July 31, 2010

Finished My July Socks!

Just under the wire - very late last night, while watching the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie, I finished my orange "Red Brick Road" socks, by Wendy D. Johnson, as known as "WendyKnits".  The yarn is "The Usual", a multi-plied (eight or more tiny plies?) fingering in an orange colourway called "Chinese Take-out".  I started these socks in April of 2009, and completed the first in about three months.  The first sock was done cuff-down, though the pattern calls for toe-up, but I wasn't comfortable with toe-up knitting then.  Then I started this second one this July, toe-up this time, using the Turkish Cast-on, and knit it very tall/long.  It was longer than my first.  I then had to rip out the cast-on edge and ribbing of cuff-down sock, which was difficult as I was ripping out the opposite way it had been knit.  I picked up the stitches, though it was messier than I anticipated.  And then knit up to match the longer second sock.  The weird seam in the leg makes the sock look a little like a Frankin-sock now.  Oh well, on my upper leg, no one will see it.

Necessary pictures:

July 29, 2010

August in July

I finished my August pair. I have to get a move on,since I might not have as much time to knit socks in August. (2 of my Kids have their Birhtdays in August and my husband has an operation coming up and will need my help after that)
So, without further ado, here they are.

Needles: US size 2 and 3
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks in summer moss jaquard 
Pattern: I used the tutorial in the Fall knitty of 06 for the double knit method to knit two socks on DPN's at the same time! FUN!!!
Nitty gritty: short row heel,I did them toe up (instead of cuff down as shown in the tut), so I could knit until I ran out of yarn.

I already cast on for my next pair... socks on size US 1... they will be my December pair LOL...

July Socks are Done

Okay, so they've technically been done since July 24th, but since I finally have pictures for you, here's the first pair for the 12 Socks Project

Adaptation of Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä, and also Fingering Weight Toe Up Sock with SlipStitch Heel by Wendy Johnson

Yarn:Rio De La Plata Sock Solid in Medieval Blue. This is a now discontinued yarn that I had picked up on the Puget Sound LYS Tour 2009.

Thoughts: The patterns were great, and I liked the yarn alright. Unforunately, through my own doing, as I was working the bind off, I actually ripped the yarn at the top (see the blob on the right hand sock at the cuff?)and ended up having to pick back up 8 stitches and redo the bind off after I had already bound off all the other stitches. I used the Elizabeth Zimmerman Sewn Bind off, which gave me a super stretchy edge. Would I knit these again? Sure. If I had the desire to knit for MYSELF for once. :) Great instruction, and a really pretty pattern.

Coming soon: Phineas socks by Rosemary Waits, August 2010, which are also being done toe up in my Knit Fit Knitting Footapy in Daily News.

July 28, 2010

2 pairs finished.

Hi there. I am knittywittywoo everywhere and I am addicted to knitting socks.

I have finished 2 pairs recently. They do seem to have been on the needles for ages though as I got distracted with spinning for The Tour de Fleece on Ravelry.

These are for my husband. Sometimes it's nice to have a plain pair on the needles for times that concentration is low. The wool is from Regia.

These are for me, call me selfish but if I am going to spend lots of time on a patterned sock, especially the first time I have tried the pattern, they are mine.

I loved doing these and really have no excuse about them taking so long to finish. I dyed the wool this colour especially for them.

The pattern is Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt and it really is a lovely pattern.

I still have socks on the needles though, a plain pair for me and a pair in 2x2 rib for the husband. Also considering casting on for another patterned pair.

July 21, 2010

July socks done!

Okay, okay...I really didn't push myself this month. I dug out a pair that had been languishing in my bag for months. They really needed to be finished and I really needed something simple to ease myself back into the sock knitting mode.

I taught a beginners sock knitting class at my LYS this spring. Worsted weight, top down, dpn's (my student did Magic Loop), afterthought heel.
Seeing the light of day for the first time in months:

And then on to the finish:

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash - 1 Ball (these are about a women's size 6 sock)
Needles: Lantern Moon size 4 DPN's
Pattern: LYS class pattern written by me

Verdict: Quick knit but boring for someone that has knit a few pairs of socks. Would be great under boots or around the house. I should have blocked them, but was too anxious to get pictures and get back to work.

On to new things for August! I borrowed the book Socks From the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson from my library and started the Slip Stitch Heel Basic Socks pattern.

This is my first time doing socks toe up and also my first time doing them on 2 circulars. So far? Total love.

See ya in a couple of weeks for pair number 2!

Sooooooo Close!

I am 14 rows and then some ribbing away from being done with the first pair for 12 Socks! Squeeeeeee! Check out the glorious wavy watery waves (yes, I did say wavy waves!)

