Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Take that, two-month socks!

My second pair of socks are finished, at last - but is this or is this not the weirdest underside of a sock you've ever seen?

It is for me, but given my limited exposure to handknit sock undersides, perhaps this is no surprise. On, they look perfectly normal.

Of course, in a more relaxed mode, you can see more clearly how such narrow toes lend themselves to pretty lumpy grafting.

I also used a less than successful short row heel that left holes I don't find particularly decorative:

And messed up the span of said heel in such a way that the cramped front of my ankle will probably hate every minute of these socks.

Still, done! and I plan to place my trust in wet blocking and subsequent stretching, so that I can officially move on with my life. I do have a pair of particularly cool grey lace ankle socks on the needles, after all.

And a shawl.

And another shawl.

And all those Quick Christmas Knits to make and write up and post.

And some yarn that needs rolling into a ball, and a hat that needs swatching, and some fingerless gloves to finish so that I can knit even while standing around outside once the weather turns. Plus some other things that escape me at the moment.

Golly, I hope all that queuing doesn't mean I'm due for some reverse procrastination, in which I write to avoid my knitting...


Kathleen Taylor said...

The underside looks wonderful. Also the upperside. And you can fix those holes with yarn and a needle... it's sort of cheating, but I won't tell anyone.

Hazel Smith said...

There's nothing weird about them All my socks tend to look like that. The only difference is that when I fold mine like that, both bottom and top are the same length. I also use Cat Bordhi's New Pathways For Sock Knitters and the Riverbed sockitecture. They are toe up, which I LOVE, and all the gusset increases are on the sole(she calls them arch expansions). This leaves the entire top(instep) for patterning-and the leg of course. I began sock knitting only last winter, but I've become an addict of sock yarn and addi turbo lace needles. Cheers, Hazel.

Mary Keenan said...

Ohhh, this is a good tip Hazel - thanks!