Friday, October 31, 2008
Drunken Bees / Tricoquelicot Laine Claude II in Caramel
Generic top-down socks / sKnitches Syncopation in Planetary
Cornucopia / Sunshine Yarns Soft Sock Yarn in Buttermilk
Generic top-down socks with picof-cuff / Sunshine Yarns Twist Sock Yarn in Reducto
Flicker / Sundara Sock Yarn in Sour Apple
Maelstrom / MadelineTosh Sock Yarn in Olivia
Twisted Tweed / Sundara Sock Yarn in Mossy
TTL Mystery Sock / Dream in Color Smooshy in Chinatown Apple
To be honest, I'm all socked out for now. For the next couple of weeks I'll be knitting other things, but my sock stamina usually recovers pretty quickly. I'll be back before too long!
More on my blog here.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Another two pairs, one deep purple and white, the other in your face yellow Opal. Both for Winterwarm. I've made several pairs of the Opal and the ball seems no smaller, even though I also made one of a pair for me. It turned out too sloppy for my liking, I like my socks snug, but I haven't yet frogged it. I guess the wool I have left will make several more pairs of children's socks. It depends on two things - my patience with the bright yellow and the amount of wool. I wonder which will be exhausted first?
I really don't like knitting with Opal. It's thin like string and annoys the arthritis in my fingers. However, it washes like a dream and mine go in the dryer too. I'm still wearing a pair many years old and they look like new.
pass the slipped stitch over
Here are Charlie's socks, all finished. The wool is Voodoo colourway from Katie at Live2Knit. It's somewhat washed out here with late afternoon sun coming in my room from the west and camera battery was fairly flat. A much better idea of the pretty colours in this yarn can be seen here.
Charlie? King Charles who was executed in 1649 by Cromwell apparently wore a vest to his execution with a pattern now known as King Charles brocade. The Barbara Walker stitch books have this as a raised diamond. I didn't know that when I designed these socks. I adapted the stitch from Lace and Eyelet Stitches, E. Knight, Collins & Brown, London, 2007. The stitch has an easy eight row pattern and I adapted it to be knit in the round. Eight repeats down leg and seven on the foot. The stitch repeat is eleven stitches and I added an extra five so I had sixty four stitches in total. If more were needed, the pattern could be centred with stocking stitch at each side.
The wool is lovely to knit and despite reasonable longish legs, I have some left over.
pass the slipped stitch over
Sunday, October 26, 2008
However, there is no photo. They are part of my sister's (belated) birthday present. I thought I might see her yesterday so hurriedly darned in ends on the second sock and wrapped everything up. Then I realised I had not taken a photo. I didn't see her but am not unwrapping parcel.
There's also another small pair nearly done in Opal self patterning sock wool for Winterwarm. This is a mix of yellows, white and greys, bought for children's socks. It's made several pairs already and could well make several more by the looks of what's left.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I am late to the Sock Party, but I suddenly realised I had a sock to share!! I don't know that I have any particular aims for the SSS, but I would like to knit myself four pairs of socks to replace the ones that have worn out in the last few months. I think I would also like to make them all my own patterns.
The first pair have been inspired by my handbag and I wrote about it here.
I have finished one and started the other. I have promised to write out the pattern, so as soon as I have finished knitting them, I'll do that!!!
Harki and Peri Naughty
and now Boogelly Blogger won't let me add any more pictures.
I have already started on my next pair, Ultimate Crocheted Socks which are proving to be fun even though I have had to rip them several times to get the foot length right.
I'm using Spunky Eclectic Biffle sock in the Eclipse colourway (club colour). I really like it.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
It may not matter, but being new to this sock knitting business I am wondering what the Australian version of this instruction would be. Who knew we actually use different terminology as well as needle sizes throughout the world....
I can't abide showing them without my toes covered- so no photos just yet - maybe tomorrow??? unless I get creative with photo editor tonight.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Another pair down and the second Jaywalker for the blog.
I liked the colourway so much I bought another ball in the Lindcraft Sale
Details - Jaywalkers -
- knitted from the top down,
- on 2.5mm addi turbos one sock at time on two circular needles. They don't match perfectly with either the stripes or the knitting.
- Short row heel.
- Hot socks by Lindcraft
I forgot to mention the story of these socks - my sister in law visited the wool museum in Geelong with us last year and expressed an interest in knititng. Socks in particular - so I sent down some wool, needles and a pattern. A few months later a tangled mess was shown to me and I took back all the bits and promised some knitted socks in return. And here they are.....
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
However, there have been many blessing along the way. I'm listing these, not to sound trite or proselytising, but as a reminder to myself. I have my faith which acts as a strong undergirding to my life. There is the support and loving concern of all my close family. I have a network of very good friends and some strong shoulders and listening ears.. Internet friends have been a very real support too. There is a roof over my head and food to eat and a job. Even a small cat who knows when she needs to climb on my lap and snuggle. I'm blessed.
There is always someone I can help. I've made quite a lot of knitted goods for charity purposes over the years. One of my goals for this year's Southern Summer of Socks was to try to match, pair for pair, all socks done by me here.
