I took some kid free time this past weekend to just sit and get the heel turned. I went with my go-to toe up gussest heel from Wendy Johnson. I learned sock knitting from her free patterns and it has my undying loyalty. It also fits my foot well, lol.
I just need to cruise up the leg and I’ll have a new warm pair of socks for the coming fall weather. Happy Knitting!!
I have tried this on and the fit is excellent. This yarn is really superb and I already have the foot of the second sock already started. I can definitely say that these socks will be a favorite in my winter rotation.
Back to school germs got me. I am down for the count with a sore throat and headache. Thankfully its not COVID, just normal non-flu germs so should pass quickly. But for now I am going to sip frozen coffee and knit my Victorian Mauve Sock while binging Netflix.
I am almost done with the leg and need to start my increases for the upper leg and cuff section. We will see if the cold meds allow such brain power.
I decided to live dangerously so I started and worked the gusset increases without stitch markers. I made a few oops but I managed to spot and fix them. Right now I am done with increases and ready to turn the heel and decrease to the leg.
This is not mindless knitting as it requires counting and paying attention. Need to find some kid free time to focus on the next steps. Happy Knitting!!
I’m really feeling the slog of sock number two on my Purple Rain Vanilla Socks. It is great purse knitting/knit while walking knitting. But my knitting brain wants to be doing other things so I don’t find myself excitedly picking this project up.
Despite my ennui, I have finished the second foot and turned the heel. I do need to take a moment to count and measure all the leg increases I put in on the first sock. I am not going to go so far as to count rows to make mirror images. But I would like them to be close0-ish.
My Double Vanilla Sock is growing much faster in its current iteration than it did in the first. The foot literally took no time at all and the heel only one evening’s worth of knitting.
At this point I decided to be smart and weight my yarn ball. After that I weighed my sock. And then did some math and pulled enough yarn off the ball to have split the skein in half. This was done as a precaution and to prevent running out of yarn on sock two.
I think for this pair of socks that are likely to be worn as house slippers, I will knit the leg largely in rib. This will give a nice snug fit and perhaps keep the sock on my foot while its not going to be a in a shoe.
I have another pair of socks for my sock drawer! The 2020 Advent Socks are done and ready for my feet.
Pattern: My own 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock “recipe” with a gusset heel
Needles: US 1s
Yarn: AGirlAndHerWool 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar (minis #1 through #8)
These socks are just so cheery and happy. It felt satisfying to actually use up the mini skeins from my advent calendar instead of hoarding them. I will admit the socks are a tad bit big or maybe have less ease that I would normally want. I could have probably done with 64 stitches instead of 68 for the foot and heel sections. But 68 feels good in the leg.
The socks ended up decently tall and the BFL content feels soft but hardy on my feet. I ended up using roughly 360 yards of yarn to finish these socks so that puts these on par with the amount I use from a normal skein.
Finishing these socks inspired me to clean my sock drawer. I pulled out six pairs of socks that I have knit that have shrank in washing (or my feet grew during pregnancy) and no longer fit super well. I gave all six pairs to my sister who wears a size 7 shoe compared to my size 9.5. She was super grateful and I’m hoping those socks get some wear instead of hanging out sadly in my drawer.
I am into the fifth color on my 2020 Advent Socks and I am SUPER happy that I am doing these in tandem. It’s going to feel so good to cast off the cuffs and have a finished pair of socks!
I have the first heel finished all the way and I’m into the decreases on the second sock. I think I should be able to fit about three more minis into these socks before the cuff. Who knows….maybe I will go crazy and make tall socks. Who am I kidding, it likely depend on how tired I am by the time I finish the legs.
I finished turning the heel on my Zoom meeting project. My first Toxic Oreo sock now has a heel!
I’m really happy with how evenly the speckles spread out as I increased the number of stitches in the heel. And I’m now I’m set up to just keep working up the leg. This is now PERFECT meeting knitting. And the Lemonade Shop yarn is just the perfect bright pick-me-up to the winter grey and gloom.