Sock knitting... an experiment


Wow… here it is, my first SOCK! And… it does not fit me... haha!  :/  It's too big, especially around the ankle and heel. Also a problem with the yarn. Around where the ankle/heel/gusset is, where I attached a new ball of yarn... see how the colors of the variegation there and throughout the foot of the sock pool differently than on the leg of the sock. I bought the same color way, but skeins behaving very different, which is odd for commercially produced yarn. I went down a needle size around the ankle area to see about a better fit, and that did help some. During the knitting process I did try the sock on to test the fit. I had a little trouble at the start with gauge initially, as the yarn is an odd 3 ply thing, and not 4 ply...almost a kind between fingering and DK weights, and I was really juggling between needle sizes to try and find something that would work. Otherwise the sock construction is great, everything as it should be…and I made a sock… hooray!!

I can see where sock knitting for myself will be a challenge to figure out the right sock formula to fit my small feet. I will try the pattern I used again--which was really good and with photos that really helped a lot--the Basic 4 ply Sock Pattern and Tutorial by Winwick Mum. But I will go down a needle size, start with fewer stitches for hopefully a better fit, shorten the heel flap, and use some better yarn. This cheap wool with a touch of acrylic along with the nylon was not a good combo, and the yarn was split-y--will not buy again. So with the wonkiness, I’m not going to use my time and energy to make another sock to make this a pair, even though I have yarn. For all the wonkiness, and it ending up not fitting, I LOVED knitting the sock! Magic Loop is fantastic fun! This may end up becoming a toy of some sort for Luna… who loves yarn as much as her mummy! ;)

Anyway, it's good to be back here... I didn't think I'd be away from here so many days! Very much behind with you all and need to catch up. Thank you to all who left comments, and for those who took time to send an email, or an e-card, to be in touch. I'm feeling a little better, slowly... And I will be back here on Monday with some more to share! 




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  1. i'm glad you're back too. i have been having some issues myself.
    was taking an antibiotic for an inner ear infection that made me dizzy with blurred vision.
    either that or i had a small stroke! one never knows at this age. i see the doc again this afternoon. but like you i am feeling better and the vision is gradually better too.
    blurred vision was a side effect of one of the heart meds they had me taking for the Afib.
    I've made a decision. no more tests. no more medications with bad side effects. and heart meds are notorious for that. you take an Rx and then another Rx for the side effect.
    not falling into that trap. was told "but it will extend your life." and my answer was ... what good is extending your life if you can no longer enjoy walks or just life itself? !!! it's crazy how they look at things. so... love your little/big LOL! Luna sock. i also have small feet. and the average shoes now are so much larger. so when i find some that fit and feel good it's GREAT! love to little Luna and You and your Viking! XOXO

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    1. Sooo GOOD to see you here, Tammy! I've been wondering how you've been! On my to-do list today--email Tammy! ;) I'm sorry to hear you've been having some health troubles again... :( While I would LOVE for your life to be extended FOREVER, I know what you mean about meds. Stuff with side-effect just isn't worth it. Life may be extended, but what about quality of life? Anyway, I hope your quality of life will be improving now! And thanks for the sock love! This one is only good for a cat toy... but maybe the next one would be wearable! I'm browsed soooo many patterns, but most of them are too big for me, and I'm not experienced enough yet with sock knitting to alter things. But will persevere! ;) Be taking good care there... LOVE YOU! ((HUGS))

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  2. Big bummer about your sock. I have a solo sock and a half done. But how disappointing after all that time on those teeny needles not to fit right. I admire your keep at it mode! (I've turned mine into a very soft dust mitt that slips over my hands. Most time consuming dust mitt ever made!

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    1. Thanks for the sympathy, Jeanie... LOL! I like the idea of using the sock as a dust mitt--great idea!

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  3. I hope your health will further improve Tracy! I still never managed to knit socks, so I’m impressed anyway ;-)

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    1. Thank you very much, Dutchcomfort! I'm on the mend... And hopefully I'll be able to mend my wonky socks... LOL! ;)

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  4. Glad to hear you are feeling better and that you got the rest you needed.
    What fun to see your first sock. Although it didn't work out because of size and yarn, it looks like you learned some good tricks to apply to your next sock project.

    A toy for Luna sounds like a great idea or even a sock feeder for birds.

    wishing you well and a beautiful May.

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    1. Thanks so much, Juana--great to see you here, too! I'm doing a bit better here... and it's nice to be able to say that! Oh, that is a great idea--a sock as a bird feeder!

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  5. I love the photo of your sock. I think it is awesome that you are knitting socks. It is probably somewhat of a lost art. You are amazing. I'm sure you will figure out how to make the right size. Please do photos when you do. Yes, I am sure Luna will love the sock.
    I am happy that you are back. Of course, I only manage to blog about every two weeks and wish I had time to do more.
    I truly enjoy following your blog. You have many unique and fun ideas and you do some really good things with the environment and etc. You are a great example in many different ways.
    Love you girl and am happy we have connected.
    With love! LeAnn

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    1. Wow...thank you so much for your very kind thoughts and care, LeAnn! I'm so glad you find much here to enjoy... I'm so happy we're friends too! :) And I'll figure out those socks yet! ;)

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  6. First socks usually do not fit too well. But it looks as though you have the concept down and it looks just like a sock should. lol I have small feet and have found that if I use 64 stitches and a size 1 (2.25 mm) needle they come out fine. I have noticed that sock yarn here in the states seems to be finer that sock yarn in Europe. A friend from England knit me a pair of socks and sent them to me and the yarn was way heavier than what I use.
    So continue to try different yarns and needle sizes until you find the right combination. When you figure out the number of stitches you need to have them fit right you can use any pattern out there and they will be fine. You use your set number of stitches for the foot and can adjust the leg stitches to fit the pattern. Hang in there, you are doing great.
    Glad you are getting to feel better.

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    1. Thanks for the sock cheer and encouragment, Judy...and the suggestions! :) The only way with this is to just keep trying--try different sized needles, and different yarns. They all seem to behave very differently mixed together... LOL! I'll just knit, and if the socks fit me--hooray! If not, maybe they'll fit someone else and I can give them away. I don't know about all over Europe, but here in Norway, and in the UK, too, there are many different types of sock yarns. From quite thin, to heavier fiber that can make some bulkier, very cozy socks. So there is a bit of a range to choose from, most after what kind of socks one might like--close-fitting, or slouchy at-home socks for the weekend. There does seem to be a trend Stateside for for fine yarn for sock, and for many wanting very close-fitting socks... to it makes sense. I personally am wanting more close-fitting socks. So I definitely need to go down needle sizes! I'm going to try 2mm and 2.5mm next...

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    2. Happy so read that you are feeling much better Tracy! yay!! don't be too hard on yourself about the socks. It looks better than any sock I might try to knit would look! Well done you. With practice you will get better I am sure! Love you oodles and oodles. Love to TJ and Luna also! xoxo

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