Friday, November 30, 2007

Second Pair of Socks FO

This is my second pair of socks for SSoS, also the second pair of socks that I have made for my husband. The first pair didn't fit him very well, (and no, for a change, I didn't frog them 'cos I hated the yarn and the pattern) so this time I made him try them on as I completed each section! (I kinda forgot that he has flat feet unlike the rest of us, we all have high arches)

And I couldn't get the stripes to match but he doesn't care, so I guess that's okay.

Jo Knits & Stuff

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thank you & a pic of the 'not a Sock anymore'.

A huge THANK YOU to Bells, Rose Red and Shazmina Bendi Designs for the gorgeous goodies that appeared in my mailbox this morning.
I am definitely feeling the Sock Newbie Love :-)
At least I am now.
See the almost Sock pictured?
Long story short things went terribly awry whilst watching the Election results and things ended badly for the almost Sock after I flung it towards the ceiling whilst questioning it's parentage.
Needless to say the almost Sock has reverted to its previous form as a ball of yarn.

Bruised and battered I sought the sage advice of my own personal Sock Angel.
Newly inspired I have cast-on again with different yarn in cool, soothing colours - will flash pics soon :-)
Thank goodness I have until March to complete a pair of socks!!

Retro Rib Socks

Despite the craziness of buying a house and moving this month, I'm still on track for my goal of one pair per month. This pattern is "Retro Rib Socks" from Interweave's Favorite Socks.

Retro Rib

I've now made FOUR pairs from this book; I love it. What I didn't love was the yarn: TOFUtsies. It's a blend of wool, cotton, "soysilk," and chitin. (Yes, ground up crustaceans.) Sounds interesting, right? I had a hell of a time getting it to behave. Head over to my blog for the whole story.

Next up: Jaywalkers! I've finally given in to the temptation, seeing as how everybody else in the known universe has knitted them.

Thank you!

Thanks Bells, Rose Red and Shazmina Bendi designs for my wonderful 'newbie' sock knitter gift! It was so exciting to recieve the package in the mail! (I won't say what it was on here in case anyone hasn't recieved theirs! Picture on my blog)



look at my heel !!! from Amanda

BIG THANK YOU! to tinkingbell, rose red and kms you made the instructions totally clear, now the heel is done I don't know what I was fussing about!!! there's 5 cm more to go then I start the toe, so first green sock will be finished before the last day of November and second green sock before the last day of December (if Christmas plans run smoothly)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

summer .....

Here is the second sock, enjoying a very common weekend past time for Aussies, its at a cricket game.

Then, because I started it during the election coverage, and then spent the next day at the cricket, knitting, its finished, and artistically draped over my newest dragon.

Ah life is good here right now, my younger daughter just finished her first sock, even grafting the toe, and teaching me how to do it. Yes campers, I have never grafted a toe, always just done a star toe, but she is shaming me into trying something new .....

It has taken me a month!

To knit one lonely sock. Jaywalker sock, using Sullivan's sock yarn. I knit most of a leg, realised it was too tight, and had to start over again. The pattern is super easy, though.

Hopefully I can finish the second one in quicker time!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Finally - a half finished object

Here is the sum total of my efforts thus far.

One Spiral Boot Sock in Cherry Tree Hill's Foxy Lady colourway. My personal pledge to make only knee socks is proving more challenging than I had anticipated, but since this is supposed to be a Christmas gift, I'd better get cracking!

Check out the sock (in)action at the Joy of Socks.

Christmas (shhhh!) Competition

I know there are some people out there who don't yet want to mention the C word* (that's mainly me, actually!), while there are others who have boasted of almost finishing their C word preparations. I don't know about you, but I feel I've made a big step by casting on a pair of socks for my MIL for C word (lacy mock cables in Colinette Jitterbug - mmm, nice yarn!)One of the competitions we planned is for the most C word socks - ie most pairs of socks knitted in the SSoS period and gifted this year - this might be a good incentive to those of you slogging your way through a list of gift socks, or those of you who haven't quite started yet!

As this is a numbers competition, there are a couple of guidelines for entries:
-must be a pair of socks to count (or 2 single socks = 1 pair)
-small pairs of socks (babies, kids) count as half a pair
-socks must have been completed substantially during the SSoS period (ie from 1 Oct) and no later than 25 December
-socks must be Christmas gifts, not just socks knit by Christmas time

This is an honesty thing, so we are relying on you to bear this in mind when submitting your C word sock gifts (and photos! We love photos!).

We'll post a reminder closer to C word about how to enter! Get to it! And of course, there will be a fabulous prize on offer which Bells will post about shortly!

*C word = Christmas or whatever celebration you have at this time of the year.

