I had just gone through an awfully painful operation. Fortunately, I managed to get the sock off, although it took me quite some time. Imagine having to go to work with dpns sticking out of your leg…
I dropped only one stitch, which I thought was quite an achievement. And I immediately ordered a new set of bamboo dpns, since now I am a needle short and I can’t get on with the sock. I certainly know what I won’t do once I can get on with the sock: I’ll never try it on again.
There you have them: two identical socks.
And only one thing to say about them: WOOT!
I’ve finished my first sock ever! It did take me a number of times, though. But apparently, three times really is a charm.
The first time I tried, I used the magic loop method. I’d heard so many good things about it, so I gave it a go. To be honest, I myself think it is a lot of fuss. It prevents you from knitting on, because you have to pull the loop through all the time. I couldn’t get the joining edge stitches right either. No matter how hard I pulled my yarn, I was left with big, gaping holes. I still wanted to finish it, but the sock got put on hold. And when I wanted to work on later on, I had lost my notes and got completely lost. So I frogged it.
I got myself nice new bamboo dpns and started over. Old-school style.
This method worked a lot better for me. Until I got to the heel. I needed to knit a Dutch heel, but I just didn’t understand the pattern. I tried and I tried, but unfortunately I ended up with big gaping holes again. After a while, I finally figured out that my problem was in the way I lead my yarn. Too late at this point, though. So I frogged it.
Now I knew that I would finally be able to get past the heel. So I tried a third time.
And it worked.
I am now working on the second sock, and it goes a lot faster. Probably because I really want to finish it, so I can get started on crazy socks with silly patterns. So if you know of such patterns and/or books, please let me know. I’ve already found some really cool patterns on ravelry, but I’m convinced I’ll be hungry for more. All tips are welcome!