Sock Knitters E-Mag

I thought some of you might be interested in knowing that Interweave has recently published the third issue of their e-mag Sockupied. The newest edition and the two previous ones (special pricing on the pair) are available here: Interweave's Sockupied

I have no affiliation with Interweave, and I'm not making a dime off of this. I'm just passing along information. :)

Happy knitting!
KN - Summer Bites

*poking the comm*

The place has been quiet for a while (yes, I'm equally guilty), and since it's hot weather, when no one wants a lap full of wool, socks are probably more popular than usual right now. I don't have any pics at the moment, so I was wondering what everyone's favorite methods for knitting socks are - top down, toe up, heel flaps and gussets, short-row heels, etc. I'm always interested in learning new techniques, and because of their size, I think socks are a great place to try new things.

I tend to do top down socks with a heel flap and gusset most of the time. Early on, I fell in love with Kathryn's Universal Sock Pattern and tend to use it as my jumping off point. I have to say, though, that I hate working the gussets and would love some tips on how to gauge when and where to put in a short-row heel. The few toe up socks I've done had them, so I've done it, but I just can't seem to figure the math for how long to make the leg before putting in the heel. Any pointers?
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Kirkcaldy Socks

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Pattern: Kirkcaldy
Designer: Donna Yacino
Published: Berroco #275 Feet First
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll

I really loved the detail at the top of these, but it was a pretty slow knit.  The cuff has a neat pattern where you drop successive YOs for several rows, then you come back and pick them all up together.  The yarn is super comfortable, but I'm going to end up having to put some elastic under the cuff to keep them up. 
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Adding to the activity!

The last post reminded me that I do, indeed, have socks I have not posted here!

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Gentlemen's Sock for Evening Wear
Designer: Nancy Bush
Source: Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine

I love these socks.  They've been getting some regular wear this winter.

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Pattern: Highland Schottische Kilt Hose
Nancy Bush
Folk Socks
Cestari 2 ply Wool/Cotton Sock Weight

Kilt hose for my husband - no real purpose, just wanted to make them.  He'll probably wear them next time we go to the Renaissance festival, though we don't go every year.

I have two other socks on my needles at the moment, both are about 75% done.  I also started a Long Sock group on Ravelry if anyone is interested - we are doing a knit-a-long that's just getting started with the Clessidra sock pattern.  My username is the same on Ravelry as on LiveJournal.
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Gentlemen's Socks with Lozenge Pattern

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Pattern: Gentlemen's Socks With Lozenge Pattern
Designer: Nancy Bush
Source: Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Needles:  Size 0 DPNs

After setting these aside for months, I finally got to task and finished them up this week for my husband. They're intended to be his Victorian socks for Dickens on the Strand, but they're perfectly nice for every day wear, too. The diamond pattern is just made with purl stitches.

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Bintje Socks

Pattern: Bintje Socks
Designer: Jatta Saukko
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine
Needles: US Size 1 DPNs

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These were kind of slow to knit because of the small yarn and needles, but they turned out really nice. I need to get some more photos on my legs. I liked how the decreases were worked into the purl "channels".

Nice sock pattern

I started a pair of socks for my mom since she asked me to knit her a pair right after the beginning of the year. Recently, when I was able to load some money on the prepaid credit card, I ordered some Essential sock yarn from KnitPicks in Glacial and some circular needles and got started on them last week when my order came in.

While I was waiting for the order, I started browsing the sock patterns at Knitting Pattern Central and found a new one added called Tadpole Socks.

Considering this is my mother, and I'm determined to get her the socks (thank goodness she didn't want them right then and there ;)) I decided the best way to overcome SSS was to knit both socks at the same time on two circular needles. I think, for me, this will be the best method for making a pair of socks and the pattern lends itself well to this method since you're knitting the lace pattern on half the stitches.

So, hopefully I'll be able to post that the socks are finished in the near future and post a picture as proof. I'm a little more than halfway down the leg now.

Oh, and I absolutely love Essential sock yarn-not only because it's so reasonably priced, but also because it's so cushy soft. I'm going to get more for me as soon as I can load up about $60 more on the prepaid credit card.
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ISO: Two Can Rock

I am desperate for a skein of Two Can Rock (a discontinued color) of Socks That Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I didn't even know this colorway existed until Ute of Socks Street finished a pair of socks with this yarn, and ack! Covet!

Is anyone willing to sell a skein in any weight?

Added: Let's cover all my bases in one edit:
  • I've already searched Ravelry, and no one is selling this color.
  • I've already emailed BMFA, and they told me I'm basically SOL because this color wasn't that popular.
  • The color was discontinued too long ago to still linger at The Fold.
  • I've already Googled my little heart out and commented on the one skein I found for sale/swap on Flickr.
  • I can't post in knitswap because I want to buy a skein. Any "swap" would be a gift certificate or cash.
  • I've already searched on eBay to no avail.
    This post? In sock_knitters? Last resort. I posted here because there are 800+ people who knit socks in one place. you have a skein of this yarn in your stash that I can buy off you?