Friday, February 29, 2008

Baby Socks for February

This month I have been participating in another Afghans for Afghans campaign for newborns. These little socks were made from various left over sock yarns. A4A is one of the few charity groups that wants wool items, and I just love working with wool. The pattern I used is Fleegle's gusseted toe up pattern, which is so easy and can be found on her blog.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

February Socks

Finished these Opal yarn socks for my husband a few days ago. My first time using Opal and I loved it.
He loves the socks!

Currently half way through a pair of Helter Skelter socks from a pattern in Simply Knitting magazine, using James Brett Marble yarn. Hope to have these finished over the weekend too.

Now I just need to decide on March's socks ...

Pippi Long Stockings

My February socks are finished!
This is a two-ball stash-busting project - although I suppose they really only used about 150g of yarn. I chose two self-striping yarns from a multi-pack of On-Line Supersock "sport color" and this free pattern with 2.5mm needles. I misunderstood the shaping instructions so decreased more rapidly than I was supposed to. Even so, I think I might need to run some elastic through the top as they are slightly loose just above the knee.
My First Love thinks they are crazy - especially when I have my hair in two plaits! I just plain love them!

February Socks

Two pair completed for February....

and I got a really nice pair of socks blockers for Valentine's day and I wanted to share....

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Still here!

still here loitering in the background. Sotsii/work/family totaly hindering knitting time.
Aiming to get back on track soon, sock stash still growing!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Evening Stockings completed in February

Hi Everyone!

My February socks are finished!!! I knit a modified version of the Evening Stockings for a Young Lady from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. I modified the pattern to knit regular socks by casting on 60 stitches, shortening the ribbing on top and knitting 9 lace pattern repeats before doing the heel flaps. I switched the heel flap to a slipped stitch flap to strengthen it a bit from the ribbed heel flap called for in the pattern. These socks were knit with Kraemer Sterling from my stash.

I stuck my hand into my sock yarn bin and pulled out Miss Babs Superwash Sock in the Grasshopper colorway, which I purchased quite a while ago from I've decided to use this yarn to knit the Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave Knits.

I'm still holding strong and have not bought any new sock yarns this year! I know that we are only in the second month of the year but it feels like forever since I bought any new yarns.

Happy Knitting!


Second pair. Hey, a new record.

For me, at least. I've never done two pairs in one month before. At least I don't think so. Okay, they're kid-sized. They're still socks. Behold:

A simple 56-stitch stockinette sock, sized for a four-year old. The main yarn used is Steinbach Wolle's Sockenwolle, in a nice tweedy brown. Since I only had one ball and didn't want to run short, I did heels and toes in some leftover Brown Sheep Naturespun sport. It's different enough to be noticeable without being too in-your-face, I think. He'll like them just fine, I hope, and get some wear out of them before hitting another growth spurt! The Sockenwolle is decent yarn. I like tweedy yarns (I think I'm the only fan of say, Wildfoote on the planet), but I do wish the acrylic content wasn't so high. Just my personal preference. Feet need to breathe.

March's yarn of choice will be Apple Laine's Apple Pie in "Arizona." Mom chose a stitch pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks for her pair. Meanwhile, I'm still working on my brother's camo socks (Yarn Wench) and my Kaylee socks (All Things Heather).

Sunday, February 24, 2008

February Socks

These were not my plan for February, but the other socks I am working on are no where near completion for this month, so this is it.

Pattern: Little Sky Sock "New Pathways for Sock Knitters" by Cat Bordhi

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool, Worsted Weight, Color: Forest

Needles: Addi Turbo 40" size US 5

Cast On: 2/18/08 Cast Off: 2/23/08

I made these to learn the techniques in the book, so there's really no intended recipient. I will be giving them to my friend for his boy though, I think they'll fit him for a while, he just turned one year old this month.

Angela T.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finished February socks

Here are my finished February socks, No Purl Monkey's, Colinette Jitterbug, Florentina. Ran out just before the toe decrease on #2, so used some Koigu from the stash. Who's going to see the toes when I'm wearing socks?? :)

Already cast on March's socks: Flame Wave Socks, Anne Budd. Cascade Fixation, Fern.

