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Sock newsflash

The sock is growing slowly and I’m satisfied how it looks so far. Since I’m busy busy busy with my exams, I will post about it probably Monday-ish.
Cheers,
Mimi

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Recycled gauge & barbecue sticks

I’m living my very first sock knitting experience! And I’m loving it!
I was so exited when I bought this yarn because finally I have found a self patterning sock yarn and it’s not even expensive. But unfortunately it’s rare and the manufacturer (Teteks yarn) who supplies our market with many other pretty, good quality and not expensive yarns struggles with bankruptcy. I’m in a great temptation to go and buy a bunch of their yarn to supply myself and help them, but I guess it wouldn’t change their situation and I don’t need a bigger stash.
Back to the socks; I decided to knit them toe-up because I’m clueless about the amount of yarn needed for a sock and would like to avoid unpleasant surprises. I have two skeins and plan to use them up, we will see how it will turn out. If you have any advice please post it as a comment below, I would appreciate it very much.
Yesterday I made a gauge:

As you can see, I haven’t cut it off of the skein. Most of the time I leave the gauge attached to the skein and after taking measurements I frog it (sometimes measure how many meters of yarn used to knit that x cm2 fabric to calculate how much will I use for the entire project and make sure that there’s enough or that there won’t be too much leftover) so I could reuse it in the actual project.

And I did the provisional cast on too:

which wasn’t nearly as complicated as I expected.

Today I did the toe cup and a few more rounds. It wasn’t hard either.

Now I see how silly I was in the past when I kept telling myself that sock knitting is complicated and why would I have troubles knitting them when I can just buy them in the store.
Those bamboo needles you see on the photos are not real needles, I made them from barbecue sticks (sharpened the ends with nail file). I couldn’t find anything but metal dpns in the stores, bbq sticks are much cheaper than knitting needles (two package of 100 pieces cost as much as a set of dpns), and they are 2.75 mm (US size 2) that is impossible to find here (we have 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm,… but nothing in between). They work great as knitting needles.

One more pic:

Cheers,
Mimi

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