Thursday, January 31, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside!

Lucky for me, I have a new pair of wool socks! These are made with the Claudia's Handpaints that I bought at the Yarnery in October. They are knit toe-up on size 1 circular needles. The pattern is my own, based on the New Pathways for Sockknitters book - I highly recommend this book.

Close but No Bubblegum Cigar

I've been trying to finish a pair of socks a month. I've gotten to the heel flap on my second BMFA heavy weight Socks That Rock in Mystic Kelp. Better luck next month.

Monkey Socks

Whew! Just squeeked in under the wire for January.
Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A. (
Yarn: Seacoast Handpainted Yarns, colorway Balsam ( 60% Merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon)
This is terrific yarn to work with, combining the best features of merino and bamboo - highly recommended.

I worked on these socks while visiting my parents down South, over the Christmas/New Year's holidays. How much do we love using one long circular needle for socks when knitting on airplanes? A lot. Don't get me wrong, I'll never give up my dpns, but there are times (airport security) when circs rule (cramped plane seats).

Stay warm, everybody.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Two Pairs of Finished Socks!!!!!!!!!!

I still did not finish my son's socks but I finished these:

The first pair was a Christmas Present for my brother in law's wife. I knit them to the heel and gave them to her for Christmas, I had to make sure they fit,as I was not quite sure what size foot she has

The pattern is from The Sock Journal and it is the Cobblestone Pattern. The yarn is wool and Tencel from Ellen's Half Pint Farm.

The second pair was for me

The pattern is my generic two socks at once from the toes up and I used a replacement heel so as not to disrupt the stripes.

Next month I hope to have another finished pair or two.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ahhh, another knit night under our belts.

For those of you who came, thank you so much I'm sorry there were no treats but I hope you all had fun anyways. We had a few new people show and I thought that was great!! And of course, the ones I see often - you know who you are - I'm so glad that you all help keep this thing going.

I do want to make a few comments about our KAL and Knit nights. We had a few people who were not working on socks (myself included) and I need to put this out there... "We, at the Yarnery, do not discriminate based on all the things you are used to hearing plus this very important one: we do not discriminate based on project, status of project, colorways or fibers. We love everyone and their projects so if the reason you are not coming to knit night is that you are not currently working on socks let me alleviate any pressure you might be feeling: COME ANYWAY!!

That said, thanks again for coming and I hope to see more of you in the future!!

Sarah W

Friday, January 25, 2008

January socks done

Monkey socks from knitty in CTH's Tropical Storm colorway. These are my first socks out of "actual" sock yarn and I think I'm now addicted. They're on size 2's and took me about two months on and off to knit. Love them!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Back Again

Back to the Knit-A-Long. And it has been a very long time indeed. The Christmas Knitting got the best of me.

But I am back in the saddle as far as sock knitting goes. I have a completed socks for the month! Koigu! They are extremely beautiful if I do say so myself. It is just a simple sock pattern. They make me think spring in this cold, cold weather! This colorway just makes me smile!

Then I cast some more socks on. Cherry Tree Hill this time. I really am liking how the red is wrapping around the sock! The colors are very muted. I am thinking they will be lovely dress socks. I keep telling my daughter they are for me . . . not for her.

Then Then I cast some other socks on! Fleece Artist yarn, which is quite lovely, and makes me think of summer (yes I am so sick of the cold weather). Are you seeing a pattern here . . . socks and warmer temps.

Although teaching a "Baby Surprise Class" has been cutting into my own personal knitting time. But what fun. I think I will need to go shopping for some more sock yarn. Soon!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

January Socks Finished and WIPs

WIP (Works in Progress)
I am knitting socks for Soldiers. It's an online group who knits socks to send to soldiers serving overseas. This is my 7th pair I have knit for them. I am trying two socks on one long Addi Turbo needle. I have no idea what I am doing, but it is slowly coming along. Mens socks with 12 inch cuffs take forever to finish, even when someone else does the cuffs on their machine. We can always use new members. For more information, go to I finished a pair of socks for my daughter for her birthday (which is Saturday), using the gogeous Tofutsie that I got for finishing socks in October. I had never used the yarn before, and it made beautiful socks. I have enough left over to make a pair for my 2 year old grand daughter, who adores her aunt. They will love having matching socks.
Other WIPs
Birthday socks for my grandson who turns 4 next week. I only have to Kitchner the last toes shut.

It's been a productive month!

Monday, January 21, 2008


I wasn't sure I would be able to knit any socks this month. But I did -- a very cute pair of footsies for my Grandma. : )

Also, many thanks to Sarah W and The Yarnery for my wonderful prize from last month's drawing. I love the colors in this yarn... reminds me of the Caribbean, lots of blues and greens, very pretty!

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Ah HA! Some socks for your viewing pleasure!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

More About Yarni

I know, I know, there are two new sock yarns at the store and I do want you to check them out. They are Berroco Comfort socks. This is our second sock yarn with NO WOOL. This one is 50% Super Fine Nylon, 50% Super Fine Acrylic. It's soft. For those of you who are knitting for people with allergies or just a sensitive foot, this might be for you.

