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Friday, August 10, 2007

Finished Object Friday: Aran Braid Socks!

I have finished my Aran Braid Socks! (I always end up typing Arab Braid Socks and having to correct that.) It has only taken me two years to make a pair of socks for myself. This is the second pair of socks I've made for myself, and the first pair of fine gauge socks for me.

I used a lovely blue Koigu for these, knit them on size 1 dpns and broke something like three needles while making them. I've had them all replaced. They are snug, I like my socks knit at a tight gauge for better wear, and I like them made a touch smaller than my foot so they don't scrunch and slouch. On the first sock, I found a mistake that I had made before I started the heel, but I found it after finishing the heel flap. I decided I would just make a note of it and do the same mistake on the second sock rather than undo all the work. Well, on the second sock I figured out two ways I could have fixed it without going back, so I learned something I guess. I still made the second one with the mistake, because the first one was finished already. I'm trying to decide if I will use this pattern again and do it the right way, or just move on to another design.

Here they are on my feet:

I did the last knitting on the the last night at the county fair while I looked at the exhibits with the children. Since it was late, and I always need help grafting, I decided to wait until this morning to graft the toe. That way, I could look at a chart and read directions while I did it. Hooray! Now I just need some sock wearing weather.

If you have one or more finished items this week, please sign Mr. Linky below and share all you have made. Your Finished Object(s) can be knit, crocheted, sewn, quilted, tatted, beaded, papercraft, woodwork or any other kind of craft. Show off what you have made! Please make sure you link to the exact post that shows your finished item(s) rather than just to your blog.

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Your socks look great! I really need to learn to knit socks.
I love them! You didn't make a mistake, you were just letting your creative side out!!!! That's how I comfort myself anyway!
Your socks are lovely. It's not a mistake if you repeat it in the second sock, simply a deviation. Creative license. I'm back from vacation and trying to catch up with everyone. Hopefully I'll have FOs for this Friday.
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