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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!

Socks!

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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Cast On Monday

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Over the weekend, something magical happened. On Sunday afternoon I finished the yoke that would never end. I was so excited by this, that (after awkwardly trying on the unblocked lace sweater which was, of course, too small) I blocked my Zest Cardigan right away. Go me!

closer up

You may notice that one of the sleeves is shorter than the other one. I’m a little concerned by this- they both used the same amount of repeats, but something about the angle of how I was blocking them on the floor made it a lot harder to get length out of one than the other. We’ll see what happens when they’re finished- I can always re-block it!

Just a toe

In order to give my hands something to do while the Olympics are on and the sweater is still blocking, I’ve just cast on a quick pair of socks. This is just the beginning of a toe. I only have one skein of Knit Picks Felici, so I guess they’ll just be anklets. Although with my small feet, they’ll probably go up past my shoes a little.

Felici, already halved

Felici is an incredibly soft self-striping sock yarn. I just looked at the label, and it’s 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, so that explains it. I’m using the Moonlit colorway, which is stripes of purple, violet, blue, teal, and lime green. I have no idea how it will look, so it’s probably best that they will be safely tucked into my socks! I took the time to half the skein with my teeny-tiny yarn scale. The measurements aren’t exact (there’s one ball of 25.1g and one of 24.3g), but it will probably be a good indicator of when to stop. In any case, I’m using the smaller ball first, so I won’t have to do too much ripping!

1 Week of Blogging all Rolled Up into One Post

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This past week has been killer. That’s not to say that I haven’t been knitting- oh no, there’s been knitting. But it’s been more of the ‘frantic stockinette to soothe my nerves’ than the ‘look, pretty! let’s take a second to stop and show the blog.’ That would be why there have been no posts. Still, today, I have a bunch of stuff to make up for the madness. The procrastination has taken hold! First, I’ll show off my finished Scrappy Socks. For those of you just turning in, I made these socks entirely out of leftover sock yarn that’s been chilling in my stash. Green! Eco-Friendly! Yeah!

Sock numero dos: completed yesterday morning-ish.

They don’t fit extremely well, which is a tad bit disappointing. I would have thought that I have my perfect sock recipe down by now, but I’m blaming it on the slightly different gauges of the fingering sock yarn. The light green is spud and chloe sock. Let me say, that stuff is like super-sock-yarn, which is why I chose it for the heel. The silk content + the way it is spun (magic?) + the slightly thicker than normal yarn= a pretty hard wearing sock. It might be a little baggy, but I’m perfectly happy with it.

Can you spot the difference?

Well, CAN you see it? I ended up switching the yarn for the toe on the second sock. The first one was the knit picks sock yarn that I just have lying around for contrasting/coordinating toes and heels. By the time I finished that sock, though, I knew that I would have a TON of the bluish yarn left. That’s Knit One, Crochet Too something or other, and it’s a pleasure to work with. I seem to remember that there is some silk in there (maybe?), so it just flows through your fingers like…silk. Anyway, I still have about 15g left of it, so it will probably make some very nice toes in the future, too. And one final picture, just for your pleasure…

Posing!

Of course, no weekend is complete without a blog week in review. We’ve got some good ones! First, Minding My Own Stitches finished her Santa Fe socks. Normally, I wouldn’t get so excited about a seemingly simple pair of socks, but I just wanted to honor her perseverance with the colorwork. Her first try came out WAY TOO TIGHT, but did she send them to the frog pile of shame? No, she kept at it. And that’s much more than I’ve ever done for colorwork.

Next, Gynx’s Aphrodite 2.0 is really, really cool. And when I say cool, I don’t mean cool construction, or cool technique, or cool yarn (even though it is all of those things). It just looks like something that someone much cooler than me would wear. And this is also a re-boot of a previous project, too!

Knitting Sandwich, always one of my favs, made a baby sweater…knit on the bias. Oh yeah, it’s like the baby is wearing a v-neck, except it’s just really clever construction!

While Don’t Drool on the Wool’s red cabled cropped pullover is not something that I would personally wear, it certainly has style. And cables. Oh, the cables.

Erin-Kate’s slouchy beret-style hat is entirely her own invention, and very, very unique. Instead of ribbing, she added holes to thread a ribbon through on the pattern. From the pictures, it looks like the cloud slouch sits pretty well on the head, too. No more slouchy hats falling off at odd times!

Finally, Knitted Bliss’s Alluvial Cowl is squooshy and cabley and cozy and everything right in the world. Trust me, you have to see this baby.

