Sock-cess!

Ta-da!

Two finished pairs of put-on-able socks!

So I have to share this with all of you, because it just makes me so freaking happy πŸ™‚ .

(And yes, I know … they’re *just* socks … but I have a small, simple life; therefore, small, simple things have the power to make me inordinately happy).

I had finished knitting my pair (the ones on the right) in early December, and managed to get the first of my daughter’s all the way to the toe stage. For the non-knitters out there, these socks are a cuff-down construction, so I was just about an inch and a half away from completion, when my daughter came home from university for a long weekend break in the middle of exams.

She was barely in the house when I nonchalantly tossed her my pair and quipped Hey, look what I just finished!

Sure enough — without my asking — she immediately tried them on while I stood by and rubbed my hands together and cackled gleefully Oho! my plan is coming together!Β .

I even managed a stealthily-arranged and nearly-blasΓ© foot comparison, sans measuring tape, of course, because that would have immediately aroused her suspicions.

As soon as she went back to school to finish her last exams, I once again whipped out the knitting. I finished the first sock, but between baking and agonizing over presents shopping and way too much hockey (oh why is there so much hockey?!), I didn’t manage to finish the second one before she came home for the holidays. Not wanting to ruin the surprise, I hid the knitting once again, spent the next two days shaking from knitting-withdrawal, and on the night of the 24th tucked one lone sock into my daughter’s Christmas stocking, along with a promise that the second would be done in time for her to take the PAIR back to school with her on January 3rd.

And yes, as you can see by the photo, I managed! And she LOVES them. Sock-cess!

So for the knitters out there who might be curious as to why my earlier attempts at sock-knitting had resulted in un-put-on-able socks:

  1. I had used too small a needle, resulting in too many stitches per inch, resulting in too stiff a fabric with too little stretch. Apparently I am a very tight knitter. (*WHAT* a surprise πŸ˜‰ ).
  2. Although I had used a good sock pattern, following it to a T and adjusting properly for calf length and length of foot, the heel flap had followed a one-size-fits-all approach, which doesn’t provide a very good fit for those of us with high in-steps. I have since learned that measuring from the floor to the ankle bone is the way to determine whether or not you can stick to a standard heel flap, or whether you should make yours longer.

What’s next on my needles?

Well, more socks of course! πŸ™‚

 

Are any of you making anything these days? I’d love to hear about it πŸ™‚ .

11 thoughts on “Sock-cess!

  1. I LOVE THEM!! You chose such beautiful yarn – do you remember what it is? I’d love to know.

    Also there is no such thing as “just” socks when they are hand knit. I just finished a pair for myself right after Christmas and can’t wait to finish another pair because I want to wear them all the time. I’m starting to understand why when I knit a person a pair of socks they immediately ask when they can have another. (For all the socks I’ve knit, this pair I just finished is the first pair of not slipper socks I’ve ever made myself.)

    I’m hoping to knit at least 12 pairs of socks this year and I want to learn some new construction techniques – toe up, fish lips kiss heel, afterthought heel, and maybe – if I’m feeling very brave – two at time with magic loop. Cuff down one at a time will probably always be my fall back because at this point I can just cast them on and go but I think it’d be nice to learn a few new skills this year.

    Can’t wait to see those pretty blue ones when they are finished!!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! They’re an Alegria sock yarn (they don’t do colour names or dye lots) and are amazingly soft. The new blue ones are also Alegria, and they’ll be for my daughter too, but I also have another skein for me πŸ™‚ .

      And you are absolutely right — these are NOT “just” socks! I use the word “just” way too much (usually in context with me, and things I’m doing) and I really need to stop doing that!

      My goal for this year is also lots and lots of socks πŸ™‚ . I remembered you saying you could knock off a pair of socks in two weeks, but I didn’t know how that time frame would translate into actual knitting time (were you knitting only in the evenings, say, or were you knitting when the kids were in school…?). It’s so nice to be on the other side of a couple of pairs, and to know that 12 pairs in a year is actually a completely do-able goal!

      I think the idea of learning new construction techniques is fantastic. I hope you’ll show us what you’re learning on your blog. I always want to keep trying new things because I feel like it’s good exercise for the brain πŸ™‚ ! (I know *actual* exercise has been shown to be good for brain health, but I don’t actually know whether learning new things has the same beneficial effect; it can’t hurt though!)

