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Normally, harrock works from home on Friday, which means that it's the one day where he sleeps in and I get up first. But today, he popped out of bed early, and there were Waffles! And Bacon! And lattes from Diesel! For Valentine's Day! Aww! And (due to having been either provoked or inspired or some other verb by mjperson) there was a present. Happily, I had also finished my present, of Warm Socks.

The stripey stripey yarn is from Twisted Fiber Arts, which had a Downton Abbey yarn club this winter. This one is "Fox Hunt". The yarn people publish this particular sock pattern, which is basically "change stitch patterns when the yarn color changes", which I think is nicely striking for the stripey yarn.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: February 14th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww.
merastra From: merastra Date: February 14th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Waffles, yum!
sorceror From: sorceror Date: February 14th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bacon is love. ^_^
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: February 14th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay Waffles! Yay warm socks! <warm fuzzies all around>
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: February 15th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww!!!!! This makes me all smiley. :) :)
coffeekitty From: coffeekitty Date: February 15th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
nice socks!
i just learned how to knit and just finished my first project (a hat). now i really want to make warm socks. it looks hard, though. i am trying to find a good novice knitter explanation of how to make socks, or at least something that can help me figure out what i need to know.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: February 15th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the best way to start with socks is to find a good basic pattern meant for beginners and just knit it (I would start with top-down, rather than toe-up, because I think that lets you see each part of the sock more clearly one at a time). The trick here is that there are three different needle methods to knit socks - double pointed needles, two circulars, and one long circular ("magic loop"). I think the circular-based methods are easier than the double-pointed-needle method, but most knitting patterns still assume DPNs, so a pattern will be a little confusing when it talks about having three or four needles, and you have only two or one.

I can find a lot of good beginner sock patterns for free that assume you're using DPNs, and while it's very easy to convert once you understand what you're doing, I think it might be a little frustrating to start with that.

So I think my suggestion would be to pick up a copy of Cat Bordhi's "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles", and start with her first sock pattern there, which will go into a lot of detail about How Socks Work. Note that Bordhi is very chatty, which can be good if you want reassurance, but if you just want her to tell you what to do next, it might irritate you.

I also find a lot of advice to start with a heavier weight sock, such as in sport weight or worsted - it'll go faster. :)
coffeekitty From: coffeekitty Date: February 21st, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks so much for the pointers! I don't mind using double points, so that might turn out to work just fine. we'll see.
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