Tag: <span>Socks</span>

Socktoberfest 2009

I’m sure this post will be of no interest to non-knitters, but here it is.

Oh yes, the annual tradition of Socktoberfest is coming up on us quickly.  October is only about three weeks away, and this means four glorious weeks of sock knitting during October.  This also means I have to make a battle plan and be ready to complete four pairs of socks during the month.  Yes, I’m pushing myself a little, but I’m pretty sure I can do it this year, especially after coming so close last year.

So, I’m going to open this to suggestions from the public.  Pick a yarn and a pattern from my stash and sock queue on Ravelry and tell me what to knit.  I never seem to be able to decide for myself, so give me some ideas!

August Knitting Wrap-up

I’m actually on time!  Back again to the Knitting Resolutions..

3. Knit one pair of socks per month

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Pattern: Wanida
Designer: Cookie A.
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Yarn: My own Handspun
Ravelry Project Link

I’m fiercely proud of these.  The handspun is a superwash BFL by Twisted Fiber Art that I spun as part of Tour de Fleece.  It knitted up and wears absolutely beautifully.  Even though there’s a jog in the color change for the heel, I still like how they came out and worked with the pattern.  Knitted up quick and those colors are just spectacular!

4. Spin four ounces of roving per month.
We gots your spunroving right here. This is 632 yards of fingering weight yarn that was started during Tour de Fleece and finished up in August. When I realized I had 632 yards, I figured it was way more than 4 ounces to begin with, so I’m saying it’ll count for August. It’s navajo plied and is a merino roving that was found at Maryland Sheep & Wool festival this year. We had a dye day not too long ago and I dyed this at the event. Love the way it came out and now I have to find something that will use the whole batch of yarn.
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Still making progress on that sweater, but as the year is already half-over, I’m not sure if I’ll actually complete all my resolutions and goals.  Well, there’s always next year, right?

June and July Knitting Wrap-up

I guess this is becoming a bi-monthly thing instead of a monthly update.   We’ll re-visit the Knitting Resolutions.

3. Knit one pair of socks per month
Did it again. Seven pairs so far (well Eight if you  count the ones I’ve already finished for August), and I can’t wait to get to December and post all twelve of them in one big post.

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Rare Monkey Gems Jupiter Lava Socks
Pattern: Monkey Pattern: Hey Jupiter
Designer: Cookie A. Designer: Liz Abinante
Needles:   US 1 1/2 (2.5mm) Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight – Rare Gems Yarn: dkKnits Technicolor Smoosh Toes
-Ravelry Project Link- -Ravelry Project Link-
These knitted up in FOUR DAYS.   Four days.   I had the pattern memorized after one repeat and it was so simple yet beautiful, I’m positive these won’t be my last monkey socks.   The rare gems came from Rhinebeck last year and I just LOVE how the colors  pooled up. This was the sock of the month from Yarn4Socks.   After a false start (too tight to fit over my heel), I added four stitches in and they worked out perfectly.   I did an extra repeat on the leg since there was plenty of yarn.   The color is FANTASTIC and the pattern was super fun to knit.

4. Spin four ounces of roving per month.
Well I got eight ounces in one month? Does that count? I decided to go ahead and put away the knitting for a month and spin along with Tour de Fleece, a yearly spinning event that takes place during the Tour de France. Well I spun my little feet off and ended up with two finished skeins and one half-spun chunk of roving.

DSC_3403 This merino/tussah roving was from dkKnits and is spun up to laceweight, 789 yards.   I think maybe this is why I only completed two skeins during Tour de Fleece!   It spun up delightfully soft and squishy and I just love how the colors came out.
DSC_3401 This is a roving from Twisted Fiber Art and is the Brilliant Roving (superwash BFL) in the colorway, Blaze.   It spun up to fingering weight and came out to 420 yards.   I’ve already knitted up a pair of socks with this and they are AWESOME if I do say so myself.   An absolute delight to spin and knit, definitely a roving I’ll be working with again.

