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Old 07-19-2007, 05:46 PM   #11
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I want to join! I have sock yarn, that I bought at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival back in May, and I've been planning on using Silver's tutorial for my first sock

I have a question, though - the yarn I bought doesn't have any gauge info on the label. How do I know what size needles to use? TIA!
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:58 PM   #12
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right now I'm working on 3 different Second Socks, all using Silver's Sock Tutorial. the first is one for CV, the second is one for my mom, and the third is a short little thing with only a 1/2" "cuff" for me (I think).
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:37 PM   #13
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Cool! I am joining you...I am working on my first pair of toe up socks, loosely based on this tutorial. I was going to try Widdershins but quickly realized this is not written for my big feet and I don't know enough about cabling or toe up to adapt it yet.

I knit 2 socks at a time on DPNs and I just finished both toes. I am using Lorna's Laces in Blackberry. First time knitting with it, I like it a lot.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:18 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by bobi1218 View Post
I have a question, though - the yarn I bought doesn't have any gauge info on the label. How do I know what size needles to use?
Bobi- I was wondering the same thing! There was no gauge info on my label either. So, I contacted the lady who dyed it. She gave me this website:
http://www.wiseneedle.com:80/yarnrevaddhelp.asp

Scroll down to where it says "2. Yarn Details" and in that section there is a chart for the different yarn weights. For most of the yarn weights it gives a common gauge. That's what I'm doing... Hopefully it works! But you may want to contact the person/company who made your yarn if you can, just in case.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:02 PM   #15
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This is very timely! I'd like to join and knit along.

I just started my first sock last night. I'm using South West Trading Company's TOFUtsies yarn and size 1 bamboo dpns. It seemed a good choice since the practice pair is DD, who is a vegetarian. She immediately volunteered to be the recipient of my first socks.

Nobones, I got off to slow start last night and had to cast on 4 times until I got it going. Now, as others advised, since I've got about 2 inches of cuff it's going easier with the 4 needles.
I too, look forward to all the pics and am going to try to post one later tonight when my camera batteries recharge.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:05 PM   #16
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oh yea, I also have this site bookmarked for help with yarns and gauge etc.

http://www.yarndex.com/
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:13 PM   #17
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If it's your first time using a certain type of yarn, I would advise knitting a swatch that you can unravel later. Since knitting in the round produces a different gauge than back and forth knitting, I just cast on a few inches worth of stitches onto one doublepointed needle, knit across it, and then rather than turn the needle, just let your working yarn come across the back of the knitting (kindof like when you make i-cord, except VERY LOOSE), push your stitches back down to the right end, and start knitting across again. Knit this way for 3 or 4 inches length atleast, and wide enough to be able to measure across a couple of inches in the middle of the knitting, well in from each end (which will be loose and wonky).
Start out with the needles recommended in the pattern you're using, or if it doesn't specify, start out with size 2 dpns for fingering/sock weight yarn.Measure a couple of inches in the middle of your swatch, and see how many stitches you're getting, and how many rows. You can adjust from there.

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I'm in.. I'm making toe up 2 at a time on 2 circ socks.. :D
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YAY! I'm so glad all of you are joinin in....

I'm hoping I can knit this weekend and finish up the Fancy Silk sock... I haven't been able to knit all week except at the dr office on Wed.

Nobones~if we can help in any way with the ribbing just let me know!

I'm so glad to see so many just starting their first socks... they look harder than what they are and if you do get stuck just ask away and we will help ya....
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I actually got to knit a little bit last night... I turned the heel on my sock and hope I can finish it up this weekend.. How is everyone else doing?
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