Two Pair for Feb

I have been working on two pair for February. I need to have a kitchener party to finish the afterthought heels but other than that two pair will be complete.

First pair of socks is made with Regia in the Jaywalker Pattern, second is a pair made with Knitpicks Essentials in ash and some misc multicolored sock stash.
Blogger is being really irritable today so I will need to edit this post....


Pattern: Lenore by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Gothic Rose
Needles: 2.0mm
Started: Feb 17
Finished: Feb 22

Finished Feb Socks

My February socks are finished.
Monkey 013
Pattern: Monkey from Knitty, but with knit instead of purl stitches.
Yarn: Yarn Yard Sock Yarn in Peppermint Pink, about 60g.
Needles: 2.5mm circulars and dpns
Started: 30th January
Finished: 21st Feburary
Comments: Brilliant pattern, really fast doing the no-purl version. Love them!
I've done the random number generator and the socks for March need to be knit with this:
stash 053 Any suggestions for a pattern?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

1 Feb sock done

Well, I frogged the Heart Anklet and the Carolina sock, and decided to do old faithful No Purl Monkeys as my tribute to Momma Monkey.
Using Jitterbug, color: Florentino 48. I don't know if I'll have enough to finish sock #2, anyone have this in their stash?? Help me! Thanks.
UPDATE: I finished the 4th repeat last night and am out of yarn! I am not having any luck finding any on Ravelry. I did find out I can purchase 1/2 skein at Loopy Ewe, but cannot justify for 1 1/2" left on sock. I will finish with some hot pink Koigu I have left in stash. teehee

Need Sock Pattern

I am looking for a good ankle sock pattern that is cuff down. I would need something that is a Lady's medium (to fit 8.5 size foot). Can anyone help me?

February Socks


I actually started these at the end of January, but they still count! These are "Annetralac" from Interweave Knits Holiday 2007. Knit in "Sunrise" by seacoast handpaints. Love the pattern!

I cheated a bit for my next pair as it wasn't a random choice. I'm knitting Fawkes in memory of Momma Monkey.


February Socks in Memorium

Knit in memory of Gina (Gigi) Silva, aka Momma Monkey.


Pattern: Gooey by Monkey Toes
Size: child's large
Needle: US 0 / 2.0 mm
Yarn: Garnstudio Fabel, 1 skeins = 224.0 yards (204.8m), Colorway: 862

Started Feb. 10, 2008. Frogged, 15 Feb 2008.
Started over Feb. 16, adjusting stitches.

Pattern adjustments: Cast-on 52 Changed pattern to k4 instead of k3 to adjust for 8 extra stitches around.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

One down and one to go....

Hello everyone,
lovely socks ~ such an inspiration. I finally finished the first sock for the month and I've co for the 2nd one. Though my family have been making comments that it looks like the Grinch's sock or some other Dr. Seuss character, I hope the recipient likes it. It has been a pleasure to work w/the yarn. I am hoping to finish it w/i the next 2 days and will be working on it during a road trip today which will give me abit of uninterrupted time to work on it. Have a great day!

February Socks

I finished my February Socks for my Dad. They are a Twin Rib toe up sock with a Sherman heel made out of Soft Sea Wool by Reynolds. They are a bit boring and the photo is not great but they were made particularly for my Dad. He has Parkinson's and cannot speak much so his ultimate compliment is that every time I see him he has these hand knit socks on now. Boring knit or not, it makes it all worth while. I only have the picture of one but both are done and on feet as we speak!

Monday, February 18, 2008

month 2

Frogged my original pair for this month and got these finished super fast. They are by far the ugliest socks I've ever seen in my life. Just a simple ribbing pattern, but the yarn is horrid. It was the oldest stuff in my stash and I think I might have bought it while pregnant with my now 3 year old son.

After finishing these I started a pair of lenore socks out of some smooshy. Will post pics soon.

