Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pretty Plain socks


I haven't finished a pair of socks in a while, being occupied with other things to knit, but I had a plain pair going for a while to give me a break from harder stuff.

I'm thrilled with these. It's the Yarn Harlot's Basic Sock Recipe from Knitting Rules, and they fit me really well, something I don't often manage to get right. 64 stitches on 2.75mm needles. Seems to work well.


And I always love the Eye of Partridge heel. It suits variegated yarn so well!

The yarn is Regia, in a colourway designed by Kaffe Fasset. I think he missed his calling. He should be doing more of this. I like it better than his colour work designs!


Friday, January 30, 2009

Midnight Rose Meadows

Ta dah! Another pair of socks. I am on fire!

These are Blackrose Socks from the winter edition of Knitty in Midnight Meadows Sundara sock yarn. I loved this yarn, but it nearly had me beat. The varegiation in the dye is quite subtle and I wanted a pattern that would show it to its best advantage. I cast on a number of socks in this yarn which were frogged - Leyburns, Paul Attwell and Charades twice. Then I chanced on the Blackrose pattern. It is lovely! Just enough lace to be interesting, yet an ideal television viewing sock. However I did get slightly more than I bargained for when whipping up the left sock. I thought my stitch marker had disappeared, and then I found it knitted into the ankle of the sock. Alas, the marker had to be snipped.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Noro Ribs

first finished pair for 2009

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock - shade 184
Pattern: Simple 64st, 6x2 garter rib top-down with heel flap.
Needle: 2.75mm Knitpicks (ooh, sharp!)

more details on my blog...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Short and sweet

Lilac Tofutsies anklets, a quick post-Christmas treat for myself. For all the details, see my blog.

Kiss My Frog


Here are some new lovelies! Rock and Weave Socks in STR Jewel of the Nile.

They feature a linen stitch cuff which is made first, then the rest of the sock is knitted on to it. Rock on!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Your Personal Sock Club 2009

This is an idea I read about on Ravelry - a way of stashbusting, using your special sock yarns, or whatever - just fun!

If you haven't heard about it, the idea is that you select sock yarn from your stash, even choose a pattern for the socks if you want, put each yarn and pattern in a separate brown paper (or similar) bag, and then every month select one at random - and there you have it, your personal sock club! Of course, you can make up any rules you like for your club - it's yours, after all!

I put mine together on the weekend - you can read more about it (and see the yarns I've picked) here.

I can't wait to "receive" my first shipment - just have to finish a pair of socks first!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Last of the Christmas knitting.

A couple of weeks late, but I finally got my in-laws' Chrissy socks in the mail. Here they are!

First off the blocks, my FIL's thumping great feet will be well-clad in his favourite team's colours (he's a lovely bloke, but it just about broke me to make him Bulldogs socks!).

Pattern: Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

Yarn: Patonyle, hand-dyed by me in royal blue, with contrast heel and toe in off-white Patonyle.

They took forever, partly because they are so damn big, and partly because we were moving house, so knitting time was at a premium (I know, I know, what were we thinking, moving house at the holidays? Never again!!!)

Next up is my MIL's lovely laciness.

Pattern: Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years, also from KVS by Nancy Bush.

Yarn: Collinette Jitterbug in colourway "Mist".

These were a lovely, easy, quick knit; simple enough for TV knitting after a long day of unpacking, but interesting enough to keep my brain alive. Also, I had bloggy-friend visitors while I was working on these, so they were good for showing off a bit (ooh, did I say that out aloud?).

You can read all about them here and here on my blog.

Kiss My Frog

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Better late than never.

I finished these socks in November, but forgot to post them. I have not cast on any more yet as Christmas projects had me distracted. Just a few other items to finish then I'm back to socks.

The yarn is Opal Feeling. The pattern is a basic top down sock with a 2x2 rib.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My First SSS Post - Hello All

These are my yummy Eki Riva Supreme 4 ply Alpaca lace socks. The wool is to die for. Everyone should try it at least once.

Cheers Grand Purl Baa