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June 19, 2007

Sidewinder Sightings

What fun I've had spotting Sidewinders here and there.  I thought I'd share a few sightings for your enjoyment:

If you've finished a Sidewinder -- notice I said "a" -- and would like to share your photo, Sonya has started a Sidewinder Flickr Group.  Thanks Sonya!

June 19, 2007 in Project - Socks | Permalink


There WILL be a pair of Sidewinders on my feet... as soon as I get over my need to have a brand new project, right now!

Posted by: grumperina | Jun 19, 2007 8:09:49 PM

Thanks, Nona for this great pattern! I see a lot of these socks in my future :)

Posted by: Kristy | Jun 19, 2007 8:12:43 PM

Love your sidewinder montage - I just thought of a great way to photograph a Siderwinder after stage iv - pinned back flat like a high school biology dissection. Well, great in my mind, anyhoo.

Posted by: Sonya | Jun 19, 2007 9:04:30 PM

sit n knit NYC group is starting a KAL on July 1st! can't wait! just what yarn to pick?

Posted by: hpny knits | Jun 19, 2007 9:46:01 PM

Both my Sidewinders are actually finished as of yesterday. Will blog them today, I hope. Thanks for the fun pattern, Nona!

Posted by: Malin | Jun 20, 2007 2:24:50 AM

Hi, I would like to invite you to be a part of an exhibition about knitters who blog. I have loved reading your blog and I also have a blog knit1blog1.blogspot.com that tells you all about our project. If you are intersted in joining in I'd love to hear from you - your sidewinder socks are fabulous! You can email me from my blog.

Posted by: Barbara McConchie | Jun 20, 2007 4:21:20 AM

Hee hee hee, yep, we started a Sit 'n' Knit Sidewinders Knit Along for July. Hopefully we will have lots of photos to show you!

Posted by: Annie | Jun 20, 2007 6:21:08 AM

In the works: me. One done past halfway.

Posted by: Distant Knitter | Jun 20, 2007 9:24:24 AM

In the works: me. One done past halfway.

Posted by: Distant Knitter | Jun 20, 2007 9:24:27 AM

In the works. About 2 rows from the end of the first sock. My worries are 3fold:

1. My increases are still tighter than my decreases, no matter how big I make those 2 stitches.

2. My row gauge is ending up a bit tighter than gauge (getting 44 rows instead of 40). Should I add a few rows in the back?? Or rip back and add a few across the front? Ack.

3. The ball of STR that remains looks awfully small. Will I have enough for the second sock? Gotta find a scale somewhere. :(

Posted by: Jen | Jun 20, 2007 9:36:37 AM

Dear Nona - I have troubles. Swatching with 2's is too little, swatching with 3's is too big. (Never mind that I misread the directions and started off doing 40 stitches and 30 rows - or the other way around, anyway, WRONG.) I wonder if the yarn I'm trying, the new Tofutsies, is a little too thin. I've heard tell of people using 1's or even 0's with Tofutsies.

I hate swatching.

Posted by: Mary K. IN Rockport | Jun 20, 2007 10:40:45 AM

I've nearly finished my first one, Nona! I'm keeping the faith that it will fit, although I'm still amazed that this 'thing' on my needles will magically turn into a sock.

Posted by: Badger | Jun 20, 2007 3:21:50 PM

Your Sidewinders remind me of the Baby Suprise Jacket, by none other than EZ herself. It hardly looks like anything, and then poof! A jacket (or a sock, in your case.) A high compliment indeed, but well-deserved.

I keep trying to figure out which LYS you work at, Nona, since I'm in the Bay Area, too ....

Great pattern!

Posted by: Alison Jacobson | Jun 20, 2007 3:24:42 PM

My first Sidewinder is done, and my second
one just needs the grafting! I'll post a
photo to the Flickr group and to the SAM3 KAL
when finished. I made the largest size,
using Lorna's Laces on a 2.5 mm Addit Turbo.
(US size 1) Size 2's just gave too loose a
fabric for me. My friends have marvelled at
how strange the sock looks while in the
works. I can't wait to wear them to work!
Thanks again for sharing such a fun, unique

Posted by: Nancy | Jun 20, 2007 4:31:40 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, Nona. I've yet to knit them, but have truly enjoyed other bloggers diving in!

Posted by: Knitty Lynn | Jun 20, 2007 4:50:57 PM

I would love to make these, but have a question on gauge. My stitch gauge with fingering tends to be about 8.5/inch. Can you provide any insight on the best way to adjust for the difference in gauge? I prefer using fingering (over sportwt.) for socks, but don't think I would like to go to a 7.5 st/in gauge with the fingering. thanks!

Posted by: Diana | Jun 22, 2007 9:15:48 AM

I finished the first one! I love it, but it doesn't fit. It's really hard to work the sock over my heel, and while the foot part is fine, the heel and leg are a bit too snug.

I'm going to see if blocking helps. I really hope it does, because this is such a cool pattern!

Posted by: Laura | Jun 22, 2007 9:38:01 AM

Cool! Yay, you and your pattern!

Posted by: Arleta | Jun 23, 2007 6:35:42 AM

Those socks looks funny and great. Thanks a lot for sharing, I will try this one during the summer.

Posted by: Kate | Jun 26, 2007 10:41:57 AM

Hi Nona!!
Thanks for the great pattern, I'm in the middle of my first Sidewinder. I'm posting pics at Sockatility, if you'd like to see: http://sockatility.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Jillie | Jul 6, 2007 7:27:50 PM

Well, after a first attempt that came up short on gauge and yardage, I have a second first sock done except for the toe seam -- I've been chicken about doing that one! Thanks again Nona for this great pattern!

Posted by: Jen | Jul 25, 2007 7:28:35 AM

Thanks for writing this pattern up! It was a lot of fun to make and I really enjoyed the interesting construction. I just put some photos up on my blog.

Posted by: Veronica | Aug 2, 2007 7:39:39 AM

Finished my sidewinders! Thanks again Nona for a fun pattern!

Posted by: Jen | Aug 13, 2007 1:29:57 PM

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