Monday, January 30, 2006

After a couple of months, these socks can finally be taken off the needles!
Pattern: Mermaid socks from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet"
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Jay Pond purchased from Katie on EBay. I have plenty left from the second skein to do something else. Hmmm...
Comments: I made these for my sock pal2, and liked them so much that I decided to make myself a pair. I made far more mistakes in my pair than her's, thank goodness!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

not happy, Jan

I haven't had a great deal of time this week for knitting, although some has been done when I watched the tennis/cricket at night.

I'm almost down to the toe shaping on the first sock being done for a friend who moved to Armidale last year to study and who nearly froze in the winter. These are basically a boot sock and the Lionbrand Magic stripes in grey and deep red look quite good and should be warm.

I've also created what is destined to become a UFO. Elann wool in a most uninspiring beige, brown clour. 2.25 neeedles. One has taken me ages of boredom. I was going to make Creeping Vines on Jeane Townsend's group. Made some sort of mess through inattention at the heel so ripped that out.

Redid the sock with hearts done in purl around the top. Hearts were then reversed and I moved onto heel. I did a short row heel which looks very good. The foot took forever and every time I measured I could hardly see any progress. I've just grafted the toe but am not satisfied with it. I normally do a much better job.

Tried it on and it doesn't feel comfortable. Can't pinpoint the problem. It's quite obvious I'm not going to like or probably wear these, so I'm not going to even start the second sock.

I'll keep the sock. I just may need some heel or toe contrast.

Who says they have to match?

A pair of socks? Ok so not a pair exactly. I have one Opal Chameleon and one Patonyle Jaywalker :)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Mirabella Socks, done!

Finally, Mirabella Socks are done! Well these were actually finished late in December, but just haven't got around to blogging it. Now here they are!

And side view:

Pattern: Mirabella Socks by MJ at yummy yarn
Yarn: About 1.5 balls of Elle Pure Wool 8-ply from Lincraft
Needles: Brittany Birch 3.25mm (US 3) — love these needles!

Because of the thicker yarn used, I had to adjust the pattern a bit, and unfortunately I couldn't fit in the pretty honeycomb pattern on the sides. The sock is 46 sts in the round all up.

These are the first pair of socks that I've ever knitted, and I really really love it. (Thank you MJ for sharing the pattern!) I think it will get a lot of wear when the weather gets cooler.

More thoughts and notes in my blog.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

the motherlode has landed

After being without a computer for a month, and also being a bit time challenged, I bring you, the motherlode socks:

These are 60 sts in the round , 30 for a flap heel, plain ol' stocking stitch socks in Lorna's Laces "motherlode" colourway. The self patterning looks good, IMHO. I have been nothing short of inspired with all of the mega groovy socks beign produced out there in sock it to me Summer blogland! I reckon that if you used a different colour for the ribbed band, the heel and the toe, on a 2.5 mm needle, you could almost get away with 1 skein only of LL. Has anyone else out there thought of this and tried it?

More finished socks to come shortly!

Friday, January 20, 2006

All socks, all the time!!

Hi all
Just a quick post to check in, but no pics today, sorry!!
Socks are all I have on the needles ATM (except for the delightful Kate from the latest Knitty, nearly finsihed)!! I'm currently in the middle of the first of a pair I'm doing as a 'Sock Saviour', one of the Sockapaltwoza participants didn't get her pair, so I volunteered to knit a pair for her. Alison (blue blog) sent me some cotton yarn to knit with, which has been interesting.
I also have a plain, stockinette on Magic Loop out of an Opal hand-dyed pair (well, the first of a pair happening) - these are my mindless, take along knitting ATM, and also my 'new' technique (Magic Loop, which I'm not totally infatuated with, but will keep plugging away).
Next up is the swatching for the ball of Trekking XXL in the fabulous 100 colourway that I got through the lovely Lisa over at Sock Monster. Can't wait to get these underway!!
There's a new baby just arrived and one on the way that will need warm footsies this winter, so must get those underway, And oh yeah!! My own kids have requested 'mum made' socks too!!
So there it is for the moment - if I can drag myself outside into the heat today, I will provide pics soon.

Andrews socks

Andrews socks
Originally uploaded by Jan2132.
This is the last pair of socks out of the current batch for this particular family. I had to tink the toe of the first sock and make it longer. Fortunately I found this out while babysitting out there on Wednesday. Andrew's feet also need a wedge toe so I had to kitchener this one. I tried pulling stitches in, but the sock just wasn't right.

These are in Lionbrand magic stripes, about the closest thing to cast iron socks for a tightly wound bundle of energy hidden in a boy shape. He's never still.

Seven a couple of weeks ago, he's been told that next summer he will be playing cricket in a ten year old team. Currently he bowls a full length, instead of half a pitch like the rest of the team. When he bats, the coach makes the fielders spread right out.

He plays soccer in the winter and on registration day some mothers said that if he was in a team to put their sons in the same team, not the opposition because they would not play opposite him.

Both these sports are practised constantly at home along with other seven year old games and bike riding. Endless energy. He worked out he could practise batting by himself by throwing a ball against the house wall and then hitting it on the return.