I've decided I want to have a sizable parcel for next year's collection for Winterwarm which is collecting warm clothing, knitted hats, socks, scarves etc for people in Afghanistan. I've done a couple of scarves, two shawls and a hat. Here's the first pair of socks. These were a very quick knit in 8 ply wool. Actually, it could be 12 ply. It was bought many years ago and there is no indication what it really was. 4 mm needles. I started these about 9:00 pm on Wednesday evening and finished them early on Friday morning. If I hadn't had to work, they would have been done sometime Thursday. What a pity!!
So where is the pair they match? Two socks in a pair, and I have two socks. Not the same I hear someone say? The footie was from last year's sea cell prize. The long sock happened because of a bad case of startitis. It's some of Katie's wool in Voodoo colour from Live 2Knit. Beautiful to knit and I'm pleased with them. Actually, I have about half the second footie already done. I'll finish that and then do the second of my design, Charlie's socks.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I have never knit socks before but I'm willing to give them a try. I have a skein of Colinette Jitterbug in the lagoon colourway (all greens and blues) now what am I going to knit?
I have dpns, I have the pattern that came on the ball band, before I start are there any other suggestions for a first pair of socks pattern?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
These are for my friend Sal who has had a really rough trot with her health in the past year. But she has very large feet - 27cm long!!!!!!! I am a very good friend indeed.
They are from Patonyle purchased from The Silver Thread in Mullumbimby.
Construction was toe up with magic cast on, short row heel and cast off where you pick up a stitch in between each rib and cast it off - great loose top for the socks.
I am currently knitting on 2 circular needles but doing one sock at a time - faster gratification and easier to transport for the train. Socks have become my train knitting at the moment.
Monday, October 13, 2008
OK so now my personal challenges... You see all the sock yarn above, well it's enough for about 70 pairs of socks but most of that will just be watching from the sock yarn shelves. My wife and I both knit and last spring I bought a spinning wheel. My personal challenge is to spin two and three ply sock yarn for myself and my wife to see which we prefer best. I'll blend some fiber, dye it, spin it and then away we go. We'll try some BFL, Targhee, Merino, Cormo, Bamboo, and some exotic luxury fibers for our boudoir socks. Not that all this sock yarn will go to waste.
So here is the 40 plus pounds of stash that I plan to work from.
Soysilk, Targhee, Seacel/Merino, cashmere, bamboo, BFL, Rambouilett & Falklands and more
And last but not least about 9 pounds of pin drafted Cormo that feels as soft as cashmere.
How many other spinners out here are making their own sock yarn for the SSS
Sunday, October 12, 2008
and the WIP is there:
Chances of finishing the second sock this week? Buckley's and none.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Goals for this summer:
- Try new patterns. I just got Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitter's Book One. I'd like to try several of her patterns.
- Use up some of my sock yarn stash (can't promise not to buy more, but I would like to end the summer with less stash than I have now). ETA: Current count on Ravelry is sock yarn for 30 pairs of socks, not counting the cream patonyle I bought for dyeing.
However, as I was in the middle of my big sorting job last Sunday, my brother rang to tell me mum was being admitted to hospital several stations up the line. I've spent some time there this week but knitting hasn't really been possible. She's 88 and has had a stroke. Tests also showed that she had an electrolyte imbalance which was making her very weak. Saline etc drips haven't remedied that yet and no one knows why. On top of all that, she has shingles and is in an isolation room in the stroke ward. Her speech is very slurred and she was confused but seems to be better mentally now. She's very tired and complains that sitting up to eat exhausts her and she sleeps for three hours after that. Personally, I think we might have her for Christmas time but probably not much more. Scary thought.
So I finished the sorting today, along with a whole lot of other spring cleaning. Lots and lots of sock wool. I could make socks all summer long and still have a lot left, I guess. I've found a lacy pattern I like and will be designing a sock when i finish charting the pattern.
I have managed some knitting at work. I've been making and have almost finished some footies from the seacell I won as a prize here last year. I just love the colours and have given a rolled edge to the socks. It's easy stuff to knit with and the pattern is very basic because of the constant interruptions at work. I'm about halfway down the foot of the second sock.
So my goals for this season? I'd like to try to use up some of the stash in children's socks to give away. I have a couple of airs which I want to turn into FOs. Other than that, perhaps some more to designs of my own. We'll see. Last year saw me knitting as some serious stress relief. This year will be much more for my own enjoyment and also personal satisfaction in being able to give to others not so blessed and fortunate as I am.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
My personal challenges for this year are:
* Start & finish a pair of gift socks that I promised someone over a year ago
* Learn magic loop
* Finish all my wip's - I seem to have developed a serious case of SSS (I keep on buying more stash & then can't wait to start knitting it up)
* Step out of my comfort zone & start knitting more complicated patterns.
The second sock of the Moda Vera in the grey colourway is finished. They are fraternal [not identical] twins. I call them topsy-turvy socks. Why? The self-patterning of the yarn is upside down in the second sock.
