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Old 08-07-2006, 04:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okie dokie, so it seems that most here are almost finished with their socks. I had to unravel yet again due to some stupid mistake I caught too late. Oh well....practice makes perfect right?

So.....should we pick a date for everyone to finsish on/by? Once this KAL is done we can start another one for something else. I'm thinking.......a top of some sort. What does everyone think? Once we figure out an end date I'll get another thread up to figure out the next pattern/KAL so no need to start thinking of one yet.

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I hate to say this, but we're heading into holiday knitting territory- it's already mid-August. I reckon the logical next step to go from socks is possibly going to be slippers.

And I just cast off my socks tonight: I'm planning on doing another pair using the same pattern for Skye, so I can make it without the ballsups, and then I'm signed up for Sock Wars.

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yeah, perhaps some holiday gift knits. Hmmmm, mittens?
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It's scarf year for me. I've got scarves going (or planned for 5 different people).

But I would gladly set aside my scarves for a nice easyish sweater kal or maybe mittens.

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I'm doing the foot of the first one - I should be done by tomorrow morning, then on to the second one!

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I need to do some mittens (not for us, Phoenix has very little call for mittens), and I also want to start thinking about how I'll do a "Fight Club" themed scarf for my brother. I feel a need to make something special for him because he's often getting the short end of things.

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I finally finished my first pair! Now only 3 more second socks to go!
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So now I'm about 4" in on my socks but in the meantime I got sidetracked and made a hat for dd. It's very cute on her, but too warm for summer and I think I'll need to add earflaps and a tie for winter. i'll post pics on my blog later on today. I'm also about to knit a pair of toddler socks to check the guage on some cotton I have so I can make another hat, and those cotton toddler pants from Knitty (Bleu, I think?)
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Seeing as the theme is holiday knitting maybe we should do that.....a holiday KAL. How would/could we structure that? Maybe get a couple going at once so we can do groups and get the support we need. Say a mitten KAL and a scaf KAL and so on. Think it would be too confusing/messy?

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Well, it could always just be a generic holiday-a-long. Seeing as I'm knitting cardigans for everyone this year, unless you do a cardigan-a-long I'm out.
Sock pictures are up on theblog btw. I STILL hate the colour.

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Nice! Your entry about how the socks got finished sure hit home
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Helen, I just thought I would give you a tip to getting rid of the "DPN ridge"

Wash your socks, and put them on your feet wet. This will block them to your feet and they will not only fit perfectly, they will also lose the ridges.
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Ooh, I might try that.
I actually put them in the washing machine with the boys horrible muddy jeans: I was hoping for a colour run I haven't looked yet to see if they're still ridgy or not, but none of the longies I've knitted have stayed that way.

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Helen, congrats on finishing! I am not there yet, but I feel ya on hating the colorway! I despise the colors I am working with, which makes this quite a tedious undertaking. However, I am thoroughly enjoying knitting socks on my latest thrift store find (crafty thrift store which happens to be around the corner from my house...yes, you can hate me) of 9" circular needles in sizes 1 and 2. I know, I know, many people HATE these short circs, not me. I adore these puppies and they will be my best friends if ever I am to love sock knittin'. No ladders!!! and they go so quickly! I will have to devise some way so as not to lose them. I hope to have a pic of sock number one soon. I finished one toddler sock and in true-to-my-scattered-self nature I promptly began a different pair of socks...this time for my mom's birthday in less than 3 weeks so I felt it was justified. Anyway, almost two socks done, but by no means a pair
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I finished sock number 1 a few days ago and I'm 1/3 of the way into sock number 2.

Here's the first one, it's Broadripple from Knitty.com:

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Still no replacement needles, not very pleased with Knitpicks....

