July 29, 2005
that I still knit:
Acorn Sock pattern by Evelyn Clark/Fibertrends
Koigu, color #1110
Done on two circs - Addi size #1s
Actually, my knitting was a little overzealous. I finished the second sock, well, all but the grafting, in bed last night and this morning I woke up and grafted. When I compared it to the first one, I realized I had gone too far on the foot - you were supposed to stop at either row 9 of the lace repeat or finish the repeat and stop at row 1 of the next repeat - I should've stopped at 9. So I ripped and finished the sock while watching Meet the Fockers - which was pretty funny. I thought Dustin and Babs did a great job.
I really like these socks and the pattern is terrific. They're a little tight around the cuff - should've done it on size twos probably, but I think they'll fit my sock pal fine. She's about the same size as me, if not a little bit smaller, so I say they're good to go. Now, a question. What about blocking? I washed my first pair, but didn't block it. How do you block socks (if you don't have a sock blocker tool.) Do you need to block socks? Can I just wash them and leave them to dry or do they need to be blocked? Thanks!
I'm planning on casting on a lot this weekend. Progress picks on Monday, hopefully. Have a great weekend!
Those socks are beautiful! If they were mine, I'd throw away all of my shoes (well, not really, but you know what I mean).
Posted by: Colleen at July 29, 2005 04:32 PM
Nancy Bush says to block under a wet towel if you don't have blockers. It evens out the tention a bit.
Have a super knitty weekend!
Posted by: margene at July 29, 2005 04:38 PM
I love them! It must have been hard to take them off, tho I'm sure the heat helps. As for blocking, I usually just wash them and lay them flat to dry with maybe a bit of reshaping. I like socks that hug the foot so no blockers that might stretch it willy nilly.
Posted by: Toni at July 29, 2005 04:38 PM
Ooooh, those turned out great! The only problem with Sockapal-2-za is that I want ALL the socks! Of course, since I have no idea who my sock pal is, I could always just imagine that they'll all be mine ... all mine ...
You can make sock blockers out of coat hangers pretty easily - they work pretty well, from what I've heard: http://www.needletrax.com/blockers.htm
Posted by: Anne at July 29, 2005 04:50 PM
what a beautiful pair of socks. i love your blog, too!
Posted by: blossom at July 29, 2005 04:58 PM
Cara, they're gorgeous! (Hey, I recognize that yarn!) You've got a super-lucky pal. Can't wait to see what you're up to this weekend!
Posted by: Vicki at July 29, 2005 05:16 PM
That is such a pretty pattern, and they look great in that red. Love em! Wish I was your pal! :)
Have a good weekend, C!
Posted by: Lolly at July 29, 2005 07:43 PM
these are gorgous. so in love with lace socks right now.
Posted by: anna at July 29, 2005 08:25 PM
Love love love those.
Somebody's going to have purdy feet.
Posted by: heather at July 29, 2005 09:53 PM
funny you should mention it --- we were just having that debate the other day, whether or not to block socks. If you don't have sock blockers, you can shape a coated hangar into a foot shape and use that!
Posted by: ann at July 29, 2005 11:28 PM
The socks are lovely...I totally don't get sock blockers, but I'm still pretty new (3 years) at this knitting thing. Aren't socks going to be worn??? Oh well, we just watched 'Meet the Fockers' last week and I agree about Dustin and Babs...they were the best part of the movie. Nite nite
Posted by: michele at July 30, 2005 12:03 AM
Gorgeous! I am just itching to get rouge done and spend the summer knitting socks. I was wondering about the blocking thing too.
Posted by: Jo at July 30, 2005 02:16 AM
What a great pair of socks!! I personally have yet to block a pair of socks, but I can be a bit lazy.
Posted by: Cassie at July 30, 2005 10:50 AM
Those socks look awesome! The would be perfect for a friend of mine, now you have me looking around for the pattern. I have made sock blockers from wire hangers before and had pretty decent success. I don't block them if they are for me, but I block gifts. Don't ask me why. Mostly lazy I guess.
Posted by: Teresa C at July 30, 2005 01:00 PM
Repeat after me: Donna is my sock pal - I will send those socks to her ;) Even if that's not true, thanks for the tip-off on the pattern - that's going on my list of socks to make!
Posted by: Donna at July 30, 2005 04:23 PM
I just love that pattern and color. Nice job.
Posted by: Kimberly at July 30, 2005 04:58 PM
gorgeous socks! I've been reading your blog for a long while now and just had to comment. Those are amazing, keep up the great work.
Posted by: Becky at July 30, 2005 09:17 PM
They are just beautiful! I never block socks :-)
Posted by: Steph at July 30, 2005 09:30 PM
You've got a very lucky sock pal! That's my favorite color of Koigu.
Posted by: Cassie at July 30, 2005 09:38 PM
Rock on! Your sock pal is going to flip over these....I know I would!
Posted by: Meredith at August 1, 2005 10:39 AM
Beautiful, beautiful! Well done. You've got one lucky pal there.
Thanks for playing along. :)
Posted by: alison at August 1, 2005 09:55 PM
Gorgeous! I'm thinking of buying that pattern because they're just so beautiful. I'm starting to wish I was EVERYONE'S pal. :)
Posted by: Brynne at August 2, 2005 11:07 AM
Beautiful socks!! Too pretty to hide in shoes!!
Posted by: Debi at August 2, 2005 12:15 PM
Can I be your sock pal??? Wow, those are nice! Your pal is lucky! :)
Posted by: angela at August 2, 2005 04:38 PM
Posted by: Ina at August 2, 2005 10:38 PM