I am really happy with how these are going. The only issue that came up is that the ball of yarn for one of the socks decided it wanted to implode, then explode, and then freeze in said horrible state. It took me about an hour to untangle the mess and rewind the cake (by hand! Thanks to CraftyCoug who taught me how to do that!)

These should be done by the end of the month. (I honestly can't imagine them *not* being done 8 days from now! Now I just need to decide what's up next...

July 14, 2010

Kalajoki Socks

This is what I've done so far. Turned the heels, and have started working back and forth on the first slip stitch heel. The foot took 1.5 pattern repeats for my mom's petite feet. The last two photos give the truest color definition, but the first two give you a better look at the stitch pattern.

Pattern: chart from Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä, using Wendy Johnson's Basic Toe Up with Slip Stitch Heel

Yarn:Rio De La Plata:Sock Solid in SS15-Medieval Blue

Needle Size::Addi Lace in US 0 (2.0 mm)

Thoughts: I really like the pattern, it's very watery and fluid, and even though I am using a yarn that really couldn't do much in the way of stitch definition due to its darker color. The color is more of a Navy, unlike the color shown on the website. The pattern is easy to follow (Wendy Johnson's) and the chart is great. The reason that I am not using the Kalajoki pattern in its entirety is because my mother is the one who requested the socks, and she has a better fit with the slip stitch heel. The Kalajoki pattern is easy to follow, and if you use the entire pattern, you also get the opportunity to do "anatomical toes" which means the toes are actually shaped according to which foot the sock goes on. Also, the river stitch pattern is mirrored, so they both sit slightly on the outside of the foot. All in all, it's very pretty, even with a darker yarn.

July 11, 2010

July-socks done :)

Hello! I'm here too! I'm spinndiva from Rambling designs! :)
On to the socks now!

I had some leftover yarn from another project, that wanted using up. So I made socks! Of course! :)
Pattern: No pattern, just a pretty cable stitch. (can be found on p. 101, "Claw Cable",in "Big book of Knitting Patterns" from Sterling Publishing, as well as in numerous other books, I'm sure)
Yarn: one partial skein Spa in coral lipstick, from Naturally Caron
Needles: size US3 DPN
Nitty-gritty: Cuff down, short row heel, star toe
They are short, since I had only a partial skein leftover. I do like the cable though and might use it on longer socks later on.
 Close up of cable:
(The colour is closer to nature in the first two pictures.) 
On to August! :)
I started them: Toe up and two at once (DKing)! Wish me luck! I know people do it top down all the time.. I wanted toe up for a change....So far so good!
Here is a sneak-peak:

July 7, 2010

yarnsalad WIP#1

From the Melissa Morgan-Oakes book 2-at-a-Time Socks book, I'm using the Belle Epoque pattern. Gaia's Colours Pales Superwash Merino sock in the colorway 'Folta'. I'm getting about an inch done per day.

One way I have found to keep track of which is sock #1 and which is #2 is to tie knots in the tail - one knot in sock 1, two knots in sock 2.

I really like knitting with this yarn but the dye comes off on my hands when I'm knitting with it. I hear this happens with indie dyers sometimes.

I also worried that the pattern of the sock would get lost in the colour variation of the yarn - something I hadn't considered when I first put yarn, needles, and pattern together, because the yarn isn't that variegated. But I think I'm going to like this when it's all done.

I only started knitting socks about a year and a half ago. I bought the aforementioned book and have knit more than half the patterns in it, some of them twice. I feel like I really have a handle now on the two-at-a-time technique with the heel flap.

Just last night I finished a pair of socks that were my first toe-up sock with short-row shaping. I started that months ago so I won't include it here, but be sure to check on my personal blog for that story.

July 4, 2010

Welcome to the 12 Socks Blog!

I figured that we all need a central place to post pics and blog (if you dont already have a blog) about the crazy project that is now called 12 Socks.

This all started about a week ago.... with this photo:

I reblogged it on Tumblr and Melissa aka ATreeHuggersWife on twitter re-tweeted it and came up with the goal of knitting 12 pairs of socks in 12 months. She re-posted the "challenge" and shortly there after Chris aka VTKnitboy joined in. Mind you... he's a sock GENIUS!! Next, Karin aka iknit2purl2 on twitter joined in :) My friend Joni aka orbitalpopdog asked if she could join in too!

We've been keeping track of all the fun on twitter via the hastag #12socks so if you want to see what we're all up to, just take a peek :)

Now, I cast on my first pair on July 1st. I want to learn how to knit them toe up and eventually 2 at a time. For now though, I started with what I know... top down :)

Pair #1 - Dark Grey

In between working on getting this blog up today... I've managed to finish my first sock! woo hoo!!!

So, if you want to join in on what is now an adventure... just check out the "How to Join" page :)

Happy Knitting everyone!