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  2. Ohhhh, I see what you did there! Sock-cess! Excellent pun and excellent haiku, and the year isn’t even a week old.

    Those are some socks. Not just socks. Gorgeous socks. Epic socks! I love the story of you sneakily making them for your daughter. I’m so glad these worked out, and so glad that you figured out why you’d struggled before. That has to be so satisfying. Hooray for mastering new skills!

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    1. Limericks are up next πŸ˜‰ !

      Many thanks for the compliments on the socks, Sarah! You’re right — it was SO satisfying to finally get it right! And then my daughter texted me the other morning (with a photo) to say/show that she was wearing them on her first day of classes — for good luck, she said! This just made it all worthwhile (where is that melty-heart emoji when you really need it?).

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  3. I am having serious, serious sock envy right now. Those look so gorgeous and comfy. (Have I ever told you how my mom and I buy each other extravagant socks, the kind we’d never buy for ourselves? I have so. much. fun shopping for them for her.) No one gave me wonderful socks for Christmas, and looking at these I’m realizing I just might need to get some for myself.

    Those look like they would be difficult to knit. You kinda lost me with the stuff about measuring. I have a hard enough time just following a pattern! Oh, and I’m a tight knitter, too. Yeah, what a surprise. πŸ™‚

    And finishing them as you did is perfect. I also had a “finish before the end of break” present (for Cane). And I did! Well, almost. I’m actually finishing tonight. It will only take 5 minutes…I hope.

    I think we should work out a deal. I will make you some notebooks if you make me a pair of socks. Sound good?

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    1. Thank you for the compliments on the socks, Rita πŸ™‚ .

      You’ve never mentioned before that you and your mom buy each other extravagant socks (and now you have me wondering what the term extravagant would mean, when used in the context of socks!) — that does sound like a wonderful tradition you have with her πŸ™‚ . I almost feel bad suggesting this (because I know your mind is just as full of potential projects as mine is) but you *could* take your learning-to-knit to the next level and learn to knit socks too πŸ˜‰ . (Why yes, we knitters ARE a pretty incorrigible bunch … always trying to rope others into joining in on our yarny ways…). Socks are really not hugely difficult once you have the basics down, although you do have to be able to knit in the round (either with double pointed needles or with a very small circular needle or using two longer circular needles and a technique called Magic Loop). I used a book to teach myself to knit in the round and when I ran into problems I went into my local yarn shop for advice. And I know for sure the internet would offer plenty of sock-knitting tutorials. As to following patterns: one thing that’s really helped me to become a better knitter has been to NOT read the patterns through beforehand. Perhaps this depends on what type of a learner you are, but I find that whenever I try to figure things out in advance by reading the pattern, I get confused; I can’t visualize what it all means. So I just start, and I tell myself I will figure it out as I go along. It’s really too bad we’re across the continent from each other; I would happily teach you to knit socks, Rita…

      If you send me your foot measurements (length of foot, circumference around ball of foot, height of ankle bone from the floor) and tell me your favourite colour, I will knit you a pair of socks … but I’m betting Kate’s will arrive first πŸ˜‰ .

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  4. Hi, Marian. I found you through Rita’s blog ( found Rita through Pancakes and French Fries…)

    I’m a tight knitter too, unfortunately. I get so frustrated trying to get the correct gauge on all of my projects.

    I have a grandchild on the way and this presents so many new knitting opportunities!

    There is a bobble sheep pillow I want to make next, but I am having some difficulty understanding the pattern. I hope I can work it out.

    I love your socks!

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    1. Hi Kathy!
      I’m so glad you stopped in — it’s so nice to meet another knitter πŸ™‚ .

      I can just imagine how lovely it would be to knit for an expectant grandchild — that would be like double the love knitted into the piece!

      I just googled “bobble sheep pillow”, and oh my gosh — there are some adorable pillows pictured online! I hope you figure it out; as I mentioned to Rita, above, what works out well for me — if the pattern seems confusing — is to simply start, and to reassure myself that I’ll figure things out as I go. Good luck with it, Kathy, and Happy Knitting for your grandchild πŸ™‚ .

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    1. Thank you, Deborah! It’s funny — while making the purple ones I actually thought to myself, “I bet Deborah would love these!” πŸ™‚

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