And I think that’s about it.   I haven’t really made any more progress on the other goals, and should probably get started on that considering the year is well over half done.     🙂

April and May wrap-up

Hah, I knew at one point during the year, I’d miss a month or get lazy or even give up completely on the resolutions.   So far, though, doing okay, and still chugging along.

Going back in time to January again for the knitting resolutions..

2. Knit two sweaters this year
Started one. It’s tough knitting a sweater in the summer. I had a big rush of excitement when I started, gushing over the gorgeous color, dyed by Becky of dkKnits and then set it aside about 30% of the way down the body to do socks and lace and other fun summer type projects.

3. Knit one pair of socks per month
Got both of those!

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April – Blue Angee Socks May – Twisted Devon Socks
Pattern: Angee Pattern: Devon
Designer: Cookie A. Designer: Cookie A.
Needles: US 1 ½ / 2.5 mm Needles: US 1 ½ / 2.5 mm
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock, colorway, “Impressionist Sky” Yarn: Twisted Fiber Art Kabam! in colorway, “Terrain”
-Ravelry Project Link- -Ravelry Project Link-
These were finished just in time to go to Stitch n’ Pitch with the Phillies.   Sadly, we were soundly beaten by the Nationals, but the socks told me that they didn’t mind.   The pattern is from Cookie A’s new book, Sock Innovation, and I’m absolutely in love with all of the patterns.   This one was pretty simple, but with a great effect.   And the yarn!   There’s a reason why we call it MMMmmmmmmalabrigo.   Squishy, Yum. Another entry from Cookie A’s Book.   Both the yarn and the pattern came together to produce an absolute delight to knit and wear, even if one sock somehow tricked me into knitting an extra repeat on the leg.   I’d go back and rip the longer top down to match the shorter one, but there’s a cuff-to-leg transition set of stitches that I wouldn’t be able to do if I knitted back up the cuff.   So, we’re going to call them unique and leave them as they are,  unmatched and beautiful.

4. Spin four ounces of roving per month.
My poor wheel has been feeling woefully neglected. I did get my 4oz for May though.

DSC_1417 Corriedale from Maisy Day Handspun  in colorway, “Water Lily.”   I never really liked corriedale,  until now.   I got my hands on the raw roving in the past and did a little nose wrinkle – scratchy.   It’s not merino.   But, after it’s spun up and plied?   Not so bad.   I probably still wouldn’t make a scarf out of it, but it’s pretty and  squishy and I rather enjoyed spinning it.   It clocks in at 285 yards and is about sport weight.

 

And that’s the wrap-up for the last two months of acheiving resolutions.   There has been more knitting, of course, that I haven’t detailed here, but with the garden growing, the lawn needing mowed, and a whole host of fun outdoors stuff to do in the lovely weather we’ve been having, knitting has mostly taken a back seat to a lot of seasonal things to do.

Leafy Socks

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Finally!  These were an intense knit.  I had to sit in front of the chart and keep careful watch over my knitting.  Granted, it paid off BIG TIME since they’re really pretty.  The pattern is toe up and reinforces my dislike of knitting toe up socks – I can do it, but I really prefer the cuff down method.  These do have a heel flap and gusset and all the trimmings of a cuff-down sock which I’m much happier with than the typical short row heel and toe.  Kelly Porpiglia wrote an awesome pattern and it was super easy to follow.  The only hold up here was me and my toe up bias.  The yarn is Wollmeise 100% superwash and was part of the September 2008 sock club delivery.

Pattern: Interlocking Leaves
Designer:  Kelly Porpiglia
Needles: US 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn:  Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% superwash in colorway, “Buxkranzl”
Ravelry Project Link

March Wrap-up

It’s time for another look at the knitting resolutions.

