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Baby Socks FO and the First Sunshine Sock

Last Thursday, I finished the baby socks I posted about last week. I meant to blog about them on Friday, but completely forgot! Every time I see these, I just keep thinking about how adorable they are! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not longing to make a ton more baby stuff and I’m not wanting a baby of my own to put them on. It’s just that these little baby socks are cute as all get out and so tiny! I’m not used to tiny baby things as no one I know has little babies, so I’m rarely around them at all. I wanted to make a pair to have made baby socks (in case the need to know this ever arises) and to use up scraps of leftover sock yarn I have. Anyway, on with the socks! This is my second pair of socks in the 52 Pair Plunge.

169/365: Baby Socks
O hai, we are tiny babeh socks!

Pattern: My own (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: June 10, 2009
Completed: June 17, 2009
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in an unknown colorway (lost the band long ago)
Needles: Knit Picks US 0 (2.0mm) DPNs
Notes: Cast on 44 stitches, knit for 15 rounds, work short row heel down to 6 sts, work 16 rounds, work toe decreasing 4 sts every other round until 3 sts left on each needle, kitchner to close. These would have taken me a lot less time if I didn’t get all determined to finish up the Sprucey Lucy socks, but even so, it only took about a week to get them done anyhow. No idea what will become of them right now since I don’t know a baby that will fit into them! They are cute, though, aren’t they? 🙂

Friday, with only one plain sock on the needles and yarn that was screaming at me to knit with it, I cast on for the Sunshine Socks from Cookie A’s book, Sock Innovations. The yarn that was screaming at me was Wollemiese in Sonne, which says “sunshine” to me! After talking to Sarah R. in my knitting group who’s knitting these with Yarntini yarn, I decided to modify it a bit. She said that starting with 60 stitches for the cuff and then increasing to 80 stitches for the leg made the sock a bit tight in the cuff and too loose around the ankle. She said that if she were to do it again, she’d just start with 72 stitches, making the cuff bigger and not so tight and eliminating one pattern repeat in the leg. Following her advice, I went to cast on 72 stitches, only to find that doesn’t really work with the cuff chart since it’s based on a 6 stitch repeat (k1, p1, k2, p2, repeat around). So, I cast on 66 stitches, knit the cuff, then on the next round, I knit and increased to 72. The pattern says to follow the increase chart, but that would have given me too many stitches, so I just sort of winged it doing the increases on a knit round. I got a lot of progress done on it this weekend and even thought I might get it done Sunday, but I ended up being too tired to finish the toe. Today I did the bind off for the toe of the first sock and immediately cast on for the second one.

173/365: One Finished Sunshine Sock
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) sunshiny day! (I can see clearly now, anyone?)

I have a feeling I’ll be showing you the 3rd pair for the 52 Pair Plunge pretty soon! I absolutely love this pattern and the yarn. It’s been a match made in heaven 🙂

PS. You know the Summer of Socks 2009 started yesterday, right? I’m curious to see how many socks I’ll be able to knit up this summer!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

3 thoughts on “Baby Socks FO and the First Sunshine Sock

  1. Hi Lindsey, I can’t use the email account that your email link goes to for some reason so I thought I would just leave my email here for you to contact me. jessie AT yarntini DOT net. I hope this is okay. Please email anytime.

    Amazingly beautiful socks, btw! Love Cookie!

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