Monday, May 28, 2007
Jaywalker Disaster
Hi All,

This is my second pair of toe up socks and I'm using the Jaywalker toe up pattern. The yarn that I’m using is the Fortissima Socka Disco Sock Yarn that was given to me by a friend. I love the colours!! Don’t you think it’s very suitable for this pattern?

A few nights ago, I finally finished my 1st Jaywalker sock but guess what. I tried to put it on and uh oh!! I can't pull the heel part of the sock onto my heel!!! It’s too freaking tight!!! The leg section and the cuffs were ok. It’s the freaking heel!!! Why oh why???? After working so hard on the sock, I cant even wear it??

I wasn’t about to give it up. I pulled and I pulled and I pulled. I manage to put the sock on after two minutes of struggling with it. It look so nice!!! But, why is it so hard to wear it? It was also hard to take it off. So, I’ve decided to give it to my friend, who managed to wear it without as much problem as I did. Can those sock experts out there, give me some advise as to how to knit the next sock that will surely fit me?? Please????

Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Cookie A Monkey Socks with Short Row Heel
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tonight, I used Peggy's Stretchy Bind-off for Toe-Up Socks on my Monkeys and they are done! Behold the beautiful Monkey modeled on my very own Duct Foot.

The little girl reminded me to leave a bit of sock yarn leftover for mending in the future, so I thought about it and devised a way to catalog my sock yarn bits by labeling them including the pattern name I used and storing them in a zipper bag inside a photo box.

Friday, May 11, 2007

The Monkeys have heels now. The pattern calls for gussets and heel flap, but I wanted to try a short row heel. I followed Queen Kahuna's No Wrap, No Gap Short Row Heel directions, but managed to muck up the last stitches which left me with a small hole on one side of each sock. *sigh* I'll just close them up after I'm done by weaving in some scrap yarn. Last night at knit night, Joanna told me that I didn't pick up the wrap stitch on one side of each of my socks. *pout* I was so proud of myself and now this... *oh well* I'm not going to rip out the heel, I'm just going to go forward and try again next time.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

So, I've dumped Anastasia and am now courting Monkey. Yes, I'm in L O V E with Cookie A's Monkey sock. I'm feeling good about these socks now as I've completed the first repeat of the lace pattern and I'm past the point of no return as far as ripping out the toe for the 4th time. I gave up on the short row toe and went back to my favorite rounded, tried and true Queen Kahuna Fan Toe. D*mn my OCD, but I gotta have a nice, smooth rounded toe.

I do believe that Cookie is now my sock guru. I'll have to cook up a Cookie mantra now. I mean peep her patterns. They are the SHIZNIT!

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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Frogged :-(
I tried on my sock to see how I liked the feel of the 1x1 ribbing. I decided I really didn't like it and it was just too loose. Before I frogged it, I checked my gauge and found it was different than the swatch I had done many moons ago. That probably explains why it's so loose.
So, it's been frogged. Since I had to rewind the ball anyway, I grabbed the scale my husband uses to weigh his R/C model airplanes & divided the Sockatta yarn into 2 equal weight balls. So, when I restart I'll know exactly how much yarn I have for the leg.
I'm sure that's a Duh! realization but it's one that didn't hit me until I was fairly far along.

I wasn't too happy with the cast on in the Gibson-Roberts book I'm using. So, I'm going to give the cast on from the latest Interweave Knits' article on Toe-Up socks.

Thursday, May 17, 2007
I joined this knitalong months ago but I never actually started my sock until now. I had some stops and starts. I tried Falling in Love with some Socks that Rock that I received recently but it just wasn't working. Then I tried them in another handpainted sock yarn that I had, but the pattern really wasn't showing up well at all in a handpainted. So now I'm doing Anastasia, which is coming along quite nicely:

Having started three different times I keep improving my short row toe. Now it looks pretty good. I'm not sure I'm a convert to the toe up method yet. Ask me after I've finally finished the first one!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
At last! Success!
Dear Toe Up Socks,

There was a time, not so long ago, that I hated you. I loathed you with the white hot passion of a thousand suns. I hated you with the fervor usually reserved for moths and the current presidential administration.

When I stuffed you in your yarntainer and threw you across the room after two weeks and several thousand attempts to make you work, it was with the intention of never, ever setting my poor blighted eyes upon you again.

I despised you for your complicated process, the twitch in my eye, the hot, seething rage, and my complete and utter inability to wrap my head (har har) around your stupid short rows of which we will speak no more.

However. Now, you are my friend. I love your Easy Toe. Your Easy Toe that made sense to me, even at midnight. I love your simplicity and straightforwardness and how I can now totally see myself using you over and over.

I don't know why, after casting on and ripping and ripping and casting on ad nauseaum that it didn't occur to me to consider your possible majesty. Instead I let myself be led astray by the words of others that those dratted toes that shall not be named were better. I was so very wrong. Their vileness even tainted the needles with which I worked, and thus you got fresh, happy new needles with which to work.

Easy Toe -- You Complete Me.

Short Row Toe -- You Are Dead To Me.

Another pair

My first pair had a spiral toe (icord cast on). These have a short row toe (provisional cast on). The garter stitch makes it so easy! These are from the Rockin Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I love the yarn--Monsoon.
I've already started on another pair with a third style of toe. I think I'm obsessed!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
First post here
I started a basic toe-up sock with Sockatta yarn using Priscilla Gibson-Roberts book Simple Socks: Plain and Fancy. I used her cast on & formulas using a swatch I did on US 2 double points. I went from a 2 to a 1.5 to try to make it fit a bit tighter. I like how it's looking.

I tried it on and it feels a tad loose. I remember a podcaster (I wish I remembered which one.) talking about doing her sock foots in rib to make it fit better. So, after the photo, I switched to a 1x1 rib. I’ll see how I like it. I can always rip back and switch to 1s.
This is only my 3rd set of socks so I'm still learning a lot.

Saturday, May 12, 2007
Administrative Business
Good morning TOE-UPPPERs!

I'm doing a bit of administrative clean-up and would like to make sure that everyone who is a member of the My First Toe Ups has a link on the sidebar to her blog. I'm afraid many of you have slipped through these not-very-efficient fingers of mine.

Please send me an email. You can find the address at the top right hand corner of the blog under Socks for Mum.

Happy knitting,
My First Toe Up Hostess


Ive been watching all these lovely socks just rolling off the needles and boy I feel slack,other projects including knitting for charity have taken me elsewhere and dont you know it,when I came back to my sock I cant for the life of me remember what patterns I used to start the socks in the first place.
Im at the ankle and want to finish them so will try to match the second sock as closely as possible,will post pictures maybe of a new sock in the near future! Im a sucker for starting something new!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007
New To The Game
Hi Everyone!

This is my first post here and, obviously, my first toe up sock.

I'm knitting up The Boyfriend Sock by Slippedstitch for my significant other. I'm using Knitpicks' Palette in "Pool" and "Fog".

The stripe bands are ten rows tall and the colours seem to compliment each other alright. The yarn is admittedly a little rough and scratchy, but that's peruvian wool for you.

This is also my first time using US 0 needles. I've never used such small needles before but the sock is knitting up quicker than I expected. The pattern and moreover the colour changes give me little goals to work towards so the knitting becomes easier for me.

At this point, I probably would have been able to have this sock almost done if it weren't for life getting in the way. Hopefully joining this group will encourage me to pick up this sock more often though.