Saturday, July 08, 2006

First Turned Heel Sock

Here is a pair of my first knitted turned heel socks, or short-row heel socks. They aren't perfect, but I like them nonetheless. I don't really like the toe part of the socks. You can see my metalic nail polish through them. But Faith told me about wooly nylon thread which is a reinforcing thread. I'm going to look for some and try them out in my next pair of knitted socks.

My secret pal for the secret pal 8 exchange gave me the yarn. It is Lorna's Lace Shephard Sport Yarn #12, Iris Garden. I love the colors and it knitted up beautifully. And I only used one skein of the two skeins she sent me.

So now I can't wait to knit another pair. I think they would make a great Christmas gift or holdiay gift for my mother, SIL, or MIL.

They don't take nearly as long as a knitted garment like a sweater. The satisfaction of completing a project comes much more quickly.

I need to get back to the cardigan I was working on. And I've already started another project. I'm playing around with felting and seeing if I can't bring an idea I have to life. More later on that....

I have some more sock yarn that I bought last year from Knit Picks. I'm sure I'll be starting another sock really soon. I may use this same pattern or try another one.

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yarn whisperer said...

congratulations on your first pair of socks, they are so much fun. Lang includes a spool of reinforcing thread in each skein of sock yarn, not sure about other manufacturers. They tuck it away inside the skein so you may not find it if you don't know what you are looking for. Your LYS should be able to help with this. Elann also sells it. Good luck

JoAnn said...

Hi Rhonda,
I just wanted to tell you how much I love your show, Knitting Newscast. It is my favorite podcast b/c I know I can always count on you for the most recent knitting news, etc...I also like hearing about the new things you try--you are very honest about your work and about what you like. Your socks are really pretty...I remember making my first pair, thinking how hard it was...once you finally "get it" it is a great feeling! I wonder if you knit the sock on smaller needles you might like the fit better. I usuall knit socks on 2's and 3's. Looking forward to show #16. A loyal listener,

Rhonda said...

I've got a few more skeins of sock yarn I need to use from stash and then I'll be looking to buy more. The Lang sounds promising.

I knitted my pair of socks on size 3s. I'll have to try a smaller needle and see how it goes.

Episode 16 should be out this weekend!

Deepa said...

Hi Rhonda,

First of all, I love listening to the podcast - great content!

I heard about your socks project in Knitting NewsCast episode 15. A suggestion to eliminate the holes on the stitches picked up from the sides of the heel flap is to knit them twisted in the next round. Knit into the back of each picked up stitch to reinforce them and prevent holes. Works like a charm.

I'm currently knitting socks for my MIL and I am using the 2 socks on 2 circs method which I learnt using this precious tutorial: I am positively thrilled about how the socks are knitting up and highly recommend this over knitting each sock separately. Hope this helps.

Rhonda said...

Thanks for the tip about knitting into the back of the PU stitches and twisting them. I keep reading about the 2 socks on 2 circulars. I'll have to check out the tutorial since I'm looking to knit my next pair of socks.