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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Third Time is Charming!

This is the yarn that inspired me to finally get off my lazy arse and try knitting socks... but of course, I couldn't start with this yarn - in case something went horribly wrong :P But I figured by pair #3, I was ready to use my yummy purple yarn!

Pattern: started with "Petticoat socks" from Weekend Knitting...
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Amethyst Stripe
Other: 2.5mm DPNs, set of 4
Cast on: sock 1: Sept 17/06; sock 2: Sept 25/06
Cast off: sock 1: Sept 25/06; sock 2: Sept 28/06

New techniques learned: Provisional cast on, to make pretty "petticoat" edge on sock. Which is pretty much now my most favourite way to start my socks. Took care of my "too tight cast on edge" issue from previous socks. It was a lot simpler than I had thought at first glance, it's actually kind of fun, and I enjoy the way it looks.

Changes to pattern: well, I pretty much threw it out the window :P See, I thought maybe I should try knitting "not plain" socks... and these socks look nice and not too hard.. but. no. It hurt my head. I was making a lot of mistakes and not enjoying how it was turning out after day 1. I loved the yarn too much to keep on with something that was frustrating me and making me unsure... so on Sept 20th, I ripped back to the petticoat edge and just knit plain. I used the pattern for guidance on the heel and toe, as well as looking back at the last 2 pairs of socks I made, and "Knitting Rules" by the Yarn Harlot.

What I would do differently if I made it again: Not have bothered trying that pattern? ;P Generally, I love the socks. They're pretty :) And very comfortable. I've washed them a few times now, and the heels are getting a bit fuzzy.. but they're still my favourites!

Lorna's Lace Socks
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

My pretty stripey purple socks! otherwise known as, my most favourite socks in the history of socks...

Lorna's Lace Socks
Originally uploaded by dottiemaggie.

I love how hand knitted socks fit. It's so comfy. And they are so nice and warm! I walked to an engagement party quite aways away from my house, on quite a chilly night, and my toes stayed so nice and cozy! (unlike my nose..) And then it seemed so nice to have these delightful purple toes poking out under the hem of my dressy black pants :)


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