Like a little sandal-sized hug

These:

 

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Are going to help me wear these:

 

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Every spring I go through the same song and dance when sandals weather comes around. I rotate through the 5 or 6 pairs of sandals in my closet (all of which are comfort sandals, mind you, no high heels or flashy beach sandals or nothin’), each of which will bruise and blister my feet horribly in a slightly different location. After 3 weeks or so, my feet and the sandals reach some kind of truce and the blisters stop. But those 3 weeks make me want to whimper. And we’re talking any sandals, here, thongs, slides, wedges, buckles, t-straps…There’s some combination of the arch of my foot and the brisk pace of my walking (walking is transportation for me) that just does me in every year, for a while. I have blisters on top of blisters.

So I decided to put the knitting on it and took up some more of that leftover bit of Lorna’s Laces from the Endpaper Mitts, and made myself these little socklets. They’re stupid fast, and while I’d be willing to bet lots of money I’m not the only knitter out there to invent something like this, I’ll tell you what I did. It’s very simple:

1. Cast on 64 sts with 2.25mm needles (This # can be sized up or down depending on the best size for you – as long as you cast on a multiple of 4 sts). Join to work in round. (This is the same # of sts I would normally use in a sock foot, on one needle size smaller than what I would normally use. I get “regular” sock gauge of 8 sts/inch on 2.75mm needles, so going down to 2.25mm needles puts me around 8.5/9 sts/inch.)

2. Work k1, p1 ribbing for 5 rounds.

3. Work k3, p1 ribbing until the piece measures 2.25 ins from beginning.

4. Work k1, p1 ribbing for 5 rounds.

5. Bind off, but not so tightly that the thing won’t stretch over your foot.

I’ll likely be trying another pair or two, possibly decreasing yet another needle size and possibly doing just the k3 p1 ribbing to see how it goes. I want these suckers to be nice and clingy.

 

The socklets and I are spending the afternoon on campus and then heading off to represent with the Yarn Harlot at the Canadian Launch of her book. It’s gonna be super, I am sure, and my parents and several friends are coming along. Can’t wait to see all the crowds that show up.

May your knitting not be far from you today…

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8 responses to “Like a little sandal-sized hug

  1. what a neat idea! it always takes me a few weeks also to “break in” my feet to summer shoes……

  2. Very clever! And it looks good too. Have a great time seeing the Yarn Harlot! I hope to see her someday, but she’s always too far away from So. California. Until then, I’ll live vicariously through others. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  3. Cute idea! Let us know if it does the trick.

  4. Great idea, they look really pretty with the sandals when I have to say I thought they would look a bit odd! Sorry for doubting your sanity ;o)

    Hope you had fun representing and great work on the wraparound cardigan. I was quite tempted by the CK book when you reviewed it and it’s definitely going on the wish list now – I want that cardi to snuggle up in this winter.

  5. I love those little sandle wraps!

  6. I’ve been thinking about making some of these. I have the same problem…

  7. Oh, that’s a really cool idea! It had never occurred to me. Thank you!