Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Baby socks

Here is my meager offering for April. Baby socks in wool/nylon Alice's Garden colorway from White Willow on Etsy. I used 2.25mm circs, and Fleegle's Sock Wizard for the basic pattern toe up pattern, substituting Fleegle's gusseted no-holes heel as described on her blog. The yarn is left over from when I made my own Monkey socks.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Finished MS4 socks

Here are my April socks, No Purl Monkey's in TOFUtsies.
Now, off to the May socks (which I started in April, Vogue Garter Heel Socks).

Monday, April 28, 2008

Easy April Socks- Done!

I used an easy pattern on these, and I managed to match up the stripes pretty well. They will be a late birthday gift to my sister-in-law. That is, if they don't turn into baby booties when I wash them. They are 100% cotton. I will try to wash with care.
Pattern- basic sock from Cat Bordhi's first book
Yarn- Online cotton sock in Beach colorway.

Brigid - April Socks finished

Finished these Brigid socks yesterday. Love the cable pattern. They are quick to knit as they use dk yarn, and the pattern is easy.

Lovely and warm socks.
The colour is actually the rose colour left.

Pattern available here

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Opal factory sample socks

Here is my April pair. The yarn is Opal factory sample color, shade 2061. I ordered it from Marianne's Opalwolle last summer. It's the only place where I've seen Opal sample lines. I like the color combination.

I have another stash pair on the needles, but I'm not sure if I'm going to make it in April. For May I'm planning to use some stash merino. Although I like knitting solids and using lovely patterns, I always fall back to simple stockinette stitch and let the yarn do the work. I can knit those socks while I watch tv, read e-books or when my toddlers decide at 3.30 AM that it's morning and they don't want to sleep any longer.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Not What I Planned

Hi folks,
I had planned on finishing a totally different pair of socks this month--specifically Pomatomus socks in a variegated purple. However, they're not going very well. So I set them aside for a bit and dug out an old skein of Opal, and made these this week. I am especially proud of how perfectly matched they are.

Pattern: Just Your Basic Baby Socks by Patti Pierce Stone

Size: Newborn

Yarn: Opal. Not sure, but I think it's one of the Elements colorways (couldn't find the label)

Needles: Size 2

Linda Jo
Beadknitter Gallery

Friday, April 25, 2008

Child's First Socks

The shell pattern is cute and beautiful. Too bad there are far too many sock patterns I have in mind to knit, otherwise, this Nancy Bush pattern would very likely be one I would do again! For the yarn, I am kind of having reservation ... mainly due to its being very splitty and not havign much memory.

Pattern: Child's First Socks in Shell Pattern by Nancy Bush
Yarn: SWTC Tofutsies Colour 805

Thursday, April 24, 2008

April Greens

It's sure fun to look at other people's great projects. As March ended, I reluctantly frogged my springy cotton yellow/purple/pink too-huge socks. Boohoo . . . but my April socks in Austermann Step with Aloe Vera have cheered me up. Very soft yarn. Here's the first one. Today I was talking too much at knitting group, so I need to redo a few rows. However, the second sock is moving along well. Maybe I'll get back to the March socks one of these days.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April Footlets

I used a lone skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Crazy Stripes for my April socks.  One skein was not enough for an average pair of socks but I had to do something with this fun yarn.  I chose the Padded Footlets pattern by Mary Snyder from the Favorite Socks book by Interweave.  I "unpadded" them and love the result.  I love how the striping came out with the pattern and they are super comfortable due to the ribbing on the sides of the instep.  The sock has nice details and the instep pattern is echoed on the heel.  I cannot wait to wear them! I even had yarn left over.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April's Broken Cables

  As fate would have it, I drew another ball of Austerman's Step for April, the same as in February. The result is inspired by the Broken Cables pattern from Knitting Daily. My own take is: tabi, toe up, and a simple M1BO4 top edge. I used #0-2 Susan Bates metal DPNs. I love these socks! They are soft and warm... they make the prospect of winter's return in a few months a little less depressing. 



April Socks - Nutkin

Finished my Nutkins last night and kitchenered the toe this morning. This was my first time using KPPPM and I liked the colors and the feel of the yarn so there should be some add'l purchases in the future. I did experience biasing the same as alot of other people but this didn't bother me enough to mirror the pattern. Some did mirror the pattern but experienced a downfall of stretch.
Although this is my fourth pair of completed socks (including a baby pair of Nutkin) for the month of April, this is the pair that counts for the Sock KAL for April.

Pattern : Nutkin
Needles : Knitpicks Circulars size 2
Yarn : Koigu KPPPM Color lot P118
Mods : Did k2,p2 ribbing instead of turned cuff. Wrapped short row toe

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April Socks

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Started: 1st April
Finished: 13th April
Pattern: My own sock pattern. The lace repeat is based of those in Jane Lithgow's Cranford Mitts.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Turquoise
Needles: 2.5mm
Comments: A really simple horseshoe lace repeat over 60 stitches. I love them. Natalie at the Yarn Yard is dyeing me some merino and I'm going to make a pair from that with contrasting heels and toes. Let me know if you would like the pattern and I'll talk to Jane about writing it up (as it is her idea I've stolen!)

april embossed leaves

Pattern: Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt
Yarn: The Knittery 4ply Sock: Merino Cashmere (OLD)
color: Lakeside Flora
Needles: 2.25mm
Start: April 7
Finish: April 15

Mods: only did 7 rows of ribbing. not sure what I was thinking there. Not a good idea. Needs more. and I switched the heel for a regular slip stitch one. other than that I followed the pattern as written.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hey All!

I actually finished these in one evening in early March (you can see why!), but my camera kept giving me the cold shoulder. They are very simple bed socks, named "Bonbon" because they feel so sweet on my feet at night. Specs: 1 ball of Berroco cotton, #4 bamboo DPN, toe up with Knitty's magic caston, pattern made up as I went along.