As per usual, if you’re doing a blog week in review (someone join me, please!), don’t forget to click the linky above and add your blog. And if you’re looking for some more blogs to read, check to see who else has joined! Thanks for stopping by, guys, and hopefully I’ll be able to talk to you soon!

FO Friday: 1 Week Socks

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I think I’ve decided to rename my newest pair of socks. 1 Week Socks sounds a whole lot better, and I’m so proud of the fact that they only took me a week to finish, even with all of other stuff I had to do.

1+1=a pair of socks in less than a week!

For those of you just tuning in, I made this dead-simple pair of stockinette anklets using my usual toe-up slip stitch heel model and some leftover yarn. It was about 45g of Twilight Knits Superwash Merino in the Duchess colorway, but now there’s less than a yard left! Woo for the stashbusting! The colorway is amazingly bright: I don’t know if I could ever use it to make something that people would actually see, but it works well for the simple stockinette of a pair of socks. Unfortunately, judging by how my other pair has worn, the colors won’t be so bright for very long. Of course, that could be the fact that I loved that pair so often that they got A LOT of wear, and a lot of washing.

tip-toe

The anklet length is a little shorter than I would like. If I could go back, I would at least do the toes or heels in a contrasting color so I could get enough length that they would go above the edge of my tennis shoes. Still, they work perfectly well, and I’d probably not change them from anything!

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Anklet!

In other news, there’s a new episode of Game of Thrones this weekend! I’m so excited. After last season I actually geeked out and read all of the books. There is something so satisfying about reading a well-written 800+pg. fantasy novel, much less a whole series of them. Unfortunately, the author does have the tendency to kill off all of my favorite characters 😦 I can’t wait to see what they do with the second book on the TV show- I’m sure it will be awesome!

WIP Monday?

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Today I want to finally get back to talk about what I’m knitting RIGHT NOW, instead of introducing patterns that I actually knitted DAYS, if not WEEKS ago. So, let’s get started! I ended up marathon knitting my second slanted sock. It’s not that I wanted to work on it. In fact, I had a little but of second sock syndrome. Shhhh. Don’t tell. I just wouldn’t let myself work on anything else until I finished the socks. Couple that with a “How I Met Your Mother” Marathon on netflix, and by the time I was halfway up the foot I was feeling the pattern again.

the first sock, completed a couple of days ago- of all of the pictures of this sock, this one is closest to the actual colorway. It just needs a bit more green.

Of course, this was only the second time I’ve used Judy’s Magic Cast On for toe up socks (and the first time was the first sock in this pair!). I somehow managed to turn the sock inside out on the first row, giving it a single purl ridge right at the tip of the toe. Honestly, it doesn’t look that bad. I was so happy that I had finally gotten the right number of stitches without flip-flopping the direction of the yarn that I didn’t rip it out right at the beginning, and I’m certainly not ripping it now. And if I was doing a more textured sock, I might even purposefully do it!

purl ridge toe

In summary, these socks are made out of Knit One, Crochet Two Croc-O-Dye in a light blue/light green/white colorway. I used the Basic Slip Stitch Heel sock pattern from Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up with just a couple of mods. Taking into account my super-tight sock knitting tendencies, I made up a size between the Med. and Large, changing the stitch count. To get the slant waves, I used a yo, k2, ssk, k5 stitch pattern on one sock (alternating with knit rows), and a k2tog, k2, yo, k5 knit pattern on the other sock (also alternating with knit rows), making two socks that go in opposite directions. It ended up being a fun little knit. The stitch pattern was simple enough to do while watching TV, and the yarn was a great colorway. It did get a little splitty at times, but that might have been my unreasonably tight/OCD guage.

second sock- goes in the opposite direction from the first one!

In other news, after talking about it for what seems like FOREVER, I’ve finally cast on the Nantes Hat, the lacey/cabley confection from the last issue of Interweave Knits. I’m just making it out of Patons Classic Wool (100% wool) from my stash in a slightly darker than lime green colorway. The yarn isn’t anything special (in fact, I think I originally bought it for felting but never actually did anything with it), but it will show off the crazy awesomeness of the pattern pretty well. Here’s the ravelry link to my project page. Still, in the end, I think I’m going to give it away. As much as I think I’ll love it, I just have too many hats, and I do have a recipient in mind. My friend has an early January Birthday, so I was going to ship her a double Christmas/Bday present sometime soon. She’s already getting my green sample Flying Home Scarf (new pattern!) in Frog Tree Alpaca sportweight, so adding a hat will really make it a nice, round double present!

Nantes Hat