Thursday, October 30, 2008

mystery socks

Libby's turn to stand on the table.
And Libby's turn to receive a new pair of socks.
I loved working on these socks.  And knowing so many others were making them at the same time seemed to add to the fun.  
Pattern:  Through the Loops Mystery socks for Socktoberfest (thank you, Kirsten!)
Yarn:  Debbie Bliss, baby cashmerino.  Color 202. It is not sock yarn.  So, Kim let me in on a little secret which a lot of you probably know.  (I didn't.)
To reinforce the heel, hold a piece of thread together with your yarn, as you knit.  (Okay, okay, probably ranks right up there with the freezer paper story.  I just didn't know this either!)
Needles:  size 3 dpn's
size:  56 stitch
Libby skipped off to school this morning wearing these.  Well, I don't think that she was actually skipping.  But have you skipped lately?  You should really give it a try. 
Have a great one!

66 comments:

Jess said...

What a good tip with the thread!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Great socks! Thanks for the tip...hadn't heard it yet :).

Sarah Jackson said...

They're awesome. I'm sure she's thrilled.

Do you keep the thread in the freezer? ;)

Cathy said...

Those are beautiful! I love the color.

mle said...

Hey, I didn't know that about the thread in the heel either!
The socks are beautiful!

kim said...

They are truly beautiful! I'm sure Libby will look like a princess in her fancy socks.

MadMad said...

Oh, you're funny. Skipping! Anyway. The socks came out GREAT. Very cute!

Kara said...

Loving those socks. Making me wonder why I didn't get in on this mystery!

Plays with Needles said...

Thanks for sharing the pic of your finished socks. They turned out beautifully -- I don't blame your daughter for wearing them to school, I would have done the same thing. Through your blog, I was following the Through the Loops mystery --- it was fun to spectate as well.

Philigry said...

love them! you have been busy!

nicole said...

So pretty! I wish I had finished mine (I'm still on clue #2!).

Thanks for sharing that tip, I would have never thought of it.

Renee said...

Love the socks! Especially the colour. You've been really busy. I'd skip for socks like that... lol

Shannon said...

My son and I skipped together the other day. It really was fun, and it was so cute to watch him try to keep the rhythm. Skipping is hard!

Love the socks! Does it have to be nylon thread that you reinforce with? Or will any thread do.....

magnusmog said...

I would be skipping in these lovely socks :)

chelsea said...

these are so sweet! the solid pastel color really shows off the cables perfectly. my belly doesn't allow much skipping these days (expecting a baby any minute now), but the only thing I remember being even more satisfying than skipping is galloping -- have you tried that one?

Katie said...

They look great! And I didn't know the thread tip. Thanks for sharing!

stitching under oaks said...

I didn't know the thread tip...the socks are great! I'm stilling knitting away on mine! Congrats on finishing them!

pricklypearbloom said...

ohmygosh. They are SO cute. Seriously. I love the rib on top. And the pattern in the rest of the sock. geez.

momof1andtwins said...

very very pretty. i think i'll have to try making these ... loved your boys socks as well.

Sandy said...

I LOVE THESE SOCKS!!!

Seanna Lea said...

Those look great. I've heard the tip before, but have always been too lazy to incorporate it (or considered it too fiddly). I should try it the next time I make socks for my hubby, so the heels will last longer than a couple short months!

APA said...

As one of 3 sisters I can tell "girl" feet. The arch was a dead give away. Love these socks. And hope Libby knew a good day! :) Ana

house on hill road said...

i might need these for myself. they are beautiful!
and yes, i skip often. seriously. everyday that we walk to school we skip at least one block. it's good for the soul!

peaknits said...

These are gorgeous! Thank you for passing along the thread tip - so easy I would have never thought of it:)

Kirsten said...

I love skipping!!

They look great in the Cashmerino. I'll be they feel wonderful too!!

t does wool said...

truly,you cannot go wrong with the DB baby cashmerino for socks...so soft and comfy,you'd never want to take them off.

Jill said...

Great socks and tip!

Leonie said...

They are lovely socks maybe they can be the second pair that I ever knit!!

lucky knitter said...

They came out great, and I love the color. Everyone is happy!

zebraknits said...

