Category Archives: Socks

Taxi, please!

First Pair of Toe-Up Socks
Pattern:  Wendy’s Toe-Up Socks
Yarn:      Crown Mountain Farm Sock Hop (in discontinued Yellow Taxi Cab colorway)
Needle:   Size 2s KP

Lynette:  I’ve been wanting to learn to knit toe-up socks for quite a while now.  I bought Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe-Up a few years ago thinking I’d teach myself but was never really motivated.  I missed a class at Loopy’s last year because of work so a few of the women at my Panera group (Barb and Celeste) showed me how.  I had problems getting the hang of the cast on so I watched a YouTube video for Judy’s Magic Cast on which really helped.

sock in progress

I loved trying on my sock and watching it grow up my leg.  I used almost every bit of it.  I left just enough for darning.  Since I decided I’d use all the yarn for the sock, I used a contrast color for the ribbing.  In order for it to fit over my calf, I knit 3 inches.  For my next pair, I’ll include calf shaping. My calves are huge, and I never knit socks this long before.  For the bind off, I used JSSBO (Judy’s Super Stretchy Bind Off) technique.

This incredibly wonderful yarn is from Crown Mountain Farms.  I remember seeing this yarn early on when I began knitting, and when I finally decided to buy it, it was no longer available.  Years later, I was visiting with Karen NOT to buy yarn, I left her house with it mainly because I could name the yarn and colorway immediately when I saw it.  Thank you!

I love knitting with handspun yarn so much that I began a new hobby.  More on this in another post.  But I LOVE my socks!

Hey It’s Lynette

This year, I promised myself to learn new things-knitting and non-knitting related.  My post shows one of the things I’ve learned so far.

I’ve been living with this secret that no one’s known about until now.  I love knitting.  Anyone who knows me will attest to that. But when I finish knitting a project, I’m completely done with it. And sometimes I wish to be finished before the project is over.  With that said, I have a few projects that have been haunting me, and I’ve ignored for a long time. And I finally  had the courage to do something about it.   Here’s my secret:

socks with holes

I’ve been wearing socks with holes in them.  I know-the horror.  I took the holes in my socks as a sign of love, but maybe it was laziness.  What was I to do? Through them out? So I bought a darning egg and attempted to fix my socks, but the darning egg was too small.  I looked around and ended up using a Christmas ornament. I found this blog and was it was the most effective method for me to repair my socks.  So one pair went from this:

brown holed socks

to this:

woven sock

Voila! A repaired sock. I know it doesn’t look great, but if you read the blog in the link, the woven area will even out as I wear it.  So here’s my after shot of all my holey socks (click for bigger).

fixed socks3

I feel much better getting that off my chest.