There are a few flaws in my knitting that I’m well aware of, which I’m not going to discuss here. (Any more.) Experienced sock knitters may notice those flaws right away just looking at this picture… I’d appreciate it if they’d just shut it, for now, and notice the things that aren’t screwy-looking. And praise my mad newbie sockmaking skillz.
I started out thinking I was doing the "Berry Season" pattern out of the book "2-at-a-time Socks" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. But I veered off from the get-go and now I think I’m just going to wing it.
The thing was, I learned a new cast-on method, Norwegian. And it makes for such a pretty border that I decided to go ahead and use it for this project. BUT, the pattern calls for a little curl of stockinette around the top. And if you have a pretty border you want it to lay flat, not curl around itself, right? So I have to do something else. Some ribbing I guess. Maybe it’ll turn into a crew sock instead of an anklet.
The yarn, btw, is absolutely yummy to work with. Pure merino, sooo soft and fluffy compared to anything else I’ve worked with. And the color, omg — my cameraphone won’t do it justice. It reminds me of that Brachs candy my grandma used to scoop up at the Walgreen’s when I was a kid… the 3-color rectangular chewies in pink (coconut?) caramel and "chocolate". She kept ‘em in a jar and we were allowed one or two maybe. :-)
Cuffs pretty much done. I had a couple scares there — wanted to fix a twisted stitch I’d noticed, messed it up, had to get out the DPNs and crochet hook.. Dropped the offending stitch down, like 4 rows down — I’m getting pretty good at fixing ONE stitch in the middle of the fabric without unraveling the whole thing! Not that I’m afraid of ripping back, but why do that if you don’t have to? But then of course you have to get everything reassembled in the proper order onto the one circular needle. It’s good times. But I know how to do that too, now. :-)
I haven’t worked on these for like a month. Messed them up using the Magic Loop 2-at-a-time method, frogged and restarted, then got super annoyed at the curly frogged yarn, and messed up again. But goddammit I really want these socks. So I’ve decided I need to at least get them started separately on DPNs — then when the cuffs are firmly established maybe I can think about switching over to Magic Loop. Although, I’m still not convinced it’s worth the trouble, dealing with two yarn-balls at once.
As you can see I’m still on — or rather back to — the double-pointed needles. After the ribbing I tried a round or two on a 47" circular but immediately went running back to the DPs. Magic Loop is just not for me at this point. Anyway. Do you see two socks that hopefully look exactly alike? Well, the idea of Second Sock Syndrome is so frightening to me that I went out and bought another set of matching DPNs so I keep doing these "two at a time" — just the way I would using Magic Loop, one round on Sock A and one on Sock B, but without all the yarn-wrangling and cable-yanking. Works great as long as I keep track of where I’m at in the big "circle". That’s never a problem with Magic Loop.
Halfway through the heel flap. Now THAT’S a chain selvage. I’m being ultra careful to keep it nice and neat this time. When I did the toddler socks before, and it came time to pick up stitches for the gusset, the edges were a total mess and I had to just eyeball it. But now I’ll know exactly where to stick it! ;-)
Gusset decreases are done, now I’m just filling out the instep & sole. I messed up the pattern a little, over the top of the foot at the point where the gusset starts. I guess I got the order wrong ‘cuz there’s a jog there on both socks. Hardly noticeable though.
Sock A is done! And I’m just past the heel on its mate. It fits really well, although I’m not crazy about a couple of things the pattern had me do… the toe is pointier than I’d like, and I’m not a fan of the loose-ish cuff. But I love how soft it is, and it really doesn’t need to be that snug anyway since it’s a bed/house sock.
I guess this is my first actual clothing item for myself… no, socks are more an accessory aren’t they? Like a hat or a scarf or a pair of mittens? So I guess Actual Garment is the next thing in the queue. Still, I’m pretty proud of myself. I hope this is the first pair of many many more. All of them from here on out, actually. Seriously, I never want to buy another sock now that I know how to make them to fit my very own humongous feet! :-)
Damn, these feel good. It’s Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash yarn, in the "Wildflower" colorway. The pattern is called Berry Season, out of the book "2-at-a-Time Socks" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. I didn’t do these on Magic Loop though, I used DPNs.