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I was so excited to finish the Spiral tube socks for my sister that I started another pair right away. Only this pair of socks actually has a heel flap, heel turn, gusset and whatever other anatomy of a sock there is -- this sock has it! A big 'thank you' to Sage Gypsy for the pattern but I have a confession to make...I improvised! I took the advice from two others as well and hoped for the best. So far, I've only had to work out minor hurdles.

I was so excited to get through with the heel flap that I was going around showing everybody. My family was just smiling and humoring the crazy knitting lady! Ha.

I'm sure I shouldn't be messing around changing patterns up, so in the future I promise to behave. You can't see I have my yarn crossed behind my back. ;)

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Comment by cherylbwaters on August 31, 2010 at 4:20pm
That's all part of the learning process.
Comment by Terri A on August 31, 2010 at 10:49am
I also just read it said to use size 5 US needles. I have a bad habit of jumping ahead and I am just going to stop that right now!
Comment by Terri A on August 31, 2010 at 10:47am
Just finished my second pair of socks last night and didn't have anything to take to the library with me for our local 'sit and stitch'. I started another pair for myself with a new pattern but didn't note that it suggested worsted weight wool. I have sock yarn % wool & % nylon & % bamboo. Well, I had to pull about 15-20 rows out - it was too small to fit my leg for sure. Where can I learn about differences in yarn?
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 28, 2010 at 6:53am
I think that Sam may be going somewhere. It will be nice to have seen her when she first started out.
Comment by Terri A on August 27, 2010 at 12:38pm
Thanks Beth!
Comment by Beth Pritchett on August 27, 2010 at 11:46am
I have not used cotton for socks, but like Cheryl mentioned about cotton not having the memory of wool, you could end up with socks that won't stay up. A quick look over at JimmyBeansWool turned up 4 cotton sock yarns. Three were blended with wool and 1 with bamboo. For 2 of these yarns, cotton wasn't even the primary fiber. That said, there is nothing keeping you from trying you cotton and seeing how you like it.
As for the circular needles, you could try either magic loop or knitting with 2 circular needles, both of which can be found on YouTube. I haven't found one to be better than the other. It will be a matter of personal preference. They each have a big following.
Cheryl, I so enjoyed the video.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 25, 2010 at 10:14am
Terri, I haven't used 100% cotton for knitting socks but I know I've bought 100% cotton socks made commercially. So it is possible to use 100% cotton. You just have to remember that cotton doesn't have the memory that wool has. Seems like somewhere I saw someone mention knitting it with a nylon thread with it to give it some added strength, but I can't remember where I saw that. But click here for knitty's Sock 101.
Comment by Terri A on August 25, 2010 at 9:29am
Hey Cheryl, hopefully you can help...The socks I've made have been 75% wool and some % nylon, I have some cotton [100%] I want to use to make some socks, how will that work out? I also want to try circular needles....thought you might have some advice. Thanks
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 23, 2010 at 8:35pm
Just wanted you to know I ain't misbehavin'.
Comment by Terri A on August 23, 2010 at 5:49pm
Wow, thanks. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I didn't know you could post stuff on here like that. Thanks again

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