1.  Clear the WIP queue from last year by the end of the month.
March down too, little to no progress.   Maybe by the end of the year eh?   I’ve re-started work on the lingering pair of socks that were struggling with second sock syndrome and should be done with those in a few days.   As some kind of explanation, they’re toe up (NOT a fan of toe-up socks) and rather complicated – not something you can really take along with you to stitch n’ bitch.   However, they are gorgeous and will be my first completed socks using the infamous Wollmeise.   I managed to get a spot on the sock club for this year and haven’t been doing the yarn justice yet.   I really hope to share those with you soon!

3. Knit one pair of socks per month
GOT IT!
Pattern: Lorna’s Laces basic socks
Designer: Kim Haesemeyer
Needles: US  2 (2.75 mm)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi
Ravelry Project Link
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4.  Spin four ounces of roving per month.
Got that too.   Posted the results of that here.

8. Participate in another test knit.
See the socks above!   When the pattern is available, I’ll put the link here.

Project updates

January end-of-month update:
The knitting resolutions  haven’t all been met (already, I know!).
1.  Clear the WIP queue from last year by the end of the month.
Didn’t happen!  I did clear out a bunch of things, but there are still two open WIPs from last year.  Not bad though..

3. Knit one pair of socks per month
Got that one!  One pair of socks per month is definitely manageable and I still have time to knit other things.
Pattern:  Little Child’s Sock
Designer:  Nancy Bush
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Imagination
 in colorway “Wicked Witch”
Ravelry Project Link–  
 

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Nancy Bush can write a pattern like nobody’s business.  It was so well written out, line by line, you just can’t but help be in awe of the time that must’ve been spent writing it out.  The book, Knitting Vintage Socks,  is becoming a fast favorite.  The yarn is super soft and fun to knit with although the variegation obscures the pattern mostly.  And see all that color pooling?  I know it’s something knitters strive to fight against, but I just love it.  It almost looks like tye dye on the stockinette part of the leg.

4.  Spin four ounces of roving per month.
Didn’t quite make this one either.  I got about an ounce of this superwash merion from Crown Mountain Farms (colorway “Sunshine of your Love”) done for the spin and knit along at Ply by Night on Ravelry.  I’ve really gotta spend more time with the wheel in the evenings and maybe alternate nights between knitting and spinning.  Plus, there’s a fun project coming up for next month with roving from dkKnits that I’m pretty antsy to get started on!

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Socks!

The first two finished objects for the new year!

First, meet a test knit that I was working on for knottygnome.   The pattern is called “Coin Toss“.   This was my first test knit and I am really proud to have been part of testing out such a great pattern – it’s just enough to keep me engaged without being too complicated and was super fun to knit.   The yarn is a new favorite and is delightfully squishy, and that colorway!   It’s like purple chocolate.   Gorgeous.   Specs:
Pattern: Coin Toss
Designer: Knottygnome  – Sara Peterson
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0mm)
Yarn: dkKnits technicolor dream toes  in colorway “Wilder Wonka”
Ravelry Project Link
Eye Candy:

Next project!   Handspun socks.   This is the first project that I dyed the roving, spun the yarn and then knit the yarn.   I wasn’t entirely happy with how the colors came out, but it’s a learning process I suppose and maybe next time everything will comply with my will.   Specs for you..
Pattern: Generic top-down sock, from my head
Designer:  none
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Yarn: Handspun superwash merino
Ravelry Project Link

I suppose I should say here that I’ve been bitten by the Noro Striped Scarf bug having seen it all over the blogosphere including the Yarn Harlot‘s blog.   I had seen it a while ago in a yarn store and bought the supplies right then and there to make it.   They’ve been sitting in the stash quietly, but decided to go off and get noisy on me this week.   I know I said I wasn’t going to start any new projects until I cleared out the UFO queue a bit, but two finished socks counts as cleaning house, right?!   Besides, it’s winter and winter means scarves.   Yep.   This is me, hunting for justification to cast on a new project  when I already have  a bunch of UFOs.   🙂