Our Sock KAL site - come join us!

We're doing it. Knit-A-Long with us and the "Need A Sock?" book .

Your two KAL guides will be Deb Gemmell and Brenda Harris.

Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm a little bit further along on my sock but baby sweater knitting is interfering at the moment. I need another day at the curling rink to do some more spectator sock knitting.
As you can see my husband likes his socks l-o-n-g. When I get the heel done they will be 12" long. Yikes, it takes a while to get there. Patience, patience. Doesn't knitting teach us a lot?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I have made my choice.
I'm knitting the Waffle socks, one of the variations on the Basic Rib. It's easy to follow and except for checking at the beginning of each row I can knit these and do other things, like watch curling. These are for my husband so I went to his size on the size/gauge chart and cast on 70 sts for 28 sts = 4" gauge. They were way too big. I ripped out the 3" I had knit and started again by looking at the circumference of the socks. I need a 9" circumference for him since he has narrow feet which corresponds to a smaller foot size than he has but will knit the length for the a size 11 foot. I now have 64 sts on my needles and they look exactly right.

Sharon was commenting on fingering vs. sock yarn. As far as I know they are the same as far as the gauge of the yarn is concerned. Usually fingering applies to yarn for knitting garments and sock yarn is usually for socks, except when it's not. Sock yarn can be used for garments too and is referred to more often than fingering now. The difference may have something to do with how they are spun. Sock yarn is usually spun so it's tougher.
Does anyone else want to wade in here with any comments?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yes, I'm still here Sharon. I went to the big city for a meeting and decided to try taking the GO train. It was wonderful, an hour and a half of knitting time instead of driving time, yay. With my morning free I visited a yarn store, of course, and bought some lovely sock wool.
It's a lovely merlot coloured brown/red. Gorgeous. So now I'm ready to get going and I have a weekend of curling spectating to knit at. My daughter is curling in Mixed Zones this weekend. Knitting keeps me from biting my nails. It's harder to watch than it is to play!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Thank heavens someone is back!

I have been nervously clutching my sock needles and yarn, waiting for someone to post. I was worried that the party was over, and I had not been told. Lovely socks, Deb. I am casting on immediately- it's a greeny bluish yarn my Mum bought for me a few years ago in Nova Scotia.
Ribbed socks this time.
Whistle while you knit!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

They are DONE. Yay! I enjoyed working this pattern. The changes I made were to put in the Quilted Lattice pattern in the Fancy Sock. I used sock yarn with 66 sts and the Elizabeth Zimmermann heel. It worked really well and I'm very happy with the socks. I had a hard time picking a pattern which would work with the very stripey dyed wool and this one did the trick.
Here's a cropped, very fuzzy look at the slip stitches in the Lattice.
It was easier to work than it looks. And has a good rhythm to it.
Now what next. I really like the cable pattern so that's what I'm looking at. With or without the holes depends on who the socks are for.