2.09.2010

i made socks

 

  




This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time.  I had so much fun making baby moccasins that I knew I would love making socks.  These turned out just right with the perfect amount of scrunch, and they fit like a glove.  So cozy and soft, they're made of merino wool with just a little nylon, which makes them machine washable.  And they only took me twenty-six hours to make!  Haha, at that rate I'll make sixty cents an hour.  They'll be in the shop on Thursday, along with a selection of other winter accessories.  Just in time for all the crazy snowstorms.  The dresses and tops will have to wait until my next shop update since I've been pretty swamped lately.

24 comments:

Kristien said...

Jenny, you did it! Did you follow Anna's pattern? The socks look awesome. 26 hours of work at 60 cents an hour? Keep them for yourself!!

jenny gordy said...

Kristien,

No, I didn't use Anna's pattern. I used an old pattern I've had lying around for a couple of years. That's how long I've been wanting to make them! Only recently did I gain the courage. : ) I don't want to keep them for myself. I actually get joy out of selling things to people even if I don't make money on it. It just makes me happy when someone buys/appreciates something i worked so hard on. That means more to me for some reason. It's nice to provide an alternative to mass-produced things. I like the old fashioned model of making things by hand and selling it directly to a customer. Plus, after 26 hours, I don't want them around any more! I think I would live in constant fear of them getting a hole.

Kristien said...

They are really beautiful Jenny, and would make a perfect gift for someone to buy for someone else, or just to treat themself. I'm happy you now know how to make socks--a whole world of sock yarns has now opened up!! There is something very special about purchasing a handknit item because you know it has been worked and loved for hours. I don't know how full time knitters for a living do it though--they must have a fourth hand or something to make a profit! I hear you on the working on something for so long that you no longer want to look at it though--this is why I have yet to finish a baby blanket or sweater! Good luck with the shop update and your many projects.

Lisa said...

can I ask what yarn you used? I've been refraining from making socks because I always find the outcome so itchy.

sandra said...

it's so much fun making socks! they look great :)

the nest said...

Making socks is magical on some level, I think. Yours are beautiful! I also am amazed that you can part with them, but I imagine you almost like a cobbler selling your wares proudly; kind of like playing store when we were kids...?

Best - Annri

Hollie said...

I'm just learning to knit, so this has a serious awe factor for me. Good job!

erica said...

best not to think about how much you would make an hour when knitting! anyway, they look super comfy, and there's nothing like custom fit socks.

jenny gordy said...

Annri,

It's totally like playing store when we were kids! Besides crafting, my favorite thing as a kid was "playing store". And I used to sell handmade hair scrunchies in the cafeteria when I was in elementary school. I think it's just in my DNA or something.

Rachel said...

Yay! They turned out great!

kelly said...

They are beautiful! I love finished knitted socks (I wear all of mine constantly) but the entire time I'm knitting them I think I hate them. Did you knit them on DPNs or circs? Toe up or down? When I finally learned toe up two at a time on circulars everything got a lot more enjoyable! But yes, I fear holes and every time I look at them I'm reminded that I have a drawer full of $25 socks.

stephanie renee said...

amazing work and i am loving your bedroom photo shoots! i might cave and by those boots in black today.

schorlemädchen said...

oh my what a great project. And you did so well. I plan to knit socks as a future project too, but need to finish my scarf first.
Your blanket looks pretty nice too : )

Megan said...

ooooo, those looks super warm...and super cute...and loooove the boots...how have you managed to keep yours so pristine? mine are all scuffed near the toes, and I don't know how you would fix them, since they're not real leather...maybe I just walk funny...strike that; I know I walk funny...

tinypaperheart said...

aw they look so snuggly. :) and i love them with your tights and boots!

If Jane said...

ok i can hardly sew a button on properly...so bravo!! ..i love your boots!! where did they come from?

marie said...

these are so great!

modaspia said...

that first picture is really lovely.

Catherine said...

Wow... such amazing textures and patterns. I am loving how you styled our shoes against your own socks and tights. We will be re-posting this at the end of the week. Thanks for notifying us!

Mick said...

they came out really nice. i like the marled wool.
i'm wearing my first hand knit socks that i made a few months ago. they don't really compare to the store bought. they just feel wonderful.
hope you are enjoying the snow

la casita de wendy said...

Beautiful!!! they look so warm, i love them ♥

caroline said...

Love the socks, love the shoes, love the Mociun leggings paired with plaid, love the photo of you on the bed! Oh, and loved your necklace tutorial, too. And your photo in Lucky? I can't believe you took such a good eyes-to-camera self-portrait. Those are impossible. (Sorry I'm commenting on about 5 different posts here.)

jeanie said...

Hi, love your outfit! what size mociun leggings are you wearing?

Ama said...

Jenny - I got the socks today and these are SO GREAT. I'm wearing them now. Please make more & sell them for more $$. Very much worth it, promise!