For Mother’s Day, Jason got me three sets of circular needles from Knit Picks. There are all 47″ long and were in US sizes 1-3. I can’t say how much I fell in love with these needles. I had been trying different brands beyond what you get in the craft store to find the right combination of flexible cords and sharp needle tips. Knit Picks by far are my favorite.
I wanted to start a pair of socks on my new US size 3. I take them out of the package for the first time, cast on, and went to go join my stitches to knit in the round. To my dismay, the join between the cable and the needle was rough which surprised me because I hadn’t had a problem with the size 2 needles I had already used to finish a pair of socks for my niece. I thought maybe it wouldn’t be an issue and that I could just ignore it, but the more I got into the sock, the more the join was snagging my yarn ( Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn – Canopy).
I just couldn’t take it anymore. Since these are not the cheapest needles out there, instead of just tossing them in the trash and buying a new set, I decided to contact Knit Pick customer service to ask about how to exchange them for new ones. I didn’t want to just return them. I used the customer service support contact form and described what my issue was, and not even an hour later I received an email informing me that not only was Knit Picks sorry to hear I had received a defective product, but that they had already shipped me out a replacement!
I just want to thank Knit Picks for their wonderful customer service and great products! Please think about using them for your knitting needs.
Aren’t these socks gorgeous? These are the next ones I’m going to knit. They are going to be for my niece. I might also make them for my daughter too. I hope this isn’t too hard, I just think they are breath taking. I’m going to try and do them two at a time, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m hoping to start them in mid-May. I have to finish Kait’s socks first. I am pleased with they way they are coming.
- Silky Drops – free Panda Silk Sock pattern – Crystal Palace Yarns (myordinaryjourney.wordpress.com)
I think this is going to be the pattern I use for my niece Kait’s socks… I can’t wait to start them back up… I just need to finish practicing on the house socks that I’m doing for Trent. I’m not following a pattern for those, but trying to get some different techniques down. Things like short row heals, and gussets with heal flaps, different toe increase patterns and different bind offs. BTW, if you know of a good bind off (toe-up)/cast on (top-down) for the top of the cuff please let me know what it is, I worked so hard on my one sock only to have it so tight that I couldn’t get in on. I was so sad.
- Trent’s “House Socks” (myordinaryjourney.wordpress.com)
So I finished my first sock the other day and was so proud of it. I bound of the edge and went to put it on, and to my dismay/disappointment/or what ever you want to call it, I couldn’t get the sock on over my ankle. The top of the sock was too tight. I had to cut it to even get it up and over my heal. I was so sad. I had worked so hard knitting that sock.
I decided not to get discouraged and vowed that I would do better next time. I figured I just needed to practice a bit more… so that’s what I did.
These “house socks” are for Trent (just because they are huge and gray). I used several different patterns to make these and I just kind of mixed and matched different cast-on, toe increase, heal and bind offs to create them. I used a no-wrap short row heal (and as you can see I need some more practice. Good thing I have another sock to go.) I used a yarn over bind off, which is now too loose (but that’s better than too tight, at least he’ll be able to get in on his foot.) I think for the matching sock I will do a yarn over bind off, but not for every stitch… maybe every other?
I used Caron’s Simply Soft in Grey Heather with two #3 circs. These were knitted toe up with a Turkish cast-on.