I've achieved my first goal! That's 100% better than last SSoS!
PS Pop over to my blog for the longer version.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I used Wollmeise sock yarn in the Sonne colourway. The pattern is "Pebbled Sand" from the Crocheted Socks book by Janet Rehfeldt. I love these socks. The colour is eye-bleedingly vivid. Can't wait until autumn next year when I can wear them.
The rest of the story (and more photos) is here.
(I seem to be missing from the sidebar list, although I might have once been confused with Nette Knits - could you add me in, pretty please?)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The top three skeins are from Katie at Live2Knit. From the left, Lilacs, Spring and Voodoo. The other two underneath are from Daphne at the Knittery. Dark green is called Rainforest and the other is Daisy. Again I love these too. They are in the slim sock wool category of her website. By the way, both these shops are under "need yarn?" section in sidebar of this blog.
I'm particularly happy with both green skeins. I like green but somehow seem to have missed out on much sock knitting in that colour. I love these. The rainforest does not show really well here. It's a lovely rich green. Spring green from Katie is just that. A bright, chirpy spring green, quite a contrast to the Rainforest but again a colour I'm really glad I chose.
Wool from these two suppliers is always gorgeous to knit, so now I will let them tell me what to do.
The other day when shopping, I bought a copy of the ABC's cooking magazine, delicious. As a freebie there was a pack of the tiny post-it notes which can be used to mark pages in books. These came with cooking type labels on them like "desserts." Six sections. I used them to work my way through a couple of stitch dictionaries to mark possibilities for sock patterns. I've used about twenty and there are literally hundreds left. So perhaps not an intended use, but very useful for me. A pleasant way too to spend some time on a cold, wet and windy afternoon.
pass the slipped stitch over
My challenge this year is:
1. Knit more than 5 pairs.
2. Knit only from sock yarn already in my possession.
3. Try magic loop. Have yarn, needle and instructions. Should be easy, right?
I've already started my first pair with a multi-blues Patonyle which is knitting up very quickly.
I am looking forward to progressing and to knitting many, many pairs of socks.
(Last year was known as Nette Knits. That blog no longer exists.)
Monday, October 6, 2008
I have Nutkin (BMFA STR in Hollyday), Jaywalkers (BMFA STR Farmhouse), Ribbed men's socks (Heirloom Arglye), and a magic loop sock (Opal). I also have earmarked my first toe ups (Wendy's generic to up sock pattern) in the last reincarnation of patonyle.
Oh, and as I'm being honest, a Sock Yarn Flash Your Stash....
Anyone else keen to fess up?
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Actually it was the colours that drew me in. I was surfing the net, as you do when bored, and visited Katie's site. I promptly ordered some. I've been really good about buying sock wool and haven't bought any for absolutely ages. I'm trying to knIt only from stash as sometime I will need to move again from here when all is settled. No idea when that will be. But I succumbed.
So I went to Daphne's shop and found myself oohing and aahing over beautiful colourways and my fingers clicked again. This time I have ordered some greens. It's a colour I love, but rarely buy. I think I was influenced by all the beautiful new foliage wherever I looked out of my second floor window.
I'll wait till the yarn arrives before looking for definite patterns. It will tell me what to do, although I do have a few ideas to help it decide! LOL.
But this year I'm back and I'm crocheting socks with a vengeance. The reason? I want to get through some of this sock yarn stash:
I've already used the brown Regia, and half the Sonne Wollmeise, and I sold some Patonyle ... but the rest is mine for the crocheting.
And I haven't mentioned yet that in about February next year I'm taking possession of five projects' worth of Knitpicks sock yarn, so I need to make room!
That's my only goal - to crochet lots of socks. My goal is five pairs.
Elin // By Elin
Thursday, October 2, 2008
- learn Magic Loop
- try 2 pairs at once on 2 circs
- make a pair of lace socks
- knit up all the Yarn Collective Sock Club yarns that arrive over the challenge period
- learn to knit toe-up socks
Deborah (aka Herebeknitting)
PS. Just left a comment on the post by Rose Red saying I couldn't work out how to post - clearly that has been adjusted and all systems are now go.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sock on, y'all!!
--amy in Rhode Island, where it's Autumn
Oh, and there are Christmas socks to knit, and I want me a pair of Francies (Rav-link). Other than that, let the dice fall where they may.
Can't wait to see everybody's socky goodness.
I'm new to all this and have just recently gone a bit(ok a lot) sock crazy!
My goals for summer are:
1. To learn toe up
2. To knit at two at a time on two circs
3. To knit some cotton socks
4. To work on my short row heels
5. To knit the Spina di Pesce on it's way to me
Hope it's fun! Looking forward to seeing everyone elses socks!
1. Finish the 4 partly finished pairs which have been languishing since June when I started feeling the scarf and cardi love (Serendipity, Francie, vanilla, and Sprin sproing).
2. at least 4 other pairs, one of which must be toe up (probably mojo)
3. Design another sock pattern
That should do it - I also intend to get into the cardi love and get some of them done!
Thanks girls for doing this again!