Socks, socks, socks

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This weekend was a blast but it was my birthday Saturday so it was expected. I am again reminded that I have amazing friends who knows me better than I know myself sometimes. All things pink, chocolate-y, cookie-y, tea-y, book-y, office supplice-y (yes, I do love office supplice, I don’t mention it often because it makes me look even crazier than the knitting does but it’s nontheless true), creative and knitter-y has flown my way and I love it. We went out for drinks and had a great time. I always go for a pink princess drink and the one I got on Satuday was exceptionally great. Watermelon, yay!

During the weekend, even though I’ve been out and about, I have managed to almost finish a pair of socks. It’s the second year in a row that I knit on Agnieszka’s Christmas socks during my birthday party. Last year she didn’t know they were for her but this year she knew. But, since she has only seen them in badly lit rooms I figure I should wait to show them on the blog till after Christmas. Also, they are not blocked yet. In the mean time I can show you Another pair of socks that I finished a while ago.

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These are my new socks, an MKAL during August and September.

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They have a pattern all the way and beads (I’m not sure about the beads, they feel a little unnecessary on a pair of socks). They are my first toe-up socks but so far I think I prefer top down socks. Still it’s fun to have tried a new technique. I made one in magic loop and the other on dpn’s. One it a little looser than the other, thank goodness.

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Why “thank goodness” you ask. Well, I’ll tell you. These are the first socks that I’ve ever swatched for, which was good since it was very important to get you own size with these. Still, even though I did that, the foot is too long, probably because I’ve never made a toe-up sock before and didn’t know what to expect when I came to the heel. I can work around that though but the biggest problem comes on the leg of the sock. In the back there you see a diamond shape, there is one in the front too but it’s the one in the back that is the problem, which, and I should have thought of this but I also this the pattern should have mentioned it, makes the sock less stretchy. This means that it is incredibly difficult to pull the sock over the heel. On the looser one it’s easier but it’s still not easy. I think that I will break the sock one of these days because I pull too hard to get my foot in (I feel like Cinderella’s stepsister, the one who had too big a heel and had to cut it off). Still, I wear these socks but we’ll see for how long they will bear with me.

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Pattern: Zolotoy by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Stunning String Studio Smashing Sock and Stunning String Studio Glitz in colors Summer Gardens and Palace Blue.