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Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit (and weave now, too!) but I seem to take more photos of my toddler than my crafts these days. She has that cute factor going for her. Because of this, I have started a tumblr called Tiny Taughts of our home lessons, crafts and projects. Please visit me there and I promise to come back here soon!


Saturday, April 11, 2009

SOCK!

I loom-knit a sock! It's late so this will be a shorty* but I want to gather my thoughts before bed. I used the Weekend Socks pattern from Isela Phelp's Loom Knitting Primer book.

Sock!

Loom-y magic shines in those wrap-and-turn short rows. I don't know how it all stays connected but it works awesome. First moment of glee: "Look! It's a heel! Woo!"

SOCK!
Please pardon the cruddy no-flash photo here. It was the best one to show the heel.

It wasn't always 100% woo-hoo though.

Issue 1: My cables don't match from the leg to the foot. They jag when they should be straight. At least I think so.

Issue 2: I'm not sure if I did the kitchener stitch in the toe area correctly. Halfway through I had one more stitch on the top needle than the bottom. Eek! So I just tried to work it in because I had no clue how to work backwards to fix it. Also, the whole seam made a ridge when I thought it would be flat.

SOCK!

Issue 3: The foot part might be a couple rows too long. I can scrunch it up and then it fits. But I have yet to see how it stands up to the walk-around-a-bunch test.

So yeah, it's not a perfect sock. But you know the funny thing about socks? You get a second chance to make it all right!

When I tried it on ... second moment of glee: "SOCK!" (as I stick my foot in the air)

* I don't think I can write a shorty.

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on your sock! Perhaps you will become addicted as bad as I am!

    I hope I can help with a couple of your issues.
    With regards to the cables zig-zagging, they look fine in the photo, but I know things look different in person. But I found when I knit some socks in one of the books (I think it was the primer) I was able to detect that I think the pattern was wrong and my cable would have shifted, so I made the correction myself before continuing on to the foot after the heel. A good hint might be to put stitch markers on the pegs where the cables are done, so after you do the heel, you can make sure to continue the cables on the top of the foot on the same pegs. That will alleviate the zigzag.

    For the kitchener stitch, I have found the best explanation including photos on knitty.com. Just search for kitchener on that site for the instructions. I use that web page for a reference every time, and I have gotten pretty good at kitchener so that there is no bump, and it blends in so well you almost can't even tell where the graft is!

    Hope that helps!!

    Cheryl
    Ravelry: cherlooms

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  2. Thanks Cheryl!

    I did later notice that if I pulled them on straighter, only one cable didn't line up perfectly. I had removed my cable markers during the heel so I wouldn't get confused. For sock 2, time I'll leave on so I can line them back up right.

    And I will definitely read more about the kitchener. So the bump is normal for a beginner?

    Thanks so much — these tips help a lot! :-)

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