My very first pair of socks - finished !

Pair .... as in two !!! Up until now I had two socks of different patterns/yarns, as Bells had advised me to try another one before going back to the mate of this one because I didn't think I could repeat it all over again. Great advice Bells. It's kept me interested and then gung ho to finish.

Needles 2.25mm
Yarn Opal
Pattern just plain stocking stitch

So very proud of my heels!! But how absolutely funny how the yarn went completely different on each. All I did was carry on with the yarn where I left off. No matter though, because I love the uniqueness. They don't fit me LOL! But they will be for my mum and her small feet for Christmas.

Socks playing in the hydrangeas...

Socks sunbaking on the back lawn ...

My blog is Pins & Needles.

I'm back

The beginning of November was rough for sock knitting at Crafty Carolyn. I wasn't sure how to get back in the groove again.

A trip to Las Vegas where my brother and boyfriend gambled was just the thing. I don't like to gamble or drink or do any of the other things you might do in a gambling hall in Las Vegas, so it was hours of perfect sock knitting time. Almost finished a pair in the two days we were there. With any luck I'll be finishing the second one up tonight.

I love this pattern. It is the fleegle sock. I didn't think I liked toe-up socks, but this one changed my mind. It is simple, easy, I memorized it, and it makes a darn pretty sock. The fact that I used Lorna's Laces doesn't hurt either. I love the yarn and I love the pattern, and there will be a lot more of these socks in my future.

I don't mind a lot of stockinette, really. It doesn't bore me. But I put a little line of YOs/K2Tog just to have something on the leg.

No post on my blog yet, but it should go up on Monday (

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Going with the flow

These are my third SSS finished socks! I finished them at my parents' house down the coast two days ago.

They are the Go with the Flow socks from Interweave's 25 Favourite Socks.

I made them with Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn which, having never used it before, I now love and will go to great lengths to source as much of it as possible (it's hard to get here).

Loved the pattern. I have a fondness for 4 row repeat sock patterns. You don't get as bored as you do with just a two row repeat but it's not so hard I can't remember it and do it easily on the bus, which was where most of these socks were done.

Two weeks. That's how long it took. Just two weeks. I had a deadline of three weeks because they're a gift for a visiting friend.

You can't beat that for satisfaction.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Amanda's STUCK !!! please help

I'm working on the bottom flap in the photo.
Can anyone help? I'm having trouble understanding my pattern!!! I've just done 21 rows stocking st, slipping first stitch of each row. Pattern now reads TURN HEEL-1st row- k13, k2tog, k1, Turn. 2nd row-p6, p2tog, p1, Turn. 3rd row-k7, k2tog, k1, Turn. 4th row-p8, p2tog, p1, Turn. Cont turning in this manner until all stitches are worked onto one needle...14 stitches. Patons "Turn"means -bring yarn to front of work, slip next stitch onto right hand needle, take yarn to back of work, slip stitch back onto left hand needle, then turn and proceed as given in instructions. There aren't any diagrams showing how to do it, do I do a "Turn" at the beginning of the first row? do I still slip the first stitch of each row? am I still working on x2needles? please help!!!!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Picot 101

Here is my first picot edge (and the beginning of my second-ever pair of socks). It was surprisingly easy. This wool is my first attempt at dyeing. I followed Ms Spider's tutorial, and used food colouring.
Off to a slow start with the SSS... but I blame the aquisition of a spindle! Geez spinning is fun :) (see my blog for pics!)

Slowly I turned, inch by inch ...

Well I knew it was overspun, but thought the ribbing would take care of it ...... maybe not. Anyhow its slowly getting longer, and knitters we have a convert. My youngest daughter is knitting her first sock, magic looping, and kind of amazed that its working out. She only started knitting earlier this year, has made one jumper, one cardi, several scarves (including one for ISE5).

Another sock down!

Well, actually it's a stocking, and er actually the foot's only 5cm long. Still counts, right?

:) Leah

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Greetings from North America. Some FO's one sock #1's and one slow WIP

Christmas time is coming quick. Mrs. Twisted and I are both giving socks as gifts this year. Well she is making many more than I am.

The first pair here modeled by Mr. Bones are made from Cascade Fixation. Pattern is Flame Wave Socks by Ann Budd.
These are going to a young niece...

Here is the second sock made from Posh Lucia in colorway Farewell. Waving Lace pattern

This is the latest sock finished tonight. Yarn is from an Indie dyer, "My Small Wonders" 80/20. No colorway listed but it looks like Malachite. Pattern is a modified Fiesta Fishbone. Interesting construction, the heel is done last by using waste yarn where the heel goes and then you complete the sock and go back and zip the single strand of waste yarn and create the heel last. These are gong to another niece.

