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Friday, July 20, 2012

On The Needles...

...Or should I say, Off The Needles, On The Needles and Ready to Cast On The Needles.


Off the needles are my Simple Skyp Socks which are my 12 in 2012 Sock Challenge socks for May.  I was quite shocked when I finished them last night-yes I worked hard to finish them to show off today!--and wound up the end of the skeins.  There was hardly any left over yarn!  I used the same length I use for my plain ole socks and never realized how much extra yarn those yarn overs would consume.  I'm not complaining, I was just surprised.  I'm also surprised by how funny the top sock looks in this picture.  They really are the same size.


I had a good bit of time-like 4 hours-to work on my to go sock (12 in 2012 socks for June) while on the way to and from Sisters, OR on Saturday.  Another road trip this month and maybe this sock will be finished.  I think it's time to learn to do the magic loop.  I don't know how many times I dropped a needle and had to unbuckle to pick it up.  And that always makes me nervous!  I love buying new knitting needles.


It's time to start the Toe -Up socks (July's 12 in 2012).  I found a nice simple pattern in this book that calls for size 5 needles. I know using the bigger needles and 48 stitches per round will make this pair go super fast.  The yarn is what is left over from making Ernie's socks.  The socks that he doesn't wear except for when he is sitting in his recliner with super cold feet. He doesn't want to ruin them!  I'm going to wear mine!!  (And thanks to the tip from Paula, the Quilter, those socks fit perfectly.)

***  10:00 am  Happy to say I have learned the magic cast on and I have 2 socks with toes.  Now I must do some housework instead of holding down the recliner. 


I laughed when I read Judy L's post this morning because I plan to use this video on You Tube to learn the cast on.  I tried last night to learn from the book but turning pages and reading confused me!!!  I love that you can look up almost anything on You Tube and there will be a video for it.  Thank you video makers!

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10 comments:

Susan said...

Wasn't the Skype Sock fun to do? I hope to start another pair tonight.

♪♪Melody♪♪ and Puddin said...

I watched a video on you tube of the magic loop and the gal was having such a hard time controling the loops that she could hardly knit. Do you think you will cotinue trying the magic loop.?

♪♪Melody♪♪ and Puddin said...

I watched a video on you tube of the magic loop and the gal was having such a hard time controling the loops that she could hardly knit. Do you think you will cotinue trying the magic loop.?

Nancy said...

Great job!

Sock knitting is prefect for a road trip. Enjoy

Annie said...

Yeah, well, you know one foot is always a bit bigger than the other! Your socks look really great!...and warm too. My feet are cold right now. I'd like to reach in and grab these to put on!

Suzanne said...

Since I am still new to knitting, trying to create a pair a socks is on my to knit list...maybe in the Fall!

Diane Wagner said...

Judy, your socks look great! Good job. I tried the magic loop but prefer two circulars instead. How was the Sisters quilt weekend? I'm always up at the lake in northeastern Washington so I haven't ever gone to Sisters.

vtquilter said...

Great job on the socks! I have only ever made one sock in my life... and somehow I think the kids pulled that whole thing out! Someday I'll get back to it as I have a few balls of yarn for it. I love your on the needles posts for inspiration to get back to knitting. Thanks!

Andee said...

I have always wanted to learn to knit socks (I am an expert at a certain dishcloth pattern lol) so I took a magic loops class and loved it though it was HARD for me! I started the second sock but it was so hard I gave up...I really want to try again..I too used the online videos--really a help!

Anonymous said...

I like knitting socks 2 at a time. I struggle with "Second Sock Syndrome"! haha! But instead of using Magic Loop I use two shorter cable needles and also toe up. I prefer toe up when I can so I use as much yarn as I want without stressing if I have enough, or if the foot is long enough. RJ in Nebraska.