Nice tip, I'll certainly remember that. Congrats for finishing all the socks on time!

amandajean said...

I love them. I really do. that color is perfect.

Amy said...

Oh those are beautiful and I can only imagine how soft they feel on her feet... Yum.

Meggie said...

Sooo cute! Your kids are so lucky having you for a Mom. Love the color of Libby's socks....

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Great minds think alike, I'm also giving these to my daughter!

Hege said...

Beautiful socks!
Have a great weekend!

Louise said...

Oooh gorgeous colour, gorgeous pattern and gorgeous feet!

TLCknits said...

Came out beautiful.. I love the color...

Kate said...

I'm new to knitting so I didn't know, thanks for the tip! Hoping to start on my first socks soon, after I finish up some Christmas scarves.

LizzieK8 said...

I've heard that sewing thread is not good to use as it cuts through the wool. Please let us know how the heels on these hold up so we know which method works best.

Yarn It said...

Those are the cutest socks! This pattern just might get me to knit a pair. Adorable.

I had no idea you could reinforce the heal by holding a piece of thread with the yarn - but I am glad that I know now because I think this socks are going into my que.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Beautiful socks, right down to the eye of partridge(?) heel. Most fortunate daughter!

knithound brooklyn said...

Mine are almost finished!! EEEE!!!

iknitipurl said...

They look absolutely gorgeous. And DB Cashmerino! Yummy for the feet!

knitnsticks said...

Could you adopt me into your family? I love all the knitted love you've been providing your family with lately. Yeah, I know I'm too old to adopt and besides, I would come with baggage (but you never know, those bags may be filled with yarn....hehe :).

serenitymeadow said...

Sweet socks! Sweet color!

rockbridge said...

Gorgeous socks - you have the luckiest kids!! (I didn't know about the thread in the heel, either... thanks for letting the secret out!)

fromallstitchedup said...

Great socks !!! I had no idea about the thread and I've heard a lot working in the lys.

Gayle said...

Just a brief FYI on reinforcing the heel or toe....you must use the same fiber content (and ideally the same weight). This is because the stronger of the two strands will wear and cut the weaker. For example, you would never use polyester thread with cotton yarn.

Happyplace. said...

I skipped just the other day, and I'm still taking Aleeve. I had to pass this on...my Finnish friend's parents and grandparents use dental floss instead of string on the heels. Genius (depending on the color of yarn, anyway)! Ever try to break a length of floss by pulling? No way!!

http://skippydou.blogspot.com said...

Hello Leslie, Thank you for your tips If you want to see the result, I've posted the pictures. I'll finish the rabbit tomorrow. Great socks! I wish I knew how to knit on 4 needles. Does anybody know a tutorial about this?

Melissa said...

I love the socks...just found you through a friend, and I think I'm hooked.

Knitting Diva said...

Skipping...what fond memories! I bet Libby is a happy one, the socks are Awesome!

Jess said...

Great socks. I didn't know about the thread- so thanks for the tip!

amanda said...

Libby must have very cosy snug feet now! These are very beautiful decadent socks I think!

Cycling Knitter said...

gorgeous socks and thanks for the tip!!
angie

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

You are prolific!

KnitPastis said...

These are so pretty! I would wear them right away too:)

tiennie said...

These are beautiful! Love love love the color! I also love that you changed the cables a bit too!

Melissa! said...

At your suggestion, I did...and I giggled the entire time! ;)

Felicia said...

Beautiful :)

Hege said...

Those are beautiful socks! I can understand why she would skip! :) I agree, isn't it fun to do!

Cindy said...

Cute socks. Glad to see a family member likes them. I would love to knit socks for my family but they wont wear them!

I didn't know about the thread idea either but the heel is not where I have the problem, it is the part of the foot under the heel. I always seem to wear a hole there. Any ideas on how to fix that? I still wear the socks as I don't seem to notice the hole on hand knitted socks & they still feel good!

Nora said...

Beautiful!!

knitsational said...

Great tip! Thanks for sharing that.

Suse RevoluzZza said...

Awwww, thos are AMAZING!

Steph said...

Those socks are beautiful! I love the color. And no, I hadn't heard that tip about the thread before. I had heard about weaving a nylon thread through the heel before, but that just seems like a big pain in the butt. =)