Now, I am at work on the second member of my April pair.


Monday, April 7, 2008

Beatrix Socks

It took me forever to finish these! In comparison to you guys, I'm a very slow knitter! I started at the end of Feb, and finished the pair at the end of March. Then it took me a few more days or so to actually post! I love these socks so far. The colors are so bright and cheery, and the pattern is so pretty! This is the last month of school before summer break. Probably won't get much knitting done. But I'll try to get one pair done by the end of the month. In the summer, I hope to continue to knit more!

More pics at

April Socks

These were supposed to be my March socks, but got pushed into April by mistake after mistake after mistake. Sometimes, I think I am just sock-impaired.

However, they are now done! (And not a moment too soon!) I was really beginning to HATE this sock.

Pattern: Waffle Rib

Yarn: Austermann Step in Colorway 126

Needles: Crystal Palace Size 2 on 56 stitches

Modifications: None on purpose, several by mistake. For the life of me I can't figure out WHY if you start at the same spot in the repeat, you do the same number of stitches and the same number of rows that the striping is markedly different on sock 1 and sock 2.

Dee at The Daily Stitch


I have been lurking in the background for a while now, so thought it about time I blogged on my sock progress...

This little beauty above is rolling thunder, sock 2 is on the needles.
The sock below is called bigfoot1, this was knit for hubby.

Finally hot off the needles is Bigfoot 2, again made for hubby.

So thats sock progress so far, now planing another pair of socks from stash, they will go into Christmas gift box!!!

The First Leaves of Spring

I finished my March socks a little late, April 6 to be exact, but they are finished and I've dug into the stash and cast on for April's pair.
These socks were finished just as the sun has started to shine and the weather become a bit Spring-like here in the 'burgh. These are the Embossed Leaves Socks by Mona Schmidt from Interweave Knits Winter 2005 and Favorite Socks. The project details can be found on my blog.

I am now attempting to knit my first pair of toe-up socks. I used Judy's Magic Cast On and am following Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern to knit these. The yarn is Vancalcar Acres Flock Sock in the Something for Gryffindor colorway that I purchased from around the time when the new Harry Potter movie and book came out.

Happy Stashbusting!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Early April Socks

I know that the goal of this group is to "stash-Bust" and get rid of some of that yarn that's been hanging around forever. But I could not resist this yarn that I have purchased within the last few months. These were a joy to knit. ShiBui Sock yarn in "Stone" and "Sand". Pattern is HERE
Now, I'll use some older yarn, I promise.

Friday, April 4, 2008

April - Nutkins

I started my April sock on March 30th, which I know was a bit of a cheat, but really who is going to punish me? The knitting nazis might get me!! Anyway, I started knitting the first sock on size one needles. I don't know what made me think that I would get gauge with needles that small. I am a loose knitter but I don't care how loose I knit, I got the first repeat done and tried them on.. good to go :) and then.. I got five repeats done and I was ready to start the heel. I tried them on again, just because the progress is so fun to see on an actual foot...Yea so I pretty much wanted to rip my hair out but ended up having to frog everything but the ribbing. I decided on going to my trusty size 2 harmonys and was able to fly thru 4 repeats and now I have an entire sock done. I may have set a world record, or not.... I did this entire sock in four days including the almost losing my hair frogging incident.

Pattern: Nutkin
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM

Been quiet....

Its been very quiet around here though I am working on socks again. After having to make the last pair in such a rush, I lost interest in knitting for a bit. Then I had an accident ~ my dog bite me and my hand had to heal before I could knit again.

I've cast on for 2 pr of socks though I frogged one of them today then reached into stash to begin a new pair ~ they are for my ds. I went back to the original yarn he'd asked for. So I'm knitting one pair from stash and another pr for a friend who requested a pr of Not Pedestrians for her new clear sneakers.

1st pr
Pattern: Not Pedestrian Peds
Yarn: Fabel in 153
Needles: Knit Picks #2 dpns

2nd pr
Pattern: Nancy Drew Socks
Yarn: Opal in 2032
Needles: Knit Picks #3 circs
*Both patterns are by Stitch-n-Snitch. ;)

Have a great weekend.

Dawn ;)
Ravelry ~ RockstarMom

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April Sock finished

As part of Sock Madness 2, I knit these Reversai (reversable) socks in 22½ hours (18 of them spent knitting), starting on March 31st and finishing on April 1st. No, it's not an April Fools joke.


They were knit out of some Regia Bamboo Color that's been in my stash awhile.

March KAL Socks

Finally finished my March Socks... I did all the knitting during the month of March and finished the kitchener toes today. I took some indoor and outdoor pictures. All details on my Ravelry page.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

March Socks Finished

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Lichen Rib from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. The yarn is Posh Yarn Lucia in Highland Mist (one of Dee's old standard colourways). I finished the first sock last year and then stalled so I am glad to have these finished. They are winging their way to the US as an angel package for someone in the Vintage Sock Swap who didn't get any socks.

2nd pair for March

I have finally finished the 2nd sock to the pair I started back in *&$$# ...... we won't say when *giggle* This pair was knit toe-up.

This pair was made with Tofutsies.

Pattern is Crosshatch Lace from More Sensational Knitted Socks.

Crosshatch Lace Socks

I have to say wearing handknitted socks feels very different then regular socks. I feel like I can feel every stitch on the balls of my feet. So weird. But my socks are still a bit loser than I would like. How many pairs will I have to knit before I really get the hang of knitting the "just right" size for my feet??

March socks finished

Here are my finished Flame Wave socks; knit in Cascade Fixation.
Off to cast on the April socks (more Monkey's)