Tight Lipped Tuesday #5 – Putting My Second Best Foot Forward

I finally finished a pair of socks I started in Winter 2017.

These are the third pair of socks I’ve knitted which obviously didn’t help as I messed up a bit with these somewhere along the way.ย  They are, however, still wearable which is the main thing.

I spent a lot of time trying to match up the stripes until I realised it wasn’t possible with this yarn.

Mr. Tialys bought me this handy, and beautifully crafted, yarn bowl for Christmas.

With any luck it will help me get to grips with the shawl I’m trying to crochet which, as you can see, is slow to progress.

Although I doubt it.

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  1. #1 by claire93 on January 8, 2019 - 14:48

    love the socks! and from a woman is wearing official “odd socks” these days, I think they look fun without being identicallly striped.
    I’m busy looking at cotton yarns (future crochet project in mind – crocheted dolls) and getting a bit lost with the mercerised and unmercerised.
    Any chance you can tell me what you thought of the Scheepjes Catona cotton you used recenty, for blankies? I’ve got some tiny 10 g ball of a Katia cotton and some of the cheap ones from ACTION but they seem to crochet up like cardboard.

    • #2 by tialys on January 8, 2019 - 18:56

      My first two pairs were ‘matchable’ so I assumed this yarn would be the same but I eventually realised it wasn’t.
      The Scheepjes yarn I used wasn’t Catona but a mixture of ‘Stone Washed’ and ‘River Washed’ which is almost all cotton but about 22% acrylic. The other two I made were pure cotton – mostly the ‘cheap stuff from Action’ but most pure cotton seems to knit up a little stiff – it eased up with a wash and blocking and I actually quite like the lighter texture. For a baby though, I would use the Scheepjes again because, maybe due to the added acrylic, it has a lovely soft feel to it and is still my favourite of the three blankets I made from that pattern.
      Hope that helps x

      • #3 by claire93 on January 9, 2019 - 09:49

        thanks for that Lynn.
        I had a look and most of the cotton blends seem to be in DK yarn (I need solid colours) whereas my pattern calls for 4 ply and preferably a 1.5mm hook. I think I’m going to give up on my idea of using cotton and just go with what I know (acrylic) but have a few trials to do before I get started.

  2. #4 by CurlsnSkirls on January 8, 2019 - 15:07

    I’d not have thought to-try matching the stripes in socks… silly me. ๐Ÿฅด But having decided, yet again, that I am not a knitter maybe that’s part of it. But I do love that bowl with the wonky “wool.” hehe ๐Ÿ˜† xx

    • #5 by tialys on January 8, 2019 - 19:00

      Some of the yarns are specially printed or sprayed or however they do it so that, if you manage to find two bits of yarn that match, it should all match until the end. I used such yarns for my first two pairs of witchy poo stripey socks but this yarn wasn’t the same – as I finally realised after unwinding both balls for I don’t know how many metres.
      As you are not a knitter, I’ll tell you that the ‘o’s in the word ‘Wool’ are for threading your yarn through so it doesn’t get tangled betwixt floor and needle. I beg your pardon if you already know this.

      • #6 by CurlsnSkirls on January 8, 2019 - 21:42

        Had not a clue, and neither did I know about the yarn differences, so thank you for further enlightenment! (And more reasons to stick with 1 hook and not 2 needles.) ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • #7 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:35

        I must admit, I’ve been hooking more often than needling lately – but it’s good to keep my hand in as I generally prefer knitted garments to crocheted ones – apart from the accessories kind.

  3. #8 by thecontentedcrafter on January 8, 2019 - 19:07

    If I made a wish list for myself top of it would be ‘knit a pair of socks’ I think yours are wonderful, simply because you actually made them. Well done!!

  4. #11 by katechiconi on January 8, 2019 - 23:12

    Excellent socks, and frankly, I’d regard having two as an opportunity to do something different on each, rather than having to make them slavishly the same… Excellent gifting from M. Tialys, very well considered and beautiful. Are you able to keep the cats off it?

    • #12 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:32

      The cats go where they please I’m afraid. I had to re-join the yarn in both socks as one of the cats bit through it as I was knitting without me realising. ๐Ÿ˜ผ

      • #13 by katechiconi on January 9, 2019 - 10:55

        Love the fluffy monsters, but sometimes….

  5. #14 by Born To Organize on January 9, 2019 - 01:29

    Wow! You made another pair of socks. My mum “helped” me knit a pair in my youth, and all I remember is getting frustrated, passing them back and forth to her while she fixed the mistake, and then giving up. I’m in eternal awe.

    I crack up when you post Tight Lipped Tuesday. You are so clever. I love that yarn bowl, too!

    • #15 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:30

      I am in awe of those people who seem to manage a pair of socks a week. Even though I use a method where you knit them two at a time from the toe up, they still take me a while but I do like the results which are mostly hidden under boots but sometimes revealed during the relaxation part of my Pilates class.

      • #16 by Born To Organize on January 17, 2019 - 19:26

        I’ve been having trouble commenting on a handful of blogs lately, including yours. It’s so random. If this is my second comment, carry on. If it’s my first…well I better hit send and see if it takes.

      • #17 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 23:39

        It’s so annoying isn’t it. Sometimes I have to change from Google Chrome to Internet Explorer in order for a comment to register on somebody’s blog and sometimes it works if I pause my adblocker. I’m trying to get into the habit of copying comments before I press ‘enter as I’ve had so many disappear into the ether and can’t be bothered haven’t got the time to type it all out again.

