Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Garngamen knitted 16 pairs of SOCKS 2008!

Hi all - This is my 16 pairs of socks I knitted during 2008. I thought it would be fun to share my contribution to Socks from Stash! Looking back - it has been a fun sock-year, dont you agree? Im pleased anyhow! So some "judgements" on this lot.
1. Prettiest yarn - Noro Kureyon Sock yarn in the Socks Oak Leaf Sock and Slippery Socks.
2. Softest yarn: South West Trading Bamboo: In Pomatomus and Vortical.
3. Fastest fun sock - Vortical
4. Most surprising fit and simple pattern- Sideways socks from Drops/Garnstudio (in yarn Nickerjac) it really works.
5. and really fun lace is Clover socks and Seduction socks (and false cable).
Happy New Sock year 2009 to you too! From Garngamen in Sweden!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Oh yeah, I finished these.

I finished these at the beginning of December. Just forgot to post about them here. We've been pretty stressed out at my house of late.

Opal 1292 Socks

Pattern: My basic top-down 2-circular needle sock pattern with the following stitch pattern for the leg and instep:

Rnd 1: K2, P2.
Rnd 2: Knit.

Yarn: Opal Petticoat sock yarn, 2/24 acrylic for reinforcement thread.

Color: #1292. Reinforcement thread is pastel mint green.

Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbo Lace Circular.

Cast On: November 12, 2008
Completed: December 1, 2008

Comments: I can't seem to get enough of garter rib patterns. They look so good with the self striping yarns. I made these socks just a little wider and longer to accommodate my slightly larger left limb and they fit really good.

Linda Jo

The Beadknitter Gallery

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas socks

I bet you thought I had given up on socks - it's been so long since I posted here!

The truth is I fell off the no-yarn-buying wagon and joined the Fyberspates self-striping sock club, and didn't dare pretend the new socks were "from stash"!

Since then I have been better-behaved, honest!

These are the Undulating Rib pattern from "Favorite Socks", in OnLine Supersocke Sport colour. Very stretchy, for my son's wide feet.

And these are for my daughter.

Colinette Jitterbug, in the new pattern Aethenoth - these are the first pair after the designer's own on Ravelry - woo hoo! As you can see, I had a nasty case of pooling on this one after a knot in the yarn turned out to be a join between two different dye-lots. Grrr.

Both of these are Christmas presents.

A third pair, for my husband, are halfway done. They are from stash yarn too, Austermann Step. He prefers long socks, so I had to buy two balls, but they are from different dye-lots so I have no right to expect an exact match. It's a Nancy Bush pattern, Highland Schottische, from Knitting Vintage Socks.

After the Jitterbug experience, I am quite scared of how differnt the second sock might look!

That's why I am knitting mittens at the moment! At least they are out of stash too....

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Next Sock Project

I have decided what I'm doing for the next pair of socks. I've dug out my skein of Opal Petticoat in color 1292.

It's pastel shades of pink, blue, white, and teal, with dark bits of teal. Very feminine. I'm doing a simple garter rib stitch pattern. It's the holiday season. I need to be doing something easy and brainless with these socks.

Linda Jo

The Beadknitter Gallery

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Deep Forest is Done

I have finished the first Xmas present. These will be for my daughters fiance, Frank, who I absolutely adore.

My basic top-down 2-circular needle sock pattern with the following stitch pattern for the leg and instep:

Rnd 1- 8: K2, P2.
Rnd 9 & 10: Knit.
Rnd 11 - 18: P2, K2
Rnd 19 & 20: Knit.

Yarn: Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn, 2/24 acrylic for reinforcement thread.

Color: Deepest Forest

Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbo Lace Circular.

Cast On: October 25, 2008
Completed: November 12, 2008

Comments: I really enjoyed knitting this stitch pattern. I also am quite pleased with how well the yarn I used for reinforcement thread worked. It is a 2/24 acrylic, used on knitting machines (I have tons of the stuff in my knitting room), in a deep green that blended so well you can't even tell I added it to the heels and toes-except they feel a little cushier.

Now I have to decide on what the next pair will be.

Linda Jo

Beadknitter Gallery

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Deep Forest

In my last post I mentioned I'd had surgery, complications developed afterwards, and I was in bed recovering. I also said I was taking a break from knitting socks. Well, I am doing much better now, though the recovery has been a hard battle for me. I can walk again. That is the important thing. But I sure have developed a lot of empathy for folks who live in a wheelchair.

Because I'm feeling much better, my desire to knit has returned. And what will I knit? Socks of course! I decided to make a pair of socks for my daughters fiance, Frank (who I adore!), for Christmas. Over the past year I've knit him 2 pair of socks and my daughter says he wears them more than any of his other socks. He loves them. What's not to adore about a guy like that? (Besides, he treats my daughter like a queen!)