So cast iron socks are necessary. These look long, but aren't too big by much. By winter they'll be a good fit.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

talk about summer socks

these have no heel and no toe!

here is my latest free pattern, this one is for yoga socks...a really quick knit!

the red sock is knit from sock-weight yarn, the other from Noro silkgarden.

One pair of sockettes from 'Yarn Magazine 'finished. The black and grey isn't my favourite colour but they were quick and easy and, aren't as round toed when worn.I love these little socks in winter ..i live in them. I also really like the slip/ knit(slip 1 st knit the next , then purl the other side and onwards)method for a nice even thick heel....I may have even broken my second sock voodoo.! (sorry about the picture .. i scanned it ) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

More socks finished

I have just finished a pair of socks for my 3yo. Sadly, they don't match and so I will have to knit two more for him so he will end up with two pairs not 1. I thought the balls were both the same, but no, different patterns, same colours.

Photo later.

I have also started a pair of socks for my partner. BLACK kid mohair/wool/ackrillic 8ply on 3.25mm needles. Having a shit of a time getting the cast on right. Toe-up sherman heel/toe. I just seem to have too many stitches on. His foot is wide 9" but not that wide. See you later .


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

toras socks

toras socks
Originally uploaded by Jan2132.
Victoria Claire, otherwise known as Tora, is 3 1/2 years old. She's a petite sweetie wholooks like a Victorian postcard. Big dark eyes, lots of long curly dark hair which is usually pulled into one bunch, strangely old fashioned but which totally suits her.

The feet on these look huge for her ittle legs, but I rang her mum to find out the length.

I bought the yarn at the Stitches and Craft show last year, June or July (??) as an experiment. It's from Bendigo Mills but the yarn comes from Italy. 45% wool, 45% cotton, 10% nylon. Finished article is OK but I probably wouldn't get any more. It's a bit hard on the fingers to knit. However, as an experiment at $3/ball it worked fine.

Monday, January 16, 2006

morgans socks

Originally uploaded by Jan2132.
Fire engine red, much redder than photo shows. It's sock wool from Elann and from a purchase of about 35 balls, these were the only ones that gave me a surprise in colour. They were much redder than showed on monitor. All the rest were good matches. However, they are fine for children. These are for my youngest grandaughter who is just over one year old.

A very quick knit, done while watching the tennis or cricket.

I have three grandaughters, 5, 3, and just over 1. A grandson has just turned seven and another is just 6 months and started crawling the day he turned 6 months. So lots of littlies who love grandma's socks. Now I'll have to do some more for the others. The older ones already compete to sit next to me at family gatherings.

Just remembered that I already have a pair of little girls anklet socks about 70% finished. Must drag them out and finish them. A nice head start on another pair. I hope they have needles with them or I might have to experiment to find what I started them on.

It's easy stuff to do while watching the tennis or cricket. I don't watch a lot of tennis but was given the example of a cricket tragic grandmother when I was young. She used to stay up at night to listen to the shortwave radio broadcasts of the Tests from England.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I'm done!

Behold the Socka Socks - 2 socks on 2 circs - toe up! All done.

The purists will notice they are not completely symmetrical as they didn't start exactly in the same place on both balls - but I like them and they are here to stay. I have made a few varigated socks now and think I would like to try a pair in one colour to do some fancy lacework....

I've done it, I've finally cast on!

Nothing too exciting, no JayWalkers or whizz bang pattern's here, just teeny tny 2.5 dpn's and Heirloom Jigsaw and a basic sock pattern...but you gotto start somewhere right? These are my second ever pair of socks, the first being a practice pair of 8 ply "Creative Knitting" "The sock stripped bare" socks. So these are the first REAL socks!
They shall hence forth be named "The QR socks" because the majority of the knittin' is happening on my commute into the Brisbane CBD on QR or Queensland Rail! So stay tuned for progress!

Actually, does a "YARN" wine sock count as a sock? In that case I have an almost FO to show too, just need to felt it!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

First FO for 2006

January socks
Originally uploaded by melanieviney.
Yay! I finally got these socks finished. I only cast the second one on last october. By the time I got up to the heel I had to re-learn what I was suppused to do. This also accounts for the different toes.

Also this is my first entry for the 2006 sock a month KAL.

I now have to find a supplier for some 2.5mm DPNS and some yummy sock yarn so I can cast on for Jaywalker.
Opal chameleon This sock is nothing like I was expecting and I am disapointed with how it is turning out. I guess I prefer thiner stripes. Technically nothing really wrong with them, I just don't 'love' them is all.
Jaywalker 2 Patonyle dicontinued colour. These I am totally in love with.
Miss B's socks. Blah I don't have to like these.... as long as Miss B does.

As you can see I havn't finished a thing but have definately been busy knitting socks.

All of you have been knitting such wonderful socks I just keep drooling and want them all. Definately plenty of inspiration. :)

Friday, January 13, 2006

plain jane picot

plain jane picot
Originally uploaded by Jan2132.
Don't go calling me a sock knitting machine! Extenuating circumstances here, I plead. I can take weeks on one pair too. These have basically been not quite two days.