This is my slow but sure progress of sock one for my Daughter. Modified toe up wrap and turn short row heel feather and Fan pattern. Should be done soon.

Mr. bones wondering what sock to wear next.

How many of you are knitting gifts for Christmas? What are you making? Will you finish in time?
Looking forward to our trip this weekend, most of the details are in place. Details soon.
Life is Good

See more than socks at my blog Twisted Knitster

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It Insisted I Knit It

I had to get this sock out of my system before I could knit anything else. It's Farmhouse Yarns sock yarn, which is rather thick and makes for a warm sock (yay, it's cold up here). But I didn't want to just do stockinette round and round, so I stuck in a lace panel down the outside of the leg. (I haven't knit the right sock yet, but I'll have to adjust, obviously, so the panel goes down the other side.) It's a little loose around my ankle, because of the lace, but I always have droopy socks--skinny ankles. I'd actually like to try this in thinner yarn to see how it looks. Once I make the second sock, of course. And finish a sweater. And make mittens for Christmas gifts. And finish the non-knitted handmade gifts. And....and...and...


Monday, November 19, 2007

News on the newbie prizes

If you won a prie in the newbie contest, don't despair. They have been prepared and are being shipped to me.

I will try and post them this week but I'm going away on Thursday so it might not happen til early next week.

Rosie, if you're reading this, can you please check your email? I wrote to you.

Keep up the good work everyone. We're loving all the socks!

Bells & RoseRed

Sunday, November 18, 2007

first sock finished

Taadaa - my first ever sock!!!
Knitty's Diamante (toe-up!), Sulivans sock yarn, 2.5mm dpns, size:manly.

The colour is this shot isn't great - it's less 'pine-lime' in real life.

Ofcourse, the pair is on the way, but I might have a try of something else in the meantime... lol =)

besos =)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yarn Magazine

The new edition of Yarn magazine is out (possibly the last one - hope not). There is a sock pattern in there, as well as some ideas on knitting things from scraps of sock yarn.

Friday, November 16, 2007

I finally finished a pair

Yep, took me a month. That's because socks are mainly my public transport knitting. I tend to knit larger and more complicated patterns at home. Anyways, here they are -- Broadripple Socks in Cascade Fixation Effects:


And my next pair is on the needles. Pictures on my blog.

A pair of Monkey socks

I finally finished this pair of socks. I'd finished the knitting on Cup weekend but then they sat around for two weeks waiting for the grafting. My grafting and weaving in ends needs a bit of work I reckon. I'm never satisfied with either. But I am satisfied that these are done and finished with.

More details at Nette Knits

First Secret Sock

Here is a glimpse of my first ever self designed sock!!

I'm polishing the pattern and will show you the finished product when I have 2 of them!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Day Late And A Dollar Short

... or more accurately, four days late and twenty rounds short.
Sock production has halted while I rest my wrist. This sock which I had planned to finish on Monday morning is now meditating while I apply ice-packs. I certainly didn't allow for injury time when I posted my insane list of challenges for SSoS.
Details on my blog.


what do you do with all those little bits of leftover sock yarn?
Why you make your friends baby some socks that accommodate his rather chubby ankles, of course!

Baby Socks Complete

My first three pairs of socks cast on in the Southern Summer of Socks are baby socks roughly based on the Better Than Boottees Baby Socks by Ann Budd. The mint green socks were knit continental as I am practicing my continental knitting, I struggled a little with the shaping but both pairs were mostly knit continental.

I knit fairly quickly using the English method but am hoping that with practice I may be faster knitting continental because of the economy of motion. Fingers Crossed. My tension is much looser with the continental method and as I knit very tightly using the English method. I may get closer to average tension once I master Continental knitting.

Three pairs completed and now for a larger challenge. Today I cast on for Widdershins with Opal Petticoat.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

First finished pair!!

I'm so excited! I finally finished my first pair of socks!! I used the Silver Sock Class pattern which was an awesome way to start. Love how many pictures they had. The only thing that I found very difficult was the grafting of the toe. I got it by the end of the second sock but it still doesn't look very neat.

These socks are *itchy*. Really, really *itchy*. I'll soak them in some wool wash and see what happens. Right now I couldn't even bear to put them on for the photos!

I'm so excited about knitting socks that I've started my next pair! The crazy thing is that I'm in the middle of exams and really should be concentrating on them. Ah well. :) I'm making up some Monkey socks with some old Sirdar Wonderland from my Granny's stash.

done and dusted

All finished and blocked and the birthday is not till next week. I've put them with the DVD I bought weeks ago, so hopefully they will both still be together when I go to wrap them. I have a history of getting presents early and secreting them in a safe place. So safe I can't find the present when needed. I think I'll be OK this time around. The Bendigo 8 ply was certainly a change from fine sock wool. It knits up very easily. However, these socks were L O N G! on the leg. Accorcding to the pattern, they should have been almost another 2 inches longer than I have made them. I know I'm shortish, but when I tried them on, the leg came right up to my kneecap. I think they'll be fine as they are. Again the colour is not true. Milk coffee actually.

