Runs With Needles

Runs With Needles

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My third pair of socks is finished!

Purple Yellow Socks

What: My third pair of socks!
Yarn: Crazy Monkey yarn: less than ½ skein of each color.
Needles: 2
Pattern: Basic cuff down in stockinette stitch. 58 stitches, with heel on 29.
Lesson Learned: See below
Destination: Already in my sock drawer, waiting for fall

I’m going to knit socks with this pattern until I zero in on the perfect sock pattern for me. I’m making little tweaks with each pair that I knit. After just three pair of socks I’m close, but not there quite yet.

To review my lessons learned from my last pair of socks : “I lengthened the heel by adding more knit rows between decreases. Also, don’t decrease so much, or the heel gets pointy!”

These modifications worked well again and I made a couple more changes.

On the second sock I switched to the toe color much earlier than on the first sock:

Purple Yellow Socks

I like the second sock’s toe better, so will continue to change colors earlier rather than later. The uneven toes would make Leisel’s head pop off, but I don’t mind. (Leisel is a bit of a perfectionist. I tease her endlessly about it, but I really find it quite charming.)

On the second sock I also made the sock a touch longer in the toe and also ended the toe on nine stitches instead of six. This change was subtle, but made the sock just a little more comfortable.

For the next pair of socks I’m going to move the location of the heel. It’s sitting a bit low:

Purple Yellow Socks

I’m going to move it up a few rows and that should make the heel fit even better.

I cast on for the next pair of socks tonight and cast on 60 stitches instead of 58. That should make the socks just a hair looser on my big clown feet.

All in all, I’m really happy with these socks. I have to put them away until fall, but look forward to wearing them when the cool weather rolls around.

Purple Yellow Socks

The Damn Heat Wave (yes, I’ve named it) continues so most of my free time is spent in front of the swamp cooler doing this:

puppy cam

Knitting socks and watching the puppy cam.

The dogs continue to enjoy the swamp cooler:

Sleepy Kish

And the cool evening breezes:


Max, as always, keeps watch in the yard:


Kishka needs to learn that it’s too hot to sit in my lap!


7 comment(s):

Your socks rock! They came out really nicely!


By Blogger Ruinwen, at June 15, 2006 3:55 AM  

Love the socks! Cute doggies too.

By Anonymous Kelly, at June 15, 2006 7:25 AM  

Very cool socks! And beautiful dogs too!

By Blogger LkB, at June 15, 2006 9:36 AM  

LOL... I was going to mention the sock heel, but it looks like you've figured it out already. I would just lengthen the foot by adding a few more rows (it looks like you need at least another 1/2", maybe a full inch... it's hard to measure from the pictures)before starting the toe, and that should give you enough extra fabric on the foot for the heel to sit where it should.

The stripes are so fun!

By Anonymous Leisel, at June 15, 2006 11:15 AM  

i love your socks!

By Blogger Ruth, at June 15, 2006 11:41 AM  

You already know how I feel about your socks!! I do think they fit me better - haha!!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 15, 2006 3:51 PM  

Finally, I'm catching up on reading blogs after the move and everything...

1) AWESOME socks!
2) Congrats on the swamp cooler - I love those things. I think one saved my life one summer in Albuquerque.
3) I love the puppy cam.

By Blogger amandamonkey, at June 25, 2006 12:00 PM  

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