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Old 01-28-2006, 05:35 PM   #21
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NICE sock, Mer! I suppose I should pick mine up again today, after seeing that one. :thinking: I frogged it, though, so I'm starting over. Maybe I'll start one with thicker yarn first.
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Old 01-28-2006, 06:17 PM   #22
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If you're still having trouble with the cast on, I found a toe-up pattern a little while ago that didn't use the figure 8 cast on.

In this pattern, you do a cable cast on, which isn't bad as long as you do it loosely, then you do one row as double knitting (it explains how), and then you divide your stitches on your needles. This can probably be adapted to your pattern just by changing the number of stitches you cast on.
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Old 01-28-2006, 06:22 PM   #23
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Thanks! That looks like something with which I would have a lot less trouble.
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Old 01-28-2006, 07:37 PM   #24
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I started a pair of toe-up socks today, and let me tell you, it's been a freaking F5 experience. I tried the "easy toe" first, and it was totally jacked. So then, on to the short row toe, which seemed next-easiest...um, try again. It completely sucked. So finally, I try the figure 8, which I've been totally avoiding because it sounds skeeery and that one did the trick. Finally. Yeesh. One toe down, one to go. I'm doing different colored toes/heels so I'm going to do both toes first, to get it over with. :rollseyes:

I'm wondering if I'm totally going to jack the heel, though, because I jacked the short-row toe so badly. Really, it was horrendous.

I'm kind of bummed, too, because I really enjoy knitting socks -- I've never had any trouble with top-down socks, but I like the idea of toe-up because then you can just keep knitting and not worry about running out of yarn/how long the cuff can be. But so far I'm not enjoying it too much....we'll see how the heel goes.......
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Old 01-28-2006, 09:34 PM   #25
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I'm working on my very first pair of socks...
I took three sock lessons at my local knit/yarn shop. I learned using the "provisional cast on" method. It was easy to do. The short rows are what threw me but thank God it "clicked" for me this Thursday night when I went for her "help night". So I came right home to begin the second sock. I am done as far as to the point of "learning" how to do the heels. I am knitting them at the same time so I will end up with TWO socks!! I can't wait to begin a second pair.
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Okay...some progress...these are going to be really cozy
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:56 PM   #27
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Even though I'm not officially part of this KAL, I am currently doing toe-up socks. I'm doing them with worsted weight yarn for my daughter and they are too thick to fit in her shoes. sob. She can wear them around as house socks I guess. sigh. I will say that they knit up MUCH faster than the teeny sock yarn socks did. I'm done with one and about a third of the way through the next. I used the figure 8 cast on and I really do like that. The heels however are another story. I like the heels on my top-down socks way, way, WAY better. I think I'll try to find another set of directions because the ones I was following had errors and I am not comfortable enough to know if I fudged it alright or not.
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Old 01-29-2006, 11:18 PM   #28
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Can I join this KAL even if I'm getting close to finishing my socks? It popped up while I was away and I've been watching it for a few days.

I'm making a pair in the knitpicks simple stripes. I love how the colors knit up! And everyone is really impressed with the stripes, and even when I tell them it's just the yarn, they're still wicked impressed, as if I was the one that made the yarn do that. It's doing wonders for my ego!

I'm so excited to actually wear these socks.
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:50 AM   #29
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Yay, more toe-up knitters! You can join the KAL whenever you want--no rules! (right Cate? I guess this is your KAL!)

Julie, the heels are gonna be fine! How are they different from top-down ones?
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:54 AM   #30
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It's not my KAL! I haven't even re-cast on yet. Sigh. I'll get there, I promise.
But yes, no rules. Join whenever you want! The more, the merrier! And the more, the less likely people will notice I started this and am not making any. :rollseyes:
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