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The Knitwit Papers, Chapter XIV: Embossed Leaves Socks

Date Begun: 03/17/2008
Date Completed: 04/30/2008
Yarn: SWTC TOFUtsies in 730 Pink & White
Needles: US3 DPN (metal)
Source: Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave
The Story:
I'm so proud of this one. This is the first pair of socks I've made in a while and only the second pair ever.

Normally, I do a lot of knitting with big, bulky yarns (or at least worsted weight), and needles of at least size 8. Anything smaller than that, and I feel like I'm working with straight pins and sewing thread. So this was a very, very different experience - working with fingering/super-fine yarn and teeeeeensy needles. When I first started on them, I felt like I was going to break the yarn and stab myself with the needles. But happily, neither of those things happened. I made it all the way through the socks without hurting myself or destroying my (unbelievably expensive, but also really nice to work with) yarn.

I have to admit that making these socks has caused something of an addiction with me - I think socks may be my new favorite thing to make. Bad news is that sock yarn kind of.... doesn't come cheap. I've searched high and low and everywhere I can think - online and off and it looks like the cheapest sock yarn around still comes out to something around $8.00 a skein. Those are some expensive socks. It can be argued, though, that at least I'm getting a project out of it in addition to a nice gift for myself or someone else.

Anyway. Back to the socks.

So these were also an experiment in making lace AND using a chart instead of instructions - both things I haven't really done. And I have to say that it went pretty well. The socks fit (as you can see) and they look way more complicated than they really were. Once I figured out the pattern, I realized I could make it through an entire pattern repeat in about an hour. The first sock took me some time, mostly because I got almost all the way to the end of the foot before I realized I'd pooched it. I had to frog (rip out my knitting) all the way back to the heel. <Sigh>

Even though it looks like it took me a month and half to knit these, it actually didn't take that long because I did have to rip a bunch out and stat again. Plus there was the fact that work has been CRAZY with a capital... everything... so my only time to work on them was during the wait before diet class and on the weekends. Since I spent a large number of the weeks of diet class working on these, they're convinced that I'm the slowest knitter ever.

But now that they're done, I have a new problem to ponder. They're so pretty that I need to find special shoes just to show them off. They don't seem like tennis shoe socks or sandal socks or loafer socks or... well, socks requiring shoes at all. So I'm not entirely sure how to show them off. I don't want them to get damaged, so that means I can't really wear them with any shoe that might rub. Maybe I'll sleep in them, like Mom suggests. At least that way, I know they'll get used without getting damaged.

Maybe if you're lucky, I'll use my next skein of sock yarn for you. :-)


Hello! So happy I can help.

Yes, a tbl is through the back of the first stitch before you move from the left needle to the right. It ends up making a nice, clean increase (one of my favorite ways to increase because it's almost invisible).

The "s1 wyif" means finish your last knitted stitch, then pull the working yarn to the front and slip the stitch from the left needle to the right. You're not slipping it over anything, just make sure you have the working yarn "trapped" between your last knitted stitch and the slipped one - both over on your right needle. If I remember correctly, yes, it does look a little bumpy and strange at first, but as you work along, it smoothes out.

The Knitting Glossary has lots of videos that might help.

Help! I'm trying to knit these. Have the right yarn, checked the gauge, but I can't figure out this type of ribbing stitch. Would you tell me what to do. The pattern is: k1, k1 tbl (is that the back loop of the first stitch or should that have been moved to the right needle?) then s1 wyif (is the stitch to be slipped a new one from the left needle or the old one?)(I'm not supposed to be slipping the stitch over anything am I?) if I do this just the way it says it looks awfully bumpy on my version, but it looks great on yours and the pattern picture. The only blog I've seen about this is going on about where you're supposed to join the yarn, but I do get that the instructions for the ribbing stitch are just given separately from the pattern instructions.

I like how the lace goes all around the foot. I was thinking about these things earlier today. As for the price of sock yarns- Knit Picks!! I love their sock yarns.

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