Monday, November 19, 2007

John's Socks

As soon as I finish a pair of socks, I cast on another pair. I'm not superstitious, but I hear it's bad luck to leave your sock needles empty for very long. This pair was started on November 1st and they are for John.

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Mountain Colors Bearfoot
60% Superwash Wool, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon
Red Tail Hawk

It took a few times of casting on before I found the right combination of needles and stitches. This yarn is a slightly heavier weight than I've used for John before, so I was hopeful I could get away with larger needles and fewer stitches. I did, but not by much. I'm using US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and 68 stitches. This is still more stitches than I use for socks I knit for myself.

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I decided a plain stockinette pair would work best. Not only is the knitting mindless and speedy, but the stitch doesn't use up a lot of yarn. I have one skein which is 350 yards and I don't want to run out.

I bought this yarn at Black Sheep Wool Co. in Salt Lake City. John was with me and helped pick out the color. At the time, I didn't know I would be using it for him, but when I was going through the sock yarn stash it became evident this yarn had his name written all over it.

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I knew he would love it!

9 comments:

  1. I do 72 stitches for socks for Dale, 68 seems like cheating for "man socks". Heh!

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  2. I have the same colorway in my stash and I think Smith would have a similar reaction!

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  3. That's a nice colorway for guys - masculine but not drab!

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  4. What a big teddy bear of a man! I love the fall colors in that sock. I often think stockinette socks are best.

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  5. Aw...isn't he a great sport?! Now Tracy, you must return the favor and pose with a fish! :-))

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  6. Love that last picture of John with his sock!!!

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  7. Gotta love a man that will cuddle with a sock in progress :-)
    Btw, I love your So-Called-Scarf, too!

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  8. What comment can I leave that hasn't been said? I agree with all the comments. We wouldn't want sock needles to get cold now.

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  9. Awwwww . . . I love the last photo! I too have a skein of that colorway in my stash and I appreciate your sharing your stitch count and needle size -- I will use that as a re-starting point. I have knit Bearfoot on 2.75 mm but the socks were a tiny bit loose for my husband. (He still wears them and is quite proud of them, but I haven't caught him cuddling his socks).

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~Tracy