Monday, February 25, 2008

socks, backwards.

Well, the great sock experiment is on. I am finally attempting toe-up socks for my boyfriend. This was primarily to make sure that I wouldn't run out of yarn. Well, I had bought the yarn before I found him that was the first problem. The second problem, he has 12 EE feet with almost no arch and a huge amount of foot between his instep and his heel. Inevitably I had to get another ball of the Trekking Pro Natura in charcoal grey to finish things off, but I will have enough for a second pair of socks for someone..
a few notes on toe-up socks: I think that these will definitely work better if you can use short row heels. I think these also work better if you have normally shaped feet as well. Personally, I hate knitting up the heel flap backwards. It's an interesting method, but not for me. I would rather buy my three skeins of sock yarn and just fudge my way through things. I know even with Tony's large feet, that 6 oz of sock yarn will work beautifully for his socks, so that is not a problem, even for a pair of longer dress socks, which is mostly what I'm going to be making.
Being a businessman, he's always in suits, or slacks, so sports socks are pretty much pointless.
If anyone else has sock options that might help all of this make more sense, I would definitely appreciate some pointers..

Saturday, January 5, 2008

musings on socks..

I've found out something very important about handknit socks... Stop if I'm boring you already, but after wearing almost exclusively handknit socks all winter, I've found out something interesting about needle size.. How is it that you can knit two different pairs of socks out of the same kind of yarn (Opal) using 2.75mm needles for one and 2.0mm needles for the others and get two different fits? The ones knit on the smaller needles fit better over the long term while the others want to slide down into my shoes right away.

I'm thinking that the smaller needles and smaller stitches lend to more elasticity in the long run and therefore require less tugging up during the day. Both go well with clogs, but clogs don't cut it for work. This of course frustrates me no end as I try desperately to get my opal handpaint yarn to take well to my feet without killing the entire ball! Thank god ends are weavable!