Tuesday, September 05, 2006

If the Sock Fits




Remember those terribly bright socks I was knitting? Well, here they are - finished! As you may be aware, I do have ghastly trouble knitting a sock that fits. The last pair was so tight they were actually painful, but I persevered and wore them through the pain, and they now fit, although I practically have to shoehorn them on. Anyway, the point is, this latest pair fits like a glove, um, like a sock (should).


I just cast on 56 stitches on 2.5mm needles and knitted the whole thing in stocking stitch, instead of all those fancy-pants patterns I've been doing lately. I knitted an extra four rows of heel flap to give a little extra around the instep but I think these would have fitted anyway. They're quite stretchy.


I really like the Lana Grossa yarn I used and am even coming to terms with the colourway. The yarn itself knits into a very soft and light sock and is very easy to knit with. Perhaps you can tell how much I like these socks - I've added too many gratuitous sock photos. I'm also half way through a pair for Charles, using the leftovers (wellie socks). By the way, the one at the top isn't me in my nightie. It's a black net skirt I'd worn that day and it has a cream underskirt, which is showing through quite boldly, due to the flash. I took the photo in the dark, not being terribly organised.

The other thing is, I've started a new blog, The Fitter Princess and the Pea, owing much to how fat I am and how unfit I suddenly am. I'm hoping it will motivate me. Really, I'm just copying Dipping My Toes Back in the Water, who has done the same thing. That's a funny blog, by the way. Give it a visit if you can.
And it's got great music on it, too.

Oh, and by the way, you might like to check out this shop I came across, Foreign Strand. It stocks some yarns I've heard mentioned but not seen available to buy in the UK.

13 comments:

  1. The socks are great, I'm always on good terms with bright colours :) Stocking stitch too - yep, that's my kind of sock knitting. Glad they're comfy.

    I'll hop over to your new blog to make encouraging noises if that will help. ;o)

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  2. Thanks for the link by the way, it didn't work for me earlier but I'm having a nice browse now. Didn't know about this one.

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  3. Oh, good. I came across it when I stumbled on the owner's blog, Forbidden Knitter. Her name is Luciana.

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  4. Great socks for wearing during the gloomy weather (which we are having a lot of lately). Charles is going to love his pair too!

    Best wishes on your new journey. One day at a time, and you will do it!

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  5. Those socks are cool! And good luck with the fitness program... I need to go on one too, I'm feeling like such a blob lately.

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  6. classic socks!! I love the cheerful colors, will be useful on all those rainy days to wear with clogs/boot/Crocs Shoes!
    congrats on the health program! I know how you feel, and have been trying to get back in shape as well.

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  7. oh, by the way, I love the socks for the kid. I just finished a pair for my son from leftover trekking xxl.
    the socks and mini-me...

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  8. glad the socks fit like a glove, or what have you. so cheerful! now i have to check out your other blog.

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  9. Love the socks - just right for easing back into the dark season with bright Autumnal feet!
    Thanks for the links - the other Cherry makes me laugh too. Didn't know she had a fitness blog. I will be keeping an eye on you both and hoping to soak up some motivation as I am feeling very blobby after a whole summer of illness!!

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  10. Lovely socks - I bet your're enjoying them.
    Interesting link to Foreign Strand. The "lana del artista" from Rio de la Plata looks exactly like the handspun kettley-dyed bulky yarn from handpaintedyarn.com, which is also from Uruguy. (Very different prices though!)
    Good luck with the new health regime.

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  11. Nice socks! Somehow I can contemplate putting almost any colour on my feet. I am NOT going to thank you for that link... the dusty purple Exotica is my colour. I will resist, I will resist, I will gain strength by contemplating my stash.

    Hey, they're going to be at the K&S show in London!

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  12. The socks look great. Very impressive - definitely deserve all the photographs.

    Well done on the get fit motivation. I'm always trying and failing. I'll have to read your blog.

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  13. Thanks for the heads-up on the Foreign Strands. And the comments - Angelica is getting lots of wear, though she grows hugely in the wearing, and if I make another (I may) I shall make it TIGHT around the shoulders!

    Isn't Voddy clever? And she's learning to perform...

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