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Sep 27, 2011 17:05:54   #
renee greenberg
 
WARNING_ As I live in NY< I can tell you that ALL NY yarn stores are over priced due to their greed and their wanting to make profits. Also they have very high rents.Also, I find yarn shops out of NYC have nicer, more helpful people. Since very few of you live in NY, don't rush to the store. Smiley's in Jamaica, Queens is the one store that has sales and reasonable prices. Also, On Broadway, 3 blocks up from Canal St. P &S Fabrics has good prices but not all yarns.The cashier is o.k., guess he's the owner. He has baby Jaquard Jr. sock yarn for a low price. They are closed on Friday afternnoons and Sat. If you want yarns from alll over, you will have to go on-line.
 
Sep 27, 2011 20:09:21   #
5mmdpns
 
renee greenberg wrote:
WARNING_ As I live in NY< I can tell you that ALL NY yarn stores are over priced due to their greed and their wanting to make profits. Also they have very high rents.Also, I find yarn shops out of NYC have nicer, more helpful people. Since very few of you live in NY, don't rush to the store. Smiley's in Jamaica, Queens is the one store that has sales and reasonable prices. Also, On Broadway, 3 blocks up from Canal St. P &S Fabrics has good prices but not all yarns.The cashier is o.k., guess he's the owner. He has baby Jaquard Jr. sock yarn for a low price. They are closed on Friday afternnoons and Sat. If you want yarns from alll over, you will have to go on-line.
WARNING_ As I live in NY< I can tell you that A... (show quote)


*Chuckles* going on here because it sounds like you are in a complete panic!! Relax, we do know good yarn prices when we see them and rip offs when we come across them. Personally I live in Canada and your yarn prices dont even come any where near to what ours are -- good or bad. I guess we all just are aware of what the yarn costs are in the area where we individuals live. And we are discussing the tube socks here. :-)
Sep 29, 2011 02:26:59   #
toichingal
 
5mmdpns, What kinds of yarn do you use most of the time? Do you order online to get what you want? I have been thinking good thoughts about you all day. Hope you are comforted by everyone's concern.

Love the sock pattern, next on the list of things to try. Thanks.

marilyn
Sep 29, 2011 12:06:56   #
5mmdpns
 
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. An update on MIL's condition. She has had a major heart attack now and is not going to come out of this situation. Her sons that are with her have arranged for a doctor to come to the house to see her. He will order end of life measures and oxygen for her comfort. There are nurses who come in and stay with her.

I like using Bernat yarns specifically the Baby Softee and the Satin Sport yarns. They are #3 weights. They are all acrylic and very soft on my feet. They knit up very nicely. I have found that even after repeated washings they do hold their shape. (Just with the acrylic, the heels tend to wear out very fast so I do replace the heels. These of course are the socks that have the heel flaps that I love to knit). Of course with the tube sock, you can rotate the sock so you dont wear out the heels. And it is much easier to frog back to above the "wear" on the heels and knit a new foot.

I have never ordered any sock yarns on line because I live in Canada and most online stores are in the US. Shipping and handling prices outway what you spend on the yarn itself. I also like to feel my yarn before I buy it. haha, I have stash enough to have my own retail store!!!
Oct 1, 2011 12:51:39   #
toichingal
 
I am praying for your family and hope that is a comfort. Living is sometimes a challenge, but letting go seems to be more difficult...best wishes for guidance in your decisions.
Lovely day here today, the persimmons are coming on as well as the Asian pears. More work for the head of the household( me, as I am the whole household). I hope you all have a calm and settled week-end and look upon the new week with a smile.

marilyn
Oct 2, 2011 09:31:21   #
Debbie J
 
5mmdpns wrote:
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. An update on MIL's condition. She has had a major heart attack now and is not going to come out of this situation. Her sons that are with her have arranged for a doctor to come to the house to see her. He will order end of life measures and oxygen for her comfort. There are nurses who come in and stay with her.


I am so sorry to hear about your MIL. I do hope you and she have a good relationship. I am praying for all of you through this. I love my MIL. She is my MOM, My Other Mother! We are giving her a surprise birthday party on the 8th of this month.
 
Oct 2, 2011 10:01:03   #
Kiwi_knitter
 
Do you know all the years I have knitted,I have never ever knitted a pair of socks, I saw where they have smaller speed needles now for knitting tubes,I have never used them,I suppose they could be used to make the socks like you have here. There are all different gadgets I am hearing about I have never used,so here I am after all these years learning new things about knitting.
Oct 2, 2011 10:13:29   #
Kiwi_knitter
 
Re the Yarn..and me coming from New Zealand and now living in Kentucky, I am having to learn the different Yarns, the needle sizes, even the way the knitting patterns are written, just something small in New Zealand we say to Caste on/Caste off in USA they say Bind off lol many other saying that are different, so I have to use my brain a bit now.
I notice there is a lot of places online where we can purchase some lovely yarns, can anybody tell me, is it really worth to buy the Yarn online,surely by the time we pay postage, can anyone tell me..I saw some gorgeous yarn called Chrome,beautiful marble colours,has anyone tried it, they have it in fingering which is probably equal to 4ply and they have worsted which is probably equal to double knit, I haven't looked in the wool shop if they have got Chrome.
Back in New Zealand say if I am knitting a sweater, I would have gone to my local Wool shop and probably purchased about 8 balls of wool and put the rest of the wool away, it never cost me extra to do this either,and over the weeks go and buy another couple of balls as I knitted..I always did that,I tried to do that here and was unable to do that, so one has to purchase the entire yarn needed for say a sweater which would probably add up if you like to knit with real wool..who buys their yarn online,and what if you do not get enough and are unable to get anymore,that to me would be the problem, and does the shipping get expensive.
Why am I so complicated lol.
Happy knitting.
Jacqui
Oct 2, 2011 11:12:53   #
Artmom
 
I have a HUGE collection of sock yarns I have found on clearance and was wondering if anyone has tried sock yarn with this tube sock pattern!

