FO Woe

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!

The blue/green lines are the waste yarn for the afterthought heels

The blue/green lines are the waste yarn for the afterthought heels

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!

17 comments on “FO Woe

  1. gaylen says:

    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

  2. Natalie says:

    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.

  3. You can keep the afterthought heels! And frankly, I think they match pretty well….

  4. monnibo says:

    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?

  5. Kim says:

    they look great. how do the afterthought heels differ from the regular ones?

  6. Sue J. says:

    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.

  7. Anita says:

    They did turn out really cute! I hate that they don’t fit you right though. 😦

  8. 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

  9. Holly says:

    Those are really cute.

  10. MrPuffy says:

    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???

  11. alison says:

    Shame they don’t fit you, as they are quite pretty.

  12. grace says:

    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!

  13. Michelle says:

    Oooh I likey… the colors are lovely.. and I too have recently tried the afterthought heel and really liked it! 🙂

  14. Miss Me says:

    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.

  15. Dianne says:

    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!

  16. anniebananie says:

    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…

  17. nichole says:

    congrats on getting those off the needles! I still haven’t even looked at an after thought heel..

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