These are grafted. I've been doing star/round toes for ages, but lately have been enjoying grafting again. I really wasn't sure if a round toe would suit his foot, so played safe with a toe more like a commercial sock. Pattern suggested four balls of Totem but I substituted and have quite a bit of the big Bendi ball left.. The pattern also suggested 3.25 needles but I used 3 mm as I knit a bit loosely and my tension was spot on recommendation.

I was in Burwood today and looked there, but they had nothng for knitting today. On my way out of shops I walked past the local Anglicare op shop. They normally don't have much but I went in. You can see my haul. The dpns will need a good clean and someody has held the four at the far left of the row with an elastic band Urrk! I've sized a few. I'll have to get out my needle gauge with a bigger range than the one from Simply Knitting. I'm not sure yet, but I think the dpns on the left may be 1.75 or 1.5 mm. Must find my vintage bell shaped gauge too. Over forty needles for $2.

pass the slipped stitch over

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Together a Pair

Here are my two latest socks. Details at The Blog!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Mismatched Socks

These are basic 64-stitch socks knit with the first sock yarn I ever bought (and then abandoned for quite some time), Lana Grossa Meilenweit Fun & Stripes. They weren't identical twins to begin with, and then guess what happened? See that skinny white stripe on the right sock? There was a knot in the skein. Kind of annoying, but tied on at the start of the next color, so I just worked it in at the side and kept knitting. I was keeping my toilet-training three-year-old company at the time so perhaps wasn't paying close attention,'s a stockinette sock. That's why I was knitting it right then--it didn't require too much attention.

Do you see what those evil Lana Grossa people did? (And I'll just say here, I love their yarn. But.) They tied the knot so that the stripes then began progressing in the opposite direction. It wasn't worth tinking back to me. I don't mind wearing mismatched socks. Yet, I'd like to be the person deciding whether my socks are mismatched. This seems to me to be the bare minimum of a self-striping sock yarn: all the stripes should progress in the same direction.

Still, I like the fabric--these were knit on 2.5 mm needles, the smallest I've used thus far, and I'm pleased with how they feel. I like the colors. I'll wear them often. I'll flaunt my mismatched-ness.

ETA: Once again, I forgot to include my blog, which has no further details on these socks, but I do talk about my first knitted thing today. It happens to be...a big sock.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My first magic loop socks!

Here we go, Online sockyarn bought for me in Germany by wonderful sister.

Sticks: 2.25mm Knit picks circular needle
Yarn: Online Supersocke
Pattern: Basic sock recipe. The second sock was a bit tight so I should make better notes as I go.

I quite got to like magic loop by the end of it!


4th Pair of Socks

Pattern : Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks
Yarn : Colinette Jitterbug - Oyster Blush
Needles : 2.5 mm bamboo dpns

I really enjoyed knitting this pair of socks - the pattern was easy to remember & the yarn is great but I did made a big boo boo - read more about it on my blog.

First sock update from Amanda

Look at this! my sock can stand up! I'm almost at the heel stage, just a few more rounds to make the length 21cm. Thanks everyone for nice comments when I started my sock, I had to re-start it x3 times to get the join, rib then decreases right. So far so good!!! .

Drum roll, please!

First man's sock done. This is a present for a close friend of mine whose birthday is in a couple of weeks. I bought him a present a few weeks ago and then this week decided to make him some socks. His Mum was a knitter and he appreciates hand crafted things.

I haven't done a man's sock before and am so pleased I chose 8 ply for my first one, not 3 ply. This is 8 ply machine washable wool from Bendigo and it knitted up quite quickly. The pattern is an old Paton's pattern with shaping at the back of the calf. The leg is over 12 inches long, and I shortened it by about 2". I seemed to have been knitting forever.

Not a wonderful colour here. Late afternoon light. It's really a café au lait colour, like the crema on a good coffee. The needles are some of the vintage sets I bought at St Vinnies a while back. $2 a set. The pattern said to use 3.25 but I knit loosely, so went down to 3 mm. It's certainly a firm fabric. He wears Holeproof Explorer socks often, so I figured these would still fit his shoes as the Explorers are quite thick.

I'll do the second sock next, so they are done in time for his birthday. It will feel srange going back to toddler socks in 3 ply after doing these.

pass the slipped stitch over