      • #18 by Born To Organize on January 21, 2019 - 03:39

        It is annoying and yes, I’ve been trying to do the same thing: copy the comment before hitting send. It’s exhausting having to rewrite a comment, and often I’m in the moment and don’t feel like trying to regroup my words if that makes sense. Mike suggested I clear my cache for the past two days, and I’m actually having some luck with that. I generally use Safari, so the fact that you’re having trouble with two other browsers tells me it must be a WP problem. Sigh. I’m in too deep now though, so our copy and paste workaround lives on.

  6. #19 by Nanette on January 9, 2019 - 01:47

    Had a little chuckle at your time spent trying to make the stripes match, I’m glad you gave up and went with the flow. Really nice socks, wonderful bowl, I love those keep it tidy wool bowls, yay Mr T.

    • #20 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:28

      I had a chuckle too – but only after I finished cursing and winding all the wool back up again ๐Ÿ˜“

  7. #21 by kathyreeves on January 9, 2019 - 05:06

    Those are fabulous socks, to go along with the bowl, love those o’s in the wool, great job M. Tialys!

    • #22 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:27

      Sometimes he actually looks at my wish list!

  8. #23 by dezertsuz on January 9, 2019 - 05:22

    Is there a way to really get the socks to pool identically? I think they look great anyway. Hey, in church yesterday, the young man next to me had one blue sock with some animal and one sort of peachy-orange sock with flamingos. So … your socks match! LOL The bowl is a treasure, but the man is even more so.

    • #24 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 09:26

      Yes, some yarns are especially sprayed or dyed so that, if you match up a length from each ball, starting to knit each sock with an identical colour match, the socks will come out matching exactly. This yarn was not one of those!

  9. #25 by Thimberlina on January 9, 2019 - 12:11

    Iโ€™m in awe of handmade socks, matched or otherwise! Iโ€™ve no excuse not to have a go, Sheila gave me yarn ๐Ÿงถ and needles when she visited last summer, hopefully 2019 maybe the year of the handmade sock ๐Ÿงฆ!!

    • #26 by tialys on January 9, 2019 - 12:21

      Well, Sheila is a sock ninja – she’s like a one woman sock factory. You must not disappoint her so I’m looking forward to seeing your efforts.

  10. #27 by Kim on January 9, 2019 - 15:35

    I once tried to match the stripes on socks and made a real dogs breakfast of it so I don’t bother now. Who’s looking that closely at my feet?!
    I’m seriously jealous of your yarn bowl ๐Ÿ˜

    • #28 by tialys on January 10, 2019 - 01:10

      I do like to match where possible – I confess to eyeing up the neighbouring feet in my Pilates class although other people might not feel the need to do the same so they will miss seeing my lovely socks.
      The yarn bowl comes from an English potter – Little Wren Pottery – she has a shop on Etsy in case you wanted to put one on your birthday wish list.

      • #29 by Kim on January 10, 2019 - 10:12

        I will add the link on my husband’s kindle when he’s not looking ๐Ÿ˜

  11. #30 by sew2pro on January 9, 2019 - 22:01

    As long as they’re the same size (and fit the feet!). Love your wool bowl. I’ve been told that keeping yarn in a bowl while knitting helps prevent them rolling about and being attacked by kittens but I suspect any small movement is fair game.

    • #31 by tialys on January 10, 2019 - 01:17

      It does stop the the balls of wool rolling about on the floor to pick up rug fluff and tempt kits although I can vouch for the fact that it doesn’t stop them biting through the piece of yarn stretched betwixt bowl and needle ๐Ÿ˜ผ

      P.s. I’m reading The Sealwoman’s Gift at the moment and enjoying it – thank you for recommending it.

  12. #32 by nottaholiday on January 10, 2019 - 09:05

    I love your socks – how long do they take (roughly) to make. And the yarn bowl…wow

    • #33 by tialys on January 10, 2019 - 09:35

      Well, I might not be the best person to ask how long it takes to make a pair of socks. I take ages but that’s because I usually have multitudinous other projects on the go at the same time, I only knit (or crochet) in the evenings and only in the cooler months as it’s too hot in the Summer here and I haven’t knitted enough pairs (3 to date) to have become speedy. Some people seem to manage to knit a pair of socks very quickly even if they’re doing them one at a time – I do mine two at a time in case I run out of steam and end up with only one sock. So, basically, it depends how quick a knitter you are, how much sock knitting time you have, how thick the yarn is and how big the needles are. Lots of help on the internet if you decide to give it a go.
      BTW I’ve just been reading your Chateau Sinistรจre post of last month. It all sounds just too familiar to me – living in rural France as I do. Your first mistake was arriving on a Sunday.

  13. #34 by nottaholiday on January 10, 2019 - 10:09

    Yes, I relate to too many projects and I am a slow achiever …just always love the idea of “house socks” .
    Thanks for looking at my blog, Yes, I think you’re right about the Sunday – it was the only time in my life that weekends were an issue….Its summer here (Melbourne) at the moment but I find knitting at night is easily picked up, as opposed to quilting or embroidery where you need to “set up”. Thanks for your blog, very inspiring…:)

  14. #35 by KerryCan on January 10, 2019 - 12:12

    The yarn minder is almost enough to make me want to take up knitting! But then I remember when I tried it, and the death grip on the needles . . . I’ll stick with other crafts, I think! Nice socks, though!

    • #36 by tialys on January 10, 2019 - 13:26

      I think you might have been a bit tense last time you tried it ๐Ÿค” What about crochet? The yarn bowl works for both.

      • #37 by KerryCan on January 17, 2019 - 11:55

        I can crochet at a very basic level, enough to do those fusion quilt blocks. But I can’t say I find any joy in it.

      • #38 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 23:32

        Oh yes, the fusion quilt – must get back to that.

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