Look pretty enough, don’t they? But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Pattern: Um, there really wasn’t one. I used the cast-on from Knitpicks toe up, two at a time instructions, then let Gaylen talk me into trying the afterthought heel, and that was that. I intended these to be house socks for someone, but I’ve learned that if you’re wearing support hose when you try on the toe-up sock, you might make the sock a little narrower than you want. I was ready to get these socks off the needles, so shorter legs were better!
Yarn: OnLine Supersocke 100. I know some of you like this stuff, but it was tough and rough going through the fingers. I loved the colors, and the self-patterned thing was fun, especially at the onset. I do have a couple more balls by this manufacturer, and they’re softer to the touch, and the yarns seem more pliable. This was like knitting with a little rope! I did pull from the inside for one sock and the outside for the other, so they don’t match, not at all.
Needles: #1 Hiya Hiya, 40″ length. I liked the needle just fine. The cord was very loopy though, even after several weeks. I did use #0 dpns to unknit the stitches on the waste yarn, but then knitted back onto the #1 circ on the first round.
Verdict: I like the afterthought heels. The socks are almost too narrow for me, so I haven’t worn them, but I do have a pair with afterthought heels in them that Gaylen gifted me, and they feel great! I do want to try some of the other self-striping yarns in my stash, but this one will be headed to a new home next time I ship packages.
In all fairness to these socks, you must know that I cast on in the mountains of West Virginia, through tears on September 11th, en route to a funeral. They were my travel project when I went to see Auntie the last couple of times, and then I worked on them to and from another funeral in January. So, I’m hoping they’ll fit someone else, and if not, I’ll wear them around the house once in a while and say a prayer for all the dearly departeds they’ll make me think about, which isn’t a bad thing after all.
Now I’m only one finished object report behind. Phew!
I think they are pretty. But I understand the sorrow that was knit into them. Hope that somebody is able to enjoy them (maybe Marjie – she has small feet like you and has never had hand-knit socks!). g
I think they look great. I am with you on the roughness of the yarn though. The end product is nice though.
I still haven’t tried an afterthought heel yet.
You can keep the afterthought heels! And frankly, I think they match pretty well….
Um, I’m not a sock knitter so this might be a stupid question, but what are “afterthough heels” and how do they differ from regular heels?
they look great. how do the afterthought heels differ from the regular ones?
I have yet to try the Afterthought Heel. Next up in my sock queue. Was it hard to do? I like the socks. I know what you mean about support socks. I wear them when I have to be on my feet for long periods of time. I always think every sock I knit is a learning experience somehow.
They did turn out really cute! I hate that they don’t fit you right though. 😦
Hey you learned a new skill on socks and you get to have sweet memories while wearing them. And didn’t you say they look pretty! :o) Enjoy them as house socks!! I have a few like that too! LOL
Those are really cute.
Yes, never enjoyable when it feels like you are knitting with a little rope – LOL
They are very pretty and I hope work out better than your current expectations for them!
BTW, are you going to remove that waste yarn or not already???
Shame they don’t fit you, as they are quite pretty.
Having no desire to knit socks I truly appreciate anyone who does knit them, Great job and I am sure they will be a wonderful gift to someone who will appreciate them just because you made them!
Oooh I likey… the colors are lovely.. and I too have recently tried the afterthought heel and really liked it! 🙂
very nice! online can be hit and miss when it comes to texture. like most initially rought yarns, it does soften up with a bath.
Lovely socks – hopefully it was just a bad ball of Online. I’ve used it a few times and like it. Your afterthought heels are super. I’ll do afterthoughts if I have to, but they always end up looking wonky. I think I’m picking up the wrong stitches or something… Yours look great!
Although I’m not a fan of that yarn, they turned out really cute. And I love the pictures of the girls. I do have one question – why is Gretchen’s tail short and Sissy’s tail long? I just noticed that…
congrats on getting those off the needles! I still haven’t even looked at an after thought heel..