Dixie Peach: Holes, Lumps and All

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Holes, Lumps and All

Here it is! My very first sock all complete! Imperfections are there, to be sure, but it's finished and all in all it wasn't that hard. The only place where I had real trouble was picking up the heel stitches and that's where the big flaws are.

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Looks huge, doesn't it? My MIL swears it's because only the top is ribbed and if I'd ribbed the whole leg it would look a lot smaller. As it is it looks like it should be hanging on a fireplace somewhere.

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But it fits Fred Flintstone's my leg just right! Very comfortable actually and that's a good thing since in reality, I dislike wearing socks.

Only took seven days and perhaps the second will go faster. I've got to get back to my lace projects still on needles and then I'm going to try another pair. And another. And another.

Yes. I have a sock knitting monkey on my back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:25 PM  
Blogger JT said...

Hey, it looks exactly like the socks my sister is knitting! I'll have to direct her to your blog so she can take a look.

BTW, that sock yarn that makes the stripes and stuff by itself is still a complete mystery to me.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! Can't see any flaws at all. Besides, it's the heel. Any flaws will be hidden by your shoe.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Spinningsue said...

Woohoo! That looks brilliant, well done you!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Awww! Thanks, y'all! You're right, Robin - the big mistakes, namely the hole that came up with I was attaching the instep to the heel on the picked up stitches, would be shoe hidden. And I feel pretty certain once I get a little more clued in about picking up those stitches, I won't have trouble in the future. And you have got to get the sock bug too. When you start to get it, it's a lot of fun. Knitting with 5 dpns really does reduce the ladder problem.

Jake, B says the same thing about self-patterning yarn but I don't get what y'all aren't getting. The yarn is dyed in different colors and each color comes in the same order. Of course it would automatically make stripes. Maybe it just makes more sense when you're actually knitting and you can see it happen.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Marshamlow said...

The sock is lovely. I crochet, with the patterned yarn, but it is still a little magical to see the stripes emerge. I guess it is due to the fact that it seems illogical that the patterns will turn out so neat and perfect, like how did they know how long to make each of the colors so it would turn out so perfect?

11:04 PM  
Blogger sari said...

That is very cool! I love the socks!!

4:35 AM  
Blogger Miz said...

Since you have a sock monkey on your back, why don't you knit socks FOR your monkey? Lottie would love a pair I'm sure.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very cool!

I'm getting ready to get my sock on sometime soon. It's a little intimidating, though, learning new stuff. :)

6:31 PM  
Blogger Mimey said...

Now I'm not one to get enthused by that knitting stuff, but I am fond of a comfy sock, and that certainly looks like the sort of footwear that would make a hard day lighter. If you see what I'm getting at. Well done.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Kirsti said...

Yay you! I warned you sock knitting was addictive. Now you can combine all your knitting addictions and do... lace socks! Cabled socks! The possibilities are endless.

Did you slip the stitches at the start of each row of the heel flap? That makes large loops which are easier to use to pick up the gusset stitches.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Marsha - I think self striping yarn must just be magic!

Sari - I thought perhaps the idea of you being in Arizona heat and looking at wool socks would make you a little woozy. I was worried about that!

Miz - I'm going to have to get better at knitting wee tiny little socks before I can do that.

Kara - Jump in. Once you do that first row it gets easier. If it didn't I wouldn't bother with knitting the second sock.

JvS - Thank you! I am not a sock lover so having this sock being very comfy is a real bonus.

Kirsti - I needed your watchful eye when I picked up those stitches. I was so confused - I didn't know whether to pick up and knit or just run a free needle through 16 stitches on the side or what so that's what I did...ran a needed through sixteen stitches like I was picking stitches back up after sliding out a needle. I did slip the first stitches on the heel flap but I should have slipped purlwise on the wrong side. I found an explaination of picking up stitches with photos on so maybe this second sock will go better.

10:13 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Very pretty - you did a great job! But I'm having a hard time thinking about socks in this heat.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Very nice Dix!! I love it

3:24 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I agree with Christina about not imagining socks like that in this heat (even here in Atlanta) but there will be a day soon when I'll want them in Germany...where it can really be cold-to-the-bone. I LOVE what you did and am so proud of you. That and Sudoku would do me in!

2:47 AM  

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