Lilypad Socks

My February socks are done! We're only two months into the year, but I'm a little amazed that I'm still on track to make a pair a month! The pattern is of my own design, and I call them Lilypad Socks.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Knit Happens, and I used size 2 needles. More details and the pattern on my blog. Now, what to make for March?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I present to you "Ardoises"

(Pronounced "ardwhaz")--it means "slate" or "slate roof" in French. I chose the name because the combination of the stitch pattern and colorway reminded me of slate roofs. I created this model for my DMIL using the following materials and methods:
  • 1 ball Austerman Step w/ aloe vera and jojoba oil (barely enough left for a pair of baby booties);
  • US#0 and #1 Susan Bates metal DPN;
  • unnamed stitch from an old French stitch book my Mom brought me last year;
  • toe-up, with magic cast-on;
  • reinforced heel;
  • my own sock calculator.
When I grow up, I will get some of those handy sock blockers I keep seeing in your pics :)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

February socks? Done!

Buddy the sock monkey presents my socks for February - No-purl Monkeys. The yarn is Juliet from Yarn Love and the colorway is Grace.


Here's a better detail of the leg:


Now I'm off to cast-on for my pair for March!

~ Dixie

~ Dixie's blog

A frogging we will go

Well at this point I think my February socks are now my February/March socks. I had to frog my jay walkers because I added a stitch along the way and couldn't fix it, even after taking it back 10 rows. Who knows what I did. So I have started them again from the ribbing and I will post a picture soon of my progress

Friday, February 15, 2008

Feb's socks

Here are my first pair of socks that I have worked on from my stash. Now it really hasn't been on my stash a whole long time but I figure 3 months is a long time, sort of, anyway. The pattern is Little Arrowhead lace from Nancy Bush. The yarn is Plymouth Happy Feet in the colorway #12.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

February socks!

Here are my February socks...Monkey's using Yarn Love Elizabeth Bennett that I had in my stash. The color is called "Flirt". More details on my blog.

2nd February Goal - check

These are top-down Dale Baby Ull socks. I knit them on size 1's to fit a child size 10.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Caribbean Clown Socks

I made this pair of socks for my sister's big but cold feet. Hopefully the colors will make her think more of warmth and sunshine than clowns... As I was digging through the strata of the socks yarn stash to make these socks, I realized that the colors that draw me go through seasonal cycles. I bought these during another cold winter during the period of short, dark days where nothing but the brightest of yarns please me most.

Yarn: Regia Crazy Color 6-ply in color 5260
Pattern: 56 stitch 56 row sock by Nancy T. McGlynn
Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm & US 2 / 2.75 mm (for toes and heels)

I haven't knit many pairs of socks in a dk-weight, so I hopped on Ravelry to find a pattern, which called for 3-50g skeins, exactly what I had! By weight the finished socks took just barely over 2 skeins, but don't let that fool you. I had to use a fair bit of a third to make the colors match. Here is how far 2 balls took me: only about halfway through the foot.

But I have to say that knitting socks with the thicker yarn really flew by!

Oops, I did it again

I have been knitting my SixSox and after turning heels I noticed that these socks are little bit too big for myself. I had same problem on January too so on March I'm going to knit socks cuff-down not toe-up. People say often that is easier to knit fitting socks toe-up but somehow my socks are too long if I start them from toes.

I like the yarn and pattern but unfortunately these socks are too long for my feet, still I'm going to finish them.
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Monday, February 11, 2008

My Feb Plans

Hello everyone ~ the socks are lovely and I'm encouraged to get going on my own. I've started my plans with a pair for an exchange. I selected the following yarn from my stash and I hope the receipent likes it. I'm enjoying the feel of the yarn very much ~ its stretchy and smooth. The pattern is working up nicely too which makes it a joy to knit. I am hoping to make 2 pr of socks this month though I've not picked a pattern for the second pair yet. I'll update when I do. Have a great week!

Chosen yarn ~ Lang Jawoll Cotton Jacquard in blues/greys/browns

I'm using Nancy Bush's Madder Ribbed Sock pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. Here is a WIP pic:

Simplified Life
Ravelry ~ RockstarMom

care for a slice?

