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The blue socks are complete!

by VM Brasseur on October 24th, 2008

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve overcome the sock woes from a week ago to complete the first pair of socks that I’ve made for me. It required that I take a week off (read: work a mere 40 hrs in the week) and that I do one final extended burn this evening, fueled by Dr. Who and Firefly, but it’s all worked out OK in the end.

The technical details, for those who are into that sort of thing:

  • I used almost two balls of Regia Silk Colors. It’s 20% silk, 55% Merino and 25% polyamide. There are approximately 200m per 50g ball
  • Needles were Size 2 (American)
  • Pattern was a modified Beginner Lightweight Sock. The modification was nothing more complicated than the ribbing but I also made the top part shorter than the pattern called for to be sure I’d have enough yarn.
  • The pattern theoretically has a women’s and men’s version. I only wear a size 9 but still the women’s version was too small for my foot. The men’s version was A-OK (though it would not fit any man I know).

I’m wearing the socks right now and so far am very pleased. They’re fairly warm, but despite that and the fact that the temperature when I leave the office still regularly exceeds 80° I’ll be wearing them to work next week. My black Dansko clogs will be perfect for showing them off.

Yes, I’m sitting here on a Friday night scheming to show off my socks. No, that’s not pathetic. In fact it’s pretty darn cool. I don’t mind saying that I’m very proud of my hosiery accomplishment, thankyouverymuch.

Next quest: to knit a sweater which is decent enough to wear in public.

From → Knitting, Projects

  1. Mom & Dad B permalink

    Congratulations! Now Nova will have something to bring to you for a treat.

  2. This inspired me – I’m taking a class next week to learn how to make socks! (After that, I may join the sock-of-the-every-other-month club.) I picked up my yarn and pattern yesterday, and knitted the first few inches to get ready for class. (They are pale green, pink and turquoise striped.)

  3. Hurrah! You’ll like sock making. They take a while to make (small needles + small yarn == many stitches) but they’re easy to take places and very satisfying once you complete them. Plus, as Guy says, you really can’t have too many pairs of socks.

    You should bookmark KnitPicks. Good yarn, great prices.

  4. Anneke permalink

    Yaaaay! You conquered the “darn it I’ll have to pull out a whole section and redo it” roadblock! Props to you.

    I got my sock book in the mail, finally, and am planning to knit on the way to Portland, today. Hope I’ll do as well as you did! October was my crochet month (you missed the baby booties I gave Jeff & Mariya at the party), and now it’s knitting time, b****es! (Yes, I did just read your baby stoat/vote post….)

  5. Woot! The sock-makers are coming out in droves!

    For the record, the socks were worn to the office today and more than make the grade. This yarn is great stuff. There’s nothing quite like enrobing your feet in silk (OK, silk blend, whatever) to help get you through the day.

    Anneke and Chrissy, if you need any sock assistance just let me know..and I’ll hand you off to someone else. 🙂 I don’t know tons myself but the Albertellis are great at solving sock-knitting woes.

  6. suomynona permalink

    BTW I _Highly_ Suggest this book:

    It’s a great book. Has everything from the simplest possible socks all the way up to some really neat ones.

    Icludes complete directions, and theory of sock construction, and is completely agnostic when it comes to the great sock needle war (4 dpns vs. 5 dpns vs. 2 circular needles)

    It’s a great book.

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