Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
These are Scarlet Fleece 'It's Tubular x 2' in colourway Popsicle. The pattern is 'Vog On from Knitty. I enjoyed knitting these very much!
My second pair has been dubbed Foyle's Socks:
This is Mega Boots Stretch. The pattern is a nice simple Garter Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks.
Finally, here are the ring-in pair. I actually started these mid last year and I finally got around to finishing them. My co-worker named them Eviscerated Seaweed:
This is the very wonderful Wollmeise Sockenwolle in 'Suzanne' colourway. The pattern is Broad Spiral Ribbing from More Sensational Knitted Socks. They don't really belong here because they were begun well before the knitalong, but I just wanted to show them off because they are so cool :) More pics on my blog.
Monday, January 28, 2008
These are my fourth completed pair and I'm still on target for my goal of one pair per month! I know I'm a little late to the Jaywalker party. I'd previously made a start on these a few months back but frogged them when I realized they were never going to fit over my ankle. (The pattern is notorious for its lack of stretch.) I later decided to use the toe-up mod instead, so I could better judge the fit and length as I went along. The yarn is Vesper Sock Yarn in the "Tartan" colourway, which I thought would suit the zig-zagginess of the pattern nicely. I knitted them two-at-a-time on two 2.75mm circs, and I used Judy's Magic Cast-On to start the toe. The zig-zag pattern is actually really easy to do and takes two seconds to memorize, but it does make for some odd pooching where you switch from zig-zag to straight stockinette. The worst part of the construction was trying to figure out where to start the gusset increases; the pattern doesn't really tell you so I had to guess and I ended up reknitting it three times. The reverse turned heel is very nice though, and it seems to be a good fit. I'll give these an 8 out of 10!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Here is my prize for the pre-Christmas sock competition. I'm a bit slow in showing the pictures as I had to wait till it was collected from my son's PO box in suburb where they used to live. However, they were over that way yesterday and brought this home.
This is what came from Helen at Knitting Inspirations. There is some absolutely gorgeous yarn and accessories over there, so take a look. Link is also in this blog's sidebar.
The yarn feels wonderful and I am going to save it till I find the very pattern to do justice to it. The colours are lovely as well, and can you see how the accessories all are colour coordinated with the yarn. It was difficult to get the colours right in the photo, so this is an approximation. The second picture is more accurate in colour. The top one is too mauve. These are soft, dusky pinks. My first thought was the pink of the Major Mitchell cockatoos which I have always loved. Then last night we had a superb sunset. There were quite a few clouds and they were all in these colours with a tinge of gold on the edges. So Australian and just beautiful.
There is a packet with some needle holders, a sweet little Lantern Moon keyring in similar colours to the yarn, little markers, also in pinks with tiny flowers and some 2.5 mm dpns in bamboo, again a favourite. I used to use longer dpns but since I started to use this length about a year ago, the longer ones feel like crowbars.
I'm thrilled with everything and Helen has printed off a copy of the group's logo to make a notelet.
Why so many socks? As many of us have said, knitting releases stress and tension and is meditative. The last few months of last year were particularly icky and unpleasant. So I knitted. Since moving here, knitting has slowed down. The whole atmosphere here is lovely and I feel the stress going slowly. Of course there have been some unpleasant bits, but generally it is a place for healing. Since Christmas, this has been reflected in my knitting. Two separate socks have been done and I'm part way through the second sock of one of those pairs. Quite a difference.
So thank you once again.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The pattern is minicluster lace socks from "Crocheted Socks" by Janet Rehfeldt and Mary Jane Wood. I used Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Heathered Loden which, if you haven't already tried it, is the most beautiful wool EVER to make socks with. Just my opinion.
More of the story, and a ridiculous photo, here.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Next pair is already cast on and the leg and heel are done. This new pair is going much more quickly.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Hey there. Haven't been on here for quite a while. I was in the land of Aus over the holidays. See my blog for news of our travels.
Haven't been doing a lot of sock knitting either. Have made some progress on my Kaffe socks. I'm nearly at the toe of this one. Have been making it on double-points and finding it a bit frustrating after using circulars. Seem to be back to making ladders again. Think I might put these socks at the top of my list this week after I finish my current WIP (Cherie from Rowan's Vintage Knits).
Have also been working on the monkey socks. Have finished the heel even though it is a pain to do heels with flaps on one circular. I know I could do short-row heels much more easily but how well do they wear. Also I'm not sure how to convert from one to the other.
I think the Monkeys are looking gorgeous especially in that yarn, Fleece Artist Merino I think.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Needles : Lantern Moon 2.25mm sox stiks
I used Kattwings yarn in Rosebud, and I bastardised a couple of patterns (one for the ribbed leg and another for the short row heel) and made the rest up as I went along.
For those who are wondering what crocheted socks feel like to wear, well they aren't as stretchy as knitted socks are so they look huge when you make them, and they are a little but more "bobbly" and give your foot a nice little massage as you walk along. But they are just lovely to wear, very warm and they keep their shape well if you make them to fit your foot snugly.
Next on the hook is some clustered lace socks in Cherry Tree Hill SS Heathered Loden. So far, so good! I'll keep you posted.
