Saturday, March 31, 2007
4th and 5th pair done
Hey all! I love seeing all the patterns that everyone is doing and all the different yarns and colors too. I realized that I haven't posted 2 pairs that I have finished:

These were both for my hubby. If I could, I'd knit all my socks toe-up using the magic loop method! I realize that I'm no longer a newbie at toe-ups so shoo me out if you feel like it but I'll keep checking in on you all. More pictures and info on the socks can be found on my blog. Thanks for stopping by! Tiennie

Sock Newbie
Thanks for the invitation to join. I have been excited to see what you all are working on. I'm making my very first pair of socks right now. I have one done. It's toe-up, of course, on 2 circular needles. I LOVE THIS! I am definitely hooked. I was up until 2AM knitting last night. After I finished the first sock, I wore it the whole time I was working on the second one. Can't wait to show them when they'e done!

Friday, March 30, 2007
Thank You
Thank you so much for letting me join your group. I'm new to all this cyber stuff so please be patience. I'm setting up my own blog but have to wait until my gdaughter shows me how to use the camera this weekend. I'm very excited and cannot wait to get started.

Monday, March 26, 2007
Hole-y Crap-o-la
My love for toe-up socks quickly turns luke warm with the holes left behind from the short row heels.

I did, however find this. I will be visiting the frog pond soon. Ribbit ;) Susan.

Finally finished!
Look at all the wonderful socks! :)

I finally finished my first pair of toe-ups and gifted them to a friend of mine. She was kind enough to take pictures for me to share on my blog. (If you want to follow the socks progress, click on the -toe-up socks- category in the side bar)

They were made with a figure-8 toe and sherman heel. While this heel, imo, is easier than the wrap & turn short row, I'm still having trouble with it - mostly the knit encroachment doesn't look as good as the purl encroachment. :( I know it has something to do with how I'm picking up the stitch below, but I haven't quite figured it out yet.

Hope it's ok to still stick around, even though my first toe-ups are done ... I don't quite feel like I've mastered the technique.



Thursday, March 22, 2007
It's Finished!
I've finished the first one. Now onto the second! It's rather big so I've decided they're going to be walking boot socks.

Excuse the messy floor!

On my foot!


Tuesday, March 20, 2007
My First Sock
Hello everyone, I'm Laura but my friends call me Loz so you guys can to! This is my first post even though I've been a member for ages. It's so lovely to be part of the knitting fro now that I've started my first sock well not quite, it's a toe and a foot! Below are all the details about it.

Pattern: Universal toe-up sock formula (can be found on Knitty)
Yarn: Freedom Spirit 100% wool by Twilleys of Stamford, shade 507
Gauge: 6st per inch
Needles: 5 x dpns 3.75mm birch

Yesterday morning I had this:

And by yesterday evening I had this, I've only a couple of rows till I start the heel! My foot looks huge hehe and I suppose it is but then a girl 6ft 2" wouldn't really suit little feet *_*

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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Belated posting: Knit Picks Two At Once Toe Ups

I never got around to singing in when I was working on these, but I'm procrastinating today, so here they are. I used the Knit Picks Two at once, toe-up pattern and discontinued Knit Picks Parade yarn from my stash. With the exception of the heel, I loved this pattern. I would definitely make it again, maybe trying one of those afterthought heels that's formed like a toe (side decreases & closed with kitchener) instead. Oh, also, I accidentally started from opposite ends of by yarn balls, so the stripes are headed in different directions. Whoops! I didn't realize until several stripes in, and it didn't vex me enough to frog it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Ball Winding and STR Club Kit 2007

As a first time member of BlueMoonFiberArts' STR Club I got my first shipement and the pattern is a toe-up sock so I made my yarn cakes on my new Ball Winder and I'm so pleased with it. I'm really loving the texture of the yarn it's so soft and squishy so I can just image how it will feel on my feet. I have two other projects about to come off the needles before I began my socks so hopefully by next week I'll be casting on.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
St. Paddy's Day Contest!
Hey Toe-Up'sters!!!
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I am running a contest on my blog. C'mon over & make a guess. Happy St. Pat's Day & may the Luck O'the Irish be yours!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

I made big progress last weekend,I love the handspun BFL,lovely to knit with but my spinning needed to be a bit finer so it means a looser comfy fit sock for me or a great sock for Hubby!