I've had this lovely skein of Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in the colorway called Deep Forest languishing in the stash waiting for the perfect idea. Socks for Frank fill the bill.

It feels good to be knitting socks again.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spring Fall?

My Spring Forward socks: TOFUstie. colour Toot-Toot

Saturday, October 18, 2008

August and September Socks

Hello All! Long time no see...

Having finally replaced the camera-to-computer cable that my cat so unceremoniously chewed, I am trying to catch up with my posts.

For August, here are my "Plain Jane," using leftover Essential from Knitpicks. Tabi toe-up (of course), with gusset increases on top of the foot. This was inspired by/adapted from a pattern on Knitty.

And in September, a pair for my DMIL for the holidays made in Trekking Pro Natura. It uses a simple k3p1 ribbing + a leafy pattern inspired by Peapod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert.
I also finished my October pair, which will be a holiday gift for DFIL--that'll be for a future post.

Happy sock knitting!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

June Socks in September

A long story on these socks! I got Melissa Morgan-Oakes' 2-at-a-time Socks and also Cat Bordhi's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, and I set out to learn . . . . Then thought I'd figured it out from Ravelry help but still got a jumbled mess. So after a long break, I knit these, using Caryn Lantz's "Simple Scks for Ladies on Two Circular Needles, and Regia Cotton Yarn Surf Color. I'm glad to have them as autumn moves in.
Finally I got some help and more self confidence with the 2-at-a-time technique -- hope to finish my next socks faster .

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Somthing from the Stash for September

At the beginning of the month I had decided to knit a pair of complicated cabled socks with a gorgeous semi solid yellow yarn. However, I had to change my plans and do something much easier, because I was going in for surgery to repair a hernia. The surgery went fine, but a couple days later I developed extremely painful complications. I've been flat on my back, in bed, on some heavy duty medications ever since. My brain feels like it's coated in a purple haze. Somehow, though, I have managed to finish the socks. That is something.

Opal Petticoat 1296 Socks

Pattern: I winged it. Basically my standard top-down 2-circular needle sock pattern with the following stitch pattern for the leg:

Rnd 1: K3, slip 1
Rnd 2: Knit.

Yarn: Opal Petticoat in color #1296

Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbo Lace Circular.

Cast On: September 6, 2008
Completed: September 28, 2008

I don't know what I'm going to knit from the stash next. I am seriously thinking I might just take a break from knitting socks until the meds are out of the system and I'm thinking clearly again.

Have a great day.

Linda Jo

Beadknitter Gallery

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sock catch up

The last socks I posted were back in July. I have been keeping up with my stash socks. But apparently lagging in posting about them. So here goes. a catch up post.

August Socks (aka: Amie's Bday Socks 2008)

Pattern: "Hedera by Cookie A."
Yarn: KnitPicks Imagination in looking glass
needles: 2.0mm (us 0)
Started: Aug 11
Finished: Aug 25
I used 1.04skeins of yarn. Yep I ran out and had to go and beg another Ravelry user for more, since this yarn was unavailable at the time. I loved the yarn and will order more. Its so soft. and OMG warm.

Sept Stash Socks

Pattern: basic k2p1 ribbing with a traditional flap gusset heel and wedge toe
Yarn: KnitPicks Essentials in grass
needles: 2.0 mm (us 0)
Started: Sept 22
Finished: Sept 25
Running late into Sept and I still had no stash socks... Had been meaning to knit Nathan some socks for some time now. his last pair were 2 years ago. two birds with one stone. So these are kid socks. He wears a childs us size 9.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Finished Waving Lace

Am I the only one still knitting socks from stash??
Here are my finished September socks, Waving Lace, done 2-at-a-time.
Beyond Basic Knits, The Great Pumpkin, size 1, Magic Loop.
Modified: Star Toe

They took such a toll on me, I'm taking next month off, going to do a "not socks" project.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Finished BareNakedLacy socks

Here are my finished socks for August: BareNakedLacy, knit with TOFUtsies. The first sock took 3 1/2 weeks to knit, the mate: 4 days!.

I have this much yarn leftover, probably 1/2 the skein, I don't have a scale to weigh it. Would anyone like it? The colors are black, gold and burgundy.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Water Nymphs

I call these my Water Nymph socks because that's the name of the color.

Pattern: Summer 2008 Socks by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: HL Miller Cheeky Monkey Sock Yarn in Water Nymph
Needles: Two size 2 Addi Turbo Lace Circulars
Cast On: July 28, 2008
Completed: August 24, 2008

I do not know why it took so long for me to make these.

