Friday, February 3, 2012

Turkish Bed Socks pair #2

I am very excited to say that I knit the last few rows of my Oak Knot Hat at our knitting group meeting last night.  I can't wait to wear it, even if it is sunny and unseasonably warm here.

I haven't had a chance to photograph the hat, but I am linking up with FO Friday to post my latest pair of Turkish Bed Socks, which I knit for my wonderful sister.


The socks were finished despite my best efforts to avoid seaming. The pattern calls for sewing up part of the heel prior to knitting the foot of the sock.  When I reached this portion of the knitting program, procrastination reared its ugly head.

I tried to do it right away.  I really, really tried.  I actually threaded a needle, opened my Knitter's Companion to the appropriate page, and seamed a few stitches.

Then, mysteriously, I found a sudden and urgent need to:  build a fire in the fireplace, bake a pumpkin pie, and take the dog for a walk. It's amazing what else gets accomplished around here when there is seaming to be done!

When I couldn't think of any more reasons to procrastinate (and because I wanted my sister to have her socks) I did sit down, finish the seams, and knit on.


Pattern: Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Source:  PDF download on Ravelry or from Churchmouse
Materials:  Malabrigo Yarn Sock in "Persia", and US 2 needles
Modifications:  This is a clever pattern which results in a cute little sock, but as with many published patterns, Ravelers have made improvements on it.  Following the lead of other knitters, I used a smaller needle size for a tighter fabric, and a cozier sock.  My sister's feet are small enough that I could tighten up the gauge without worrying about whether or not I was making the socks too narrow for her feet.  To adjust the length of the sock I just knit extra rows before beginning the toe decreases.

Note to self for future modifications: 
After it was too late for me to change this particular pair, I found these great notes from Raveler "skip8" giving an alternative to seaming.  I will soon make a pair for myself and try this method.  
Isn't Ravelry wonderful?

I admire those knitters who tackle seaming with aplomb.  To me, seaming is kind of like knitting's evil twin who comes along on your playdate despite your best efforts to ditch her.  The best I can say about it is that I have learned to manage it well enough that I don't mind it quite as much as I used to.

What about you?  Does finishing work bring out the procrastinator in you, or have you conquered your fear of seaming?

28 comments:

  1. When I'm as far as seaming the knitted project, I'm so thrilled and impatient to see it finished, that no fear of seaming can stop me :). And then I'm only bothered with seaming sleeves, but there's no avoiding it, unless it's a raglan pattern (and these can be tricky too :).
    Very nice socks, I just love the color variegation!

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  2. They look great!

    I am definitely a procrastinator when it comes to finishing. I hate seaming. Hate it! I try to weave in ends and do as much seaming as possible before I finish the knitting part of the project, just so that when I finish the knitting there isn't too much actual finishing to be done ;)

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  3. Love them! I think I need to knit myself a pair!

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  4. They look great, bet they are nice and warm

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  5. I still suck at seaming but it's getting better so I'm not hating that evil twin so much.

    Beautiful socks, glad you were able to conquer the seaming demon. :D

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  6. Very comfy looking bed-socks. Lucky sister..

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  7. Your socks look terrific. That's a pattern I'd like to try some time. I'm not a fan of seaming and can always find something else to do. Usually, I cast on a new project. :-)

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  8. I hate seaming too. Mostly, because it is so important and can make or break a project. Which seams (ha) a little unfair after after all the work put into the knitting. I would love to take a class on seaming and picking up stitches.

    Your bed socks are awesome (and what a beautiful colourway). Want want want.

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  9. Love the socks! I know what you mean about seaming, I am always reluctant to pick up a pattern that requires it, because I will also avoid it like the plague. Glad you were able to overcome!

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  10. Good job tackling the seaming! I'm terrible at it and avoid it when I can. Love the finished socks.

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  11. I'm a terrible procrastinator, but mostly on sewing in ends rather than seaming. Half the things I wear have little tails hanging off them because I can't be bothered to sew them in, which considering it would take almost no time is just silly!

    The socks look lovely, and worth the effort, I'd say! The yarn really suits them.

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  12. Oh, that colour! It's gorgeous!

    I hate seaming too. I do the EXACT same thing as you when it comes to doing bits that I don't like! Yay procrastination :) I actively avoid patterns if they involve seaming, knitting in the round is the way forward. I think it's because my seams always come out looking like a dog's dinner. Not good!

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  13. Those look fabulous! I love the colorway and the shape looks really comfortable. That pattern is going in my favorites.

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  14. Thanks for such an inspiring project, I love the color and the stitch definition!
    As for baking pies, I was at an event a few Fridays ago where someone expounded upon the beauty of a good pie crust. I have been craving pie ever since.

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  15. I wait until the very end to do any of the seaming up of these. Haven't tried using a smaller needle, which is a great idea since I seem to like making them out of mini Mochi and they always turn out a little loose...okay, but could be a bit more snug. Thanks for the tip.

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  16. You always find the most amazing colors! The socks look fabulous. I am even more interested in making a pair now that there is a seamless alternative. I am like you and try to avoid seaming as much as possible.

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  17. Those look so wonderful, the shaping is really interesting! And oh, the seaming-avoidance-dance, always a good one. (Making pumpkin pie seems like a most excellent way to do said dance, I have to say!)

    I can't wait to see your Oak Knot hat, what a lovely pattern.

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  18. I am exactly the same way. I'll have one little step left and move on to something else. Thanks for the pattern link. These are going on my to do list.

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  19. finishing work usually facilitates procrastination on this end too! it doesn't make sense to me, it's not hard, it's not terribly time-consuming, but procrastinating makes it so!

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  20. Love slippers! I have a sweater languishing that only needs the side seams sewn up.

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  21. I'm not afraid of seaming, I just don't love it as much as I want to knit. Now that I know how important finishing is to any knitwear, I think I'm doomed ;-)

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  22. Those bed socks looks great, well worth the pain of seaming! Though I guess I'm an odd one out, as I learnt to sew way before i learnt to knit, and I quite like seaming!

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  23. they are lovely. great colors and your finishing looks wonderful

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  24. They look awesome, soft and warm. Had to laugh about the seaming....next time you need something to do to put off the seaming....come on over, my vaccuum gets tired of sitting in the closet. lol

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  25. These are the only elegant slipper-like knit things
    I've ever seen! So Nice!
    mol

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