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FO Friday: Well, half of one, anyway

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I finished the first sock! Sorry about the crappy picture- the colorway is hard enough to photograph at the best of times, but the light is horrible. On the up side, we’re expecting snow in a couple of hours!

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For those of you just turning in, this is a Mock Cable Sock (although there’s not much mock about it) in Candy Skein Yummy. There’s a whole lot more information in Wed.’s WIP post, here. This sock went very, very quickly, and I’ll hopefully have his twin soon! I have a ton of work to get to, but for more detailed posts, check out Tami’s.

FO Friday: Seine Socks

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Yesterday I finally had enough time to finish my River Seine Socks! Ok, so it  was during the student presentations in one of my History classes, but at this point I’m going to take advantage of anything I can get.

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For those of you keeping score at home, these are By the Seine River socks. I really enjoyed this pattern! The lace was pretty mindless and easy, but it had a great effect. It was the perfect pattern for how crazy my life is right now. Oh, and, as per usual, I modded them to make them toe-up.

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I ended up using exactly half of a 100g skein of Candy Skein Yummy (75% Merino, 25% Nylon) in the Butter Mints colorway. I will admit that this stuff isn’t exactly the softest yarn to knit with, although I’ve noticed that it does soften a little with washing. Still, it makes some hard-wearing fabric, which is EXACTLY what most of us are looking for in a sock yarn. Tami has outdone herself, as per usual, with the colorway. I’m usually not a huge pastel fan, but something about these colors are a little bit more grown up then the usual baby pinks and blues. I actually won this skein in a give-away, and I’m so so so so so thankful- it made some beautiful socks!

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Wip Wed: Addictively Knitting Socks

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Second Sock

Shhh- can’t stop now. I’m ready to turn the heel of my second sock! In case you’re wondering, they’re By the Seine River Socks in Candy Skein Yummy. I am loving how the pattern is meshing with the yarn. They’re tons of fun to knit, and I just can’t stop myself. More details when they’re finished- probably this Friday! For more. WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

Wip Wed: Socks!!!

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Monday afternoon, I cast on a pair of socks. This is my first break for selfish knitting in a while, I am enjoying it so much. Honestly, it’s Wednesday, and I’m ready to turn the heel. That’s right- I’ve already done the toe, foot, and gusset. They’re practically flying off the needles!

Candy Skein Yummy in Butter Mint

I’m using some Candy Skein Yummy in the Butter Mints colorway- light pastels that still have Tami’s signature depth of color. I received it in a generous give-away, and I am so thankful for that! Since my feet are so tiny, I’m going to try to only use half of my 100g skein for the pair.

By the River Seine

The pattern is By the Seine River by Dona Knits, one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve been jealous of the pattern since it came out, so I’m really excited for the chance to knit it! Of course, I can’t knit a pattern without modding the heck out of it, so I’ve converted these socks to toe-up, using Judy’s Magic Cast On and my regular toe-up sock pattern.

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FO Friday: Pillars Socks

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I finally managed to finish my pillars socks! I used just over 50g of some leftover Candy Skein Yummy (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon) in the electric blue “Arctic Mint” colorway. Can I just repeat how much I love Tami over at Candy Skein’s colors? They are always beautiful. The base for yummy is definitely intended for socks, however. It’s hard and just a teeny bit crunchy. While that doesn’t make it the most pleasant yarn to work with, I don’t think I’ll see any wholes in these socks anytime soon. It’s a bit of a toss-up, but one that probably won’t keep me from ordering from her in the future.

Artsy tilted shot.

I converted the socks from a cuff-down pattern to a toe up for a couple of reasons. First, I love toe-up, and pretty much have the toe and heel parts memorized, which, to be honest, is about all you need a pattern for beyond the stitch pattern. Second, this was the second half of a skein of yarn, and I wanted to use almost all of it. I succeeded there- I maybe, maybe have 2 yards left. Yeah!

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Unfortunately, I am not completely sure that I’m sold on the stitch pattern. It might have been the toe-up conversion, or I might have just not done the stitch pattern properly. I just think that it doesn’t exactly match the neatness of the socks in the picture. This probably would have been something to investigate a little more BEFORE I started working on the socks, but who has time for that when you JUST HAVE TO CAST ON. In the end, they were fun to knit, and it’s not like anyone is going to spend enough time staring down at my socks to notice that it doesn’t look completely right. Maybe blocking will help? I don’t normally block my socks, just wear them for a while and then wash. That’s something to consider!

Close up of the stitch pattern.

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WIP Wed: Still working on the socks

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I am so close to almost being finished with these socks that it’s not even funny. I literally have 9 rows of 1×1 ribbing and a sewn bind-off left. That’s maybe an hour of work. I can feel it. It’s going to happen. By the way, they’re Pillars Socks made in Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint, converted to Toe-Up.

Ok, I’ll admit it: this is the first sock. The second one is downstairs by the TV. So far away!

I also put some time into my Zest Cardigan yesterday. In the morning, I stopped by Hancock Fabric for buttons. Did I mention to you guys that Hancock is around the corner from my apartment. It’s a good thing that the best yarn they have is Wool-Ease, or I would be stopping there every morning on my walks. In the end, I decided on cheap (really cheap- 70 cents for 6) black buttons. They blend really well with the sweater and are light enough to not warp the fingering weight lace at all, which is pretty good.

Buttons!

I tried to make afterthought buttonholes, tried being the operative word. I don’t know how well they’ll hold… I followed a couple of tutorials that I found after a google search. I had looked in a couple of the knitting encyclopedias in the library (you know, the ones that are so big they would probably make a shelf collapse), and they had surprisingly little information about them. Even Principles of Knitting didn’t have more than a short entry. Still, I think they ended up working out. I’ll make sure to get pictures for Friday!

Buttonholes. I’m afraid they’re growing…

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WIP Wed.: Footy Fever

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I can’t believe that it’s been a week since my last post. I have absolutely no excuse: I haven’t been that busy, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, etc. I SHOULD have been posting. Oh well, all’s well that ends well.

As far as my Zest Cardigan goes, it’s still sitting in a corner, mostly finished. I even wove all of my ends in! I still need to solve the button problem, however. I don’t have any buttons yet, and I’m afraid to get any until I figure out how I want to do it. The pattern calls for a couple of button loops around the top so the sweater can flare out, but I usually don’t really like that look. Plus, I went up a size, so there’s considerably more ease then I think the designer intended. I am considering doing afterthought buttonholes so I can wear it like a regular, button-up cardigan. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint

In the mean time, I seem to have caught sock fever. I finished my striped socks last Saturday, and immediately started looking for another sock pattern to pair with stash yarn. After settling on my leftover skein of Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint, I browsed through the sock patterns in my ravelry queue. By the way, did you know that you can organize your queue by tags? I’ve done it so that I have separate lists for socks, things I want, and present ideas. It made life a lot easier!

Pillars Socks

From that list, I picked out the Pillars Socks. Of course, me being me, I had to convert it to toe-up, which I think may have messed with the design. Or maybe it’s just how I knit. But as I almost finish the first sock, I keep thinking to myself that I would have been much better off with another pattern, maybe these. Anyway, here’s my goal: without stopping, I am going to finish this pair of socks. I will not rip. I will not be disenchanted. It will happen, and then I will move on to the pattern that I want. I promise!

I dunno. I just think it looks a little…strange.

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