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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:20 am    Post subject: Problems already. Reply with quote

Well, I started my sock yesterday and had to abandon this attempt. I am using a gorgeous blend of wool and bamboo. I chose a pattern that uses the loop stitch. The yarn is so soft and so silky that the loops would not hold and the needles kept slipping off the stiches. Sad I don't intend to give up the pattern, but am waiting instead for an order of yarn to come in the mail. Should be here tomorrow. Want to do that set sooooo bad.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyndy, those are nice bright socks. Just right for cheering you up in winter.

Hobby lover, some nice soft yarns can be really hard work to knit, can't they. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvonne wrote:
Hobby lover, some nice soft yarns can be really hard work to knit, can't they. Very Happy


They sure can. But I may give it another try. I pulled out an old 1984 knitting encyclopedia and went through it and found another version of the loop stitch. It looks as though it might do a better job of locking the loops, so I may try it again. The yarn is so soft, it will probably make socks to die for. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What sort of needles do you use? Bamboo or wood are good for slippery yarns as it tends to stick to them a bit.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvonne wrote:
What sort of needles do you use? Bamboo or wood are good for slippery yarns as it tends to stick to them a bit.


I'm using aluminum. I have only one set of wood needles and there are chips in it, so the work is not smooth. It's good to know that wood works better. I'll have to get some. Thanks for the great tip.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, at long last, these are my KAL socks.



They are Herminoe's Everyday Socks in Lorna's Laces.

The heel on these is eye of partridge with a garter edge which I hadn't tried before. I'm glad I made these, becasue I really like the effect of the heel, and will use it again.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! I like the heel too! We all did such great looking socks.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are wonderful, Kathryn. Are you keeping them for yourself?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathryn wrote:
So, at long last, these are my KAL socks.

The heel on these is eye of partridge with a garter edge which I hadn't tried before. I'm glad I made these, becasue I really like the effect of the heel, and will use it again.


Looks good. Can't wait to get started on mine.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the second version of the Loop stitch and found that the loops will hold even with the silkiest of yarns. I took Yvonne's advise and ordered Bamboo needles to work with on this project. Now I have to wait for the order to come in, but I will finish this project.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice socks. Love the colour and the heel.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really cool Exclamation

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everybody.

Yes, these socks are destined for my sock drawer - none of my family appreciate handknit socks in the same way as I do!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:20 pm    Post subject: I Finished My Socks!! Reply with quote

It took a very long time, but I finally got them done. I had problems, but refused to give up. So happy that I didn't. I found the yarn so soft that it would not stay on my needles. Thanks to Yvonne, and her suggestion to use Bamboo needles I finally reached my goal. Then I had to wait for the needles to be delivered before I could even start.

The Loop stitch would not hold, so I had to go in search of another way to do the stitch. I came across a stitch called the Fur Stitch. Same as Loop Stitch, but with one more step to it.

The yarn is 50% Superwash Marino, 25% Bamboo, and 25% Nylon. Hope the link below works.

http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k28/Sherome2006/MyCrafts/?action=view&current=Socks.jpg
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on persevering. They look great.
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