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Some of you may recal my plan to make myself a series of ankle socks using a single skein of sock yarn. This is mostly because ankle socks are my favorite, but also because I would be able to cut the cost and knitting time on half. I went ahead and got some skeins, figuring if there wasn't enough yarn I could always use them for socks for the girls.
(Note to self: Must make socks for T soon. She keeps asking)

So, I picked a skein and started to work. I did them toe up two at a time to ensure I would get the most out of the yarn I had. Turns out, I needn't have worried. I actually had too much yarn. See?

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These aren't really ankle socks. They're more like tennis socks. And I still have yarn left over. Not much, mind you, but enough to make a mitered square for Mom's sock yarn rug.

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They're not perfect socks, but every pair I make, I get better and better with the fit. Since I did them toe up, I was able to make sure they weren't too big, like the Tofutsies ones. I ended up at 50 stitches, and I probably could have gone up to 52 as the yarn is being stretched a bit, but not much more. I hate for my socks to be loose and the Tofutsies ones are definately loose.

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I wore these all day Sunday and all night and I was pleasently surprised how comfy they were during the night. I normally have to take socks off in the middle because they get all askew as I roll over. Not these, though they stayed right in place all night. And that's after being worn all day too!

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I have to remind myself, though, that hand knit socks don't fit like store bought socks. And that's not necesarily a bad thing. I'm looking forward to forgetting how store bought socks feel. I have a lot more knitting before I get there, though.

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Pattern: Basic Toe up
Yarn: Cascade Sassy Stripes
Needles: Addi Turbos Size US 2
Date Started: March 22, 2009
Date Completed: March 28, 2009 (can't complain about knitting a pair in only a week, huh?)
Notes: I cast on using the Turkish method and used Wendy's Generic To Up Sock heel.

*Change of Subject Alert*

I just had to share: D has been practicing all morning how to stand up from sitting without using the furniture to help. It warms my heart to see her try try again until she gets it. And it gives me all kinds of warm fuzzys to see the look of pride on her face when she succeeds.

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(Please excuse my dirty carpet. Dark carpet hides stains, but it shows up every little peice of lint and trash)(Notice how tightly her little toes are holding onto the carpet?)

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I think walking will be mastered soon!

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Comment by Cristi-Lael on April 1, 2009 at 11:14am
Peggy- Ah, but not so much with the tattoo showing! The best part of that tattoo is on the top of my foot. I've yet to find a sock that will display that properly. Hmm, maybe I will invent one...
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 1, 2009 at 10:49am
BTW, those short socks show off your tattoo to great advantage. --P
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 1, 2009 at 10:48am
D is the cutest thing! Thanks for sharing. The socks are really neat, too. I'll have to try that with some of my leftover stuff (some I got three balls for, leftovers, etc.). No carpet is as good as a hard surface, preferably one you can hose off! Now go make some socks for T! LOL. --Peggy
Comment by Cristi-Lael on March 31, 2009 at 12:50pm
Robin_ It's not really a pattern, just bits and pieces of patterns that I've put together to make my own. The toe is the Turkish pethod, the heel is from Wendy's generic toe up socks. The rest is just knitting and ribbing until I thought it was enough.

Susan- We recarpeted when I was pregnant with T. Before we had light tan carpet and it showed everystain. We opted with the darker thinking it would hide kid stains. I didn't realize how much it would show everything else! Oh well, it's a pretty blue anyway.
I have never been a fan of high socks, even when they were popular. While I don't mind this length too much, I still need to make a proper pair of ankle socks to see how that works hand knit
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on March 31, 2009 at 11:15am
Cristi,
I make nearly of my socks about that length. And the people I've made them for ALL say they like them that length. Not too many people I've met like the really long socks. My toe ups are just about done, by the way. I just have to replace my dead camera.

I started to take a pic of my oldest dog the other day, and my burgundy carpet showed the same linty look. Dark carpet does that. Your daughter is so adorable.
Comment by crafty Robin on March 31, 2009 at 10:59am
great looking socks!! is this the knit picks basic toe up pattern, or one from somewhere else???

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