Two Socks Practice Tube
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person with three projects must be in want of a fourth!
I have always been intrigued by the idea of knitting two socks at once – no more second sock syndrome!
Kate Atherley has a course at Annie’s called Magic Socks: Knit 2 Socks in 1 and I decided to give it a go.
This course is great. Kate explains things very well – everything is very clear and simple. So far I am just knitting my practice tube, which I will use as a tension square before knitting the actual socks. I am finding I am quite slow as I am not able to hold both yarns at the same time, but I am sure with a bit of practice I will improve.
This technique does require quite a bit of focus. I can see how easy it would be to lose focus and end up knitting the two socks together! For this reason I think this technique will just be a novelty technique in my repertoire and I will just revert to knitting two socks using double pointed needles (I wasn’t that taken with the magic loop method either). However, it is always good to learn something new.
If you are contemplating this course, then I say just jump in and have a go. Kate’s a great teacher, very personable I wish I could attend one of her classes in person, but Canada is a long way from Australia!
So when I should have been doing this …
Blue Jean Wrap
I was buying this …
Misti Alpaca – Tilt a Whril
The blue jean wrap is coming together quite nicely – an easy to remember lace repeat, but it is always fun to buy new yarn.
Rose Rib Socks Finished
I finished the second of my Rose Rib socks – it didn’t go so well as the first.
I am not sure what went wrong, but when I picked up stitches after turning the heel I picked up 10 on one side and 14 on the other – that can’t be good. I fudged a bit and it seemed to work out in the end.
Check out the Sock Patterns page for the pattern.
Rose Rib Second Sock
I’ve started on the second sock. I had real trouble with the cuff – started it at least three times. I don’t recall it being this tricky the first time round. I’m on to the leg, so I hope the rest will be a breeze.
One Finished Rose Rib Sock
Elizabeth Zimmerman told us to “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises” and that is what I have been trying to do – there has been some strange goings on with my oldest daughter, her friends and her friends’ mothers, but enough of that let us return to the knitting!
This is my Rose Rib sock. I wanted to do something different with this sock. It has no cuff, a band heel and a different toe (no kitchener stitch!). It has come together well and fits well – now for sock number two! (I have started it …)
Turning the heel
I have been knitting away (while watching Once - fudging a bit of the lace as required) and I have turned the heel and am onto the gusset.
As I wanted to try different techniques with this sock, I have attempted a Band Heel. So far everything seems to be going to plan. I wrote myself instructions following this Knitty article.
I’m really enjoying my signature arts needles.
Progress Being Made on my Rose Rib Socks
I like stories of all different kinds – novels, plays, movies, TV series – I suspect it is because I am nosy and like to know how people live. This means I usually watch something while knitting, which sometimes means my lace pattern can go a bit awry. At the moment I’m watching the second series of Once Upon the Time. I do like this show mostly because it is so beautiful to look at the costumes are spectacular ….
and I could quite happily move into Mary Margaret’s apartment.
The show itself is an interesting mix of fairy tales, swashbuckling adventure and good versus evil – and the villains are a bit conflicted, so I find it quite compelling.
All this means I look for excuses to watch it and therefore to knit. I should really be cleaning the house/buying food, but I will just watch one more episode! Besides some of the knits on the show are quite inspirational.
I have written a sock pattern. I wanted to try something different. It has an interesting cuff (not my normal k2p2 rib), I am going to attempt a band heel and I am trying a different toe style.
Check out my new signature art double points - they are fabulous – there is no going back.
The yarn is from Bendigo part of the sock yarn range. I’m in love and it is only $10 a ball!
So the second sock is progressing. I’ve turned the heel and now have to pick up the edge stitches.
I’ve been reading a book that mentions an over coat made of vicuna. I had never even heard of vicuna! I was intrigued. I thought maybe you could get it as yarn and knit something. Well you can, but I could only find 25g balls for $310 yes that’s right $310! Plus I could only find brown!
Second Sock Progress
I have finished the first sock!
I am slowly making my way through the second sock – there are so many other things I want to be doing.
I have been watching a few DVDs though – while I am making slow progress. I have re-watched the 1995 Pride and Prejudice (the one with Colin Firth) and I have just started watching the first season of The Newsroom, I really enjoy it, but does anyone else think they talk super fast?