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Name: Marsha Brofka-Berends
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28 May 2007

Sock update

I did it! Earlier this month, I finished my first pair of socks! I used Simple Stripes from KnitPicks--a yarn that they've discontinued, which is unfortunate because I think it has a beautiful pattern. These were done in the toe-up pattern that my friend Pat taught me. (She is blogless but really ought to get blogging, because she knows a lot about knitting and is a a great photographer. She's knitting a pair of socks each month this year--among other projects--and you can see her progress here.) Aside from a little wonkiness on one heel flap (I somehow picked up ten extra stitches on the first sock, but everything came out perfectly on the second), I think these turned out nicely. Well, except for one thing. Look closely. See the complete and utter lack of ribbing on the top of the sock? Yup. Once I got past the heel, I was so relieved that I just kept knitting merrily along. I should, in my defense, point out that most of this ribless knitting took place among fellow knitters who didn't say a word to me about it. Not that I'm trying to blame them. I just think it's funny that about ten of us failed to notice or realize what I was doing until I had bound off both socks. The socks are a little "slouchier" than ideal. And, as it turns out, they are also a little big for my feet. So, as much as I'd like to keep them for myself (I love this colorway...and they are my first socks), I'll be giving them to someone else. In the meantime, I've started my second pair of socks. And you'll see that no only did I remember the ribbing, but I started it (on the instep only) right after the toe increases. Gotta make up for all that ribbing I left out of the last socks...

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5 Comments:

Gina said...

Love that yarn! The socks look fantastic --- BOTH pairs! Honestly, I didn't they needed ribbing. I'd say at least 75% of the socks I own don't have ribbing on them!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 3:49:00 PM  
Katie J said...

Love the socks. Did you notice how nice the picture is of your first pair of socks? It's a nice composition.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 9:00:00 PM  
Marsha Brofka-Berends said...

Thanks, you two!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 11:15:00 PM  
Imperatrix said...

Nice job! I just recently figured out the toe-up method, and I love it.

I'll disagree with gina and say that although ribless socka are wearable, I hate saggy baggy socks, and ribbing really prevents that. The more ribbing the better, I say ("ribbed for your pleasure" -- Yikes! did I really type that! ;-) )

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 9:31:00 AM  
arianna said...

Beautiful socks! Congrats on your first pair...are you starting to understand the love some people have for them? (I do enjoy knitting them, but I know I don't have the passion SOME do....)

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:02:00 PM  

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