Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Alpaca Sock and my favorite Socks book
This post is kind of dedicated to Grace of LovinComfort blog fame. Grace is an incredible lace knitter and she is just now delving into the world of knitting socks. I can only imagine she'll be onto lace sock patterns before we know it and wow-ing us as always.
Here are some of my suggestions for Grace. Please add yours in the comments!!!
Oh, these are SOX in an alpaca blend. The colors are pooling in a way I usually only hope for. This is the first time
I have loved pooling in anything I've knit up! The close up of the pooling isn't really true to color. I used the saturation
feature on iphoto so you could see it better. The colors are very true in the image with the SOCKS book under the knit.
okay here goes:
*My favorite sock book is a little pamphlet by M. Joan Davis of Northport Maine.
M. Joan goes through the generic sock pattern in two sizes and two tension gauges. Her notes are highlighted in bold.
She offers four heel flap instructions: Dutch, French, Shaped Common and Half Handkerchief
She offers four toe instructions: Flat, Round, Shortened Flat and Wide toe
Grace these Hungarian fat little D width feed love a round toe knit up.
M. Joan also incliudes a few sock patterns for adventure: A baby argyle, Aran Socks, and a Fair Isle sock
This book is all you'll need to more than get started on SOCKS
*I love self patterning fake fair isle yarns for socks. There out there in abundance and a bargain I think.
*I have to say my Knitpicks sock yarns felted, although they were so called machine wash......
*I prefer little wooden size ones and threes in needles
for most of my socks.
*I prefer solid or semisolids for socks with lace patterns. I feel the socks loose their pattern in a busy colorway
and you may as well not go through the trouble of lace if no one can see it and appreciate it.
*It is really a good idea to buy clogs and show off your socks when you are a sock knitter.
*My 4 year old neice once begged me for a pair of hand knit socks. I spent good energy and money on
Lorna's laces purple and pinks. THey knit up beautifully. When I gave them to her, she looked at them briefly , tossed
them aside and coudln't recall asking for them. I love her. It was the last pair I knit for a child!
*Some yarns I love for socks: Lorna's Laces, Socks that Rock, Mountain colors, Sox, Cherry Tree Hill.
*Prepare to fall head over heels (pun intended) with sock knitting Grace.
*I have never mastered socks on circulars, no do I care to. I admire those who do.
*The world of Emily's Wee Tiny Sock Swap will open up to you once you knit socks Grace!
*I almost always knit short socks. Anklets if you will. I have too large calves to bother using
all that yarn to cover them up under blue jeans.
*All socks look good with blue jeans!
*I wash all of my handknits socks together. I put them in the washing machine. I dry them on our
radiators. If you don't have radiators I am sorry. Get rid of that nasty forced air, and put in radiators.
*Turning a heel is no big deal. IT just feels like magic.......
Help me out here pretend friends, add your tips for Grace please!
I talk more in the comments!