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THE official MDC sock KAL.....

post #1 of 106
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starts now!

Ok, it actually starts in the morning but like I explained in the details thread I need to get it up tonight.

So this first KAL is all about socks. There is no set pattern since we all have different wants/needs.

This is my first time doing socks and will be making DH a pair. I'll be doing Thuja (from Knitty) with some dark blue merino. It's a top down pattern for men (shoe size 9-11).

NO one can start until tomorrow morning!! There is no deadline yet since I know some of us are newbies to socks. We'll just take it as it goes!
post #2 of 106
Alright. I"m in, but I'm working on FINISHING 2 pairs of socks in progress (really, it's not a good idea for me to start something new right now).

I'm working on a pair in Plymouth Sockotta, toe up, Queen Kahuna pattern, I've turned one heel, and am ready to turn the second (2 at a time, magic loop). THey're for my friend Terri.

I also am working on a toddler sock, kool aid dyed fisherman's wool, cuff down. THe first is finished, so I'm working on the second. These are for CHildren in Common.

My blog is part of the knitring, and I ahven't posted pictures ina while, for which I apologize. My blog is http://www.knittingsheeple.livejournal.com

I'm going to see the Yarn Harlot tomorrow night, and will have sock knitting in tow!

~amey
post #3 of 106
I'm jealous, amey (and I hadn't realised that was your blog. I keep getting frustrated by its lack of updates.)
If you won't accept my nearly-finished pair then I'm out, unless I do Skye a pair. I'm not meant to be knitting atm though.
post #4 of 106
I'm in with these socks for my son. First time with socks and leaving right now for vacation and will be w/o internet until Sunday. Wish me luck!
post #5 of 106
I am in....I have knit one sock and I need to start the other one. I have been putting it off, but now is a great time.

I really need to learn the magic loop way of knitting.
post #6 of 106
I'm in, but I, too, I am working on an already begun pair of socks...well, not so much a pair as one sock for a 4-year old in which I am at the instep. Perhaps this KAL can help inspire me to kick it in gear and get finished. These are knit from a cotton/nylon blend Fortissima Cottou Colori. It is a beautiful colorway that the LYS nearest my mom's house had only one ball of, hence the kid's socks and none for me. I am using the magic loop, for the most part and the pattern is my own (this could be a mistake, we'll see).

I also have a brand spanking new pair I need to start for my mom's birthday near the end of next month--yikes! I need to wind that yarn into balls before I can begin. These socks will be knit out of KnitPicks Sock Memories Hawaii colorway (personally, I detest the colors...far too cheery..., but hope my mom will like it)
post #7 of 106
Thread Starter 
flapjack go ahead!!! Join us with your almost finished pair! We won't tell.

It's morning time ladies....get knitting!
post #8 of 106
apparently this is a "finish those socks" KAL

I am in, with 4 pairs to be completed that i have found. Well, at least the first 2 need completing, then maybe I will find something new.

The first is a pair of toddler socks, knit on 1.25mm needles. only the ribbing needs to be done. The second is a pair for me, in Opal on 2.5mm. They are knit to the instep.

plus, i have 2 mateless socks to do.
post #9 of 106
I'm going to do Pomatomus from Knitty. Here's a link to my new craft blog.
post #10 of 106
I'm knitting the cable rib socks from the Better than Booties baby socks pattern on the interweave site.
http://www.interweave.com/knit/inter...han_Bootie.pdf

and I'm using Lang Bebe yarn that I picked up for $2 at a LYS last year but haven't had any use for. It's the pink and yellow self-striping yarn from this site
http://www.yarns-and.com/fabrics/Lang/LANbebecolor2.jpg

I cast on one sock while ds was napping this morning and knit almost two rounds
I'm hoping to get some more knitting time in at the library this afternoon and in the car on the way to my prenatal. This is the first time I've ever used tiny needles, so I'm going to need this thread to keep me motivated.