You can see the colour definition coming through,I was hoping that the tone changes were a little quicker but its interesting all the same.This is about 1 to 2 hours work,love long weekends I got ahead of everything else and was able to sit and knit with out interuption!

I have another lot of this wool in a different colourway,reds,yellows and pinks, and can't wait to start them.Im using Wendys generac pattern but will use a heel flap instead so theres plenty of room for Hubbys ankles!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007
As I am soon to receive a hank of hand dyed yarn for socks, I was wondering how I can choose a toe up pattern to try for the first time. I have made socks before, but never in the toe up method. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007
So far .. so good
I think my first problem was that I was looking at the entire pattern and feeling dizzy. Haha. So! Just one section at a time - - that is the new motto of my sock world. The toe went okay once I realized what I was doing, I did the easy toe of the small rectangle into knitting around it. So far the pattern is doing okay. I am doing Laburnum and the hardest part for me is k3tog on these "0" size needles. I fell like I might break the needle!

I can't tell you how exciting this is to learn new things. I have knit one pattern, I only know knit and purl. So far with this toe up I have learned M1, YO, kf&b! I want to thank for the little videos I can play over and over until I understand! LOL.

So the pictures.. I am just not a good photographer and I am not able to get a setting that is making me happy with my photo outcome. I had great outdoor pictures last year at Pennsic but indoor seems to be an entirely different monster.

Sunday, March 04, 2007
Jack Sparrow Sock
My second attempt at knitting a toe-up sock is the Jack Sparrow sock. I found keeping a copy of Wendy's Generic Toe-Up pattern nearby handy as the pattern doesn't explain the short-row toe/heel techniques, just to cast on x stitches and do a short-row heel. I am using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Camouflage and Natural and Opal Uni in Brown. I am knitting this sock as a bday present for a male friend -and was really pleased with myself when I had appeared to finish the first sock. It was only my second attempt at stranded colourwork and I was really pleased with it. However, I somehow managed to make it about 3/4inch too short in the foot, i think my short-row heel takes up less space than I imagined, and although I followed the pattern and knit 5 rounds of stocking stitch after the heel it was clear that he would require a good 2inches or so - men just don't look good in ankle socks! So anyone who decides to knit these, beware, even if its for a girl, you will need more than 5 rounds of knitting after the heel.
I have frogged and have made up the extra for the length and ready to start the heel (again). Photos soon.


Saturday, March 03, 2007
I have a toe!!!

This went a bit easier than I thought and actually sat at my parents house knitting like I knew what I was doing. They were impressed! lol. I did the easy toe which at first I felt there was nothing easy about it but once my rectangle was done and I was moving to knitting in the round I did that, "OH!!! I getttt itttt!" I am going to try the Laburnum pattern in Sensational Knitted Socks from my post below. I have never done anything but knit and purl so will be learning YO and some other things. I learned M1 tonight too!

Get Ready! Set! Go?

I finished my pair of beginner socks and now embark on my toe up. I looked at a lot of patterns and had ordered Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch so I think I will start there with a pattern that I might be able to figure out and along side it a tutorial that Wendy did that I found on

What called for 8.5 stitches per inch on 2's became 0's. But I have my gauge! I am using Mega Boots from Meilenweit. I bought it at my local yarn shop because I was suddenly gripped in fear using my STR for my second try at socks, haha. It looks very pretty in the swatch.

So here I go!

Thursday, March 01, 2007
3rd pair of toe-ups
Hey all! Since your comments were so nice about having me stay here, even though I'm no longer a newbie at toe-ups, I think I will! I'm posting my 3rd pair:
These are Waffle Rib II socks that I knitted for my hubby. Wanna know more? Well follow me here. Thanks again! Tiennie