Monday, December 31, 2007

Oldest UFO socks finished

I can't really be sure when I actually started this pair of socks. The copyright on the pattern is 2003, and I believe that it was in the early part of that year. I started these in a class at The Sheepy Yarn Shoppe. I will offer a bit of advice. When you stop working on a project, make lots of notes. Or better yet, make notes as you go along, so if you stop working on it you will have a clue where you are. It took my a great deal of time to figure out where I was in the pattern! Did I learn by this mistake? Only time will tell...

The color in the picture isn't really true, they are actually a clear red.


Short Row Heel

I don't generally get the opportunity to post to this blog so closely together but I'm so thrilled with myself right now that I had to share with someone.

Short Row Heel

I just completed my first short row heel and I don't think it went altogether badly. I'll probably stick to my normal heel flap, turn heel, pick up for the gusset mode, but I think I will use it in another pair of socks some day.

FInished socks with 10 hours to spare

I finished them!! My Tofutsie socks are done!! Woohoo. The most special thing about them is that they are for me. I'm wearing them at this very moment.
Here are some pics:

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sliding in with another Post Holiday Knit

Well this is what I worked on as far as "socks" are concerned. This is a slipper for my son's girlfriend. This is worked all in garter stitch - carrying it along as I went. I have 1 more pair to complete tomorrow which will make the total count...4 pair of slippers. I wanted to be sure to post this before the month ended!

I received this lovely yarn for Christmas and will be casting on the Annetrelac socks from the Holiday Interweave Knits right after the first of the year!


Tofutsies Socks

I had originally planned these to be for my grandma for Christmas but I didn't even have one sock done in time. I'll save them for either her birthday/Mother's Day (her birthday is May 10) or next Christmas.

Grandma's Socks

I didn't use this month's coupon because I already had this in my stash but now I wish I had because I really liked working with the Tofutsies.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Long Time - No Socks

I meant to finish these socks up when I signed up here. Unfortunately, Christmas gift knitting got in the way. These socks are Socktopia Mystery socks knit on size one needles using Crystal Palace Maizy -Cactus. I was intending to finish while it was still summer so they aren't particularly warm, but they will be nice for spring (and I have worn them with another pair of socks when my feet were really cold).

Friday, December 28, 2007

Are you a size 9 or 10?


I am designing a sock pattern and I want to have it in two sizes. I am size 7, so I am looking for measurements for size 9 or 10.

I you have a size 9 or 10 foot (average for that size, not real narrow or real wide) and you don't mind sending me your measurements, I'd really appreciate it. I need to know the following:
* shoe size
* length of foot from toe to heel - put a ruler or tape measure on the floor with the end against the wall, then stand with the back of your heel to the wall and measure to tip of longest toe - in inches
* circumference around mid-foot - in inches

Please email to me at

Thanks! Rebecca A

Christmas Socks for Michael

Here are the Christmas socks I knit for my new nephew Michael. These are knit with Regia Stretch Color on size 3 DPNs. I like this yarn and it is good for children's socks. It is very colorful, with a non-repeating striping pattern - at least I didn't knit enough to find a repeat. The yarn is soft and stretchy - good for growing feet. These are knit with afterthought heels - I never tried those heels before and wanted to try something new. I'm not sure I'll ever do them again, unless I learn how to graft. My heel grafting was so terrible that I decided to finish the toes with a three needle bind-off, so these aren't the prettiest socks in the world, but Michael doesn't seem to mind. They are a little big, but he is growing fast, so that is good!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Stockings Count!

Tia, I'm going to say (with great enthusiasm) that Stockings are going to count. It didn't really dawn on me before, but it is the holiday season so if there are any of you out there who made holiday stockings and can get them posted, they, too, will count towards a "pair" of finished socks.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Do stockings count?

Originally uploaded by blacksheepknits
I finished my one year old's stocking just in time for Santa to fill it. Its loosely based on Knitty's Fuzzy Feet pattern, made with Cascade 200, felted and then Rosa's name is needle felted on. The roving I used is something I got over a year ago when I thought I wanted to learn to spin, its blue, red, bright green and shot through with red and silver tinsel. I am in love with this project, and so proud of how it turned out! Hopefully this will launch me out of my knitting blahs.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

No Socks for Me This Month :-(

I didn't have much knitting time this month, but what I had was devoted to knitting Christmas presents. Even though I didn't knit socks, I did knit some sock yarn:

These were knit with one skein of Koigu, held doubled on size 7 needles. A fast and easy project and a good way to use up a single skein of sock yarn. Here's how they look on the hand:

Sock knitting will return as soon as I get one of these presents done - hopefully this week, right?!

holiday socks

Finished two pairs just in time for the holidays. : )

Happy Holidays everyone! : )

= limedragon :-: Harriet

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fighting the blahs

Those winter blahs can knock the knitting spunk right outta a girl. Which is not exactly a good thing when she's decided to knit Christmas presents. In an attempt to reconnect with my knitting mojo, I finished these:

Twisted Fiber Arts Duchess in Octarine with eye of the partridge heel and round toe. I tried eye of the partridge on the toe, but I'm not happy with the results. The decreases for the round toe interfered with the stitch pattern. Live and learn.

And now, it's back to black popovers and navy mittens.

Will my new socks be done by Christmas!?

I ran to the Yarnery and picked up my TOFUtsie yarn! I heard so much about this yarn and was happy to try it. I thought I might use the same design I did for November's socks, a slip stitch cable, but I decided it was too much work compared to the way it looked in this yarn.
So, I let the slip stitch cable be the ribbing and continued on in stockinette. Maybe, this way I'll be able to finish them by Christmas. Afterall, they are my present to myself.:)

Thanx to all those at the Yarnery for making it easy to knit socks, socks, and more socks.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Just a Little more to go

Hello knitters, I'm here to share the socks I've been working on:

They are Cascade 220. Made for my dad who lives in the Great White North and does a lot of snowshoeing. So I though a good snug wool would be good for him. I hope he likes them. If he doesn't, I'm keeping them cuz they are toasty!!