ETA: I just called them and it looks like they were never sent. I placed an order over the weekend and made a note of the broken needles and they are sending the replacement through UPS today.
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PikkuMyy, those Broadripples are beautiful. I want to knit fancy socks! They are just gorgeous!
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So I started my giant sock to felt into a slipper. Got to the heel and went "wait, that's it? I can do this!" and went back to the real sock I started 8 months ago. I'm well into the heel flap, and I'm hooked. NOW I get why y'all do so many socks. Easy to remember pattern (for a simple sock anyway) easily transportable, small project.

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Did everyone see the surprise on Knitty? It would have been PERFECT for this! It's a loverly sock pattern. Go look...I think it may hook a few more people out there wondering, "Can *I* do socks?"

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I did, and I'm kicking myself.
Check my blog, btw. I can do socks

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Oh Helen your socks are beautiful!

I did Trellis too and there are a bazillion freaking ends to weave at the end.

I got my replacement needles today! I places an order with KP today and made a note that I didn't receive the needles and followed up with a call Monday. The lady apologized that the needles had never been sent but they were sending them UPS that day. UPS came today and not only did they send my needles, they sent my whole order. Hooray!
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So I finished my first sock last week and have been dreading casting on for the 2nd. Not because I don't want to knit the 2nd sock, I actually really liked knitting the first one, but the casting on dpns is such a pain and I really need to concentrate. But I did it this morning and am now on my way on the 2nd sock! The first one came out sooo cute and it was really a lot easier than I thought it would be, espescially since I had never worked with dpns before. So thanks for the encouragement and advice KALongers! A sock addict is born! I can't wait to start on a pair for ME!!! Any favorite, (still pretty simple) women's sock pattern recs? Also, am I insane to consider trying to learn the 2 socks on 2 circs method on only my 2nd pair?
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I finished my socks this past weekend but am just getting around to uploading the pics.

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I used the Four Stitch Ribbing pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks with the Baby Cable Rib. I made both socks at once using the magic loop technique with Knitpicks 40" #3 circulars (I don't recommend Knitpicks needles, see other post).
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Trishy those are fabulous!! I love 'em.......I need to buck up and just do some!

Question....can I get a circ needle small enough and short enough to just do them on there? Please say yes!

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Question....can I get a circ needle small enough and short enough to just do them on there? Please say yes!
You could. Clover makes sock circulars (like 8" in length). Not everyone likes them tho - some claim they really make their hands cramp up. You might want to try the two circular method (and you can do 2 socks on 2 circs simultaneously OR one sock at a time) or magic loop. The first PAIR of socks I made I did with the 2 socks on 2 circs method and was thrilled that I had a pair when I was done. I've done some with magic loop (I have a pair for a friend going that way now), but I think I might prefer the two circs method, honestly. Of course, that's after investing in several pairs of Addis in magic loop length. :

Mini circs: http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure...larNeedles.asp

But they only come in sizes 4, 6, 8 & 10 (in the 8.5" length).

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My most recent FO:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...g/100_3112.jpg

Simply Lovely Lace Socks, Spring 2006 Interweave Knits, Sportweight Superwash wool handdyed by a mama from sewingmamas, from a knitter's supply swap over there. Knit on US3 double pointed needles. A gift for my neighbor.

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Yay!!! Thanks for that link. I can't wait.....this may feed my needle obssession even more! Woo hoo!

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Amey your socks are fab! I love them!

OMM try this link for magic loop socks:

http://webdesignsbybarb.com/tostetoe...eedletoeup.htm

I had some of those short Clover circs before. They were too small for my hands so I sold them. I really love magic loop best for making socks. It takes just as long as making them one at a time but they are both done at once. I do switch to dpns for the heel flap and turn though.
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Ahhh thanks for the link. I'm working on the magic loop/ It's still very awkward for my hands and I can't quite get a comfy flow yet. I'll do it one day but for now I suck.

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Love the socks Amey-does the lacey top get uncomfortable under shoes? Seems like it might dig a little.

I'm almost to the toe decreases on my sock! Yippee! (can I have smaller feet in my next life please? )

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