Category: Sox Therapy

What Can You Learn from Manufactured Socks?

Q.  Does anybody else live with a husband, SO or otherwise adult male who simply can't get the hang of turning his socks (and underwear, and t-shirts) right side out before tossing into the laundry hamper? (A.  Does a bear crap in the woods?) I admit my equally adult response to this is, that while…

Fair Isle Just Doesn’t Work for Socks

Today I have an actual FO to share and some "experience", free gratis.  You know what experience is, right? "Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted."  ~~ Dan Stanford Ta-da!  Here is the latest in socks for DH. I was pretty against the idea of knitting plain navy blue socks…

Champagne, Anyone?

drumroll please…  Et voilà!  I can now unveil pictures of my latest sock design. While you may have sipped champagne while you knit, I bet you haven’t ever knitted champagne glasses, in a veritable champagne fountain — complete with little bubbles! The openwork heart on the toe is of course optional, and I can tell…

New Sock Club Design

I’ve said it before, but — it’s so hard to write on your knitting blog, when you can’t blog about what it is you are knitting. But now I can reveal that soon,  the next installment in the sock club by “For Yarn’s Sake” will be released, with this month’s design by yours truly!  The…

Sock Design 101: Part 6

Hey, we made it!  This is the final post in the toe-up sock design series.  And since it is the final one, naturally we are going to talk about binding off. The biggest problem with binding off a toe-up sock is how to keep the bind-off from being too tight.  The BO edge has to…

Sock Design 101: Part 5

Before we finish off the sock design series, we have to talk about ribbing. Ribbing is actually a fairly important design consideration.  Ribbing at the top edge is what keeps a sock up if it is made of a less-stretchy stitch pattern, such as plain stockinette.  And no one is going to wear a pair…

Sock Design 101: Part 4

OK, I admit I got a little off track, and sort of forgot I had this sock design series going.  Apologies to both of you who have been sitting on the edge of your computer chairs, waiting breathlessly for the next post in the series. What do you mean, you weren’t? Oh, of course.  You…

Sock Design 101: Part 3

Oh, hi. You got that basketweave sock done all the way to the heel then?  Not quite?  OK, good, we’ll "pick up" where we left off.  (ha, ha, little knitting humor there.  Very little.) Last time we went through the exercise of setting up the basketweave pattern st so that it was centered on the…

“Rite of Spring” lace sock pattern

  The “Rite of Spring” lace sock pattern, which was the April exclusive to the Fearless Fibers lace club, is now available for everyone to purchase as a Ravelry download!  let’s see if this works… I am unsure whether you have to be a Ravelry member to use that button.  (But if you’re not, what…

Sock Design 101: Part 2

(This is the second in a series of posts discussing the process of designing DH’s basketweave socks.) We left off Part 1 with a completed toe, and have discovered that in order to have a sock foot that is about 7" circumference, we have ended up with 64 sts total for the foot of the…

Sock Design 101: Part 1

Oh, happy day!  DH has another pair of handknit socks, and I have one less UFO.  (Believe it or not, I’m down to just SIX UFO’s.  My advice is to keep an eye out for plagues of locusts.) I started these socks on the trip to New Zealand, with yarn I bought there:  Naturally Haven, a…

“Rite of Spring” Sock (for FF Lace Club)

OK, you got a peek at the toe a couple of weeks ago — now here’s the rest of it!   I said you wouldn’t get bored halfway through, now didn’t I? This is the pattern for the April ’09 shipment from the Fearless Fibers "Whisper of Spring" lace club.  It’s only being sent out to…

sneek pink — I mean, peek

OK, so obviously I am a sucker for pink.  And being a redhead, this can be problematic — although I am starting to see more and more hairs that are, shall we say, colorless — so maybe this issue will resolve itself in time.  (My hairdresser refers to them as "platinum highlights", BTW.  Talk about…

Fixing the Too-Short Socks

You may remember that one of the things I recently finished was a pair of short socks for DH.  Unfortunately, they turned out to be short in multiple places:  one of which was the leg, as intended, and one of which was the foot, which was not. And you may also recall that Sheryl’s remark…

When the Student Is Ready…

The rest of the old Buddhist saying is, "…then the teacher will appear." Well, usually I’m the knitting teacher — but in this case, I became the student.  Last Friday, I was grousing about the short black socks I had knitted for DH while on the trip in New Zealand.  Although I had faithfully copied the…

