Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Summer of Socks #4

It's amazing what you can accomplish knitting wise when you are feeling better! While I was out sick a couple of weeks ago I started my fourth pair of SOS08 socks. It took me about three days to complete the first sock. However, the second sock took about a week and a half. I was just feeling yucky and with the heatwave that hit us, I didn't want to even think about picking up my knitting needles. However, last night I prevailed and finished that second sock right up!

Here's the stats...

Express Lane by Diane Mulholland
Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy; Colorway Happy Forest
Needles: Knit Picks Circs Size 1.5
Started: July 14th
Completed: July 28th

I made a couple of modifications to this pattern. Nothing major. These are a toe-up construction and I chose to do my own method using the Magic 8 cast-on (have yet to try the provisional). I like this cast-on because I already have both sides of the toe on my needles. No having to unravel a provisional, etc. I also cast-on the number of stitches for the larger sock. By doing this I didn't need to incorporate the calf shaping on the back of the leg. Finally I made the leg of the sock longer that written. I did a total of 10 repeats instead of the 7 or 8 written in the pattern.

I love this sock. The pattern itself was easy. One thing I love about the heel construction is that it is a short row heel, but it is completed without wraps. Super simple! The yarn was delicious to knit with and I didn't encounter any splittiness at all (I've read that some knitters have). The color choice is definitely different for me, but I can see myself wearing these alot this fall/winter!


  1. Wow!!! There is just no stopping you!!! The socks look great, and I agree that the short row heel without wraps is the way to go. So, are you thinking about joining ravelympics??? Please, please, please!!!! We could use you on the Sit N Knit NYC Team. There is an event called SockPut that you will definately get a gold medal in.

  2. Wonderful!!

    Don't you just love the yarn? It's just so springy and lovely to handle. And the colors...

  3. Gorgeous color! Glad you are back in the saddle again. The other day I watched a youtube video of Cat Bordhi doing a short row heel with wraps and it was hilarious( blue haired ladies and opera)! Plus I think I now finally understand how to properly do a wrap & turn.

  4. Well. Those are the same color as the Juno you gave me. I guess I'll need to sneak them out of your house to match. (JK) I have absolutely zero time for socks right now. Sigh. I'll have to make a Winter of Socks '08 for myself. That's when I hope to have time for my own knitting. My lovely sock yarns are crying in their plastic baggie right now. (I'm such a sicko.)

  5. Gorgeous socks! I love the pattern and the color. I haven't tried the Magic 8 for toe-ups, it looks cool. I'm on a summer sock break, I have not allowed myself to buy any sock yarn.