Thursday, January 31, 2008

Red monkey lace socks from a week ago

About a week ago, someone showed a post of some finished toe-up monkeys. i've been trying to comment, or post about them ever since, but due to various computer problems (read: I am an idiot!) was unsuccessful. Finally, I think i've figured it out, and now i can't remember the knitter's name! Argh! I hope you recognize yourself.
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.

A Day Early --- February's Stash Pick

The yarn is Shaeffer Yarn's Anne. There is no color listed on the tag. It's various shades of mossy green.
The pattern is Jeanne Townsend's Cascading Leaves.
So far, I've enjoyed knitting this pattern, but I definitely have to pay attention. I think I may decide to have another easy pattern pair on the needles for when I'm knitting with friends.

Dee at the Daily Stitch

January socks finished just in time!

Monkey Socks in Pigs in Mud Yarn
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
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.

~ My January Socks ~ #2

Here is the 2nd pair ~ I'll update with details later though I believe I have them in my previous post.
Plain Vanilla Socks for dh

I need to vent!

I see more and more patterns for toe up socks. I have tried the instructions from Knitty and just don't get it. It just seems like I have a mental block on understanding this technique. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE what can I do to learn this.


Stuck in a non-toe up world!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Exceeded Expectations!

I finished more in January than I ever hoped for. The top pair of socks is a modified Dublin Bay in Great Adirondack silk sock blend. The next is Noro Kureyon Sock yarn and the final pair is Opal 6 ply for my 6 year old. I can get one pair of adult ladies sock and one pair of children's sock out of the 150g ball of Opal 6 ply. I'm sure I won't keep this pace up for the year, but it is pretty exciting to have all these finished items.

February Goals:
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
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One Month Down

Finished! After years of stashing this yarn, I've finished the Cable socks from Debbie Bliss' Home book. They are knit with DB Cashmerino Baby and are super comfortable.

My Febrary plan is to knit the Merino Lace socks from Favorite Socks with some Madelinetosh that I *had* to have many months ago.

Monkeys in Paradise

I had two pair of socks that I had hoped to finish. Alas, only these are complete. They are the infamous Monkey socks, courtesy of Cookie A. Was I the last person to knit these? Why did I wait so long? This was a great pattern, quick and rewarding.
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.

My January Finish

This is my January pair of socks from stash. The yarn is ONline in the colorway: City. It was stashed in October 2007 and came into my stash as a birthday present from my son.

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.

January Knit, December Spun

Here is my first finished January sock, Railroad Rib sock by Evelyn Clark (a Fibertrends pattern):


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 ;

Wahoo! My first pair of 2008!

I am so happy to present to all of you my first pair of socks for 2008! This is my second pair of socks I have ever made so that makes me even more proud to show them off!
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

January Finished Socks!

I finished these socks today 1/28/08.

Pattern: Magic Loop Winter Socks (Magic Loop Booklet from Fiber Trends)
Size: Men's
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (Forest)
Needles: Size 5 Addi Turbo 40"

Angela T.

WIP-February Socks(Valentine Edition)

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!!

January/February socks?

I've already posted my January socks, and I'm not quite ready for my February socks. So, I'll post the socks I started in December and somehow failed to finish. This is sock #2, and should be done soon. Pattern is Monkey.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Second pair for January

After finishing my Firestarters I didn't have any socks on my needles. So when my colleague told that her daughter has taken Log cabin socks I knitted to her, I decided to knit new pair of socks for her. I had some pink Novita Seitsemän Veljestä (most popular worsted sock yarn in Finland, sold in almost every supermarket) in my stash and I wanted to get rid of it. Pattern is Brigid, which was quite quick to knit with 2.5 mm dpns. Now I'm waiting for my first Rockin' Sock Club packet so I'm not going to cast any socks until I got it.

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sometimes, I surprise myself.

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


Hi. My name is Katie and I've just recently found this blog. I'm really excited because I've got lots of sock yarn that I "discover" every time I look through the stash and keep meaning to use. I started a pair of socks in honor of the blog. They're Rio de la Plata, using the Jaywalker pattern. These'll probably be for February!

They are done

The ugly socks are done. I used the Lacy Mock Cable pattern. Very easy but.....they don't fit me or my daughter. I think my friend's daughter might fit them.

Four new Skeins

My mother sent me 4 skeins of sock yarn, just because. :)

Here are my first socks for 2008. The yarn is a wool/nylon blend sock yarn courtesy of Thankewe on 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

Pair 1 & 2

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.

