Saturday, March 17, 2007

Two at a Time

I've started a pair of socks for my husband. I've kind of been putting off starting these for awhile. I can't decide if it is because they are larger than the normal socks I knit or the fact that I'm not going to get to wear them. It seems a little selfish, but the truth is probably somewhere in between.

I decide to knit both socks at once. I had a sinking suspicion that I would develop second sock syndrome after the first one if I tried to knit them one at a time. I'm using some Lorna's Laces in Pioneer that was in my stash. I did buy the yarn with socks for him in mind. It is the first time I've actually used any of the Lorna's I've bought. I really like how it is knitting up. The fabric is firm but soft.

I'm also using US #0 needles for the first time too. I bought the needles specifically for these socks. I was kind of hesitant to try them, but I'm glad I got them. I'm getting about 10.5 stitches per inch. So hopefully the fabric will be a little more resilient for the tough and rough man feet that the socks are going to cover.

I think the points on these addi Turbo #0 needles are a lot different form the points on all my other addis. They are a lot sharper. I didn't noticed until I started knitting. I push the needles with my finger tip sometimes while knitting and noticed the difference with the first push. I like the sharper tip though. It is making me look forward to trying the addi Lace needles I just bought.

Each sock is 96 stitches around and all I've got completed so far is the toes. I'm ready to start the stitch pattern up the foot. I'm going with a simple ribbed pattern, maybe a waffle rib. I have a feeling that these are going to come along slowly.

11 comments:

Sue J. said...

I like the socks. Very nice colorway. Two at once. Ah, some day I will learn to do that so I can avoid the dreaded SSS which catches me every time.

Christy said...

That's a beautiful colorway. Probably slow, but good movie knitting.

Dot Com Mom said...

Wow that is a fine guage. I admire your skills and technique.

Where did you get the yarn?

cpurl17 said...

I still haven't learned the 2 socks at once method yet but I can relate not wanting to knit man sized socks!


The colors are pretty (yet manly)

Bezzie said...

I get the feeling I'd develop SSS if I was knitting big-foot man socks too. Maybe that's why I've never knit socks for my husband ;-)

Stacie said...

I really want to learn that technique. I have rally really band SSS, or sock knitting ADD.. SKADD?

Zonda said...

Looking good so far! That is a perfect way to knit them! Then you'll be done with both of them! It may take a while, but keep telling yourself..they'll both be done!! It can get a bit fiddly at times and keep a spare dpn in that size (or other knitting needle) in case you do what I did..um..use the wrong needle! Good luck! :) We're rooting for you!

angelarae said...

They are doing a slogalong at Mason Dixon Knitting. Maybe you could join it for your socks:) That yarn is pretty:)

Ang

Julie said...

Beautiful colorway for the socks. Very manly :) I'm like you; I hesitate to make man socks and it's partly because not only the foot is longer, but you have to make a longer cuff too; and partly because someone else gets to wear them. I prefer to use the "bigger" excuse.

Mom said...

They are knitting up really nice on that size needle. Keep at it and you'll eventually get it done. Maybe Brad should try knitting himself and he could finish them?! I know better than that!!

kris said...

wow, 10.5 stiches in inch!!! i don't think i would have the patience... :) but i do think the finer the gauge, the more resilient it will be, but i haven't knitted socks long enough to test my theory. i love the colors though!!!