June 23, 2011

Eunice in Eriu

Pattern: Eunice from Cookie A's Sock Innovation
Yarn: Gaia's Colours Pales sock yarn in colorway "Eriu"

Finished at my LYS's stitch night last night!

June 6, 2011

FO: BMW socks

This is a project that was a long time in the making. Soon after I got hired at my fish job, my new boss, a BMW fan, asked for socks with a BMW logo on them. No problem, I said, I like a challenge.

Well, that was a year ago. I had a hard time getting going with this because for all of last summer, I had no interest in knitting socks. I finally got my sock mojo back late in the fall but these socks still didn't interest me.

Then I got busy with knitting all the Cookie A socks. I was back to being happy about knitting socks. I mentioned to a friend how I was having a hard time conceiving of the logo in a knit pattern. She whipped it up for me on her computer and suddenly my project seemed easier.

I discovered, in this process, that I *hate* intarsia. The yarns I used had different gauges and I had to have two strands of the blue yarn, hanging on bobbins, as well as the white and black carried along in the back. I decided to knit the logo sections in flaps, do a K2P2 flap in the back, and then seam the flaps together.

The end result was pretty satisfactory. It's not my best work, but I had gotten to the point where I was just so sick of the thing that I just wanted it done.

I finished them this morning and now I have one less burden on my mind. Now I have four Cookie A socks to finish (the first half of each pair is in my LYS on display), with the irony that I am soon moving from frigid Ucluelet to balmy North Carolina, and will have little need for socks for much of the year.

May 31, 2011

Noro BFF

I set myself the task of knitting a whole bunch of Cookie A socks before she came to Tofino for the Knits by the Sea retreat in April. I was able to complete four socks and was halfway through the first of this pair by the time the retreat arrived. The other four socks (singles at this point) are on display at the yarn shop. This is the pattern BFF from the Knit.Sock.Love. book. This pair took exactly one ball of Noro sock yarn, which surprised and pleased me.

I was surprised by this because there are only 300 and something yards of yarn on the ball. But I knit using 2.25mm needles, and having found that Cookie's socks knit up on the large size, I knit the Extra Small size of the sock. I have a size nine wide foot, and these are *still* a bit big on me, but they will make great boot socks.

I have to admit defeat here, I know know there is no way I will get twelve pairs of socks done for July. But I might get a few more pairs finished in the next month, which might bring my total to five or six...

April 30, 2011

last post blowout!

This will be my last post here on 12 socks, since I have finished with the 12 pair. So I figured I go out with a bang!
Here are the latest socks off my needles these last few weeks. (I guess that takes me a bit over the required 12 pair, but there is no such things as too many handknitted socks.... EVER)
For my DS and me I made some "leftover socks". I had a wee bit leftover of various sock yarns and made them into striped socks for him and me...

Then I made a pair of socks for my DH. I made him a pair like this 6 years ago and he loved them. Sadly the washer ate one sock and so he requested a new ones. Nothing would make me happier! So here they are. I charted the skull myself. My DD wants a some just like it (only the skull has to be pink) and those are the ones I'm knitting on now...

I also made a pair for a friend of ours. DH said her fave colour is blue (turns out it is red-orange...) She still liked the socks though.
I love the way they came out and HAVE to make myself some like these...
what do you all think?

 Here are two more socks in brown, for the same person that got the blue pair.. out of the softest yarn ever: baby alpaca!
 All these socks have been knitted without a pattern.

This takes (more then) care of June and July and hence completes the circle.So I will be making room here for the next generation of 12 sock-ers. Can't wait to see what they are up to.
If you like you can keep up with me on my own blog though... Rambling Designs. Hope to see you there!
All that's left to say is: 

Sock on my peeps!

March 10, 2011

Monkey socks for ME!!!!

I've finished another pair of socks call them February socks!!! They are Cookie A's Monkey socks and another of the free patterns on Ravelry!!

I have knitted them up in Jelliebean Yarns A Perfect Shade of Autumn (one of my splodge the colour anywhere dyeing days which I'm really pleased with the results!!!)

Now onto March and Beyond!!!

March 9, 2011

Another one done!

Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
May socks? Check!

Here they are :)
LOVE the pattern stitch! I found it in Big book of knitting stitch patterns on p. 44. it's called clasped rolls. HAVE to use it for socks for me now!
Needles size US4 (3.5 mm)
Yarn: vintage 100% wool in piggy-pink! Weeee weeeee! :D
Pattern: none.
Nitty gritty: toe up, short row heel. Super fun to knit!

February 26, 2011

April Socks

Ok here they are! A pair for my sweet son! :)
Super simple super fast, on size US7 needles. And since they were that fast and easy I have decided to only count them as half a sock. The other half of the April socks will be made up of some "Stutzn" as we call them in Bavaria! I made those for my husband beginning of February. They are very traditional half-socks worn in Bavaria.
First my son's socks:
Then the ones for my hubby:
There you have it! Off to make more socks!