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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.

Year in Review Part 1: Socks!

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I guess it’s that time of the year again! I figured I would split my review of the past year into a few smaller, more manageable chunks. Even though I’ve had several weeks of a break, my brain still feels a little fried from that last semester. Hopefully, things will get better soon! I’ll start today with everyone’s favorites, the socks! I honestly thought that I had made more than 6 pairs throughout the year, but I guess I’m wrong. I might consider making that a resolution for next year- knit more socks. Lord knows I have enough sock yarn in my stash!

Starting at the top and going left to right (and newest to oldest), there are the By the Seine River Socks using Candy Skein Yummy in Butter Mint. I remember modding the pattern to make it top-down, but they still fit like a dream! The stitch pattern isn’t bulky at all, but allows just a bit of breathability. Plus, I still have the other half of this skein, so you better bet there will be another pair in these colors soon!

Next up, there’s the Pillars Socks. These are also in Candy Skein Yummy, although this colorway is Arctic Mint. Somewhere along the line I messed up the stitch pattern a little, but I still think they looks awesome. Plus, this picture totally shows the electric blue of this colorway. Trust me, if you haven’t picked any up yet, you MUST try Candy Skein. The Yummy is her standard wool/acrylic sock yarn blend. It is definitely not the softest sock yarn I’ve worked with, but it is fairly hard wearing the the dye is holding pretty well. Plus, her colors are just out of this world!

I knit these little anklets using the ever-wonderful Knit Picks Felici Self-Striping yarn. I have no idea how they make sock yarn this soft, but it actually came out of the machine looking the same as when it went in! Alas, I sent these on to my sister for a birthday present, so I guess I’m just going to have to add on a skein to my next order ūüôā

Next are my Bubble Stream Socks. I remember this pattern being pretty awesome to knit- very entertaining. Still, I wish that I had added just a few stitches to it, because it does tend to not stretch the way stockinette does, making it a little tighter on my feet. I used the other half of the Candy Skein I mentioned earlier- it does knit into some awesome socks!

My Scrap Socks started as just being a fun way to waste time and use up some scrap yarn, but they did turn out into a pretty nice pair of socks. I love wearing them because they remind me of all of the projects I used the yarn for- even the gifts!

Finally, I started out the year with a pair of simple anklets using the rest of my Twilight Knits Superwash Merino Fingering Weight in the Duchess colorway. The first pair had faded a lot with some pretty heavy wear, but these haven’t yet. I just love those bright colors so much! And these are short enough that pretty much no one notices them, which means I can wear them whenever!

That’s it for now! Tomorrow I have a HUGE blog week(s) in review to share, plus I’ll show off my finished accessories from this year. Let’s get excited!

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.

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.

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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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FO Friday: Striped Anklets

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From the top, tucked under a pair of jeans

This pair of socks pretty much flew off the needles in under a week, they were so addictive. I used just one 50g skein of Knit Picks Felici (75% Merino, 25% Nylon) in the Moonlight Colorway. It was definitely an odd combination, but I think it ended up working out. The yarn is¬†incredibly¬†soft, and I absolutely love that. On the other hand, I don’t think the stripes are exactly uniform- some colors seem a little bit shorter then others. In the long run, that’s not a big deal, but it is something to consider if you’re thinking about some stripey socks.

The second sock

Interestingly, my second sock ended up starting out in a different spot then the first sock, so the colors are different. Still, considering how eclectic the colors are, I don’t think it takes too much away from the overall feel of the pair. I am considering giving these to my sister for her birthday. I gave her a pair in stroll (which is nowhere near as soft) a couple of years ago, and she says she basically only wears those around the house, so I figure that a pair as soft as these will also make great house socks. And that way, I can work on other pairs for myself!

See- the sequence is really off.

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