We have a new baby coming in a few weeks, but we don't know if it's a girl or a boy. I'll put pretty much any typically girly colors on my ds, but bright pink socks seem a little over the top to me, so they may go to the next person I know who has a girl if we have another boy.
post #11 of 106
Ok tell me the love of socks? I have tried starting socks, 2 times. Both are still on needles. One was a a toe up pattern, knitting 2 socks @ one time. The other was a beginner sock on dpn.
I have 6 skiens of sock yarn, I need to use it. Show me the love of socks!!!!!!
post #12 of 106
I am hoping to be done with my second sock in a pair of RPM today.

After that, I think I have the perfect yarn to start Thuja. Have to swatch to be sure.
post #13 of 106
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Originally Posted by Debstmomy
Ok tell me the love of socks? I have tried starting socks, 2 times. Both are still on needles. One was a a toe up pattern, knitting 2 socks @ one time. The other was a beginner sock on dpn.
I have 6 skiens of sock yarn, I need to use it. Show me the love of socks!!!!!!
Well, seems like now would be a good time to try to find the love. Imagine yourself knitting with all these MDC mamas - joined together in sock knitting... Embrace the sock knitting love.... patience grasshopper. It's slower than soakers, and the yarn is thinner, but they're super fantastic.

~amey
post #14 of 106
Are we supposed to start yet? I just cast on about an hour ago. I'm working on a sweater for ds1 at the same time so it may not go quickly.
post #15 of 106
Thread Starter 
Cast on whenever Trishy! It started this morning. I won't be casting on until tomorrow morning though. Have fun everyone!
post #16 of 106
Okay, not doing Pomatomus anymore. I realized after frogging 4 rows of the 14 I had started in K1P1 rib that:
1. I didn't have to be so literal (I mean really, what's an extra 4 rows of cuff?), and
2. Pomatomus uses K1tbl,P1 rib, NOT K1P1 rib

*sigh*

Anyway, I decided that this is my pattern:

Row 1: K2tbl,P2 across
Row 2: K2, P2tbl across
post #17 of 106
I finished the toddler sock mentioned above. I've started another (32 stitches, fisherman's wool, relatively mindless), because my 5.75 year old was up SO MANY TIMES last night (why is it that the just turned 3 year old can sleep thru the night, practically every night [say 28 out of 30] and has been for several months, but the child who is nearly 6 still wakes at least 3 times a night? Last night it was 4 times between midnight and 2:30 : ). I want to work in the sock for my friend out of the plymouth sockotta, since I'm ready for the second heel to turn, but the idea of knitting stitches that small confidently is really more than I can handle.

I've already, thru the course of knitting those socks, had to pick up dropped stitches THREE times - and the stitches are so small I end up needing to use 20 gauge wire to do the picking up.

So, thick socks it is. At least I'll have a nice package to send to Children in Common.

~amey (considering a nap)
post #18 of 106
Thread Starter 
I was able to get cast on for one sock while we drove. I only managed a couple rows though. I have no idea how many rounds I have done though. The beginning ribbing says to go for one inch so I didn't bother to count. I think I finally have holding the needles down. It's getting easier that's for sure.

So I've been reading ahead...how do I turn when it says to turn the heel? I know i have some time before I get there since we shall be busy for the next few days but I thoguht it might be wise to ask now.
post #19 of 106
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Originally Posted by OtherMother'n'Madre
So I've been reading ahead...how do I turn when it says to turn the heel? I know i have some time before I get there since we shall be busy for the next few days but I thoguht it might be wise to ask now.
Are you still making Thuja? If you are, it tells you how to do it. When you're working the heel, you'll work back and forth on a small group of stitches (I think it's 22 for that pattern) - the others will stay idle on your needles - just ignore them. If you have DIYNetwork, Karen Baumer has done an episode of Knitty Gritty on knitting socks - these things seem to repeat pretty regularly (and I don't know if you can find it on bit torrent or something - one of those download places? Is that legal?).

Heels are sock knitting magic - all of a sudden you have this three dimensional piece of knitting! Very exciting stuff.

~amey
post #20 of 106
Thread Starter 
Yeah, still doing Thuja. It does tell me how many stitches and the pattern and everything but I'm not sure what I'm suppsoed to do when it says turn? Just treat it like something I'm knitting flat and knit like I would then?
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