Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Tiny Little Gift To Me

It's been awhile since I've done a swap (I've been trying to stay deadline free and work on my own projects), but I couldn't resist the Wee Tiny Sock Swap. Sure, I could have spent that time on the Tiny Mittens that have fallen by the wayside lately, but a swap that is completely finished in less than a week is very appealing. I signed up on Wednesday, knit the sock yesterday & this morning, and will mail it on Monday. No muss, no fuss, no rounding up a box of extra crap that my swapee may or may not even want.

Here's the sock:

Tiny sock swap

I used leftover yarn from Disco Stu and my Endpaper Mitts, knit on size 0 needles. The sock is about 3 inches high. Earlier this week I read Grumperina's posts on Helix Stripes, and thought that this was a pretty good project to try it on. I still haven't completely wrapped my mind around how it works, but I don't see the color jogs at all. You can see on the toe where the spiral ends, and you can see on the top where it starts, but otherwise I can't tell where the spirals overlap. Pretty cool!!! I love the glittery effect of the silver thread in the blue yarn.

The most trouble I had with this sock was eliminating the pointy toe. Eventually I just kitchenered it with 8 stitches left, and that worked out pretty well--my two previous attempts were very pointy and I couldn't just pull the point to the inside. I think that it would also have worked to pull the yarn through the last stitches with the sock inside out, but fortunately I didn't have to make a fourth attempt!

Now I just need to package this baby up, and wait for my own sock to arrive! I'm a little sad that I don't have an extra sock blocker keychain to mail it on, but this all happened too fast to get one.


LizKnits said...

Just like little mittens, I love little socks! Yours is too cute. I'll have to keep an eye out for this next year.

Rena said...

I was so glad to open my mailbox and see a card addressed to me. I too had taken a break from swapping because I was getting a little disappointed because my swap partners were missing deadlines never sending packages and so on...Enough of that, I got my wee tiny sock just in time to make my day. I love getting mail that isn't a bill or junk mail.
A great big THANK YOU for the cute sock. I put pictures on my blog too so you can see it there too.

Val aka Rena