Thursday Sock-Along: “Yarn Ramen” Edition

I’ve had some serious sock drama over the past week, let me tell you! The background info, in case you’re just tuning in, is I’m knitting Susan B. Anderson’s Smooth Operator Socks. There’s a KAL for this pattern happening now in her ravelry group, and the pattern is currently discounted. If you’re at all interested, it’s worth checking out: you don’t even have to finish your socks to qualify for prizes! Just get them on the needles. Also, there’s some great sock eye candy showing up.

So. My socks. I was cruising along, going toe-up, TAAT. Since the pattern is written cuff-down, I had to guess at how long to knit the foot before adding waste yarn for the afterthought heel. Based on what I saw in other patterns and the advice I got on rav, I went with 2″ less than my foot length. I put the waste yarn in at 8.5″, knitted about another 1.5″ of the leg, then went back to do the heels.

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Aaaaaughhhh! Giant foot!!!

Note the extra length at the heel and toe. All told, they were a full inch longer than my feet! I thought for a bit that I could just pull them up higher, so that the heel hit the back of my ankle, but quickly realized that wouldn’t work. They would end up in the back of my sock drawer, never to be worn. Okay, maybe I’d layer them over other socks in the extreme dead of winter, but probably not. Plus, who wants to put so much work into socks with awesome stripes in awesome colors, just to wear them once a year? Not this guy.

So, I frogged. I pulled out the couple of inches of leg. I pulled out the finished and Kitchenered heels. I ripped the foot back to about 7″ long. It hurt me, knitters. It really hurt me.



And I got going again. I re-added the waste yarn for the heels, and carried on with the leg. It’s about time now to tackle the heels again. I will probably graft them a little bit earlier than I did the last time.


Despite all the challenges these socks have given me, I really love them. Interestingly enough, I got the same comment about them from two different people the other day: They look like Harry Potter socks. Works for me! If only I could rig up some magic knitting needles like Molly Weasley, maybe I could finally Knit All The Things!

Are you doing any sock knitting? Feel free to post about it on Thursdays and link up with the group! Also, you can share your projects on Instagram with the tag #thursdaysockalong. Check out my fellow Thursday sock knitters here:

Happy sock knitting!



  1. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · July 28, 2016

    Oh my gosh, Alex! You have been having a really rough time with these. I can’t believe how much you’ve knitted and re-knitted. By the time you get to those heels again, you will be a pro. I hope they fit this time!!! BTW, I am so in love with that colorway and yes, they do remind me of Harry Potter. Don’t we all wish we had those magic knitting needles? What fun that would be!

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    • alexand knits · July 30, 2016

      It’s been a bit of an ordeal! First world problems, I know. I’ll just say that I’m glad I decided to fix them instead of just leaving them. At least I’m learning a lot along the way!

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  3. Stefanie · July 28, 2016

    Oh no! I’m so sorry; how frustrating. But kudos to you on doing the right thing and fixing them.

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    • alexand knits · July 30, 2016

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, I’d never be happy with them if I didn’t make it right. Or, at least righter than they were!


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  5. Yarn ramen …. not a fun sight! But they are looking so spectacular (and I agree, very Harry!) it will all be worth it in the end! If you find magic knitting needles, please let me know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • alexand knits · July 30, 2016

      I love the phrase “yarn ramen”! I’ve heard it but had forgotten about it. I apparently forgot to finish the title of my post before, so I updated it to include yarn ramen. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. salpal1 · July 28, 2016

    I know it is hard, BUT, after all the work of knitting socks, you want them to fit. So I think you will be glad you ripped them back. They are going to be stupendous socks when they are done!

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    • alexand knits · July 30, 2016

      Yeah, I’m already glad. It’s a lot of work, but it might as well count for something!

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  7. Knit Potion · July 29, 2016

    You’ll love them all the more when they’re super cute AND they fit!!! I bet they’ll end up being one of your favorite pair! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Midnight Knitter · July 29, 2016

    I love that yarn!

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