Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I Wanna Make A Pair Of Socks!

It feels like ages since my last post.  First off, I've been having just a rough time... physically. For the past several weeks, I've been waking up with pain from inflammation and/or arthritis... they both feel the same to me.  I had inflammation in areas I didn't know I could get inflammation. Thank you Ibuprofen!  I'd wake in the morning and wonder who in the hell beat me last night... was it you Mr. Bunny? Maybe he was mad because I rolled over on him and mashed his face into the mattress.   

But seriously, I think I went a bit overboard with the sock craze.  I discovered a new sock company based in California called Love Your Feet Socks (LYF socks).  They make unique stylish-looking and comfortable socks and if you wear them correctly, you can see a heart shape on the bottom.

Well, my feet are flat and my heart ended up looking like a circle.  The socks are unisex so I gave my husband a pair and he wore them. Later, he said they looked too girly.
For my crochet socks, I followed Patons Twisting Lace pattern.  This is a beautiful stitch but it doesn't work well with variegated yarn as you can see in the photo.

It is hard to see the twisting lace design. I purchased the yarn from Gnarledpaw (https://www.etsy.com/shop/gnarledpaw).  The socks above are 80% merino wool and 20% silk.  They're extremely soft and very warm.  The socks remind me of the alien's skin in Avatar.  Many people on Ravelry complained that the heel instructions were too complicated.  I agree.  My sock heels came out too long which you cannot see in the photo.

I read somewhere online that crochet socks usually don't stay up on the leg because it is hard to recreate the elasticity like in knitted socks. These socks do stay up on the leg without elastic.  It isn't as comfortable as elastic but at least they don't slip down.   I personally do not know anyone else that crochets socks. How do other crocheters handle this issue? Please comment.
I tried the pattern again using yarn I purchased from Geckoyarns. I purposely did not use the twisting effect.

One sock leg came out slightly bigger.  I wasn't too pleased with how they came out because of the size difference.  I also found the yarn to be a bit hard due to what I believe is the fault of the dye in the yarn.

I've crocheted socks in the past and the end result is always the same.  The heel of the sock has an odd shape but when you wear the sock, it feels normal.  It took about a week to research crochet sock heels. I found a video of a woman crocheting the heel of a sock using a technique called The Boomerang Heel.  The video is not in English but subtitles are provided.  I attempted the socks again using Patons FX sock yarn and the boomerang video. 

The heel came out better than expected but I am really surprised at the thickness of these socks since I used sock yarn to make them.

To date, I am working with the Twisting Lace pattern using Gnarledpaw's most recent yarn called Super Heid.  I will post an update on this at a later time.