Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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
Monday, April 28, 2008
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.
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
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
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
Yarn: Opal. Not sure, but I think it's one of the Elements colorways (couldn't find the label)
Needles: Size 2
Friday, April 25, 2008
Pattern: Child's First Socks in Shell Pattern by Nancy Bush
Yarn: SWTC Tofutsies Colour 805
Thursday, April 24, 2008
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
Sunday, April 20, 2008
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.
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
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
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!)
Pattern: Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt
Yarn: The Knittery 4ply Sock: Merino Cashmere (OLD)
color: Lakeside Flora
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
Monday, April 7, 2008
More pics at http://norichan.vox.com
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 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 Woolgirl.com around the time when the new Harry Potter movie and book came out.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
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
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.
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM
Thursday, April 3, 2008
They were knit out of some Regia Bamboo Color that's been in my stash awhile.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
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.
This pair was made with Tofutsies.
Pattern is Crosshatch Lace from More Sensational Knitted 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??