Tuesday, August 31, 2010

End date?

Are socks still being accepted? If so, is there a deadline for getting them to the Basement, or will there be some notice in advance of a deadline?


Saturday, August 28, 2010

One last pair

I had been hoping to get two pairs done before the end of the month, but work has been crazy and I've had too much going on to get very far on the second pair. So I will mail this pair and be done for a while. Good timing - I have holiday and birthday gifts to finish!

You may notice that these look very similar to a pair I've sent before with the heels and toes and tops reversed. This pair was made with the other half of the yarn from the previous pair, two colours of Full o' Sheep yarn in Peony and Aquamarine. Bright, but still conservative in style. Just a basic toe-up pair in about ladies' size 6.5, give or take stretchiness. I tend to make socks that fit my feet and these have a bit of space in the toe.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

One more pair . . .

These will go in the mail either this afternoon or tomorrow. I figure I'll cast on another pair, just in case we have another chance soon.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Sunny Socks On Their Way

Tada! Thank you all for the encouragement. I completed these socks by the current deadline. They are in the mail.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Meanwhile, down in the AFSC basement...

This sock-knitting-virgin has been feeling a bit at a loss these past few weeks. What to do, what to do? But I reminded myself that one thing I could easily do was to come to the basement to help open packages full of *your* fabulous handknit socks. And last Friday, I did just that, along with Ann and volunteers Daisy, Antje and Annette.

A good amount of packages had piled up and was waiting to be opened. Daisy and I did this for a while while Annette made sure that pairs of socks stayed together securely, and Antje (above) sorted the socks into youth and women's sizes. We also took the time to admire various stitch patterns and color combinations.

Our shift was so relaxed that I actually got to stop and smile for Ann's camera. Off-camera, Daisy (pictured below) and Ann got a few boxes packed full of socks, all taped and ready to go. All in all a very satisfying and productive afternoon, which demonstrated to me again and again that I just need to learn to knit socks!

Lucky Seven

I decided to stop and mail the socks I have, so that I don't miss whatever is the last mailing date. You've seen a few of these in earlier posts, but here is the whole set that I am sending.

The red ones in the bottom lefthand corner don't have as long a top as I had hoped, but I used up all the yarn I had. I realized when I was finishing the second one that I had mis-calculated the foot length, if I had gotten it right (read: shorter) then I would have had more for the leg.

The blue-and-pink ones in the bottom righthand corner left enough yarn to possibly make another pair, but I'll leave that to a future campaign.

The top five pairs are all a single yarn except the pink ones with the bit of teal striping at the top. So most of the pairs had only two yarn ends per sock to work in! I tried to do mostly adult sizes, they run from women's 6 to about women's 9, I think. My feet are size 6 so that's an easy size for me to accomplish. All are 100% wool except for the red-striped ones which are sock yarn, therefore there is a bit of nylon in those.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Being a pretty new sock knitter, I am hoping for some tips... My socks keep ending up with "holes" or loose stitches at the edges/sides of the heel. Any advice? I'm using the pattern from the sock classes posted. Thanks so much for that and the very complete instructions!

Brenda, Albuquerque

Still Knitting

May I share with you the progress on the socks which I had hoped to finish by the end of July? I'm feeling the need for a cheering section. Here's progress with sock weight yarn on #0 needles. Hopefully I will finish them in time for the current campaign. Bye, I better return to my knitting while the kids are still asleep!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Teal socks on the way

This is my final contribution for this summer 2010 drive - a teal sock sized for a woman sized about 7-8 (my size, actually). It's Lion Wool with a ribbed band of Peace Fleece. A basic sock, and a warm one.

It's an honor to knit for Afghans for Afghans. I look forward to the next drive.


go blue!

One last pair for the current campaign:

I used, again, two strands of compatible sock yarn held together -- the ends of the balls are next to the socks. (I put the tomato there to trick the camera into getting the colors right.) The dark one was a very old Opal, navy blues and dark greens, dating back to somewhere around 1999. The lighter one was a Meilenweit tweed in blues, greens, and a little bit of yellow. I'm very happy with the the way this pair turned out.

Off to California today! It's been so exciting to read Ann's posts and see how many socks are making their way to her in time. Don't forget to post here!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

More socks on the way

The one on the far right has been finished and both pair are boxed and ready to go to the post office in the morning.  Judy