Also, you can see in my photo one of the stockings that I have made for my family. They are your standard, but I needed to make them match (as best as possible) the ones that my great-grandmother had made for my family when I was born. And, no, I didn't make them this year, I've been making them as each person has been added to the family. Sadly though, My son Henry is 2 and his name still isn't finished on his stocking. It's an ongoing joke at my house.

Well, Happy Holidays to all of you. I hope that you all have a great time whereever you spend them.

Sarah W.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ted's new socks

Dad's Christmas socks are complete. Very muted colors, but he's that kind of guy. He may even think the blue is a "little bright".
Pattern: two-color version of "Peppermint Twist", by Susan Lawrence
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential (gray), leftover Opal used for contrasting color (ball band long gone).

This pattern is a great way to use up bits of sock yarn leftover from other projects.

I need inspiration...

I am in a knitting slump. The Breeze socks I finished in early November... one is lost after their maiden washing voyage. :( We share a laundry room with some very unsavory neighbors. These were the first socks I ever finished before Sock Wars II and now I am just discouraged. Anyone have an exciting pattern to help me out of my slump?? I have about half a ball of Dream in Color Smooshy, some Paton's Kroy stripe and one skein of Claudia Handpainted. Right now (on the sock needles) I have about 1/4 pair of Short Scar socks in Rowan Cashsoft in a dusty pink... they just aren't keeping me interested... :(

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Simple Socks

Anyone watch The Sopranos? A few weeks ago I rented the last season. The main character constantly says "Every day is a gift" after a certain life-changing event. Later on Tony (re: David Chase) has a bad day and mutters, "Every day is a gift-- but does it have to be a pair of socks?"

Usually I'm all about texture and lace when knitting socks, but I've been working on simple stockinette and ribbed items in the last month.

The socks below are toe-up socks on 2 circulars. I used six different Koigu colorways.
(approx. 15 grams ea. Some had more, some had less.)

Can you see the creases on each side of the sock? :) This goes away after a soak. Judy's magic cast-on was used (fabulous, highly recommend), and I tried Wendy Johnson's heel. It seems to fit people with high insteps well, but does leave a bit of a fabric gap on the instep opposite of the heel turn. Personally, I think the Widdershin heel solution is a better option for heel flaps (or pseudo flaps) when knitting toe-up socks. Hopefully the holiday recipient likes them more than a fake mob boss would...
Last week I pulled the first sock out of my (now infamous) Sock Drawer of Shame. It was knit just shy of a year ago in January. Time for it's mate, I say.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

No Photos!

I need a new camera, oh well! I am will have finished socks this month! I promise. I missed last month. The socks are Christmas presents so they have to be done! MUST KNIT FASTER.

Monday, December 3, 2007

A New Winner

The new drawing has taken place. With the help of my beautiful assistant we announce the winner of a Jean Christiansen pattern and double points to be...


Congrats (have I done this before?)!!

See you at the store.

A Mistake Fixed

Does anyone remember the whole Marisa Tomei incident at the Oscar's? Well, this goes to show we are all able to make this mistake.

It was brought to my attention that MaryKnits did not have a finished sock in the month of November. And through some checking I realized that all of the people who posted were entered into the drawing. It is time to stand up and take my licks. This was totally my fault and I apologize to those of you who finished a sock.

Because I sat here for much longer than I should have trying to figure out what to do about this I finally just decided this...

I will be doing a new drawing for the pattern and needle prize, however, because MaryKnits "winning" was my fault I personally will be donating a pair of sock stitch markers to her.

Again, I apologize to those of you who did finish your socks, and I hope this fixes it in your eyes. The new drawing will be later today and the prizes will still be available tonight after 4pm.

Sarah W.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

And The Winner Is...

Well, through a very high-tech process the winner has been chosen.

And the lucky knitter who will be receiving a Jean Christian Mosiac Sock pattern along with a set of double pointed needles is:


Congrats Mary. Your prize will be waiting for you anytime after 4pm on Monday Dec. 3. If I'm there I will also be taking your picture for the website. Haha, dress up purty!!

One more time... thanks to all of you who participate. We know that you are all busy and are really happy that you are checking in when you can!

Also, on another topic, I'd like to invite you all to end your posts with your website (blog site) if you have one. I don't know about all the other readers, but I have become quite addicted to checking out our local blogs. So each time you sign off please put a link to your own site so we can get to you quickly (unless it's secret and you don't want us lurking.)

Sarah W.

They aren't supposed to match!

These are for my two year old grand daughter for Christmas. They are not supposed to match.

I designed the pattern myself. I used KnitPicks merino Style on #3 needles. I cannot believe how fast socks make up using the larger needles.
I could probably write up the pattern if anyone was interested.

Anne Lorene

Saturday, December 1, 2007

November is Closed

OK, first, a note to Maggie... I see that you posted at 12:12 AM so I'm going to go ahead and get you into the drawing for November. Because anyone who stays up late to post on our blog is good people to me.

Second, as you know, November is over so there will be a drawing soon. Also, I will be sending out you December post rewards soon as well. hopefully by the end of today.

But I'm off to work at the Yarnery now so I let you know all the goodness later... check back!!

November Socks

I hope this isn't too late. Had a bit of a problem working with Blogger.

I have been working hard trying to finish up more socks that have been languishing about the house. These haven't got a recipient right now. I think that my daughter has outgrown them. I lost the ball band, but I know that the yarn is Regia.

I have another pair almost done. Will post them in a few days, I imagine.