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April 23, 2007



Your first pair of socks look wonderful! Congrats on finishing them.


Thanks, Debbie! I took this photo on Saturday morning. I've been wearing them all weekend. :)


In my experience, that's another great thing about knit socks. You can wear them for an entire weekend and not feel to disgusting.

They look great! Congratulations. This is more than just the first pair of socks. This is a first pair of socks with sock yarn, with the magic loop, with ribbing, and with no pattern.

My first pair involved worsted weight, size 6 dpns, and a "trash bag" closure at the top because I didn't yet know about Kitchner.

Somehow the holes in my knitted socks bother me much less than holes in other socks. I've knit several and am still working on how to get rid of laddering and gussett holes.

Congrats on a job well done!


Yes...live and learn, that's my knitting motto these days as well! Your socks look great, and I'd love to get my hands on some Dutch sock yarn. Let me know if you'd ever want to do a trade for some Koigu or other brand that you can't get over there;)


Becky: I tripped over a Web site that detailed a different way to do a short row heel that doesn't have holes, but I guess I didn't bookmark it. :( Maybe it's in a book - not sure. But apparently there are ways of making nice with short rows.


Heather: You don't have to wait for me to get Dutch yarn. Astrid (http://www.astridsdutchobsessions.com/ - click on Sock Yarn and scroll down for Scheepjes) can get you anything you want at ultra reasonable shipping rates, not really much more than you'd pay to order it from a US shop.

I'd be happy to swap, but unfortunately Scheepjes is no where near as nice as Koigu. Their yarn is made in a factory along with embroidery kits, quilting fabric, and rug yarn. I would waaaay get the upper hand in that swap. ;)


Looks great! Lovin' the tropical feet. :) I've yet to try a short row heel but want to one of these days, since the heel looks prettier with certain designs. And am I seeing you watching cat scratch? Yes I watch too much TV.


The holes in my last pair of socks came from a dropped stitch caught after seaming things up. Many thanks to attention deficit and arrogance combined. I should really believe that when I count one less stitch on a needle more than once that there could be a problem and it's not with my counting.

Short rows- that's when you go to the middle, p2 together, come back a certain number and ssk and repeat until you get to the end of the needle k'ing and p'ing, yes? This is the only heel I have ever done. I have a friend who swears by just picking up an extra stitch where the heel meets the bottom of the top of the sock and k2 tog to close that hole. I wonder if that's "legal?"


Jennie: I'm not sure what that show is. Since they dub Nick into Dutch, I almost never watch it. But, I love that whatever it is looks like it's about to eat my feet. :)

Becky: The short row I used was knit until there are two stitches left on, slip the next stitch purlwise, bring the yarn forward and slip it back. Turn the work and then purl across until you have only two stitches left. Slip stitch purlwise, bring the yarn back, slip it back on to left needle, bring the yarn forward again. Turn work and then knit until there are three stitches left. Repeat with an ever-increasing number of stitches left on the needles. You stop somewhere in the middle and then reverse the whole thing. They were calling this "wrapping stitches" b/c of all the yarn forwards and backwards. It left me with holes along the heel on both sides of the foot. I'm anxious to get the SKS book to see what other options I have. It might be here by the end of the week. :)

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