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Socks, Again…

November 5, 2009

I feel so stupid!  These socks have been sitting there, taunting me with their not-quite-done status for months.  So tonight, I picked them up to work on them…and all they needed was to have the ends woven in.  Fifteen whole minutes later, they’re done.

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The yarn is Noro Sock Yarn, from Twist.  The pattern is the Coriolus architecture from Cat Bordhi.

The Socks that took 2 Weeks

February 21, 2009

This pair took considerably less time than the last!  It’s the Monkey stitch pattern on a Bordhi Riverbed architecture (toe up) knit in Plymouth Happy Feet yarn.

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The Socks that Took FOREVER!

February 11, 2009

Finally finished these socks I started in August?  September?  A long time ago, in sock time.  I practically knit two full pairs with this one ball of yarn, considering all the frogging I had to do to get them to fit…and they’re still not the best fitting socks I ever made.

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These are knit from Pagewood Farm Glacier Bay Hand Dyed Sock Yarn.  The yarn was nice to work with, but the color crocked all over my hands something awful.  I’m hopeful they won’t stain my feet blue after a couple of washings with Synthrapol. The resulting socks are gorgeous, but oddly…crisp.

The pattern is a mashup of Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed architecture and a rib pattern from an Interweave Knits sock pattern from last year some time.  After the heel, I didn’t add any more rib columns — I just let the ones from the top of the foot spiral around the leg.  No ribbing at the top — just a bind off.  Because of the spiral ribbing, they twist a bit on my feet, but not uncomfortably so.

Last Socks Before Summer

June 15, 2008

I started these socks on the road trip to St. Charles and finished them last week.  I don’t usually get much knitting done during the summer, so I think it’s safe to say these are the last until fall.

Again, Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed architecture — I’ve got those memorized, so all I need to do to go on the road is figure out the numbers for a new yarn’s gauge, write ’em on a post-it, and I’m off!  The yarn is Tofutsies, from Twist.  No fancy stitch pattern, since these were knit-in-the-car-and-meetings socks.

Navy Socks Finished

May 14, 2008

I finished another pair of socks tonight while watching TV. These are navy, which wasn’t totally fun to knit, but will be incredibly useful to own. I used a J.Knits sock yarn and Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed Architecture for the sock structure. I intended to use the Rushing Rivulets stitch pattern in the New Directions book, but seem to have misread the chart and come up with something kinda meshy instead. I like it for this yarn — it’s too dark to show subtle patterning, but the mesh gives it some nice texture.

Of course, sock wearing season is over here until, say, October.  I suppose I should find some other way to handle the fidgets while I watch TV.

Or, since rerun season is about to start, perhaps I should stop watching so much TV.  We’ll see!

St. Louis, Here We Come!

April 21, 2008

The regional meeting for our ASG region was this weekend in St. Charles, Missouri (just across the river from St. Louis.) I’ll blog more about the actual meeting on our ASG site, but I thought I would talk here about the also (more?) important topic — the associated shopping!

First, the yarn. St. Charles has a darling little historic district right on the river, which is the home of Knit and Caboodle. Here, I snagged some Plymouth Happy Feet

and some Mountain Colors Bearfoot

In St. Louis, I found the Kirkwood Knittery, and made the entire tour bus wait (sorry guys!) while the owner wound some Pagewood Farms Glacier Bay sock yarn into a yarn cake:

Next up — the fabric!

More Socks

March 2, 2008

Wow — these socks went really fast! Probably had something to do with the fact that they were mostly plain stitch — I wanted to watch the Trekking colors change and see the detail from the shaping.

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These are also from the Cat Bordhi book New Pathways. The Upstream Master pattern. I used Trekking XXL for the first time — the color changes are mesmerizing! My usual 00 needles, circular to handle the shaping (I’m getting used to circs — I may change permanently.)

The Upstream pattern puts all the gusset stitches on the top of the foot:

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I’m still having some challenges with getting the fit right using her numbers. I seem to need to round down on measurements dealing with length, and to add a stitch or two to the heel area to get the sock over my foot comfortably. These are better than the red Coriolis socks, though, so I’m making progress.

Hot Socks!

February 7, 2008

I finally finished my latest socks…I had to re-knit one of them 2.5 times, but they’re done now!

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Can you see the little spiral?

This pair is from Colinette Jitterbug, which has great colors, is nice and soft, knits very nicely…but has a really skimpy skein. Fortunately, the great folks at Twist warned me in advance, so I used a scale to make sure I didn’t use more than half the yarn on the first sock.

I used the spiraling Coriolis pattern from New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One by Cat Bordhi and I’m in love! Using her master numbers system really gets a pair of socks that fit (well, the second sock, at least). I found that, for my foot at least, that you should should round down rather than up if your foot length measurement falls between columns on her chart. I didn’t have lettered stitch markers, but didn’t find I needed them. I did find that it was MUCH easier to knit on two circs than on dpns — the dpns just couldn’t handle the arch expansion stitches.

Now I’m well on my way to my second pair from this book!

More Finished Socks

November 13, 2007

These took forever! I’m not quite sure why, but all through the first sock, I hated knitting the pattern stitch. I loved the look, just hated the knitting. Then, after finishing the green socks, I picked these up, determined to trudge through them…and the second sock took two whole weeks (compared to the 10 months the first sock required). Go figure.

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Anyway: Knitpicks Essential sock yarn in pumpkin. My standard toe-up, short-row heel pattern. Stitch pattern from Simply Lovely Lace Socks in Interweave Knits, Spring 2006. My bad attitude aside, a very nice lace rib pattern.

And they’re done!!!!! I can go buy new yarn and try something from Cat Bordhi’s new sock book!

Green Socks

October 20, 2007

Finally finished these socks — I just don’t ever feel like knitting in the summer, so they languished by the TV chair for months.

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They’re made from Elann’s Esprit, the cotton/lycra blend. The diamonds are a modification from the Lozenge Lattice pattern in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge, and the toes and heels are short-rowed. Fast to knit, when I actually got around to knitting.