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Suzann
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  06:31:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Suzann's Homepage Send Suzann a Private Message
I have decided that starting with the New Year I am going to try every heel and toe there is. Like a lot of knitters I have my comfort zone heel and toe. The pattern of the sock may vary, but I do the same heel and toe. Time to shake things up a bit and get out of my rut. I figure may end up doing my regular toe and heel in the end, but at least I gave the others a shot.
I am going to use the excellent resources at http://www.socknitters.com/directory.htm

There is the Heel by the numbers and a lot of toes to try. All free. I plan on working with sports weight yarn in a solid color, which will make the process faster. I am not sure I will be making complete socks, you just short tubes with the heel worked. I want to keep the completed heels and toes as a reference. I had thought to do kiddie socks for CIC, but I wouldn't be able to try on the heel and see how it feels. I have never done a short row heel that I liked. But I have only tried it once.
Any way it is just an idea I have had rattling around in my head. As I have socks to make lined up for the new year, this heel and toe thing will be worked in between real socks

Heels by The Numbers
http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/heels_by_the_number.htm
Dutch Heel for Toe up socks
http://bellsouthpwp.net/r/e/reginawilliams/socks/heels.html
I will probably post results on my blog along with a lot of links.

Anyone else have sock learning plans for the New Year?

Suzann

Making cables is like making love. There is a lot of foreplay before you get to the deed
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  06:34:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
What a great idea! I think I'll do that too - my main NYR was to finish things, and start no big projects (bigger than a pair of socks) until my UFOs are no more. But since I am allowed to do socks to keep from being totally bored, this is a great one too!

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
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KS
Seriously Hooked

862 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  08:55:38 AM  Show Profile Send KS a Private Message
I have thought about doing a similar thing, but never really got myself motivated enough to do it. I've tried the short row heel a couple of times & I've never liked it either. I've tried it over 1/2 of the stitches & over 2/3 of the stitches. It didn't fit right either way. I find it more difficult to keep track of where I am when I turn the heel too.

I've never made toe up socks. Maybe I will try that. I wouldn't have to figure out how to reverse stitch patterns that way.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress on this. Maybe it will motivate me to try something new.

KS
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Suzann
Seriously Hooked

USA
869 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  08:56:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Suzann's Homepage Send Suzann a Private Message
I want to learn something new, but don't want pressure to be done by a certain time. I distract easily I see a lot of frogging in my future

Suzann

Making cables is like making love. There is a lot of foreplay before you get to the deed
http://lostpurl.blogspot.com/

http://www15.brinkster.com/lyricalarmy/lace/lace.htm
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Karknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
711 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  9:36:25 PM  Show Profile Send Karknit a Private Message
I'm just finishing up a pair of toe up socks for DH. I have always done cuff down, and I must say that I like that way better. Its not that it was any harder, I guess I just feel more comfortable with cuff down. I would rather do the kitchner stitch over 8 stitches than to try again to cast of 56 stitches loosly.
I did my first short row heel and liked it much better than heel gussets. Next pair will be cuff down and short heels.
I can't believe how many ways there are to make a simple sock, but it sure does keeps life interesting.


karknit

My diet incentive, to knit smaller sweaters.
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RoseByAny
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12598 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  11:49:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Karknit, if you ever try toe up again, learn EZs sewn bind off - it's easy and fabulous.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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LilyBeth
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378 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2005 :  08:26:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit LilyBeth's Homepage Send LilyBeth a Private Message
The book Sensational Knitted Socks has lots of different toe and heel options, as well as lovely stitch patterns. You might check it out as you continue your sock quest!
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knit_cookie
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388 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2005 :  12:30:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit knit_cookie's Homepage Send knit_cookie a Private Message
Sock experimentation is good. This year I experimented with 10 different sock yarns, and learned something from it. Different constructions would be neat. I've only tried toe up using provisional cast-on with short row heel and toe, top down with heel flap, and top down short row heel. And all different kinds of toe shaping. I am most curious about the toe up reversed heel flap sock, but I recall disliking toe-up enough that I probably won't try it soon.
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Karknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
711 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2005 :  3:58:27 PM  Show Profile Send Karknit a Private Message
Well something went wrong with DHs socks (and it couldn't have been something I did). One the ribbing is loose the other one is tight. Bless his little heart he had a hard time getting one sock on, But he says they are comfy and he will wear them. Gotta love him.
Back to cuff down for me.

Karen

My diet incentive, to knit smaller sweaters.
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sarakate
Seriously Hooked

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2005 :  5:18:51 PM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message
I did a project similar to this, for a talk I was supposed to give to my local knitting guild (and then had a conflict come up and had to cancel it, but I *am* eventually going to give it). I did a half-handkerchief heel, a round heel, a Dutch heel, a short-row heel and an afterthought heel (plus a pre-heel version of this, basically a tube with a piece of waste yarn knitted in for two half rows), and then I did a wedge toe, a star toe, and a couple of different kinds of toe-up toes (figure-eight, and the kind where you make a little rectangle and then pick up on the short sides). I didn't do a toe-up gussetted one, but I probably should! It was a pretty fun project, and it's going to be a neat talk if I ever get to give it. :)
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socknitter
Chatty Knitter

156 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2005 :  12:52:49 PM  Show Profile Send socknitter a Private Message
I have a pretty nice collection of free toes & heels links (as well as cast ons, cast offs, etc.) on my Toes & Heels page: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8mnnp/toesheels.html



Lauri B.

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8mnnp/

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sarakate
Seriously Hooked

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2005 :  2:04:24 PM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message
What a great page, Lauri! Nice collection of resources.

While we're on the topic, I am trying to find a page on afterthought heels that I once saw but did not bookmark. The thing that was notable about it was that after you opened up the heel area and put it back on the needles, it directed you to "play with it like a sock puppet" before you continued knitting! I thought it was cute and wanted to show it to someone, and then couldn't find it. Does anybody have the slightest notion what I'm talking about?
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Suzann
Seriously Hooked

USA
869 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2005 :  8:27:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Suzann's Homepage Send Suzann a Private Message
I saw you page Lauri and it is a wonderful resource. I bookmarked it and when I start working on my heels and toes, I will put a link up in my blog. I am not much of a blogger, so it might end up on my website.

[:00]sock puppet. I must have missed that one. I have a lot of sites bookmarked, but after reading several pages of directions, I tend to glaze over [blush]

suzann


Making cables is like making love. There is a lot of foreplay before you get to the deed
http://lostpurl.blogspot.com/

http://www15.brinkster.com/lyricalarmy/lace/lace.htm
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SpinaYarn
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
492 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2005 :  9:44:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit SpinaYarn's Homepage Send SpinaYarn a Private Message
Just finished my pair of socks that was my re-entry into sock world. I am so happy. I used a pattern from knitting on the road by Nancy Bush. It had a very different sock toe that I had done before.
I LOVE the idea of trying out all the heel and toes that are out there.
Maybe we should all do it together and compare notes?

knit with joy-
Teyani

www.http://intrepidfiberwizard.blogspot.com/
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