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« on: July 28, 2007 09:34:52 PM »

Inspired by all the Harry Potter mania going on right now, I've been looking at the Dobby Socks in the book Charmed Knits, and thinking that they might be just the right project for my terribly short attention span. Also, since I seem to have an incurable case of "can't finish a pair of anything"-itis, the idea of purposely mismatched socks really appeals to me (for those of you who are unfamiliar with the HP series, the character, Dobby, is a house elf with an affinity for mismatched socks).

Then I thought, "'Dobby Socks' swap!"

My idea is that each person would have two partners but would knit only one sock per partner (the result being that each person ends up with a lovely pair of mismatched socks). This idea might appeal to non-HP fans as well (especially those of you who have perhaps been thinking about knitting a pair of socks but find the task of making two identical items daunting!).

Any takers? Sign ups could start asap with maybe a three-four week crafting time?
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007 09:38:57 PM »

I should mention that, while I say "Dobby Socks" and refer to the pattern in Charmed Knits, I don't mean that everyone would have to knit that pattern. You could knit any sock pattern you like!

(we would sort out the details of size/style in the swap questionnaire so that, while the socks would be mismatched, they would at least feel similar when you're wearing them - thanks, Kaesea, for that idea!!).
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2007 11:59:16 AM »

This sounds really fun, but I totally don't have the time for it right now.  I would participate in a round 2, though!
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2007 12:40:23 PM »

This sounds like fun. I've been wanting to knit a pair of socks but the idea of having to do it twice is pretty daunting.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2007 12:05:41 PM »

Were you reading my mind?  I was just thinking about doing something similar for myself, as I don't have the attention span for two identical socks.  I'll have to see what the dates are, as I'm not going to have much free time once school starts. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2007 03:12:05 PM »

(we would sort out the details of size/style in the swap questionnaire so that, while the socks would be mismatched, they would at least feel similar when you're wearing them - thanks, Kaesea, for that idea!!).

Hmmmm? Did somebody say my name? Wink

Yes, as a long-time mismatched sock-wearer, I would agree that we should use the same weight yarn and ideally create the same length sock (it feels weird to have one long and one short... also weird to have one thick and one thin).

I've never actually made a sock -- I make mitts out of my sock yarn and I always dread that second one. So making single socks sounds like it would be right up my alley. I don't know why I never thought of it before (since I only ever wear one of a pair at a time anyway!)

I hope that Dobby's fashion statement takes off -- I would love to see more mismatched pair wearers out there.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007 05:54:13 PM »

This sounds like so much fun.
 I wish I could knit but I guess I'd just have to stalk the gallery.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2007 08:42:22 PM »

I love making socks, it would be awesome to try this!

Maybe, so the socks would feel the same, you could make 2 socks with the same yarn but in different colors or with different stitch patterns.
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2007 05:01:35 PM »

Re: using the same yarn but in different patterns/colours - that's a good idea. The only thing with that is, if we went with my original idea of having two different partners (so you make one sock per partner and everyone receives a truly mismatched pair of socks...for some reason, I the idea of receiving a single sock in the mail just seems like it would be more), it might be more of a challenge to ensure that people use the same yarn.

Of course, we don't HAVE to do one sock/partner - we could just pair people up...or (if people were willing to do it) we could choose a specific yarn (ie. KnitPicks) that everyone would use...but maybe that is complicating things too much? What do people think? Or should I just make a note for people to state their yarn weight preference in the swap questionnaire and leave it at that?

I've just about finished my current WIP, and I think I'll start sign ups this week. Yay socks.
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 12:54:55 PM »

I don't think it makes that much difference if the socks feel slightly different. My feet are pretty sensitive and I definitely have cases where I am wearing socks that are the same weight, but are not the made from the exact same yarn, and it doesn't bother me.

I think if we specify yarn weight (perhaps more precisely, gauge) and length, the socks should feel similar enough not to bother anyone. Mostly, the weird thing is if one is super-thick or super-long.

I like the idea of getting two different socks from two different people -- it's more Dobby-like. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007 04:30:49 PM »


I think if we specify yarn weight (perhaps more precisely, gauge) and length, the socks should feel similar enough not to bother anyone.

"Gauge" you say...? What is this "gauge" of which you speak...?! Wink
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2007 07:59:00 PM »


I think if we specify yarn weight (perhaps more precisely, gauge) and length, the socks should feel similar enough not to bother anyone.

"Gauge" you say...? What is this "gauge" of which you speak...?! Wink

It's a nifty bit of magic that I've often heard about, but is rarely actually seen. Perhaps it's like a thestral and I need to see someone die before witnessing it myself. Wink
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2007 08:03:03 PM »

I think its more of a myth. I would be able to see thestrals and still no hint of this "gauge". Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2007 10:13:10 AM »

I think its more of a myth. I would be able to see thestrals and still no hint of this "gauge". Smiley

The turn of this conversation makes me happy.  So I'm not the only one.....

Is this a dirty little secret of the knitting industry?  Perhaps there is actually no way to obtain (and especially keep) a gauge, and it is just marked on patterns to frustrate us and make us buy more needles and/or yarn in a desperate attempt to get it.  Hmmm....
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2007 10:26:17 AM »

A fiber conspiracy... this should make all the X-files fans pretty happy Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2007 11:07:56 AM »

A fiber conspiracy... this should make all the X-files fans pretty happy Smiley

Yeah! Two great tastes that taste great together... Harry Potter and The X-Files!

Hrm... are we off-topic here? Whoops.

Yes! Dobby Socks! Grand idea!
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2007 12:50:19 PM »

Yes...socks...right...

Anyway, I'm going to open sign-ups on the weekend.

How much crafting time do people want? Would a month be long enough?

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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2007 05:03:58 PM »

I think I'd need a little more than a month, I'm starting classes during the crafting period and might need some extra time depending on how busy I get.

Maybe 6 weeks?
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2007 07:08:10 PM »

I totally wish I could knit!! I'm taking a knitting course for beginners in October...so maybe next time. I think this sounds like so much fun!
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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2007 07:41:15 PM »

This is oh-so-tempting! I keep thinking that I won't really have enough time but then I think thats its only one single solitary sock. With a longer crafting time, I might just be able to put it off. I definitely vote for 6wks
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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2007 04:59:52 PM »

You might want to add an explaination to the title when the swap starts[like "Dobby Sock (i.e. Mismatched Sock) Swap"] for the few people who haven't read the HP books, and I don't think it's in the movies.  I know, it seems impossible, but I actually know a few of these rare people, one who refuses to read them because of how popular they are, and another who only read the first and didn't like it (*gasp* I know, terrible isn't it?). 

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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2007 10:30:15 AM »

Good idea! I'll probably post sign ups tonight, when I have a bit more time. Smiley I think we'll do maybe sign ups for a week and then six weeks of crafting time. Does that sound reasonable?

Everyone will be paired with two partners and will make one sock PER partner (everyone will make a total of TWO socks...but, if you follow the individual preferences of each partner, each of these socks will be different). Everyone will, in turn, receive two socks (one from each partner) that should be similar (following your preferences) but different!

Fun!!
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« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2007 02:16:31 AM »

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