13 September 2018

Sock it to me!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to buy slippers (my last ones saw three years of service) and time to knit socks.

Story about slippers. The slippers I've had for three years finally fell apart at the seams. They were from M&S (Marks and Spencer) so I went and bought another pair exactly the same. That pair lasted a whole week before falling apart so they went back!!! 

The picture is of more wool that I bought in Canada and the first sock 'on the needles').   Terry kindly split the ball for me so that it was half and half. She showed me that I needed to start in exactly the same place on the second sock to the first sock so that was my first task - to work out both starting places. It's the same brand of wool as these blue socks.  

Again I'm knitting in the continental manner which I'm getting quite fast at.  I've taught myself via YouTube (love that place) and find it so much quicker as it's more like crochet.

I'm just hoping I don't catch a dose of SSS and that I do manage to complete both socks. SSS? Second sock syndrome. I read that this is a disease that sock knitters can catch. Must check with my GP to see if I can get an inoculation to prevent it!!!


craftie sylvie said...

I caught the SSS on my first pair of socks. Well, I should say on my first sock! Now it's 2AAT (two at a time) or nothing. I lke this yarn, self-striping is not my go-to yarn (I like cables and the stripes tend to blur the motifs), but it's fun to see the stripes forming with 0% effort :)

Maureen said...

You could always knit both together, one inside the other- no SSS then! It's called double knitting. I have made a scarf this way, but never tried socks.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I do like the color of that yarn! Luckily, SSS has never hit me. However, it has been a long time since I've finished the first sock!

Madtatter80 said...

Fabulous work !

Jane McLellan said...

After the effort of working out how to make the stripes match, you’ll want to make that second sock! What a disappointment to have your new slippers fall apart.

God's Kid said...

Nice looking sock already!! :)

jennytats said...

The cure for SSS is a circular needle and knit both socks at once. It's a wonderful thing to finish both socks at the same time

Jane Eborall said...

I must try that sometime, jennytats.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

So delighted that you are finding the Continental method of knitting both comfortable and efficient. And you are already clipping along with the first sock, so I would think the second sock will be no problem at all!

I remember when I first realized (in 1964) that knitting stitches by holding the yarn in the left hand was just like crocheting - pulling a loop through a loop; and I couldn't believe that it was not mentioned in magazines and 'how to' books. I eventually learned it was called Continental or German. At our new knitting guild starting in 1987, I was considered 'odd' for knitting that way, and I couldn't convince the others to try it! Even during knitting segments on craft shows on TV, the host had to explain that the 'guest knitter' was doing Continental. And now - finally - Continental is seen everywhere on the internet and in books and magazines. So odd when it was the prominent method in Europe 'forever'! Purling, however, still causes difficulties for some knitters, but knitting in the round helps alleviate the problem, except for ribbing!

I may have mentioned before that I knit, crochet and tat using the same hand 'wrap' in the left hand. While you were tatting up a storm in the '60s '70s and '80s, I was knitting (and crocheting) like crazy, but still didn't know how to tat until 1989, even though I first tried back around 1956 with a Boye shuttle and the 10 cent "How To" book. I didn't understand the 'knot' and even when I did 'get it' in 1989, I couldn't do the 'normal' pinch too well (it even hurt my left arm). Then fortunately I discovered that I could do the pinch with the middle finger just like crocheting/knitting - and I was off and running!

Self-striping yarns are also a major boon to knitting!

Jane Eborall said...

That's interesting, Kathy as 1956 was the year I started tatting. It was my gran who was learning but she didn't quite grasp the flip but I saw what should happen to get the rings to close!!! I didn't start crocheting until I was in my 30's but learned to knit and sew before I started tatting. I LOVE the continental way of knitting and now wish I'd persisted when my dear friend Irmgard tried to teach me. She was (obviously!) German. I still miss her dreadfully as we did all sorts of crafts together although I could never get her to tat!!!

Tim Kaylor said...

Nice socks! I just got some yarn in for that very thing they other day. Mine will be solid, though. I just have to find time to do them. I prefer to use the DP needles rather than circular ones. So now you say " Why not knit them whilst riding out the storm?" Because I am finishing my Tat Days projects. I knit and crochet, but would much rather tat!

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