The second new sock yarn is Plymouth's Happy Feet (90% Superwash Merino, 10% nylon).

But the real reason for this post is to remind you all of our very lovely Yarni. This (not limited to) sock yarn is hand dyed by our very own V. I had started a pair of monkey socks in fashionable pink before the holidays and I had to set them aside to finish up my present knitting. Yesterday, I pulled them out again and within a matter of moments was tactilely reminded of just how great this yarn is. It it flows through your fingers like silk (and there is not a lick of silk in it). The colors are soft and quiet - the pink I chose reminds me of a big pile of cotton candy. I don't think I can knit fast enough to get these on my feet. I'm looking forward to the feeling against me skin.

And speaking of soft Yarni against ones skin. Please note that Yarni also makes an excellent baby sweater (as seen in our pattern by Mary Lou)
So I recommend, for those of you who haven't tried it... TRY IT!!

And I'll soon be posting those finished Monkey socks. i promise.

Sarah W.

Monday, January 14, 2008

2 & 2

Sorry for the Chuck Wollery memories... here's the sock update:

Two FOs
In the last month I've knit two ribbed socks. These were each from unmatched pairs. One dates back to Feb. of 2007, the other to August 2007.

Two WIPs
This past month I've also started two more pairs. 2-circ sock knitting is great for travel - even if you're just taking the bus into downtown. The sock on the left is knit with Jitterbug yarn from Colinette. Since the colorway is quite bright, I decided to forgo any pattern!

On the left I started to knit with the skein of Somoko from Fleece Artist that I won from the SITCKAL contest! It's a simple swirl pattern in traveling stitches on a stockinette background.

Not Socks

In mid-December I started a large project at sock-knitting gauge because... well, possible insanity? I'm absolutely loving it, and moving back and forth between the somewhat complex sweater and simple stockinette socks has been a great match.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

My First Socks of the Year

These socks have found a new life and home. I made them originally with the split toe deal for wearing with sandals. I never wore them and my daughter gave them the thumbs down. One of her friends at university saw my blog and found out that I knit socks. She asked my daughter if she thought I would knit her some. I thought immediately of these socks. I ripped them out back to before the toe decreases (thank goodness that I have big feet), and re-knit the toes. Just finished them last night, just in time for my daughter to take back with her today. I hope the new recipient enjoys them!

BTW, they are made from Trekking XXL and they had an interesting twist to the heels. There are plain knit rows between the decrease and increase portions of the short row heel. I wonder how that will effect the fit? Has anyone else knit this type of heel?


Socks for Rosie

Originally uploaded by blacksheepknits
Baby socks ROCK! I had one skein of Regia Bamboo Color and a quick-to-knit pattern and viola! If I had been able to knit straight through, they would have taken less than 4 hours. Don't let the pic fool you, they are the same length, though one is pointier in the toe and they need blocking. I LOVE this yarn. It looks like tiny ribbon candy and its almost as if it should have a sugary smell. I have enough for another pair too!

I never know whether to do one plain round after finishing toe decreases or to stop after the final decreases and then graft. Doing one plain round seems to make a pointier toe... Input for nOOb sock knitter?

Friday, January 11, 2008

New Socks for 2008

I of course, ran to the Yarnery and purchased more sock yarn. A discount coupon is the only excuse I need to buy yarn. . .

I thought I'd try something with the Old Shale/Feather and fan pattern. This doesn't show up too well on the needles. . . and I don't have much done yet. . . but I think they will turn out great!

Annetrelac Socks

Here are the newest socks I am working on (although I did wind some yarn last night for another pair and am still working on a different pair...) It is hard to put down - I like to see what the next color will be!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Duet Socks

I finished the socks I had shown the short row heel on before. They were fun to make. I also made a pair of baby bootees out of the leftovers. Pictures and details about those can be found at my blog because I had enough formating issues with that post so I'm not going to put them on here as well. I'm glad to hear about another knit night and hope to see lots of you there.


Another Knit Night

Whose with me? I've scheduled some Yarnery time for us to get together again. I hope that we have all those who were there before and some new faces as well.

Here are the stats:

Sunday, January 27, 2008
5:30 pm

Bring your knitting (it doesn't HAVE to be socks) and your need to socialize with other knitters and we'll see you there!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Seriously...I Need To get On The Ball

OK, as you all can tell, I'm getting the new year off to a slow start. So check it:

I'm finally announcing the winner for December.


And the prize is a very nice skein of meilenweit sock yarn.

I'm sorry for the anti-climactic-ness of this post. But Limedragon, I hope to see you in store on Wednesday evening (that is when your prize will be ready) or anytime after that.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Blame It on The Holidays

So, I bet you are all wondering where I am and why there has been no new post reward or who the winner is? Well, I'm working on all that. Because of the holidays I have not sat at my computer for more than 5 minutes at any one time. So I'm going to be getting down to business this morning and getting the post rewards out and picking a winner. Hold on for a wee bit longer. Thanks for sticking with us!!