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A Socking Story

July 19, 2009

And she watched out the window as the dry gold of the desert receded as the plane banked east to take them home.  "Salvation in Death" by J.D. Robb ♦♦♦♦◊


So, I'm out of town and I shoulda written this while in the comfort of my own den instead of taking time from visiting with Mom... but then that would be horrifically close to planning ahead and we know that I have issues with the whole "plan ahead" thing.

I'm not sure how I ran across it, but I've discovered Geta's Quilting Studio online. Geta has a new-to-me technique (and we all know how I devour new techniques, don't we?) AND a giveaway to share her knowledge. I'm all over this one, and you should check it out, too. Visit here giveaway post here and have a look. Way cool. And I get an extra entry into her giveaway by telling you about it. Efficient and multi-tasking - that's me allova the place.


I found a sock pattern that turns my crank. The Arch-Shaped Socks (pdf link) by Jen Showalter. I got this far...

Royal Arches side

Royal Arches TOF

Royal Arches sole


...and stalled. The stitch count was off (for ME) by a couple of stitches; the sock did not fit snugly enough. There was nothing wrong with the pattern as written. And about how the pattern was written - it worked for me, because it was a 'how to' and 'why' conversation, rather than a "step 1, step 2, do as I say and don't ask why" lecture.

Okay, so anyway, I sent these pics to J2 and L right before I ripped the whole thing out.

What do I get in return (in an insanely short amount of time)??

L Arches SockWhat looks suspiciously like a picture of a finished sock...

L Arches Sock Side...or two.

I have seen both socks together in the same place, so there's no doubt that this wasn't a trick photo shoot to make us believe that two socks were completed when only one was.


So while I'm just holding a wad of ripped out sockitude, L went and finished TWO socks.

I'm okay with that. I've started over again (this time doing both at once) and I'm in the home stretch. Of course, no pictures since I'm on the road. But I brought the socks with me.

And they're sitting quietly in their travel bag in my suitcase. Wouldn't want to get too carried away and actually work on them while I'm here...

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permalink 6 Comments:
At 7/19/2009 7:28 PM, Blogger Linda Babbled Back:  

Hey there. Thanks for giving me the heads up on Geta's site. I entered her drawing and I let her know I heard about her from your site. The sox are great. I just got a new book, 2 at a Time Sock Knitting and will be starting some knitting soon. I've missed your blog alot. My computer has been down and I just got back online. Trying to play catchup now. Come see me, hugs, Linda

At 7/20/2009 2:48 AM, Anonymous Gimpy Cat Babbled Back:  

I think they all look great but I admire anyone who can knit, I cant cast a purl before a swine to save myself ;-)

At 7/22/2009 9:21 AM, Blogger Betweens Babbled Back:  

sure one more talent that you have.. love to make socks but with all those needles I don't think so.. LOL they look fab though

At 7/22/2009 2:40 PM, Blogger Carrie P. Babbled Back:  

Don't know much about knitting but I do know I like the blue socks. Enjoy your visit with your mom.

At 8/22/2009 7:23 AM, Blogger Brenda Babbled Back:  

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At 8/22/2009 7:25 AM, Blogger Brenda Babbled Back:  

I love socks! I can't believe you actually knit! In my next life I am going to put knitting way in front of playing with Barbies, LOL! I'm not sure I can add another craft to my crazy life but I sure wish I had learned more crafting when I was growing up...all those wasted hours complaining about being bored, and all these cool things i could have been learning. UGH! I could have been making socks. And let's please get a little more colorful with the socks there Misssy...blue socks? C'mon T, you can do better than that! LOL!

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