Thursday, May 31, 2007

Summer Socks

These are the socks from The Loopy Ewe sock club. The yarn is a merino/bamboo/nylon blend from All Things Heather in the colorway called skinny dipping. The pattern is summerfield from Wildhorse Farm designs. I used size 1 DPN's and followed the pattern exactly. These are great for summer because the bamboo makes them feel cooler then pure wool. I actually finished two pairs of socks in I guess I'm getting faster at knitting them. That's a really good thing because I have a LOT of sock yarn.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shipwreck Socks

I was motivated to finish these socks for my mother's birthday today. I loved knitting with this yarn and can't wait to find more of it. It's a bamboo, wool, and nylon blend and it felt fabulous sliding through my fingers.

Yarn - Yarn Love in the Shipwreck colorway bought from The Loopy Ewe
Pattern - Plain
Needles - KnitPicks size 2 32' circular
Method - toe up, one at a time, heel flap, Magic Loop

When Mom received the socks today, she said she needed a pair of brown or tan Crocs for the perfect look.

Just in time

for the end of May, a finished pair of socks that were started and completed in this month. Which is pretty good for me.

really liked the pattern when I saw it as a serial pattern on Susan's blog. The fingering weight pattern is available through membership to the Six Sox Knitalong.

Pattern: Horcrux socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in the Castagna colorway
Project date: May 2, 2007 through May 24, 2007
Mods: none, I was a bit concerned that the pattern called for 60 or 70 stitches, but because the pattern utilizes a k3,p2 ribbing, the socks are quite stretchy. And it fits just fine. The only I would have done differently is the heel and the heel flap. In fact, on the second sock, I did change the heel because I didn't like how the first turned out. The pattern uses a stockinette heel flap which I didn't care for, but that's a matter of personal preference. The Dutch heel didn't fit my foot properly, but it's wearable. It may be just fine for others.

The yarn was really nice to work, although I was a bit worried about the yardage. Since these socks are relatively short, it worked just fine and I still had a bit of yardage left over. I could have easily made them at least 1 inch taller, but that's again a personal preference. I would think this pattern would be good for those yarns with low yardage, such a Koigu or Colinette. I followed the pattern initially b/c I really didn't think about how tall it was, but it's not too short, but I'd prefer it be a *smidge* taller.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pair #3:French Socks

These are the most comfortable pair of socks I've knit for myself thus far, although I wouldn't have known it by the way the pattern looks. It's so stretchy though, and fits perfectly. This project did have it's share of headaches though. I don't think I really blogged about it, but I had to knit the toe on one of the socks 5 times, and twice on the other. This has never happened to me before. Maybe I'm distracted, maybe my row gauge is WAY off, but in the end, I knit 4 extra pattern repeats, didn't knit any of the 4 plain rows before the toe decreases, and now they fit like a dream. Just like that. (BTW, my feet are size 8-1/2, so similarly sized knitters, be forewarned.)

Let's take a little closer look at that pattern:
This picture is exactly true to color -- the one above is just a bit dark.


Pattern: Child's French Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Lorna's Laces in Grapevine
Needles: Susan Bates, aluminum DPN's, set of 4
Notes: 5 extra pattern repeats, for a total of 25 from cuff to toe. Did not knit the 4 plain rows between last pattern rep and decreases for toe.

~Faith from The Needle And The Damage Done

Monday, May 28, 2007

Pepto Pink!

Pattern: Broadripple from Knitty
Yarn: Cascade Fixation in an alarmingly pink colorway
Needles: Lantern Moon Size 3 Blond DPNS
Notes: Not crazy about the pattern when knit up. Really not a fan of the yarn. I screwed up the kitchenering of the last toe and had to rip out and redo - think that is why the one sock has a shorter toe - I must have ripped back too far. But they're done!

Next up: Second sock of my daughter's Tofutsies. Then something for me either with the Koigu I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool or my new yarn.