Pattern: Seeded rib, as explained in More Sensational Knitted Socks.
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted in "Watermelon," purchased from Carodan Farm during their SoXperience retreat.
Needles: US 1 Addi Turbo
Notes: Another two-at-once, magic loop expedition. Short row heel and picot bind-off. My daughter is well pleased with her new socks. I think she wore them to bed.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Running Behind--but still playing along!

Well, I did finish my January socks, but about a week into February:
That's the New Year Sock pattern from Anni at Sockamania. They were actually a fast knit, but I didn't have much time to work on them, so they got finished late.

I have to say I'm amazed by how fast some of you fly through your socks! There are already so many lovely February creations posted here. So far I've just gotten around to drawing my yarn for the month:
Middle Earth Yarns alpaca/merino in colourway Balrog.

I have decided there's no way I can knit 2 pairs of socks in February (short month AND a late start), so I'm once again combining my commitment here with my Sockamania project. These will be the Sockamania Valentine socks.

In March I actually get a 2 week vacation, so maybe I'll do 2 pairs of socks then--one for here from a pattern I get to pick (I have a really long queue on Ravelry of sock patterns to get to) and my Sockamania socks. We shall see!

January socks - finally!

Here are my finished Roundabout socks. I love the pattern, but I hate the colors :)
I have cast on my February socks, a tribute to Momma Monkey.
I had cast on the Heart Anklet socks, finished 8 rows of the pattern and decided I didn't like it. I am now going to frog back to the ribbing and make the Carolina instead. I'll make the Heart Anklets from a solid yarn (someday).

February socks revisted

My sock knitting has taken a change of direction recently. Remember my recent announcement regarding my February socks? I adore the yarn, achieved 8 spi with it on 2.25mm needles & am VERY happy with the fabric but unfortunately am not all happy with the pattern I chose. Can anybody see why?

Laburnum sock
Laburnum sock in Purple Koigu KPM

Here's a closer view:

Laburnum sock pattern
Close up of Laburnum sock pattern biasing

Could you put up with that biasing on the leg & foot? I decided that it would bug me forever so now that pics have been taken am going to insert a life line just above the toe increases & rip it back before experimenting with a new pattern.

However DH wasn't available to take photos before I ripped them out so I dug out the Opal Rainforest 6 ply that DH gave me for Christmas & commenced the massive wind off of yarn to achieve the necessaries for my two at once socks. This time I'm going Cuff Down as I'm loosely teaching The Yarn Yard & others to knit socks two at a time on the Crafty Threads 'n' Yarns Forum but next it'll be toe up!

Waterfall Ribs
K1tbl, P1 rib

After reading a thread of Ravelry I tinked back the 5 rounds of K1, P1 rib I'd done & did it again using 'K1tbl, P1' rib which I much prefer. I think it makes the rib 'pop out'.

For this pair I'm using Waterfall Rib also from Sensational Knitted Socks & here they after one repeat of the pattern:

Waterfall Ribs
Waterfall Ribs in Opal Rainforest Flamingo 6 ply

This pair will be my almost constant companion next week as I'm off work! DD is away on a skiing trip with school & DH & I are making the most of it & having a short holiday.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

February Sock Update

Child's First Sock #2

Yarn Pirate - she is wonderful! This is the color way Kalamata, which was the January sock club selection. The pattern is Child's First Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks.

I'm casting on a pair of Nagini's this weekend with some MacKintosh Yarn in the colorway Voldemort. I thought it made sense.

I post knitting updates on my blog Wednesday's and Friday's. Come check it out.

Venka, aka Solslett

Friday, February 8, 2008


Had to add some similar yarn for the toe from my left-overs bin. This is the first time that I ran out of yarn before finishing! I think I did a pretty good job of matching though- can you tell which toe is not the right yarn?

February Socks!

I just finished my February socks - Nutkin!


The yarn is Lisa Souza Sock! Love the pattern, love the yarn - don't like the combination.

Details on my blog


You and I must have been born under the same star! Take a look at the sock I just created (above)!