What I Knit This Summer

I’m sure at least one of you is wondering — "Well, fine, lots of sheep, some yarn stores, but did she actually get any knitting done on the trip?" Well, yes and no.  OK, well, actually, there can only be one accurate answer there, which is YES, I did knit a couple of things on…

Yarn, Finally

Well, it had to happen sometime. I had to stumble upon some yarn eventually. I didn’t expect it to be in the little town of Gore, though. Nor did I expect it to be some lovely handspun. Just hold your horses — I’ll get to the picture of the yarn in a minute. We drove…

I Can’t Make This Stuff Up

OK, I believe I now have incontrovertible proof that the socks I am currently making trying to make for DH have some kind of curse upon them. You may remember all the trials and tribulations that I went through — admittedly, some self-imposed — in getting this pair off the ground.  But, I finally bowed…

Not Guilty, Your Honor

Oh, boy.  It’s been, like, a week and a half.  What happened to blogging? Well, I’ll tell you what happened to blogging.  Life happened, that’s what.  That, and as I mentioned recently, knitters wanting knitting lessons have reappeared this fall with a vengeance.  In the past month, my teaching hours each week have been up…

Knitting on the Other Side of the World

OK, I know both of you were kind of worried about it, but I believe I have figured out an elegant solution to a looming knitting problem: What on earth do I take along to knit in New Zealand?? See, it’s a three-week trip (not to mention a loooong flight), so I couldn’t possibly go…

Vine Leaf Socks

Ahhhhhh — finally, I can sit back, relax and blog a little bit.  And it’s great that I can now write about something that’s recently been taking a lot of my time. If I were to tell anyone else how things have been just "crazy busy" lately in the world of knitting, well, they’d probably…

Kitchener, Smitchener

Well, I’m sure both of you have done Kitchener stitch, or grafting, in the usual way:  it involves a tapestry needle, at least one reference book, and some quiet time alone — not to mention gnashing of teeth. Wanna try another way? But first, a warning:  for those who openly mock my habit of collecting…

Sasquatch Report

Hey, we’re back from our trip to [Sasquatch->] over the Memorial Day Weekend.  And it was an interesting weekend. (BTW, this post really does include something pretty interesting about sock heels too, although that bit’s way at the end.  Just skip down there if you must.) Sasquatch is a big 3-day music festival held annually…

Roomier Short Row Heels

OK, even I can admit that this short row heel obsession thing may be getting a bit out of hand. But there’s another little gem of genius here worth sharing, in my efforts to eliminate the inelegant flap-and-gusset-style heel from the face of the earth. I’ve seen where some people, especially men, prefer the fit of an F’n’G…

Kenkyo Socks

OK, once again my lack of recent blogging is due to me having to work on other stuff.  (Lately I’ve really been forced to admit there are only so many hours in a given day, or week.  And some of them are required for sleeping, or else I get even more really cranky.)  But big…

Short Rows, Deconstructed

So, while I haven't been blogging much in the past week or so, I really have been busy. One of the things I've been working on is a sock pattern for my friend Deb, whose blog lives over at www.fearlessfibers.blogspot.com.  She dyes bee-you-tee-full yarn and sells it on Etsy — which if you haven't visited is a…

I Think I’ll Keep Him

Over the weekend, I had a touch of  "the depression" *. Specifically, I had the knitting depression. I didn’t have a single decent current project, the UFOs were one big pile o’ crap, I hated everything in my hotlist **. I HAD NOTHING TO KNIT. If this sounds to you a bit like closet angst (I HAVE…

FO: DH’s new green socks

Aaaaaand here they are, in all their glory: These socks comprise many of my favorite sock-knitting techniques to date.  I prefer techniques that work well and are easy to memorize, so for those of you who want to know the nuts & bolts, here’s a brief recap:  Tess’ Best Toe-up Socks recipe Judy’s excellent-(but-not-magical) CO:  20 sts.…

Hubby’s Socks and the Three Toes

Well, on Sunday evening (Sunday the 13th!) I finally cast on another pair of socks for DH. The yarn is Lana Grossa "Meilenweit 6 fach" in a true solid dark green – his favorite color.  I like doing toe-up socks, so I don’t have to bother too much with a gauge swatch or any math or anything. …