I didn't actually do sock-socks, but these were fun. :)

May Socktopia "Fiesta" Socks

Monday, May 21, 2007

Opal Hundertwasser Socks

Sideway Sock and The Magic Loop

I finished off my Opal Hundertwasser Socks last night, in a miss matching pair in the style of the socks on the label. The first sock (right one in the pair) was a sideways sock using something like the pattern on the inside of the label as I mention in my previous post. I think I overdid it on the short rows on the sideways sock, though and the foot is just plain too long. It makes for a very slouchy, floppy looking sock, especially next to the lean, well fitting "normal" sock. The sideways sock looks a little bit better on my feet (below), but still isn't great. I ran across someone's discussion of her attempts to devise a better sideways sock, and so perhaps I will wait and see what her outcome is and reknit the sideways one. I'm going to track down a copy of Socks, Socks, Socks too and see what that take on the sideways sock is.

The second sock (left side of first picture) was just a plain sock made using the Magic Loop technique. I'm don't I'm a convert yet, but I see some benefits. I used 32" (80cm) size three Addi turbos. They are smooth enough that you can knit pretty fast (it was a pretty simple pattern too), but I found I would occasionally accidentally pull my needle right out of the stitches when there were only one or two on the needle. The other thing I didn't like was that I had to knit the first and last couple of stitches of each needle pretty tightly to keep ladder from forming. Plus, I am kind of a sucker for the way really nice wooden needles feel; they're just so luxurious.

But there, socks for May. (And sock blockers too!)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

My Socks for May

I finished my May socks and my 2nd pair of knit socks so far. I love the colors of these but this yarn is fiddly. I just might up my needle size but I do like a tighter gauge in socks to make the knitting easier I hope and 'cause the socks are a bit snug.


yarn: Gedifra Fashion Trend Sportivo, color #5768
needles: #1 dpns
method: cuff down sock

I'm still trying to get the hang of toe grafting and still not quite succeeding.

Now I'm off to check out all the other great socks and figure out which pair to make next.

Green socks

I just completed these, and they are really comfortable. The yarn is Austermann Step color 3, and the pattern is the seed-stitch rib from More Sensational Knitted Socks. I did them toe-up using a provisional cast on and a short-row heel. I was planning to take a break from sock knitting and actually make a sweater, but now I'm feeling edgy about not having a pair of socks on the needles. Maybe I will break my own rule and work on 2 projects at horrible that would be!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Yay! Finally! I finished MY pair of Fanny socks from Socktopia!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Michigan Socks

This pair knitted up quickly and are nice and thick. Thankfully, they fit!

Yarn - bought on eBay from KimiK Yarns (from Michigan)
Needles - KnitPicks size 2
Pattern - plain stockinette and 3x2 rib
Method - toe up, heel flap

I did these two at a time on two circulars for the foot. When I separated them for the heels, I never put them back together and finished them one at a time. More details at Forward Motion.

Opal Sideways Socks

I went away for the weekend and took with me a ball of Opal Hundertwasser #1437 and a copy of the translation of the sideways sock pattern that comes inside the label. I was intrigued by the pictures of the yarn knit up as two different socks from their publicity material (image at right) and hunted down a translation on the internet. I am a bit dubious about some of the translation though, since the pattern for the leg does not seem like it would produce a garter stitch cuff and the rest stockinette. Wherever I saw "K70" in the pattern, I substituted "K30, P40," and wherever I saw "K40, Gst30" well, that's actually the same as K70. (Gst=Garter Stitch) Due to lots of time in airports and on airplanes, I am almost ready to sew up the back seam (I'm on the second half of the heel now.), though I haven't taken a picture yet. Once I finish, I'll have a better feel for the sizing, though I think it will be a fairly tall sock. I was worried it would be too long, but from the pictures the toe looks pretty short, so hopefully it will be all right.

