Monday, March 31, 2008
I picked up a skein of the new Noro sock yarn from Bella Lana on 4th & Central in Minneapolis and have started working on April's socks. The colors are beautiful but the yarn takes a little getting used to because it is slubby and not as soft as I am used to. I suspect after a wash they will soften.
Yarn: Sock Hop handspun in In-a-gadda-da-vida
Pattern: Variation of Nancy Bush's Madder Rib. I did a k6, p2, k2, p2 rib over 60 sts.
Needles: 2.5 mm dpns
I love them. They make me think of spring, the strange sight outside the window today notwithstanding.
These are the first of the 3 or 4 or 6 pairs I am knitting the huz for his big birthday this year. I turned the heel on the first sock of his next pair...stay tuned!
I finished my Opal ones two weeks ago as part of my Socks for Soldiers project. I used some Jarwoll Lang for the contrast. These socks are probably on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan by now. This only leaves me about 10 pair behind what I should be doing. I have another pair and a half of soldier socks OTN right now, too. It's a never ending project.
Here they are:
I will post my second project in a day or two, after I have given the socks to my friend. Let's just say I have fallen in love with Smooshie yarn.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I haven't worked on socks often this year. These are only my second pair for 2008. (The pattern is Simply Cables from the Sockamania KAL.)
The socks look different because I was using a hand-dyed yarn, and knit one sock with one end of the skein, and the other with the opposite end. Very surprising! :
limedragon :-: Harriet
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Finally, a finished pair of socks to post. These are the Resoleable Socks from IK's Favorite Socks, a gift for my dad. Ever since I saw a pair of EZ's moccasin socks way back in the early days of blogging, I have liked the idea, but I didn't really love the shape of those socks. So when I saw these, I decided they must be knit. They were actually a pretty boring knit, but they went quickly in worsted weight. At least they looked kind of amusing on my 2 circs - like a fanged sock monster.
I should note that these socks run really large through the ankles which was perfect for my dad, but they were very baggy on my husband, even though their feet are the same size. Knitting these socks reinforced why I think toe-up is a better idea. I first did the whole toe in the dark brown yarn. After I finished the first, I weighed the remaining dark brown yarn and figured I had enough. Wrong. I ran out with about an inch to go on the second toe. So I ripped the first one, deciding to leave a few rows of dark around the full circumference. It was laziness really. I had already knit the first toe twice because the first time came out too pointy. I reknit doing the last couple round of decreases without a plain row in between, and grafted as soon as I got down to 12 sts on ea needle. Third time's a charm! At least Dad is happy with them, and as it happens I finished them just in time for his spontaneous visit.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I am working on something made of sock yarn. My current pair of socks are on hold, because I started this 12 pointed Celestine star as a birthday present for my nephew Michael. I was making good progress until the last point. When you get to this point, you stuff the star and then knit the final point. It isn't so easy knitting it once it is stuffed. I've been procrastinating and the last point has taken me most of the last two weeks. Otherwise, this is a very fun little pattern. I'm using some Opal from my stash - I thought these colors looked good for a little kid. It is a free pattern on the Berrocco website.
In the meantime, while procrastinating, I decided to knit a bib based on the Mason Dixon knitting book pattern. I went out to buy some Sugar'n Cream and they had some really nice colors. I've finished a bib that I'll send off with the Celestine for Michael, and I think I'll knit a few more bibs - one for a friend who just had a baby and a few more to keep on hand for future babies. This one is made with color "Swimming Pool". I really like how it turned out. My boyfriend had a great idea - he thinks it needs a little goldfish on it. Does anyone know where I can get some little fabric goldfish to sew onto the bib?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My main thing that I tried to finish in February (unsuccessfully) was weaving in the ends of a pair of colorwork socks knit in cotton. I figured out that there are 44 ends total, and I am still less than half done. Not too crazy about weaving in ends in the first place, but especially not in cotton. I have dragged this out for way too long, and am determined to finish.
Also working on the heel of another sock and have one sock of a pair left to finish. I really, really want to start a new pair. Maybe it's spring fever or something.
I will post a picture or pictures if I ever manage to finish any of this crop.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
And went to North Dakota! I used the basic sock pattern from the Yarn Harlot, which is pretty much my standard sock pattern these days. This was the first time, though, that I turned a heel without actually consulting some other pattern for detailed steps. I feel so liberated!
I have no idea what this self-striping yarn is. I bought in on a trip to Arizona this winter, and I thought it would simmer in my stash for a long time. Instead, I ended up bringing it with me on a business trip, and I hastily tore the label off of it and misplaced it. At any rate, I'm not usually a fan of self-striping yarn, but this one really fit the recipient.
And yeah, I suppose I could have made them look the same, but when I use self-striping yarn, I prefer to make each sock look a little different. I like seeing how each part of the sock knits up differently. It's a good thing I prefer that difference, too, since the yarn was actually broken and knotted together, with a big chunk of the pattern missing.
I think these socks turned out okay. I made them for my mother, for her 75th birthday. Her first pair of handknit socks. When I make handknits for other people, I like spending my knitting time thinking of that person and what they mean to me. I enjoyed making these socks, and thinking of my mother, how she likes to quilt, and how even though I don't quilt, we share this broader connection to hand made gifts. Hopefully, she'll like them as much as I enjoyed making them for her.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sharon R. here with my first socks posted. For a long time I wondered what was so great about knitting socks, even after making a couple of pair. It just seemed to take so long. Then a couple of months ago I decided to try it with 2 circular needles - another thing I never understood the appeal of, because I'm quite comfortable with double points. But I had a trip coming up and I liked the idea of being able to knit socks on the airplane, so I gave it another try. Wow, socks go so much more quickly with 2 circulars. I am now hooked.
Here's my latest finished pair, made with Taos (not really a sock yarn). These are "house socks" for my sister whose feet are always cold. I used a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks with a baby cable rib. She loves them!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
It's still kind of fun and I love patterns that include dropped stitches because it feels like you're doing something "against the rules" a lot. Every time is like a little knitting rebellion, like setting down a project in the middle of a row.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
1. Annetrelac by Sandle Beadle (Interweave Holiday 2007 Issue) using Koigu Multi and Koigu Teal Blue.
2. Mystery Sock from Ravelry (clues are posted weekly). Yarn is Socks That Rock Lightweight in Socktopus from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.
3. Nine to Five Socks by Nicole Hindes, using Dream In Color Smooshy - Cloud Jungle
I hope to post back before the end of the month of my completed socks! I also have a knitting blog at http://christinepetterson.typepad.com/knitting if you would like to visit...
And, I am also distracted by attempts to naalbind. This is not new, it is re-learning. You can re-teach an old dog.
During all this flaggle-babble around the house, My Husband found this heart-shaped potato at our LGS. Aaaaw.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The pattern is called "Cable Lattice Socks" from an old issue of Knitnet. It's a fairly simple but still interesting to knit pattern. The yarn is Socks That Rock in the Little Bunny Foo Foo colorway. Totally loving this yarn again.
Pretty soon it'll be time to put away the socks and take out the sandals!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I'd like to try them out in a different yarn, maybe a little thicker and not so smooth, to see how the results might change. I'll definitely try using this as a foundation for socks with different stitches.
Ultimately, my opinion is that the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe is just what she says it is: basic and a good starting place for lots of sock knitting fun.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
On the left is a pair of toe-up Jitterbug socks. Here I tried Charlene Schurch's reverse heel flap. I should have started about an inch sooner-- right where the arch begins.