Archive for the ‘Woodsman's Thick Socks’ Category

One down…
02/09/2010

Hooray! I finished one of the Woodsman’s Variation Socks on Saturday. It took me a week to complete, mainly because I had to relegate this project to night-time knitting only. When I finished it on Saturday I rewarded myself with this.

My version is a little bit bigger than those in Knitting Around. Why? Well, mainly because I had to use yarn in my stash rather than yarn I had tried to order.

To make a long story short, the mill , Cottage Craft Woollens, I ordered my yarn from has customer service problems. It took a month to get my first order from them and that was only after calling them several time on the phone.

The order of yarn for the Woodsman’s 2-color Variation socks never came through. I tried calling but was rebuffed once with, “I’ll check on your order tomorrow. I’m in the car. I’m trying to start another business.” The next three times I tried calling they never answered and the answering machine was full, thus I could not leave a message. They didn’t answer their email. Finally I messaged them through Ravelry but never got a response. Thus, through Ravelry, I canceled my order. As of yet I have not had a response regarding my order or my cancellation.

I was really fustrated. The yarn they sold was perfect for the Art Socks and the Woodsman’s 2 color variation. But there was no way of getting it in time.BTW – this order I had placed ON THE PHONE with them and had double checked that it was in stock.

Apparently I’m not alone in my troubles with this mill. On their Ravelry group several people have said it took 3 to 4 months to get their order. So… if you want to order from this mill… be aware, it may take forever.

This is in contrast to an order I placed with Juniper Moon Fiber Farm — I received my order in 4 days! Amazing service! But more on that yarn later…

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The Woodsman Socks
01/27/2010

The Cuff

The Cuff

Step 1: The Woodsman Thick Sock in Knitting Around begins as we have begun the last two pairs of socks, cast on for the cuff and knitting until your just about bored stiff with 2×2 ribbing and can’t stand it anymore.

Woodsman's Thick Sock Heel

The Heel

Step 2: Thankfully the heel begins and saves you from 2×2 rib boredom. This is a fun heel to work. Elizabeth Zimmermann designed it with 3 stitches of garter stitch on each side and slipped stitches on the outermost edges for easy pick up. Just when you wish this could go on forever it’s time to ….

The Heel - turned

Step 3: … turn that heel! EZ has you turn the heel through a series of slipped stitches, SSKs and K2togs – not too bad really. Definitely nescessary to have a cup of tea along side one as one turns the heel but not so bad as to require a glass of wine.

Picked up stitches to shape gussets

Step 4: Shaping the gussets 1– you are going to pick up stitches along each side of your heel flap. Remember those lovely little slipped stitches you worked as you knit the heel flap? Those are meant for this moment — picking up the gusset stitches. When I am done picking up stitches I rearrange my needles so they look like this. Half of the heel stitches and one side of the gusset stitches are on needle 1, needle 2 bears all the top ribbed stitches, needle 3 carries the other side of the gusset stitches and half of the heel stitches. Quite a tidy arrangement if you ask me.

Shaping the gussets 2

Step 5: Now that you have picked up the stitches on the gusset you can begin decreasing them as prescribed in Knitting Around. You decrease until you have the original number of stitches you cast on for the cuff — in this case 44.

The length of the foot

Step 5: Now that we’ve done all the hard work, it’s back to peaceful knitting. Knitting around and around, keeping the stitches on the 2nd needle in 2×2 rib and the rest in knit. Ah, so lovely…

The Toe

Step 6: The toe — just when things are going along nicely it suddenly becomes time to do the toe! Lovely! Shape the toe just as EZ instructs in Knitting Around and you can’t go wrong. And then at the very end there are just a few stitches to Kitchener stitch together — ah, much better than the moccasin socks!

Modifications: I didn’t make any structural modifications throughout this pattern. I thought it was excellent as written. I did choose to make it a little smaller, though, by casting on 40 stitches rather than 44. It took an inch out of the width of the sock and it fits my foot (a ladies 8.5 US) perfectly (for a boot sock).

How are you all doing on your Woodsman’s Thick Socks? Anyone sick of socks?

Woodsman’s Thick Socks
01/22/2010

Woodsman's Thick Socks

Oh, my! What fun! I loved making the Woodsman’s Thick Socks. If you thought the Moccasin sock went fast, wait until you try the Woodsman’s Sock. I used Bartlett Yarns 2 ply color: Medium Sheeps Gray and US #6  DPNs.

I particularly loved the rich, sheepy texture of the yarn for this sock. I think they were perfectly matched. This is the type of sock you want to pull on before you put on your boots and head out to go sledding or skiing or even something as mundane as shoveling the driveway.

Elizabeth Zimmermann gives a little fuller description of the sock in “The Opinionated Knitter.” There she calls socks, “timeless boosters of the male ego.” Don’t you love it?

Modifications: I wanted to make a sock that fit me or the DH (surprise — we’re about the same size). So I cast on 40 stitches rather than 44 and used #6 needles rather than a #7. I’m planning to do a breakdown of the Woodsman as I knit the second sock… so stay tuned! More to come.

On another note: I’m planning on doing the Woodsman’s 2 color variation found in Knitting Around on page 6. Meg Swansen informed me that Schoolhouse press does not have a pattern for that particular variation. But, dear knitters, we can wing it in true EZ form, can’t we? If you notice the gauge is similar to the Wearable Art Stockings as well as the calf shaping. I’ve come up with charts for the color pattern which I’ll offer as a free PDF download on Ravelry for those of you who would like to knit along. Just a head’s up ….