Saturday, December 30, 2006

Dad's Plan B Socks

Socks for Dad
Originally uploaded by Affiknitty.

Again, you'll have to trust me that this sock has a mate. It was gifted to my dad on Christmas.

Pattern: Just basic ribbed socks
Yarn: Cascade Pastazza, a little less than 2 skeins
Needles: Knit Picks Options Circulars, size US 5
Thoughts: These started out as Log Cabin socks, but that plan was abandoned. Frankly, I found knitting that pattern with this yarn--the recommended yarn, no less--rather unpleasant. So I ripped back and knit just plain old ribbed socks, the knitting equivalent of comfort food.

I cast on 48 sts, worked a 2x2 rib for about 6 inches, did a traditional heel flap, knit the foot for about 7.75 inches, then did a decreased toe. They fit my dad perfectly; he wears a size 8.5 shoe.

I am also frogging the Manos So-Called Scarf. I just don't like the way the edges look--mine are distinctly wonky. Plus, I don't find the pattern all that enjoyable to knit. One of my knitting resolutions for 2007 may be to remember that I do this for FUN.

Thanks for all the nice comments about the Fetching gloves. Between the holidays and other assorted stresses, I have fallen way behind on email and blog reading. I hope you all had lovely holidays.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

here, here on the "doing this for fun" resolution! If it's not enjoyable, I'm not gonna knit it. It's a lovely-looking sock. You're right -- there _is_ something incredibly comforting about sock knitting...

I hope you have a wonderful New Years eve, one that promises only good things in the coming year (and lots and lots of handknits!)

8:44 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Yep, knitting is supposed to be fun! We should all only knit things that are enjoyable.

Have a happy New Year with your family.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Yes, knit only what you love. Knit as an escape from everyday obligations. Happy new year, my dear!

10:07 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

That is an ideal knitting resolution! Only fun, only fun!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, ripped out a My So-CalledScarf. The edges on the wrong side were just too ugly.

11:27 AM  
Blogger sparkli said...

with the my so called scarf, my cast on edge always looks good but the cast off edge always looks horrid and flared out... to fix it, i have been k2tog twice on the ends then bo and binding off like normal in the middle. that's helped alot. i keep telling myself i need to figure out more bind off techniques, but i haven't yet :D

11:45 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Nice socks and so fast. I love the way Pastazza feels.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Happy, happy New Year, Laura!

Love the socks! I think in a way I love knitting socks more than anything, don't you?

Now, can we talk? I have to be honest with you: I never really liked "My So-Called Scarf." Just a matter of personal taste, I suppose. No pressure, heaven knows, but I have a free scarf pattern on my site that uses Manos in the Wildflowers colorway. You can check it out; absolutely no obligation.

Hope your holidays have been great!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Thank goodness somebody else doesn't like the So Called Scarf: I thought I must be a freak. Thank you for having the courage to speak out :)

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had the same problem with the weird edges when i made my so called scarf - blocking it helped some but not entirely. i hope you can find a good use for that manos that you'll enjoy more.

happy new year to you and your family!

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life is too short to knit anything but what you enjoy. Poor Kevin has the beginnings of a sweater that I don't like knitting. It may never get done.

Happy New Year!

2:09 PM  
Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

Your socks came out great and I concur with all who have comments, only knit what is fun, it is a hobby after all.

Amanda :)

8:56 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

There's a lot to be said for comfort food. And comfort knitting!

All joys of the festive season to you and yours, Laura, and Happy New Year! I hope this one brings you more happiness .wf

10:23 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

Everybody needs at least one pair of plain ribbed socks.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Happy Holidays to you! Those socks look so comfy. Is that a heatherish light grey or blue? Yummy!

5:18 PM  
Anonymous kimberly said...

For basic ribbed socks, they look fabulous to me! I like your resolution, I knit because I want to learn something new, because the color is gorgeous or I really like the piece. No other knitting is allowed! I like to think of knitting as the process and not the outcome (as much). Although it is fab when you knit something that just fits perfectly. Great fetching, by the way.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Happy New Year :o))

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Those are some great-looking socks! What a lucky dad!

Hope your New Years was great, and that 2007 is filled with fun knitting and delightful yarn.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

I knit the Log Cabin socks a while ago in the women's size with Rowan Cork (the recommended yarn for that size) and I found them unpleasant to knit also. I do like the pattern a lot now that they are done though.

Your socks came out great.

7:17 PM  

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