If so please share the gage and how many stitches to vary the 'size'.

THANKS so much!
Artmom in Ohio



This will make a thick sock and from there you can go to #3 weight yarn and smaller needles once you are comfortable with the dpns. The decreasing for the toes is basic and more or less the same for all socks.
Oct 2, 2011 11:44:29   #
5mmdpns
 
Artmom wrote:
I have a HUGE collection of sock yarns I have found on clearance and was wondering if anyone has tried sock yarn with this tube sock pattern!
If so please share the gage and how many stitches to vary the 'size'.
THANKS so much!Artmom in Ohio
This will make a thick sock and from there you can go to #3 weight yarn and smaller needles once you are comfortable with the dpns. The decreasing for the toes is basic and more or less the same for all socks.


Hi Artmom and anyone else wanting to make this tube sock from sock yarn or other yarns that are not worsted weight:
1) Get the yarn you want and the cooresponding needle sizes. #3 weight yarn and 3.00mm needles. (I am going to use numbers here just pulled out of my head for demonstration purposes).
2) Knit a swatch in stockingette stitch. Count how many stitches you have in one inch. Say you get 7 stitches per inch.
3) Measure how many inches you have around the calf of your leg, assuming it is a tube sock knit for yourself. You have 8 inches around the calf of your leg.
4) Take the number of stitches per inch from your gauge swatch and multiply it by the number of inches around the calf of your leg. 7 x 8 = 56.
5) The number you get in step four is the number of stitches you will cast on for your sock.

If you do not wish to knit a sock that comes high up your leg, you will measure around your leg where you want the top of the sock to sit. Note: it is better to have the sock a wee bit looser around your leg than too tight. Please keep a notebook about your sock that you knit for your own future references. Hope this all makes sense. :thumbup:
Oct 2, 2011 12:03:39   #
Artmom
 
THANKS for the fast reply! I will follow your idea and see how it goes!

Winter is upon us...and Christmas is peaking around the corner at me! I will be doing a pair for each of my daughters and daughter-in-laws...5 pairs in all! Will make one for myself as well! :)



:thumbup:
 
Oct 2, 2011 14:13:43   #
5mmdpns
 
Artmom wrote:
THANKS for the fast reply! I will follow your idea and see how it goes!

Winter is upon us...and Christmas is peaking around the corner at me! I will be doing a pair for each of my daughters and daughter-in-laws...5 pairs in all! Will make one for myself as well! :)
:thumbup:


You go for it!!! This is easy enough to do. I find that I compare my leg/foot to everyone else's. So I make my sock first and then I know how much bigger/smaller to make socks for another person........"and now if you dont mind, I will stare at your feet for a minute or two while I assess your legs!!! lol"
I am sure some people wonder why I watch feet!!! and now you all know where my eyeballs are focussed!!! :P
Oct 4, 2011 13:54:19   #
Wynn11
 
5mmdpns wrote:
I know the frustrations of wanting to knit something and having to deal with a complicated pattern. I am glad this helps out those knitters wanting to make socks but not those with heels on them. Lots of time to practice these for Christmas presents!!. And it doesnt matter if the foot is an inch or two shorter or longer than the foot of the person wearing it!! Enjoy!!


I know it will help me. I dread knitting socks, but I know tube socks will get me over my fear. I am going to try them for my niece for Christmas. Maybe the boys, too. TY 5mmdpns and all the ladies that have contribulted patterns and sites. I'll let you know what happened.
Oct 4, 2011 14:09:35   #
Wynn11
 
5mmdpns wrote:
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. An update on MIL's condition. She has had a major heart attack now and is not going to come out of this situation. Her sons that are with her have arranged for a doctor to come to the house to see her. He will order end of life measures and oxygen for her comfort. There are nurses who come in and stay with her.

I like using Bernat yarns specifically the Baby Softee and the Satin Sport yarns. They are #3 weights. They are all acrylic and very soft on my feet. They knit up very nicely. I have found that even after repeated washings they do hold their shape. (Just with the acrylic, the heels tend to wear out very fast so I do replace the heels. These of course are the socks that have the heel flaps that I love to knit). Of course with the tube sock, you can rotate the sock so you dont wear out the heels. And it is much easier to frog back to above the "wear" on the heels and knit a new foot.

I have never ordered any sock yarns on line because I live in Canada and most online stores are in the US. Shipping and handling prices outway what you spend on the yarn itself. I also like to feel my yarn before I buy it. haha, I have stash enough to have my own retail store!!!
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and pray... (show quote)


I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God will guide you and your dear MIL through this trauma. Wynn
Oct 4, 2011 14:24:24   #
5mmdpns
 
Thanks Wynn, I have every confidence that you can do these socks! It really is a step in getting confident knitting small things in the round no matter which needles you would use. Once you are comfortable with doing these, you may find you would like to graduate to knitting a sock with a heel. But that is for you to decide.
MIL is holding her own. Thanks for your prayers.
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