I don't have young children around the house who need constant feeding and looking after. Just a husband who is pretty good on needing food, but he's not been home much the last few days.

Part time work has dried up over the holiday period too.

It's been coolish and damp, good knitting weather. I haven't been sleeping well, so why not knit? Tghis morning I was in the shower at 5:00 after waking at 3:15 and started knitting not long after 5:00.

Yesterday I did a lot of housework and finally got all the cat fur off the lounge and dining room rugs. Also scrubbed kitchen and bathroom. My elbow was burning hot when I finished so it's still not right. Today I'm taking things easy and knitting which doesn't use the elbow.

This is some 5 ply 100% Corriedale which I bought at Champion Textiles at Newtown about two years ago. It seems to me to be quite a bit thicker than commercial 5 ply and it's also a bit coarser than merino. Knits up quickly and I used 2,75 needles and still had quite a dense fabric.

The ball band has long since disappeared but it was handspun and dyed somewhere in NSW. I've started to use it twice before and frogged it each time as it didn't want to be what I wanted it to be.

Along with all this, the socks are short and fit well in my New Balance trainers. I made them short because I wasn't sure how far the wool would go. When I weighed it to divide in two it was just over 80 gm instead of 100 gm. I haven't used any of it for anything, so was shortchanged, but both the ballband and receipt are lost. Too late to complain now. The wool was thick and I wasn't sure how far it would go.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

ninas socks

ninas socks
Originally uploaded by Jan2132.
An easy, quick knit from Jeanie Townsend's sock knitalong. Easy pattern, short cuffs.

It wasn't till I was well down the cuff on the first sock that I realised I had omitted 8 rows of stocking stitch immediately after the ribbing. I did another pattern repeat to make up the length. Pattern has heel flap and gusset, but I experimented with a double wrap on the short row heel.

Colour was really hard to get. It's a teal blue with a grey look to it, sometimes looks powdery blue in afternoon light, so this is just an approximation.

These will be a present for a dancer friend of mine with small feet. She knits, so will appreciate them.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

A stocking hung by the chimney with care

Hello all - happy new year! I am finally getting round to reporting on my sock progress after a couple weeks lazing about in the sun. The first sock of my lace knee highs (pattern from Interweave Knits Winter 2004) was finished on Christmas Eve, just in time for it to be hung out in the hopes that Santa would stuff it with goodies.
Here it is, depleted of goodies, and modelled on a somewhat disembodied-looking leg (and apologies - I had to use the flash - it's really difficult to photograph black lace socks on your own leg!):
(My photo library looks like a night at the Moulin Rouge, what with all the different shots of my leg doing the can-can.)
Second Sock Syndrome might have taken hold, or it could have been the stupor of the holidays - but I didn't get the second sock cast on until 2006, when I was sitting in the rain waiting for play to begin at Day 1 of the South Africa test match at the SCG (Jan 2nd). Very little has been done since then (mainly because the weather improved, the cricket started, and I was paying too much attention to Brett Lee who was fielding alarmingly close to my seat, what a spunk!) but I will keep you posted!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

also finished

I've just finished the clover leaf pair. First one is pictured in gold a few posts down. Easy and quick. Probably not my favourite but they are done.

Ive had a fair bit of time knitting lately so they were quick. I have the excuse that the bad elbow I have had has prevented housework. Actually doctor did say not to vacuum, sweep, beat eggs etc. As if I needed an excuse!

I've just been through my stock statsh. Thought that the Heirloom cotton I had was strtchy but it's just plain cotton. Think I was thinking of Heirloom "Breeze" (??) which has lycra in it. Had planne on some anklets formy sister.


hi finished! The first pair done and taken by 12yo son. I used every last cm of the yarn. He is happy and so am I.

But I wanted them.

Now working on pair for 3yo. Toe up also.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Going with the Flow

Apt that these socks are named that as I don't think I followed the pattern correctly, but hey I love the end result.

And a closeup as I love the pattern, it's so funky.

One down, one to go.

roaring along

here we have the Trekking XXL socks finished

and the Nancy Bush's Rib and Cable (from the Fall IK) in Fleece Artist Merino - well on the way

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

vintage sock and cloverleaf

vintage sock and cloverleaf
Originally uploaded by Jan2132.
Proof that I have been doing some socks. The dark blue pair are the free Nancy Bush vintage pattern from 1900. I don't have the link handy right now, but it's easy enough to find in a search. I really like the edging. It's similar to a feather and fan, but much tighter where the feaher and fan is more of a wave. I might use it on some socks for the little grandaughters. Twelve row pattern. The dark colour drove my eyes crazy after a while. Bad choice with the lace.

The gold, actually a bit darker than shown here, is cloverleaf design from Six Sock Knitalong. The actual clover leaf is not all that easy to see.

The row which makes the two holes is "kn1, YO, Sl 1, kn 2 tog, psso, YO, kn1, p1." The second yarn over does not show up anywhere near as large as the first. The third hole, under the first two is made by "YO, SSK." Again it's not as big as the very first.

Still,it's an easy quick pattern. I did a lot of this on that dreadful New Year's Day where it reached 45 deg here. As can be seen, I've started the second gold sock on my new rosewood needles.