Almost There!

I'm impressed by all you fast knitters. Thanks for the motivation! Here's my January progress photo.

Broad Spiral Ribbing Socks

The Owl socks for my MIL's 60th birthday are finished:

Broad Spiral Ribbing socks
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

Roundabout Socks

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.

Cable extravaganza

Hello All!
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.

Felici Pebbles

A little bit of January success. Felici Pebbles for The Adored One.
I used WendyKnits square toe cast on, worked the pattern from Ann Budd's
sock book - crossed cables, following the formula from Crazy Toes and Heels.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Kaylee Sock Pattern FOUND!!!

Email me if you would like me to forward this on.

Pair #4 for January

Here is pair #4 from my stash for January...Jaywalkers using Lorna's Lace's in the Knit Happens colorway. This is my 1st pair of Jaywalkers. The pattern in quite fun. I started these on 18 Jan and finished on 23 Jan. I'm going to try to crank out one more pair for January. I've picked a pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks and some solid color yarn from my stash.
Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pair #2 - January

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.


Looking for a .pdf

I really would like to make a pair of Kaylee socks, but the pattern seems to not be online anymore (I think I saw somewhere that the designer was moving her blog and then got sick). I'm hoping that someone out there has the pattern and wouldn't mind sharing it.

Firestarters finished

yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock (72 grams)
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 started them 2nd January and finally finished the last one yesterday. I liked the pattern a lot so might knit another pair someday. These socks were third pair I finished this year and if I knit quickly I might finish another pair from my stash in this month. I have decided to knit SixSox-pattern on February and I pick yarn from my stash. I'm not going to choose yarn until I have seen the pattern but I'm sure I have enough yarn to knit socks from my stash.
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My pick for February

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.

January part two

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!

Flame Corioli Finished (and adored!)

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.

Hi There!

I am so glad I found this group because I need to commit to digging into some stash. It's quickly accumulating at an alarming rate. I started these the end of December with just such an intention in mind. They are Cable Socks knit with some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby that I bought ages ago for the purpose of knitting my first socks. Ooops. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss' Home book.
Now that I have a goal, I've gotta start making some plans for next month!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

completed sidewinders!

First off, what a super fun sock pattern! I highly recommend this one for anyone who has some kind of self-striping/self-patterning sock yarn and is yearning for some new and exciting way to use it!


pattern: sidewinders: a perpensockular pattern, from nonaKnits
yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Crazy Color 4-ply / 4-fädig
needles: US2 circulars
stared: 12/27/07
completed: 1/21/08

I've got extended comments on my blog, and of course on ravelry!


50 year-old challenge

It is 2008 and for me this is a big year. This is the year that I turn 50. I am o.k. with this and am going to embrace the 50 feeling. Since this is the big year, I thought I would put a challenge out to my family and friends .... This year I would like to receive 50 balls of sock yarn to celebrate. Do you think my family and friends will do it? I don't know...but it will keep them on their toes (lol). Do you think I am over the top? I will let you know how it goes. So far I have received three balls. When I use them in my monthly sock I will let you know!

Finished January socks

Ok... I have to admit that I cheated a little... my first pair was more a "Socks from UFO Pile" than "Socks from Stash", but I decided that it's just as good for my soul. Now I feel I can attack the stash in peace.
The sock on the right is actually bigger than the one on the left :( That's what I get for waiting 2 years to finish a pair.
Looking forward to February...

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Monday!

Hi Everyone!
I thought I would stop by and give a quick update. I am working on the Evening Stockings for a Young Lady from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush in Kraemer Sterling. I am knitting them 2-at-a-time via Magic Loop on U.S. size 1 addi lace needles. I have completed the cuff and 3 lace repeats. I am knitting the modified version to make them regular socks rather than knee highs and will probably knit 7 or 8 lace repeats before starting the heel flap.

Another Pair of Socks for January

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!!


Well they are done

The full socks and then just the leg part called Tiday wave.

I finished my first pair of sock for January. They would have been done sooner if I hadn't had to frog the graphing of the toes 3 times. I have been graphing for 20 years and still get it wrong on occassion. This was one of them. Anyway they are done and my daughter loves them. The pattern is Tidal Wave that I found on the internet. This is the first pair of patterned socks I have made and I am hooked. I have a pair ( only the 1st one) on needles in plain ribbing and I can hear the frogs because it deserves a much better pattern. I am now searching for my second patterned sock pattern and have narrowed it down to 2 or 3.