Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here's my question:
Any chance of a close-up shot, on your foot? I've heard that toe-up monkeys look very different, not just upside-down, but I've never seen one in detail.
As for my socks, I have gotten side-tracked into knitting a batch of fingerless mitts, and have knit less than an inch on my February socks. Hope once I actually get into Feb I will feel more energized.
Dee at the Daily Stitch
Monkey Socks in Pigs in Mud Yarn
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A from Knitty Winter 2006
Yarn: Sunnyside Ellen Louet Gems Sock Yarn in Shade Pigs in Mud (gifted by SussexYorkie)
Amount used: under 100g
Needles: 2.5mm Clover Takumi Bamboo dpns
Modifications: Picot edge cast on, 4 pattern repeats on the cuff
I understand now why this pattern has proved so popular - its quick and easy, yet maintains interest, and works really well with variagated yarn. I doubt this will be my only pair of Monkeys.
Random Stash Generator Yarn for February
The random generator selected A Swell Yarn Shop as my yarn brand for February and I chose this colourway as it seemed appropriate for the month of love.
Stuck in a non-toe up world!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Blue Regia Cotton socks for mom
Regia silk socks for me (these are fall colors, just in time for Spring!)
Blue Dale Baby Ull socks for Jacob
Opal 6 ply socks for Caleb
The yarn comes from the Sundara Petals Club and is called Bird of Paradise. The were knit using the Magic Loop method, cuff down.
I have caste of the second Cookie A Pomatomus sock and if I do nothing but knit today and tomorrow, I just may have a second pair to show for the month. Will that happen? I can dream.
The pattern is a plain stockinette sock on 64 stitches using size one needles.
I figured the yarn was busy enough that the socks didn't need a knit-in pattern.
Dee at The Daily Stitch.
This sock did double duty in stash reduction - both sock yarn and fiber, because I spun the yarn myself - details on both the spinning and knitting on my blog, here. I know they aren't as colorful as many of the others on display, but I LOVE them ;
I used the Kaffe Fassett edition yarn for these. I wish I could say the brand but I lost the band. I can tell you that the pattern I used was Widdershins from Knitty.
Thank you all for showing off your socks/sock progress. It is inspiring and encouraging to know that someday I might get that good!
For my February pair I am going to make the cabled version of the Widdershins pattern! I'm very excited!
Monica aka "Monacular"
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I finished these socks today 1/28/08.
Pattern: Magic Loop Winter Socks (Magic Loop Booklet from Fiber Trends)
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (Forest)
Needles: Size 5 Addi Turbo 40"
Cast on already for February's socks and so far I am making some really good progress. I had to frog the first version because it was way too big.
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Regia Crazy Color (Red, Purple, Pink, Navy, White)
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony size 2
Mods: Toe up on 76 stitches, figure 8 cast on, afterthought heel
Looking forward to everyones January and February socks!!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Like when I actually finish something on time. Not that I had promised the recipient anything special, but I had promised these as my January selections, and here they are. The pattern is Teosinte, from the masterful Anne Hanson. The yarn is Yarntini, in the Mimosa colorway, and I did them two at once, toe-up, via magic loop. More details can be found on my blog.
I'm planning on starting my February socks shortly (duh), using Claudia Handpainted fingering in the special Watermelon colorway she did for SoXperience last year. Lots of fun. Short month = short socks, and these will be for my daughter. She claimed the yarn upon my arriving home, and has been very patient about it.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Here are my first socks for 2008. The yarn is a wool/nylon blend sock yarn courtesy of Thankewe on Etsy.com. The pattern is Monkey, by Cookie A, but knitted from the toe up and with a garter stitch short row heel. I used 2.25mm circular Knit Picks needles. The colors are so warm and cheerful.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
January socks #1 are finished! I actually finished these over a week ago, but just haven't gotten around to posting on this blog. The pattern is "Marina Piccola" by Kate Gilbert. Great design, but I found the toe decreases to be a bit odd. Might just be because I was using magic loop instead of DPN's.
I've started January socks #2:
These are Anntrelac from Interweave Knits Holiday 07. I'm using Seacoast Handpainted merino in Sunrise and my trusty 2.5mm addis.
I might start another pair on the week-end.
Broad Spiral Ribbing socks
Pattern: Broad Spiral Ribbing from More Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Opal Rainforest 6 ply in Owl.
Needles: 2 x 2.75mm 60 cm circulars.
Method: Knitted cuff down two at a time.
Details: 8 stitches per inch for a 9" wide foot so I cast on 72 stitches. An 'Eye of Partridge Heel' for a very durable heel as they were a present for my MIL who is a keen walker.
More photos on my blog.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thanks for letting me join your group! Here are my January (and possible February socks). I just started them last week, and I had no idea the end of the month is next week already! Cast on with Lorna's Laces (have no idea on color name). They used to be Waving Lace socks, but I was not happy with the color pooling; and I'm none to thrilled the way it is pooling on the foot, I have about 2 inches more to do on the foot before toe decrease. I'll keep you updated.
This is my first post, as I've just discovered y'all. No pictures, as I am not that tech-savvy, but I finished a pair of thickly cabled knee socks, designed as I went, from the toe up. The yarn is an oatmeal colored stretch anny that I got in a bargain bin at the DFW Fiber Fest, and I got enough to make these into tall socks, up over my knees with four inches of ribbing that I can fold down.
My February socks are monkey lace done in a hand-dyed from Madeline Tosh called pink lemonade.
I am loving looking at everyone's pictures, and reading the details.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Here are my second pair of socks from stash yarn in January. I had started these in the fall, but they were too big. So, I frogged them and started again with the smaller size of the pattern. I was working with leftover stash yarn from a completed pair that I had made earlier, so I didn't have enough to make the leg. Footies it is! They are very comfy and I am satisfied with them.
colour: Baltic Sea
needles: 1.75 mm and 2.25 mm circulars
modifications: three extra pattern repeats in feet (which made them too big for myself)
I know I'm a little bit early, but I have some new yarns going on the needles and I wanted to pick my stash sock yarn for February so I wouldn't forget it.
This is Piece of Beauty merino sock yarn (discontinued), color Glacier Melt. I have two 50g skeins but only one is in the picture, because a year ago I tried to make Child's sock in Miranda Pattern from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage socks. It didn't work out at all. The Miranda pattern has odd leg shaping and when I tried the first sock on, it wasn't "shapely fit" at all, but looked like a pouch clinging from my leg. So I frogged the whole thing.
I think I'll make something lacy.
I quick pair of Saartje's Bootes (pdf file) to squeeze in before I start February's socks. The pictures are terrible because it is night but I had to take a pix because they are soo cute. In all I used 20 grams of leftover sock yarn!
I need to add buttons, I have cute strawberry buttons but I may use them on a sweater.... decisions! decisions!
Looking forward to everyone's January socks and itching to start Feb's!
My January socks are done, and I couldn't be more pleased. The pattern is the Master Simple Coriolis from Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and I'm going to have to knit it again. And again. And again! Great, simple pattern, and the toe-up gusset heels are fabulous.
Now that I have a goal, I've gotta start making some plans for next month!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
pattern: sidewinders: a perpensockular pattern, from nonaKnits
yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Crazy Color 4-ply / 4-fädig
needles: US2 circulars
I've got extended comments on my blog, and of course on ravelry!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Hereare my January socks. I made them using Knit Picks Felici and the Jaywalker pattern. If they seem a little large, that's because they are for my husband. I couldn't quite get the stripes to match, I needed all the yarn for the socks!!