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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This is NOT the same post as WIP Wednesday....

Actually, yes it is. I added a picture, otherwise I'm shamelessly re-using Wednesday's WIP post for Fiber Arts Friday .... 

My sock mania continues!



Button-up Socks from "Think Outside the Sox." Counting the anklets, this is my fourth pair in a row.

Do you all suffer SSS, or Sock Fatigue? I did. I've found that if I knit one sock to a stopping point, such as turning the heel, then stop and cast on the second sock, I enjoy it much more. If it's a highly patterned sock such as this one or the butterfly socks, it helps me remember the pattern if I switch back and forth.  With the butterfly socks (last post) I knitted the entire foot on one, then switched to the second one and knitted the foot on that one. That way, that part of the pattern stayed fresh in my mind and I didn't have to re-learn it.

With this one, I knit the leg of one sock, then stopped and cast on the second one. If I don't have enough knitting needles in the correct size, I put the resting sock on stitch holders. This way really helps me to enjoy the whole knitting experience, and I don't feel the SSS so badly!

And yes, I can knit two-at-a-time, but I don't enjoy that so much. It takes too much time for me to keep the yarn balls straight. 


Happy Fiber Arts Friday! I leave you with a photo of some bounty from my garden:

23 comments:

  1. I wish I could do what you suggest (working one to a stopping point, casting on the other and working it to that same stopping point) but I don't have duplicate sets of DPNs. :( Otherwise, that sounds like a GREAT idea. Someday when I can afford to buy secondary sets, I'm absolutely going to do that! :)

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  2. @I did the same thing with my first pair of socks as I knew if I didn't I wouldn't have done a pair!

    I love the colour of the yarn you are using and the pattern looks really interesting too.

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  3. I've only done one pair so far (partway through sock #1 of my second pair) - currently I'm still excited enough to make the second so that I can wear them, but that's a great tip for preventing SSS - may have to try it next time!

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  4. That sounds like a great way to do socks. I've also heard some people do the first sock from pair A, then the first sock from pair B, before going back to finish the 2nd sock for pair A. I'm boring though and still do them one pair at a time, one sock at a time :-)

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  5. What beautiful work - I feel inspired to get the knitting needles out again though I'm sure I won't manage anything as lovely as this!Kathy

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  6. What a beautiful little sock and the tip on working the to at the same time.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

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  7. Your socks look so pretty, I can see why you like the pattern. Gosh, that's a beautiful basket of produce, your garden is happily giving you gifts!

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  8. Your have a wonderful green thumb as well as good knitting fingers. Nice socks! Beautiful shade of blue.

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  9. Ooo those socks look so perfect for hot weather.

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  10. he he, I took a very similar picture yesterday holding garden produce in my t shirt :D

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  11. Your garden's ahead of ours -- we're still in the beginnings of the green tomato phase.

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  12. Great sock knitting suggestion...I'm too lazy to put the yarn on scrap. I bet I'll buy another set of circs to complete this suggestion.

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  13. love the socks-I was afraid to knit them so got a sock knitting loom-its slow going...

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  14. Ok, I don't know. I've been trying to figure it out... What does SSS stand for??

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  15. Sorry, Kathryn ... I should have spelled it out first! Bad English major! SSS is Second Sock Syndrome, when a knitter triumphantly finished the first sock ... then sighs at the thought of having to start all over again on the second sock!

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  16. I haven't knitted socks for awhile, but I think your idea is a very good one. It certainly works in my other projects. Once I have a pattern in my head, I need to keep going. The butterfly socks are so cute! and your gardening bounty is very enticing.

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  17. I'm not a huge sock knitter and I do suffer from SSS, I love your idea of stopping at a certain point and casting on for the second. I'll have to remember that for the next time I knit socks.

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  18. That's almost exactly how I knit socks. I cast on the toe of one sock, then the other. Work a few inches or pattern repeats of one, then the other. Usually one of them grows a little faster then the other (socks are my usual knit on work breaks/waiting in line/in the car project) so then I just swap them out. When one gets to the heel, then I catch up on the other one, then I usually do both heels at the same time at home, and then continue to process. It's worked great for me for years!

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  19. Hey Beth! Your veggies look yummy, I love fresh cukes. Those socks are very intesting, definitely warm weather socks. Can't wait to see them finished. As far as all the Jacob fleece I have in my basement...I should have enough to make several projects but for now I'm just trying to get through the washing of 20 lbs of Jacob fleece part. I figure I should have enough fleece to last me til shearing time next year, LOL

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  20. The garden goodies look awesome. Your orange shawl? Or ghan in your header is fabulous, how did I miss that last time I was here?

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