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March 16 2011
April 9 2011
Project info
Orion's Nebula
Skew by Lana Holden
Needles & yarn
US 1 - 2.25 mm
Holiday Yarns FlockSock Sock
1 skein = 400.0 yards (365.8 meters), 100 grams
Holiday Yarns in Syracuse, New York

Stellar Sock Club socks! I was (and still am) a little iffy about the pattern on the front of the sock, so I may or may not modify it. Otherwise, it’s great! I’ve never been a sock person, so we’ll see how this goes (we’ll consider it a warm-up for John’s HUGE socks). At least the color is AMAZING!

I changed my mind. I want a pair of Hedera!

I finished the left sock. I have to say…I’m not in love with it. The variegation is just too much! I need something plainer. I’m thinking of going back to Skew, though a plain sock wouldn’t be too bad either. Hmmm….

Skew is a winner! The colors are STUNNING in this pattern! Yay!

I followed my own mods (I’m too lazy to link), but this time I decreased at the ankle. I had to decrease equally on each side of the COR marker and ended up with a strange number of stitches, but I think it will work? The gauge on this sock was much more accurate than for my last one, so it’s tight, but it’s too early to tell if it is TOO tight. I may have sufficed using 6 stitches fewer.

This is becoming a very sad story about a very confused sock. I can’t read, can’t math, can’t measure. Long story short, Skew, if knit EXACTLY AS WRITTEN, will fit perfectly. I made mods on the first Skew I knit because my gauge was off because I was knitting with 2s not 1s. SO. Sock #3 will be Skew, knit as directed. Cross your fingers. This is why I don’t knit socks. :P

Just passed the heel. Fits perfectly! Sweet! The pooling is completely different than on the sock I knit too small. I don’t know how I feel about it just yet. On a slightly-related note, I spent my undergrad years in Chucks, which made my feet start to go flat. I’ve been wearing arch supports since August and running and walking in supportive running shoes since November or so. The arch is back in my foot! Woohoo! I like my feet. I think they are very cute. They look even cuter in these super bright socks! ;)

Just to add to the sock drama, I frogged AGAIN because I hated the pooling, so now I am alternating between the end of the skein and the middle of the skein. Now the pooling AND the fit are winners! Woohoo!

I lengthened the leg by 20 rows to try to use up all the yarn. I should invest in a kitchen scale….

I started the right sock! Yay! I thought I’d be knitting left socks forever!

DONE! WOOHOO! They are stunning! I’ve got studying to do, then (weaving ends, then) pictures! I only made a few mods over all: I knit with two strands, first of all, then knit 20 rounds of the foot repeat to get it to 6.25 inches (that’s 2.25 inches from the foot length). That cut down on the bagginess of the foot perfectly. I also added the 20 rows to the cuff before the short rows. I should have done a 4-row repeat when I added that length: Row 1 without the decreases at the beginning and end of the row and Row 3 with those decreases. I think that would have widened the leg enough for my big ol’ calf. The fit isn’t terrible as it is, though. People have complained of baggy ankles, but mine must be pretty thick because I don’t have that problem.

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by Holiday Yarns
75% Merino, 25% Nylon
400 yards / 100 grams
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  • Project created: March 16, 2011
  • Finished: April 9, 2011
  • Updated: July 23, 2011
  • Progress updates: 11 updates