Sunday, July 22, 2012

Finished Sock # 10!

This latest sock in my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge was fun to knit. I learned how to shadow knit (which I had never done before) and it was cool to see the pattern emerge. As this was my fourth pair of toe-up socks, I was proud of myself when I was able to do the Turkish/Eastern method for casting on without trouble. I still prefer top-down construction when knitting socks, but it's nice to know that I am able to do both! The decrease bind-off was also new to me, but was easy-peasy to learn and is very elastic. 

 I didn't get a good shot of the argyle pattern...

 A close-up

Stealth Argyles Socks:
Yarn: Red Heart Stardust in Grey and Purple (1 ball of each)
Needle Size: Size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs

 I switched the colors around for the second sock. Mostly, this was because I did not want to buy an extra ball of yarn, but also, I thought it would give the socks a funky look that I like.
All-in-all this was a great pattern, that was interesting to knit and the finish product looks great.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I hate these Socks!

I hate the color, I hate the pattern and I hate the fit. I just don't like them. Maybe that's why they took me so long to finish. I started them way back in July 2011, and it took me a year to finish them. This was probably to worst case of second-sock-syndrome ever! Every time I looked at them I wanted to gag... but I finished them, and here they are:

 The dreaded socks!

A close-up of the cable pattern

Boyfriend Socks 2:
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Sour Ball
Needle Size: Size 0 (2.0 mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Treads from Son of Stitch 'n Bitch (book)

The boyfriend seems to like them so they aren't a total loss, but I would never, ever do this pattern again. The needles were too small, the number of stitches too large. I don't like the way the heel was done, and I should have continued the rib stitch pattern on the top of the foot instead of keeping it in stockinette. 
Live and learn, right?