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Felici Socks – Complete!

My first knitted Christmas present is officially complete!

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Felici Socks

 

To review the basics, these are knit from the Vivace Socks pattern.  I used 2.75mm dpns and Knit Picks Felici Fingering in the “Marine Life” colorway.  My gauge came in at 8.5 sts x 11.5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette.  I knit these to fit a women’s size 8 shoe (9.75 inch foot).

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The Heel

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The Toe

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Picot Cuff

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I love self striping yarn!

 

I knit these exactly as written in the pattern except for picking up a couple extra gusset stitches.  I love this pattern because it’s super simple.  I’ll have to ask my Mother-in-Law if they stay up on her ankles after I give them to her.  I’m curious to know whether the picot hem is as functional as it is pretty.

I am so relieved to be able to tuck these away.  I hate having to rush to either buy or knit Christmas presents.  I still have quite a few to make, but every completed project helps.

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Felici Socks – Fifth Progress Report

Ugh!  This is taking way too long!  I think that’s my fault, though, seeing as I’ve been avoiding it every chance I get.  Even with my avoidance issues, I’ve made it to the gussets.

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I’m still working on perfecting my technique.  It seems like every single time I pick up stitches to do the gussets, I end up with holes.  I know when I pick up those “corner” stitches, I’m either picking up one too many, or I’m picking them up in the wrong spot.  It’s pretty pathetic that I still have this issue after all of the socks I’ve knit.  One day I’m going to get it right.


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Felici Socks – Third Progress Report

OH YEAH!  I finished the first sock!

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Now I’m grappling with whether I should start the next sock off the new ball or what’s leftover from the ball I used to make the first sock.  I’m not attempting to make twin socks, but I’d like the stripe sequence to be uninterrupted.  If I could find the end of the used ball, I’d know if I will have to cut out a bunch of yarn when switching to the second ball.  Unfortunately, that darn end is hidden, so if I start off the used ball, I run the risk of losing quite a bit of yarn.  Decisions, decisions.


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Felici Socks – Second Progress Report

Ok.  So that one week deadline may have been a bit ambitious.  I’m making great progress, but I think this will be a Christmas gift and not a birthday gift.  Just to state the obvious, knitting a pair of socks in a week is next to impossible if you’re the mother of a toddler and a baby.

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I’m knitting the foot to 8.25 inches before starting the toe.  Right now the foot measures 6 inches, so I’m close!  I’m loving these more and more every day.  I think it’s the stripes.  I’m a sucker for stripes.  🙂


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Felici Socks – First Progress Report

Time for a new project!  I have (stupidly) chosen to try to knit a pair of socks in a week’s time.  I’d like to have them done in time for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday, which is next Monday.

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I’m knitting these socks again, except this time I’m actually knitting the picot cuff.  I’ve finished the cuff on the first sock and started knitting the leg.  Let me tell you, the cuff is beautiful, but it sure was a pain in the butt to secure to the inside of the sock.  Now that I’ve done one, I’ve figured out how to make it less fiddly, but boy was it a challenge in the beginning.

I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to complete the pair since the pattern is very plain aside from the cuff.  It’ll depend on how my little ones behave over the course of the week, though.  🙂

(I’m using Knit Picks Felici Fingering in “Marine Life” and size 2.75mm dpns.)


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Gentleman’s Plain Winter Socks – Complete!

They’re done!

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Gentleman’s Plain Winter Socks

 

The first sock flew off the needles.  The second?  Not so much.  I’m so glad to have finished them.  These were knit with Knit Picks Felici Sport in “Monochrome” and 2.75mm needles.  I ended up with a gauge of 9 sts x 11 rows = 1 inch.  Yes, my gauge was tighter than the pattern’s when using sportweight yarn and larger needles.

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The toe!

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The heel!

 

I wasn’t that thrilled with the heel in this pattern.  It was kind of weird to knit, and it looks weird, too.  It may be very comfortable, but I won’t know until Kai tries wearing the socks.  I think I’ll steer clear of the Dutch heel from now on, though.  🙂