One more pair, this time for my aunt, because mum wanted me to knit something "normal". Well now that's just asking for trouble, so put the increases on top of the foot and shaped them like a diamond, very successful, so here is the finished pair, already on the way to Ballina.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
These Lion Brand Magic stripes were pretty easy to follow but ended up being a bit big. I apparently suck really bad at ribbing. You can sort of see in the pictures but I can't seem to make the ribbing very tight and it's all stretched out and not very nice really. The first sock I made a very loose cast on which ended up being too loose (I had read one to many tips about lose cast ons to avoid it being to tight to get on). Any hints?
I'd like my next pair of socks to be done on circulars. I've seen some people do them with 12" or 14" circulars but also Magic Loop and two circulars. Any recommendations on which would be good for a beginner who's never used circulars??
These socks are for my daughter, the Princess.
The pattern is Donyale and the yarn is Lorna's Laces in 'Bittersweet'.
I've been making these for what seems like forever.... only because I got waylaid by a top-down jumper that I just had to start!!!
For more, check out my blog.
Knitty's RPM out of lemongrass Socks that Rock lightweight. I'm not really in love with these guys; the toes don't jive with the shape of my foot, and there was some business involving my cats and the sock yarn that made these awfully stressful. Casting on for something new feels good!
Finally, an observation...I always seem to pose my socks with the toes pointing to the left. I don't know why, and in fact, only just noticed it as I posted these pictures. I wonder why it is so?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I cast these on way back in November and quickly got bored with the stocking stitch. They are knitted in Lincraft Hot Socks yarn. I'm pleased with the final result but in future will avoid a plain stocking stitch sock. I did learn a new skill knitting these .. Breastfeeding and knitting at the same time!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Here are a pair of socks that I just finished for my three year old. I didn't use any particular pattern, just basic toe-up socks, 36 sts around on 2.5mm circulars, short-row toes and short-row heels. The yarn is some Socks That Rock medium-weight left over from a previous sock project. Too good to waste, and I love the colours ("january one" colourway).
Working with leftover yarn gave me the problem of not knowing exactly how long I can make the socks. But thanks to digital kitchen scale, I just weighed the ball from time to time so I knew when to wrap things up. I'm glad it turned out to be a pair of decent sized socks!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I received a TONNE of microspun yarn in every color and a whole set of all the common sizes of DPNs (in sets of FIVE, no less!) for the holiday! So I thought: now is the time to try that monkey sock that everyone is so hot about.
And you know what? I *intensely dislike* lace socks. I like my socks to be comfy, squishy, warm, and fitted to my arches if possible. Making a sock with holes in it ON PURPOSE was really upsetting me within two pattern repeats.
I like the toe-up method of sock construction, however, so it wasn't a total write-off. :) I frogged back to the toe, picked up my stitches, and am happily working up the foot of a new plain ribbed sock.
One thing I really like about making socks for myself (since I have never yet completed a pair for me) is that I can knit the soles of the socks in plain stockinette at the balls and heels of my feet, and ribbed all the way around for the four inches of high arch in the middle - making a snugly fitted sock for my oddly shaped feets. :D
I hope everyone is enjoying the Southern Summer!!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Our winner is the amazing Jan. She's done a fabulous job and submitted the following list:
Sirdar socks 24/12
celery zigzag 6/12
celery leaf/stem 1/12
men's bendigo 15/11
ashes socks 2/11
crosshatch socks 19/10
mosaic sock 8/10 (only one shown, but pair done.)
zokni socks 4/10
*raspberry ripple 3/12
*Finn's socks second pair 15/11
*Finn's first pair 31/10
*Morgans socks 21/10
* = child's pair
Jan, for her efforts, wins a box of goodies which was donated by our friends Ann and Helen at Knitting Inspirations. I'll leave it to Jan to display these when they arrive, but rest assured, it's a box full of wonders.
Stay tuned for another prize announcment some time this month and don't forget to submit photos of your socks on holidays all throughout January.
Bells & RoseRed
Friday, January 11, 2008
Sock one was started on the flight from San Francisco to New York.
And was worked on in the car between New York and Washington.
And again in a plane between Washington and Las Vegas.
Sock Number One was finished in Los Angeles, between blogger meets and Disneyland visits, where it attracted some fun attention. Sock Number Two visited with Minnie Mouse's knitting in her house at Disneyland's ToonTown.
And again on a flight, this time between Los Angeles and Honolulu.
As you can see, I'm also caught up on my podcasts!
I'm a little surprised at how much knitting I've gotten done, but most of it is due to flights and blogger meetups. It's been great, meeting so many people whose blogs I've read for such a long time. Just a week to go here in Hawaii, so maybe I'll be coming home with a finished pair. (And a big haul of new sock yarn!)
I just realised that I hadn't posted my latest sock to the blog here. It's actually a bit bigger than this, as I cast it on and took this pic nearly a week ago. Although, given the oppressive heat and the focus required by the pattern (Pomatomus by Cookie A.), it's not very much bigger.
Now I know you're gonna ask about the yarn, so let me just say it is a totally lickable, criminally squishy Merino/Optim blend specially dyed just for me by the apallingly clever Mandie at Ewe Give Me The Knits! She will soon have some hand-dyed luxury sock yarn blends like this available in her shop, so you should all take this for the blatant plug that it is, and go camp out on her website, ok?