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Yoga Socks. Finished at Last!

After months of back-breaking work, the yoga socks are finally finished. I’m excited to be finished, but saddened at the same time. I poured so much of my time and patience into these socks that it is such a shame to know they will not be seen all that often. Perhaps I will wear them to the airport sometime, so at least when I’m forced to stand shoe-less in a line of strangers I can know they are all jealous of my awesome socks.

These socks are surprisingly comfortable. I thought that having open toes and heals would cause a texture contrast that would irritate me as I wore them, but I barely noticed it.

My first adventure into sock making went extremely well. Will I repeat it? I’m not sure. Perhaps I will consider it once these aren’t looking so cute anymore.

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One Sock Down!

Yesterday’s knitting semi-marathon was far less productive than I had hoped it would be. As usual, life got in the way. Silly obligations getting in the way of doing what I want. Nevertheless, I was able to complete one of my socks today. *Pauses for a round of applause*

This pattern was one that has been sitting in my queue on Ravelry. While it looks simple and easy, let me be the first to tell you, this was deceptively time consuming. I think I spent more time on one sock than I have finishing the third of the blanket that I’ve been working on. I hope that it was just a matter of getting used to the yarn and the second sock will go by much more quickly.

I like the way the coloring of the sock turned out. The blue managed to space itself out perfectly to accent the ankle, toes, and heal. However, I have reached a dilemma. I’d really like the next sock to match this one, but in order to do so I have to cut out the huge chunk of white that separates the blue segments. I’m torn between doing this and making a second one that doesn’t quite match and hoping that when it comes time for a third it matches the first. I know it would be easier to just cut the yarn to where I want the pattern to be, but it feels like I’d be wasting it. Oh decisions.

In the meantime, I’m taking a break from the socks and making a few blocks on my winter throw. It’s interesting trying to get used to switching needle sizes. I’ve done it before, but never this drastically in size. Oh well, just another skill to learn, the ease of switching needles! I may even pick up my crochet project soon, just to keep myself balanced. I’m feeling pumped!


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A Touch of Whimsy Socks

Today’s pattern is for these cute socks. While I think they are absolutely adorable, I think this may be one of the projects that I skip, at least for the time being. I’m having a hard enough time keeping up, and just look at all the detail on those socks!

I don’t have that much experience with making socks, but I am currently working on a pair using a different pattern. My current pattern is much less detailed than the ones featured here (in addition to not having as many details, they don’t even have heals), yet it is taking me forever to make them. I’m not sure if its due to working with the thin yarn, or if I’m just horribly slow as of late. Whatever the reason, I’m not jumping at the opportunity to start work on another pair.

I know I often complain about the time it takes to make certain projects, but this time I feel the rant is completely just.

I understand that blankets take forever, after all they are really large. I also understand why scarves and hats with lots of detail take forever, because they have lots of detail. Socks, on the other hand, don’t appear to be worth the time it takes me to make them. Yes they are cute, and yes they are fun to knit. But why should I spend weeks on something that I am going to stuff inside my shoes? Something that no one will see? Doesn’t seem worth it to me.

 


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Yoga Socks

I’ve decided to take a break from knitting the blanket, and instead worked on a pair of socks today.

I’ve never made socks before, and until recently I had no intention of doing so. It just never appealed to me. However, all that changed when I bought the most amazing pair of shoes ever. They are these absolutely amazing pair of peep-toe boots. I love them, but being boots I feel like I need to wear socks with them, something that is weird to do with a pair of shoes that is open at the toe.

The solution came when I was searching Ravelry and came across this pattern for yoga socks.

I have never worked with yarn this thin before, and it took me some time to get used to it. I had to cast on about four times before I got the first row to look normal. Once the first few rows were worked, it did get easier. Although, I am finding that I’m splitting the yarn when I’m not paying close enough attention.

The pattern itself is really easy to follow so far, however there was a pattern correction that I glazed over when I began working on this project. Three hours later I realized that I cast on two stitches too few. I just added an increase, I hope it doesn’t affect them that much.