Linda Jo

Beadknitter Gallery

Redo of February Socks in August

My February socks were just tooooo big! I'm so glad I frogged them and made these, which fit just right and are fun to wear. The yarn is Regia Cotton Surf color; the pattern, Caryn Lantz's "Simple Socks for Ladies on Two Circular Needles." Yes, they're simple and comfy socks, made on size 1 circs. In fact, my next pair looks much like them, just a different color.
Congratulations to all you diligent knitters who have kept knitting!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I need your help!

Dear Fellow Sockists,

I would like to knit a pair of socks for my 9 year-old nephew for his birthday, but all I have is his shoe size (US kid 1 or 1-1/2, or European/French 32, rather narrow). Would any of you have either a kid handy to measure or a chart containing the following information: circumference at the ball of the foot, foot length from heel to toe, and toe length? In return, I promise my eternal gratitude!

Thank you in advance...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

June socks in August

My husband's June birthday stash socks are finished... in August!

But he has been chuckling ever since he tried them on, so I think I am forgiven.

Crosswalker pattern(Ravelry link), OnLine Supersocke sport stripe yarn, 2.25mm needles. An 80-stitch cast-on makes a good-fitting man sock which is, however, quite hard to pull on over the instep. I would add a few more stitches if I was to knit them again.

July socks? Too late now. But my August socks are looking good!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

On a roll..............

Here is my 3rd pair of stash socks for July:
Bulky Cascade Fixation

Friday, August 1, 2008

Edamame in July

These socks were knit in the boingiest yarn I have ever used: Soxx Appeal. It is even boingier than Knitpicks' Risata. I hated knitting with it but love the result, as these nicely hug my feet and legs all the way to the knee. I used one ball per sock, toe-up, stitch from my trusted book, and a funny curly bind-off which I have had no success photographing.
Now, I have to confess (although I still can't feel bad about it): I bought more yarn, so soft, so warm, so gorgeous you would eat it. At least, I mixed it with the rest of the stash to remain true to the rule of this KAL. But, dudes, that required some serious willpower!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer Sockottas

Sockotta 802 Socks

Here is my contribution for July, plain vanilla sport socks made from Plymouth Sockotta, a wool/cotton/nylon blend. This is the first pair I have ever made using a cotton blend, and I really like the way they feel on my feet. I knit these top down on size 2.0mm Knit Picks fixed circulars. No stitch pattern here, just the yarn doing whatever it does. See you all next month!

3rd Pair for July

Never have I ever finished 3 pair of socks in one month before, until now! I must have some hot sock mojo going on this summer.

Pattern: Charade by Sandra Park

Yarn: Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn

Colorway: Midnight Passion

Needles: Size 2 Addi Lace Circular.

Cast On: July 11, 2008
Completed: July 27, 2008
Comments: I love this pattern. I love the yarn. I love the socks.

Close Up of the stitch pattern.

Here is the next sock yarn from my stash that I'm going to use.

It's Cheeky Monkey Fibers Sock Yarn in the Water Nymph colorway, which is a pastel lime green, violet, and white in a 75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon blend. It is one of the softest sock yarns I've felt in a long time. I bought it some time last summer. In keeping with the hot sock mojo, I have already cast on and started the next pair of socks.

This will be my first pair of toe up socks. So far so good. I tried the Turkish cast on, and it went well.

Have a great day.

Monday, July 28, 2008

June and July Update-Hot Socks

I realize that I have been failing to post my updates. There has been sock knitting going on! I completed the Forget Me Not socks in June. I knit them using Panda Cotton in a Blueberry Grape colourway.
I dove into my stash and pulled out yarn that I had for several years. The Embossed Leaves sock are the result.
August brings us into Ravelympics and I will be knitting a scarf. I have started on the Summer of Love Socks, a STR holdout from last year. The yarn is lightweight STR in the Flower Power colorway.

May socks from stash

At last, my May socks from stash for my teenaged son. He has very wide feet so I needed a stretchy pattern. This is Colonial Rib from Cider Moon's customer pattern section (free pdf). Size 2.25mm needles, Online Sport Color yarn from an ebay multi-pack.

There is no cuff section so they look a bit "raw-edged" for my taste. And I was too lazy to dig out sock one when I was casting on for sock two, so they don't match. Tsk! But they are bright stripey practical socks and they fit!

On with my June socks... before August!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

July 2.0 Finished

Here are my 2nd pair for July. I did them 2-at-a-time.
They are kid sized, so I made them in less than a week!
Louet Gems, Opal, color: Indigo

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

May and June socks are coming!

Shame it is nearly the end of July, eh?!

But the good news is that I haven't bought any new sock yarn, so the plan to smash the stash is working... if more slowly than expected!

Here is progress on May and June. One of each. I hope to finish the second green one by this weekend, and the second blue one before... err... August!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Spring Forward

Here are my finished socks for July:
Spring Forward
Lorna's Laces: Pine

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Petticoat 1295

I finally have finished my Opal Petticoat socks.

Pattern: My own.

