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07-03-2008, 11:39 AM
Hello KHers, I haven't been here in a while. Wasn't getting much knitting done. I do finally have an FO though! :happydance:

This project was difficult for so many reasons... I have been inspired by the sock knitters of KH, and I really wanted to knit socks! I tried to make the little practice sock from SKS, but I got frustrated and so just dove in. I used the Yarn Harlot's plain sock recipe. In no particular order, I had a lot of trouble with:
the little yarn (Austermann step)
the little needles
the 5 needles (Knitpicks metal dpns)
the pattern
starting both socks in the same place so they would match
kitchener stitch
paying attention
getting all the little stitches back on the needles after I had to frog... several times... :teehee:

I am pleased to have a pair of socks, and I'm trying to live with their (my) imperfections. I should have used smaller needles for the ribbing, I have some ladders, and I started the toe decreases too early on the second sock so it's a little shorter and the stripes don't match at the toes. I'm still considering ripping that one back to make them match better, but right now they're on my feet and covered in dog hair already. And I really want to start a pair of Jaywalkers... (actually I started a pair but ripped them since I couldn't get them over my foot once I started the zigzag pattern - that sucker is tight!!)

So would you guys rip & fix? I know just a couple days ago the Yarn Harlot ripped something back that had a little mistake and of course I read it right after I bound off that second sock. ARGH!!!

07-03-2008, 11:53 AM
I think you have done a fantastic job on the socks and I would leave them be. you will look back and think how far you have come and all the things you learnt. I don't try to hard to make the stripes match up that is part of the fun making your own sock each one is an individual but you know they go together.

Look forward to seeing your next pair.

07-03-2008, 01:04 PM
I think they look great just the way they are. Be Proud of yourself...You've made your first pair of socks.:cheering: My first pair was pitiful, compared to the socks I've made since then, but I still have them. I'll always remember how proud of myself I was for making my own socks. :teehee:

07-03-2008, 01:16 PM
oh there great, i'd leave them be as well.

i finished my first pair last week, i would do the same as you and use a smaller needle for the cuff next time.

they look far far better than my pair

Jan in CA
07-03-2008, 02:09 PM
I think they look great! No, I definitely wouldn't rip them back. They're socks and they are yours. If you learned something from them call it a learning experience. As for matching..eh who cares. :teehee:

Here's some I made that don't match on purpose. :teehee:

Welcome back!

sue in canada
07-03-2008, 02:18 PM
They look fine to me, so I would leave them. I have used that same yarn for a pair I made.

07-03-2008, 02:59 PM
Absolutely leave them! They look great. You did a wonderful job on your first socks. I can't wait to see the Jaywalkers.

07-03-2008, 05:52 PM
Ooh, Jan I like those. What yarn is that?

The weird thing is that I started the decreases maybe 2 rows too early, but since the toe gets so narrow, there's that HUGE chunk of blue at the end, even though the socks are only a little different in length. I think I'm going to leave them. Especially since I have a few rounds done on the Jaywalkers.

Thanks for everyone's input!

Jan in CA
07-03-2008, 06:01 PM
I used Plymouth Encore DK. They were a project we did at our knit night at my LYS. I use them as slipper socks since they are too heavy for me to use as socks.

Here's the pattern. It's all fair isle btw. ;)

07-03-2008, 06:42 PM
Hi There!:waving:

wow, those are really beautiful:heart: I havnt attempted socks yet, but if I made those as my first (or second, or third...:teehee: ) pair I would be darned proud of myself! I wouldnt rip them, I'd never take them off:teehee:


07-03-2008, 09:39 PM
Those are perfectly lovely socks!! I say leave 'em~ they are your *first* pair!? ~ you should be stoked!! They look great!

I agree with Ladylou, wear them continuously :teehee:

07-03-2008, 10:08 PM
Jan, OH NO! Fair Isle!!! I guess I thought it was just the yarn color. DUH. That must have taken forever. I don't think I'm ready to combine Fair Isle and socks just yet... :)