knitnana: SOS '08 Socks - My Final Pair

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

SOS '08 Socks - My Final Pair

I finally can mark the Blue Ox Tweed socks complete. Slogging thru stockinette is bad enough, reknitting almost every stitch because of splitty yarn? Ugh. I'm fairly certain I won't use the Knitpicks Essential Tweed yarn again in socks. The fabric is fine once it's done. But at least for me, using the very sharp 1.25mm Inox needles - I was either having to stop to reknit a stitch that I caught splitting as I knit it, or I was having to drop the stitch above it and slip below a row or two to correct a split stitch. It wasn't fun.

The "tweedy bits" in the yarn appear to be applied to the yarn rather than incorporated into it in the spinning process. As such, I want to run for my sweater shaver and buzz off the "pills" that are really tweedy bits!

Still and all, the socks are comfy, they're conservative (which I do occasionally need) and I surely didn't spend a lot on the yarn. Knitpicks serves its purposes and I won't give it a hard time at all...

Here are the completed socks...

As I was knitting off and hemming the picot edging at the end, I had plenty of help from my knitting assistant. She determined that overseeing the back of my sewing machine wasn't enough, she had to ensure that there was enough yardage available to run in the hem, and that I was following the instructions to the letter (see them under the sock?).

I intend to have a photo of the first Seaweed Sock, completed, soon (maybe not before the show, but I'd like to...). I'm at the end of the patterning and about to knit the k2p2 cuff. Then I'll be back to two pair of socks on the needles, as I have to take stockinette socks to the show. I can't knit a pattern and wait on customers! lolol

I hope you enjoyed hearing from The Meezer last night. I was just too tired to post, and I knew she'd been chomping at the bit to get her paws on the keyboard again.

I understand that she informed you about her Tabby Cat aversion. I don't understand it. We haven't ever had a Tabby (in her lifetime). Of course, she's doesn't like Calicos, either. Maybe it's like my ex-husband's white German Shepherd Dog who didn't like anyone in a uniform. And yes, that's another story all together...

Sewing has continued apace today, as well as purchasing a brand new iron - a Black & Decker with an INOX stainless steel soleplate! I said, "I know INOX! They make great needles! I'll bet this iron will be good, too!" And when I tried it out, I think I was right! This is a good thing. I'm very hard on irons when I'm making my bags...

I guess that's all the news that's fit to print.


Blogger SandraTee said...

I loved hearing from your assistant! I'd like to hear how you like your new iron - I need to buy a new one and would like a recommedation....

6:48 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

It's nice to have a good assistant...think she can help me? lol I love the tweedy socks...hope you have a nice weekend.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

The socks look great! And I'm glad that you've found an iron that'll hold up to all the work you're doing :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Congratulations on completing your final SOS08 adventure! And thanks for the "heads up" on that very difficult yarn.

As for Meezer's tabby aversion, can't we all just get along? :o)

12:06 PM  

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