Opal Petticoat in #1295 colorway.

Size 2 Addi Turbo Lace Circular.

Cast On:
June 12, 2008

July 18, 2008

I made this pattern up myself. I really like the way garter rib patterns look with self striping yarn. I am writing this pattern up to post on my blog (for free) so check in once in awhile to see if it's up. I hope to have it up in about a week. (Maybe sooner.)

Here's a close up of the stitch pattern.

Have a great day.

Linda Jo

The Beadknitter Gallery

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July Socks Finished Early

I did most of my knitting on vacation at the beach for these. That should at least give them good karma.
Pattern: Charade, by Sandra Park
Yarn: Austermann Step
Colorway: Dahlia

Friday, July 11, 2008

July Socks - Denim Squares


Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock
Colorway: Sand Ridge

Pattern: Denim Squares (Winter Issue -- Cast On magazine)

I really liked making these socks, but because of the yarn overs, purls and k2Tog stitches, they were S-L-O-W going. I'm very happy to have them finished. To tell the truth --- the yarn isn't very exciting to knit with those muted colors.

But, all in all ... I'm happy with them and that's another two hanks out of the stash.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Simplicity socks for July

Finished my July Stash socks!

Pattern: Simplicity by Janel Laidman
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino Sock 2/6 color: vintage
needles: 2.0mm (us 0)
started: July 5
finished: July 9

Monday, July 7, 2008

Beryl Green Lace

I finished a pair of socks over the holiday weekend while camping on the north fork of the Coeur d'Alene River in north Idaho. I actually finished them while sitting IN the river because it was so hot. I had to cool off! I bought the yarn in August of last year.

Pattern: Straight Laced Socks.
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in Beryl colorway.
Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbo Lace Circular.
Cast On: June 21, 2008
Completed: July 4, 2008

Linda Jo
Beadknitter Gallery

Thursday, July 3, 2008

June socks at last

OK, I will grant you that these socks do not look like much. They are a simple toe-up inspired by Knitty's "Chevrolace" in Knitpicks' Essential. Simple as they were, they still warranted a couple of trips to the frog pond, a testament to my knitterly limitations. But, my dears, these socks have been around the world. They were knitted on two continents and in four countries (US, China, Korea, Japan), in airplanes, hotel rooms, buses, and all sorts of unexpected places. Some stitches were even knitted over the North Pole--does that count as a third continent from the air? So I'm thinking of naming them "Simply Special," in memory of the trip of a lifetime. What do you think?


Friday, June 27, 2008

Finished June socks

Here are my finished socks for June, Roundabouts for mother. I bought her this yarn for her birthday and she told me I had to make her socks :) So, here they are, all ready for her when she returns from Germany on Monday.
July socks have been cast on....Spring Forward from the new Knitty. LOVE THEM!

Simply Cables in June

Well, I can hardly believe it, but I am ahead of schedule for a change. We shall see whether Blogger is more cooperative today. The pattern is called Simply Cables, by Anni Design from Sockamania. The cables were tough going at first, but by the time I started the second sock, I felt much more competent with them. I love the classic elegance of this design and will definitely be doing it again. The socks were knit with Scheepjes Invicta Extra on size 0 circulars. I used a 5" bamboo double pointed needle to work the cables. The yarn really is not as vibrant an orange as the photo would suggest; it is more of a pumpkin color. Anyhow, thanks to Anni for such a lovely design. See you next month!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

cheating June Socks

Ok so these socks are my June socks. I generally wanted to not count socks unless I cast on and off during the month. But with life and other projects and what not these are the only socks that will get finished in June.

Pattern: Feather & Fan Socks by Judy Sumner
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino Sock 2/6 color: pinata
needles:2.0mm (us 0)
started: May 29
finished June 17

hopefully no more cheating.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

~ June Socks ~

Hello everyone ~ such lovely socks you'll been making. ;) These aren't from stash but they were made for a friend who purchased the yarn. I'm ashame to say it but these socks were began in March and I just finished them. Well, the short story ~ I began a new job right after casting on and life has been a rollercoaster ride every since. I'm just glad they are done and can't wait to see them in her clear chucks ~ aren't they purty?!
Pattern ~ stitch-n-snitch Not Pedestrain Peds
Yarn ~ Drops Fabel in 153
Needles ~ Knit Picks #3 circs

Plain Old Socks for June

For just plain old stockinette socks, these sure did take me awhile to finish. They were supposed to be my MAY socks!

Now, I admit there were two weeks when I was sick and didn't pick up the needles much, but the socks contributed to the issue too. I had the hardest time getting the gusset on sock #2 to look nice.

But, now they are done and waiting for cooler weather (uh, maybe in December?????) to come along so they can be on the feet.

Happy knitting.

More details can be found at my blog - The Daily Stitch