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?