January 1, 2009

Quicker toe up socks

magic loop toe up socks
quicker toe-up socks, originally uploaded by alicethelma.

Here is the first pair of socks for 2009 and here is their story:

I have a friend who has been hinting around for some hand knit socks and for the longest time I’ve been staring at two balls of Lion Sock EaseMagic Stripes thinking that they would be perfect for dear friend and also to continue my mastery of toe up socks on magic loop.

After a bit of research and encouraged by this pattern, I dove into these socks using the Turkish cast on method. Wow! I don’t know why I haven’t used this cast on before because it’s so simple and quick. Not the least bit fussy. In no time at all, I had two socks cast on and ready to go.

I feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of toe up socks and not struggling with it so much. It's coming easier and that makes me happy. :-)

After I had sixty stitches for each sock, I continued in a K2, P2 rib which I discovered from Cat Bordhi’s Sock Soar book. These socks have literally ZOOMED in two days but I need to stop knitting them at home. Home is where I knit the complex projects with charts and instructions, etc. These socks are great for traveling and are going to be the socks I take with me EVERYWHERE and especially whenever I have to wait. You see, I’m notoriously impatient and anyone who knows me well can tell you that. So I always try to have a pair of socks with me AT ALL TIMES.

Oh and I’ve given up coffee for 2009 so hopefully that will help as well – with my impatience. What is your New Year’s resolution?


Molly said...

The socks look great. I am resolving to be more organized, which in turn could help me with my patience.

Happy New Year to you Alice Thelma.

On a limb with Claudia said...

I love the two socks on one needle technique. That's fairly brilliant! They look great - I hate those tiny needles used for socks, but you're inspiring me....

weebug said...

way to go! they look wonderful.

Girl Meets Needle said...

I really, really love the colors on those socks. I have yet to try toe-up, but I've been peeking into it. I might have to make it one of my 2009 knitting resolutions. :)

vtknitboy said...

toe-up socks rule! never again cuff down for me, baby! lol. the turkish cast on is similar in look to judy's magic cast on (which i use) except i think it starts you off with a tighter row. just my op.

i do a 3x2 rib which goes a bit faster for me in the round. have fun! luv ya. c

EliCa said...

You're giving up coffee!
I would DIE!
You are my hero!

womens slouch socks said...

Both socks together? wow. Nice action.

Living on Dog Time said...

Now this I've got to try. I have yet to knit a pair of socks in this century.