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Yarn Along – 2/10/16

February 10, 2016

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Another finish! These were my Christmas Eve Cast On. What a fun tradition. I will be buying a special yarn and starting sock again next Christmas Eve.

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These are my own toe-up sock pattern with an afterthought heel. I knit with 56 stitches on size 0 needles. This time I tried putting in two purl stitches on the side of each leg (on either side of two knit stitches). This gave a nicer fit to a stockinette sock.

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Yarn is Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway. I even worked on them while watching the New Year episode of Sherlock. The height of nerdiness!

This yarn is so soft. I hope that it wears well. We shall see!

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I love that these go nearly to the knee. I tried doing a long bit of ribbing at the top. I think I like the fit with that as well.

As for reading, I am branching out this week to read a graphic novel: Y The Last Man. I have started with Book One which was available at our library. I had it on request for about six months, so I guess it is a pretty popular series! It is a post-apocalyptic story (are we sick of those yet?) from back in 2003, so this book was on the starting end of the trend. It’s the story of Yorick, the only man who has survived a planet-wide plague. The earth is left with only women. And Yorick.

I am enjoying it – mostly because it is a good story that has humor and a lot of pop culture references. I think I am willing to give Book Two a try, if I can ever get a copy of it from the library. FYI – Not kid-friendly or YA. This is an adult title.

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2016 10:19 am

    I like your tradition! The socks look great. I like Knitpicks Felici but I have to admit – I don’t wear any of mine often because they don’t wear very well. But darn they look pretty!

    • February 10, 2016 12:38 pm

      That’s what I am afraid of! I am carefully wearing slippers so they are a bit protected around the house. The jury is out…

  2. February 10, 2016 11:28 am

    Oh I do like these! I am going to attempt socks (only ever made bed socks and that was just weeks ago!). I’m looking forward to it, and having the most fun searching patterns. But these I really like!

    • February 10, 2016 12:39 pm

      Thanks! Socks have a learning curve, but once you get it, it is a wonderful thing to take on the go!

  3. February 10, 2016 12:23 pm

    Your socks are awesome!!!

  4. February 10, 2016 12:42 pm

    Lovely socks!

  5. February 10, 2016 1:02 pm

    Love your socks! Something i want to try knitting

  6. February 10, 2016 1:50 pm

    What pretty socks! Love them 🙂
    And….love Sherlock!
    x

  7. February 10, 2016 4:06 pm

    I hate to say it, but “Nerdy” knitting is the absolute best. Who knew being nerdy could be so fun. (When I was a kid, it wasn’t…now it is.) Wishing you the best on your next knitting endeavor.

  8. February 11, 2016 10:29 am

    The colors are so perfect together!!! Absolutely beautiful socks!

  9. February 11, 2016 11:48 am

    They look fab 🙂

  10. Elise and Life permalink
    February 13, 2016 1:05 pm

    I like the idea of starting a knit on Christmas eve, I’ll have to remember that for this year! 🙂

  11. Lori permalink
    February 15, 2016 10:53 am

    Hello! I found you via Ginny’s yarn along.
    Your socks are lovely. They look so soft and cozy! 😍
    Although I never have, I want to learn to knit socks. I’d consider myself an advanced beginning knitter. Would you have any advice? Do I look for a pattern from toes up? Or top on down? Is there any You Tube link you think is good to learn with? Any advice you offer will be appreciated.
    Thank you so much for your help!
    Lori

    • February 15, 2016 3:04 pm

      Hi Lori! Thanks so much for the kind words! I am always happy to enable a new sock knitter. If you are an advanced beginner I think you will do well! You might want to start with a top-down pattern for the first pair. Casting-on for toe-up can be very fiddly and I don’t want you to get discouraged right at the start! The first time you will just be becoming familiar with the construction. I do recommend you try an afterthought heel. It is the easiest heel I have found. Turning the heel is what can be very confusing for a first-time sock knitter.

      I found this series of videos are great for the afterthought heel: https://youtu.be/Ygff5CvOkzk?list=PLB1u4C0RN2i5cXoUF0umnUyAfVZjjw-lr

      Other than that, I would maybe start with this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afterthought-heel-socks. I have heard good things about it. Once you get it down, you definitely should try toe-up though. I like it because you can use all your yarn and not worry about running out on the foot at the end!

      I wish you luck and lots of enjoyable knitting! Oh and don’t forget to check your gauge so that it fits when you are done!

      • Lori permalink
        February 15, 2016 5:06 pm

        Thank you so much for your thoughtful advice! I can hardly wait to give it a try.
        Happy knitting to you!!

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