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June 28, 2007

For the record

   

For the record, this is how far 1 skein of Wick gets you. That's about 9" above the anklebone (of my average US 7 - Euro 38 feet). Not bad! Especially considering each skein is only 120 yards.

I've been asked many questions about these socks - (Q1) are they comfortable? (Q2) Do the bumps created by the decreases hurt when you step on them? (Q3) What's the point of using moisture-wicking yarn when there are so many holes? (Q4) And who knits socks out of worsted-weight yarn anyway?

Did I get them all? :)

I thought about all these points, and my answer is we all have different priorities. Wendy would say, "Your mileage may vary."

I had 2 skeins of Wick in my stash for the longest time, more than a year, and I've been itching to knit it up into something, anything. When a cute and interesting pattern came along and I was able to get a 3rd skein without much effort, it was reason enough for me to cast on.

I didn't consider what it would be like to wear the socks because, first and foremost, I knit for the sake of knitting. You knew that, right?? Your reasons for knitting may be entirely different, and the wearability of the project may be a very important priority. But that's not the case for me. I really didn't think much about it until all the comments. I just think these knee-highs are way cool and therefore I must knit them!

But I know that's not the answer you want to hear. You want me to think about the questions you posed, and give an honest opinion, right?

Certainly these knee-highs are more 'show' than 'function'. If we wanted functional knee-highs, we'd grab some wool and hit up Cookie A for a pattern. (A1) On the other hand, I really dig the fabric formed by the fishnet pattern - it's very stretchy, and I think these will stay up exceptionally well. (A2) I do feel the decrease bumps when I step on them. They don't bother me, but they may bother you, especially if you plan to wear these socks with shoes. (A3) I think the designer chose to use Wick because it's very stretchy, and very soft, and not because it has moisture-wicking abilities. I think Cascade Fixation Bulky would do the trick, too, except it's not as soft, in my opinion. (A4) Using thinner yarn would make very dainty and delicate fishnets for sure. So, go for it! But for instant gratification, worsted weight is awesome. Just a few days, and you've got a finished pair of pretty, lacy, ooh-la-la, make the men drool stockings!

Posted by Kathy on June 28, 2007 01:22 PM

Comments

Oooh I'm the first commenter!!! What a great sock, makes me want to try it. I like the ooo-lala kitten factor they have, and the fact that they do practically look seemless. Very clever indeed!

It's nice to know that I am not the only one who knits for the sake of knitting :}

Why do we knit things!?! So zen! :D

How will you (invisibly?) join the new ball of yarn for them?

i will say that i love the color of that yarn - so light and buttery!

even more, and (gasp) not related to knitting, i LOVE your skirt.

I'm mesmerized by the lace pattern. All the more reason to get the book ASAP!

They're going to look great! Knit what you want... it will be fun to watch :)

My husband just made a request for fishnet stockings for me, and so I've been watching your blog very closely. They are absolutely lovely, keep up the wonderful, beautiful, lovely work.

I too knit for the process of knitting, puzzling out new stitches and patterns, figuring out how things work, and pondering about the genius who created magic with fibre and sticks! Your fishnets look terrific! Knit on, sistah!

That toe is a work of art as are the rest of the socks. Whatever reason you knit: you do a mighty fine job of it!

I think they look fabulous and fun to knit......... get some jeans or a long skirt and your earth shoes (so you feel the decrease bump less when you are walking on your heel) and off you go! They make me think of fall and long for the season to arrive.

Those are gorgeous! I love the pattern.

I wasn't that into these socks until these pictures. I probably won't knit them, but they look way cool!

And btw, I'm wearing that exact skirt right now.

Who knits socks with worsted yarn? People who live in cold climates! I like having toasty toes. :)

I think they're lovely. I would totally knit them up to the thigh!

I *glanced* at the pattern while in Powell's the other day (and put the book on my wish list) and it appeared to be correct -- maybe it's already corrected in a reprint? Weird...

Cute skirt.

Hmmm...I figured someone else would ask the questions I had. We knitters are times hive-minded.

Knitting for the Art of it...thank you, they're fabulous!

Hmmm... the men will drool, eh? Perhaps *that's* why they're moisture wicking?

It is beautiful. Now I am itching to make one myself.

I *heart* these so much.

Just had to say -- hey, that's my skirt! I swear I've worn it about 20 times since I bought it mid-May at Target.

Is that a skirt you made?

I (being a lace shawl knitter) certainly understand knitting for the sake of knitting, but I think of socks as functional, where as shawls, I just don't wear, I just knits. Lace shawls to me are like socks to Grumpy here, I have a whole bunch of them on the go, and never seem to go without some on the needle.
I think that's why I asked about the comfort level, but then I am super sensitive about what is on my feet, it's a prickly point with me, I don't like socks, but if I HAVE to wear them they had better be thin, smooth and short. Feet really are the most ick part of the bod!

All that said, I seem to be sock obsessed recently. I am trying to get over that by knitting an Odessa for a friend going through chemo.


Kathy

Such lovely socks & you are right - just knit them for the sake of knitting. I do the same & just enjoy the thrills of knitting something different.

What does the reverse of the pattern look like, pleas?

I was thinking that this pattern would be great as a pair of leggings/footless tights. How fun would they be under a jean mini-skirt or something such?

Even though my mileage may vary on some things, I am in total agreement with you on sometimes knitting something for the sake of knitting!

I wonder if you could modify the pattern to knit the sole in stockinette if those bumps really bothered you? Well, I know that YOU could modify the pattern, if anyone could.

Love the fishnets! Did you make the dress/skirt in the photo too? I'd not be surprized o'Talented one. I knit swatches sometimes and tear them out just to keep busy.

I love the socks! I also love your skirt, I purchased the same one just recently. :)

Wonderful socks, wonderful pattern, I'm with you on the Zen, but the picture makes me wonder--did you stop there or actually knit them up to the knee? And if not knee high, why not? (You said you had three skeins. Was pic still work in progress?)

They look great! Thanks for the afterthought post--b/c really inquiring minds really did want to know all questions you addressed ;)

I thought 'knee-high' meant....as high as the knee, LOL.
And, there's a Cascade Fixation Bulky? I don't really surf the net (except Elann) for yarn, and since I moved I haven't gotten many catelogues...

The remind me a little of swiss cheese, but in a good way. Not sure why. Must be all the holes!

Those are beautiful!
I've got to get my hands on that pattern and start on a pair for myself!

Very pretty! I'm knitting a slightly similar pair and they're just perfect for FL. I'll look forward to the pattern for those to become available :)

The socks are so pretty! And I have that skirt from Target! I HEART Target.

You are so coy... congratulations.

These are cool! I made a pattern for gloves or mitts using this stitch pattern and Fixation--it's a great yarn and very comfy. I was introduced to it through a White Lies Designs stocking pattern, and those are comfy, too.

Are you going to reverse the spiral on the second sock? I do that in my gloves, because it makes me happy.....

I have that skirt! one of the best skirts i've ever purchased!

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