Update 5/9/07: I got within a few rows of the end and tried the sock against my foot and realized it was far too narrow across the widest part of my heel. I see now that what I should have done was to check the size when I got to the midpoint (i.e. right after row 27) and add more rows as necessary. Since I didn't do that, I ripped it out to there and added some rows, including a few short rows because my ankle and leg have a slightly larger diameter than my foot. Hopefully this will be better.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

April's sock, a bit late

Hi all, I never introduced myself here. I'm Wanda and I blog
here. I've been knitting socks for the past 4 years. While I've always enjoyed knitting socks, lately I've becomed even more obsessed with them. It might have something to do with listening to the Lime & Violet podcast. I know some people are knitting 52 pair of socks for a year, but while I'm obsessed, there's no way I could ever finish that many pairs of socks unless I didn't knit anything else. Hence when I heard about the Slowpoke Socks KAL, it sounded right up my alley.

I didn't finish the April socks on time, but they are done and thought I'd post them here. The toe on the second sock hasn't yet been grafted, but it will done later on today.

The socks are the Monkey pattern by Cookie. The yarn is Austermann Step.

I'll post later with new socks hopefully to be finished by the end of the month.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

New to the KAL

Hi I'm new to the KAL and new to knitting as well. I'm a crocheter first and struggled to learn to knit but it finally clicked and I jumped right in and knit my first pair of socks. I'm a SAHM mom and we homeschool. I'm also learning to spin. I have a blog where I share about all things fiber, talk about my kids, dh too sometimes and the books I'm reading. You can check it out here

These are not the greatest looking but they fit.
first pair of knit socks
I'm counting thees as my April pair. More on my blog here

I have a much prettier pair on the needles right now. Using #1 dpnsand Gedifra Fashion Trend sock yarn. I'm following the same tutorial/pattern from my previous pair.
Sock on the needles
Sorry about the pics it's a bit blurry.

Thanks for letting me play too

Friday, May 4, 2007

Belated April Socks!

Here are my April socks- the photo was still hiding in my camera. I knit these socks out of Elann's Esprit (similar to Cascade fixation) in the Incan Clay colourway. I had two balls of the yarn with enough left for baby socks too.
I knit on 2.75mm Bryspun needles, 48 stitches to the round. Perfect fit and ease. The heel is all garter stitch, comfy!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

FO - Java Ribs

Java ribs are finished. I know I know...I said I was going to work on them only 15 minutes a day until they were done, but honestly when I got back to them I realized I quite enjoyed doing the pattern and now that they are finished....I love them. The yarn from Fearless Fibers is quite fine and I knit them on 2mm needles, but they feel fabulous on the foot! They are going to my daughter however I thought I best try them on just to make sure they fit ok and feel ok and nothing caught up in the yarn to poke her ;) Now back to the Fleece Artist Sea Cell and the River Rapids. I should have those done over the weekend and hopefully be able to cast on the Cookie's Monkey Socks from Knitty. Too bad I have to do a day or two of O/T this weekend. It looks like it going to rain and DH has to work.... It could have been a knitting frenzy.


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

2nd pair!

On Sunday, I completed the socks for my 3-year-old, Sparky, that have been hanging out on the needles all month. (Do socks for little people even count?)

Pattern: Based on Easy Toddler Socks (PDF) by Karen Coron. I extended the ribbing down the instep, because it helps the socks to fit even better.
Yarn: Online Euro Yarns, Green/black/brown from the Sierra colorway line (I bought it down the street, but you can get some of the other colorway lines at The Loopy Ewe)
Needles: Knitpicks Classic Circulars, size #1. Knit two socks at the same time with Magic Loop technique (nothing magic about it kids, once you start a pair, it just makes sense and it's very simple.)
Notes: I really like that this pattern uses a heel flap. The socks fit Sparky very well, and I don't think they'll slip right off of him like the short-row heels that I've knit for him in the past.
Thoughts on the yarn: I bought this yarn because it was inexpensive, accessible (down the street!), and I was in the mood for some self-striping mindlessness. As it turns out, this yarn not only knit up prettily, but it's also softer than I would have thought. I can tell that this is going to wear very well, similar to Lion Brand Magic Stripes, but with none of the stiffness. I will certainly knit with this again. (I've already got a purple color for myself.)

Cross posted from my blog, The Needle And The Damage Done.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Nothing to see here.

Oops. Meant to post on my own blog. Sorry!