Done with the socks!

Well, it is official now. I have knit my first pair of socks. All in all I am very happy with them.  Not bad for the first pair.

 

First pair of socks

First pair of socks

I confess they are a bit too big for him. I will have to shorten the next pair up. Also they are too loose. I deliberately used a larger needle because I didn’t want them to be tight around his ankles. Well they really are too loose and I should have just followed the directions and used the correct size needles. As a result, they bunch up around his ankles, but he is wearing them today anyway! Gosh, I love that man!

Now for my dilemma. What to knit next? I only have one pair of size 2 circulars so I can only knit one pair of sock. There is a beautiful pattern in Charlene Schurch’s book, More Sensational Knitted Socks that I want to try, but I am wondering if I should keep it simple and more portable. I would use the beautiful Gloss yarn that I just got from Knitpicks. If I had another set of size 2’s this would be simple. I would start a pair of plain ribbed socks with the pink Aussi yarn and I would do the multi colored socks from MSKN with the Gloss. 

I have a feeling it will be the multicolored socks.

I was victorious over the gusset!

I figured it out and didn’t even need to go to the LYS! It was pouring rain yesterday and super windy. I did not want to get in the car and go to the LYS to get this sock done. There wasn’t even a guarantee anyone that could help me would be there. So, with the help of the links below and my own common sense I gave it a try. If I messed it up then I would go to the LYS and beg for help.

First thing I did was what seemed obvious. I picked up the first set of gusset stiches with the needle end I left off with. It made sense. To complicate things, I had too many stitches. I had to backtrack a little and get rid of some yo’s that I had inadvertently done. My yarn ups cam out great and I picked up the extra stitch and left the marker. OK, it looked good.

 

Picked up first set of gusset stitches

Picked up first set of gusset stitches

Now I had to figure out what the heck she meant by ‘the distant 10’. She says to pick up with the other needle (I will refer to this as the ‘instep needle’) and it sounded like she meant the distant 10 stitches that were on the working needle (we will call this the ‘heal flap needle’). What was throwing me off was that left a big gap where the other side of the gusset stitches were waiting to be picked up. What about them? How was I to get them on the instep needle if I had these 10 stitches hanging on the end? Just to play around I put the stitches on the other needle and looked at it. It didn’t make sense. 

This is where I had the aha moment. If I knit half the instep with the heal flap needle that would give me the required stitch amount + 10 on the heal flap needle.  I would leave the distant 10 on the heal flap needle and go ahead and complete the instep with the  instep needle and then be at the right spot to knit up the other gusset stitches. After I knit up the gusset stitches, then I would transfer over the Distant 10! That made perfect sense!

Here I am after I knit up the second set of gussets. You can see the Distant 10 there ready to be transfered over. Now I have the correct amount of stitches on each needle and I am happy as a pig in $h!t

 

The Distant 10

The Distant 10

Now I could work on the gusset section of the sock. It was quite easy and now I was loving the 2 circular needle method! 

 

Gusset all knitted up

Gusset stitches all picked up

 

 

Knitting the Gusset

Knitting the Gusset

And here is the progress I made by the end of the day. Smooth sailing from here!

 

Toe here I come!

Toe here I come!

Oh happy day!

This Gusset Stuff is Driving me Crazy!

I was really making progress on my first attempt at a sock…. until I finished the heal flap. I got to the section entitled picking up the gusset stitches. I then became totally clueless. I wasn’t sure which end of the needle to use to pick up the stitches first off. Then it tells to you to pick up a stitch at the end and place a marker. A marker for what? Then she says to look at the other end of your needle to see the other stitches waiting to be picked up. Yes I see them. OK. Uh, what do I do with them? The yarn is on the other side of my sock, so I can’t pick them up. Then the directions state to transfer 10 ‘distant stitches to the other needle. What ‘distant stitches’? I have no clue what she means by this. 

I was a little disappointed, but not too worried. I just went to bed and was quite confident I could google around and find answers. Well it wasn’t so easy. There is nothing on the web (that I could find) demonstrated what Cat means by the ‘distant stitches’. What I really need is to see it done. Then I will get it for sure. I checked UTube but there was nothing demonstating the gusset. I searched the Ravelry forums and there were plenty of people stuck at the same spot as me, but no clear answers.

I did find one thread that was a little helpful here. This person was stuck at the same spot as me and he does get some excellent advise that helped me a lot too, but nothing about those ‘distant’ stitches.

What I will have to do is go to the yarn shop with my directions and hope that someone can help me figure out what this means. Otherwise I will email Cat Bordhi with the question and hope she will help me out.

Here is how it looks now:

 

The Sock

The Sock

and here is my heal turn. Not too bad.

 

 

Heal Turn

Heal Turn

On a happier note, I fixed that dropped stitch on the Mangia Shawl. It doesn’t look perfect. You can see it looks a little pulled, but I think it will settle in and loosen up a bit as I continue to work on it.

Here is picture of the fix. A big thank you to Kelley Petkun for her knitpicks podcast number 52 on how to pick up dropped stitches. It was a great help!

Here is the shawl now. Can you see the tightness?

 

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Ravelry Rocks!

Wow, what a great weekend. I got all my housework done Friday night and first thing Saturday morning because I was thinking I may finally get my Ravelry invite and I was right! I had a lot of fun setting up my account there. Found myself taking a lot of pictures of my small stash and my various projects. I already have a few friends there and joined a few groups. Would you believe they have a group for Rush fans?! Joined that one right away. They even have a Tarot group! Wow. Every kind of group you can think of, they have.

I also spent a bit of time fixing a dropped stitch on the Mangia Shawl. I went to an old Knitpicks podcast specifically about dropped stitches and it was a big help. A little scary too for sure. It went down 11 rows, so it took a bit of time and concentration, but it is fixed now and I can continue on with it. 

Speaking of Ravelry again, I found out about a yarn shop up near where my ex husband lives and decided to drop in this weekend after I dropped off my daughter. It is called Yarn Central and is located in Hopewell Junction, NY. I can not say enough good things about this store. The woman there was so friendly and welcoming. She was very knowledgeable and helped me pick out a good sock yarn for my first pair of socks. I also picked up Cat Bordhi’s book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. I think this will be the perfect method for me. I can’t wait to visit this store again. It was WELL worth the trip. Even the customers were so friendly and welcoming. They wanted me to stay and knit with them and I just felt so welcome. I even met a woman that belonged to Ravelry. By the time I got home she had added me as a friend. Doesn’t get better than that. Big difference from the Peekskill Yarn shop where I felt like I was interrupting them.