Given our somewhat slow start, Joanna and I were very excited when we got to the finishing steps on our first socks this past Friday.
|my sock on the left and Joanna's on the right (I love the way her yarn is striping!)|
And in case you do, here are a few of the "key learnings" from the group so far:
- The seams up the sides are tedious, but worth it - they add structure to the sock.
- When you cast on the stitches across the top of the foot, really snug up the yarn across your dpn's. It's easy to get holes (and those aren't any fun).
- Plan on at least a few extra rows on the foot - the pattern suggests 24 rounds and that is way too short (for everyone I've talked to). Sharon added a couple of rows, I added five and Joanna added a few more than that. The toe decreases add about 2" and you probably want the finished sock to be no more than 1-1/2" shorter than your foot. More stretch than that might be uncomfortable.
...and of course now that we have finished objects appearing, there's talk about our next KAL. Stay tuned...or better yet, comment and share your ideas. Not only about the project (a beret or a cowl, perhaps?), but also the timing. We're game to start another project before Christmas if there's enough interest, otherwise we'll kick off the next one January 7.