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I have made more progress on the socks for a friend. (Pardon the mediocre photo; the sun has not quite realized that it is SPRING!)
I am really, really enjoying these socks. I wasn’t sure if I would at first, since I usually knit with wool blends, but the Panda Cotton has really surprised me. A blend of bamboo, cotton and elastic nylon, the yarn is a little splitty but has a very nice feel to it. The finished fabric is wonderfully squishy and smooth to the touch. This pattern suits the yarn nicely, and while I am kicking myself for not choosing the other pattern I was considering (which only has patterning on every 4th row), it’s very easy to remember and not difficult to work. I will have to knit myself a pair when I have finished these!
Unfortunately, my friend has quite large feet so whilst the photo above makes it appear as if I am nearly finished, that’s not quite true. I still have about 5-6″ to go. But they’ll be done in no time – well, as soon as I have some time to sit down and work on them.
The Hiya Hiya needle is still a favorite, and I have put it through its paces while working the gusset on these socks (following the Upstream “sockitecture” from New Pathways for Sock Knitters). The cable is not *quite* as flexible as the Knitpicks circs, but the join is much sturdier and the needles are nice and slick with a good pointy tip.
I’m working on a pair of socks for a friend as part of a trade.
I’m using the Menehune Sock Pattern and Panda Cotton, since my friend is allergic to wool. I’m really enjoying this pattern, although the yarn is just a bit splitty. Instead of working the standard heel flap, though, I’ve decided to attempt a Cat Bordhi top-down technique. We’ll see how it turns out. Also, I am using my new Hiya Hiya circular and I love it! The cable is flexible enough to easily Magic Loop two socks at once!
This pattern is addictive and the yarn is just wonderful, but I’m not sure how I’ll like the finished product. However, the project is temporarily on hold while I decide whether I prefer long sleeves or a longer body – I am trying to keep it to a two-skein sweater.
I also have another sock and a sweater on hold, the sock (in Three Irish Girls’ Irish Sea on Kells) because I am working it at a tight gauge that hurts my wrists, and the sweater (in Three Irish Girls’ Fitzgerald and Spruce on Elenya Alpaca) because I need to convince myself the corrugated ribbing at the waist is too tight and needs to be ripped out.
My August 3IG Sock Yarnista package arrived today! (If you haven’t received your package and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read the text on the info sheet.)
It is gorgeous. I love the yarn. Each month we can choose a variegated or a semi solid colorway. Last month I chose a semisolid which I loved (the Popsicle socks). This month, I went for the variegated. It is really lovely. The yarn base feels and looks incredible also. I can’t wait to give this yarn a try! For photos and more information, look under the cut :)
This is (quite unintentionally!) turning into the Summer of Socks!
I finally finished my Popsicle socks last week, and I wore them today. I love them. They fit really well.
You are probably sick of hearing about these, so I will just add one more photo
Wait, I lied. There’s one more.
Okay, that’s really it this time.
I went to the local Barnes & Noble Breaking Dawn release party on Friday night. (I am not linking to a website for the book because I can’t find one that isn’t full of spoilers, and this book is really easy to spoil.) While I was there, trying to avoid the hordes of screaming tweens, I cast on for my next pair of socks. These are using both yarn and pattern from the Knit Me Up Twilight sock club (fitting, no?) – but not ones that were meant to be together. I’m using the newest yarn, “Volturi”, with the pattern from two months ago, “Entangled”. I have done 60 stitches for these though I have always had to go down a lot of stitches before now, I was hoping the cable would pull them in more. I am not sure if this is going to work or not.
I made a fair amount of progress so far. The yarn is really pretty!
We’ve already discussed how bobbles were not for me. Now we’ll take a moment to remind ourselves that pink is not my color. Pink, purple – no thank you. It’s just not my style.
Why, then, do I love these socks? I can’t get enough of them. I spent my free time today knitting instead of reading Twilight (Breaking Dawn comes out Saturday!), instead of putting together a contest entry for a Ravelry group I belong to, instead of playing with the cats (sorry, guys). These socks are magical. “Just a few more rows”, I keep telling myself, “just until the next repeat passes off the edge”. And then I keep going. The pattern author indicated in her blog entry that she intended this trick on the foot as an antidote to second sock syndrome. I think she has succeeded.
These socks are a pleasure to knit. The yarn is wonderful, Kells Sport Merino from Three Irish Girls. It’s soft and squishy and not too thin, doesn’t hurt after rubbing along my finger for hours on end, and feels nice in my hands. The colorway – which I would never have chosen on my own – is beautiful, so subtle and yet full of colors – pink, lavender, rose, violet, every shade in between. The color repeats are marvelously short, I do not need to spend a minute worrying about pooling (which I dislike, so this is wonderful).
This photo does not do the yarn justice. In reality, the heel flap might actually be my favorite single thing about these socks. (I love the socks as a whole, but if I had to choose one individual aspect, it would be this heel flap.)
I worked the socks in the round through the heel flap and turn, and picking up stitches along the gusset, at which point I had to split because my circular needle (barely long enough for two-at-once magic loop socks) just could not hold that many stitches and still function.
The right sock is currently on hold (bearing stitch markers reminiscent of Edward’s topaz eyes courtesy of my Twilight stitch marker club)
(You can see here how my bobbles are ever so slightly off center; it seems the stitch preceeding the bobble tends more toward looseness than the one directly after it. I suspect blocking may help slightly but not entirely.)
while I work on the left sock (using the “dazzle” stitch markers from the same club – absolutely gorgeous – and a single stitch marker I received as a blog contest prize a couple of years ago, which is perfect for keeping track of my rows)
(see the heel flap? Gorgeous, isn’t it.)
Do you begin to see how the pattern slides off the side of the foot? (Ignore my tendon-riffic foot, I was flexing it to show off the foot a bit better. I have discovered it’s fairly challenging to take photos of ones’ own feet.)
I do believe part of the fun is watching the stitch markers sparkle in the light (nifty row-counting-marker in the foreground).
What kind of popsicles are pink and purple? Well, my awesome socks.
The Popsicle pattern by Nicole Hindes is unlike anything I would normally choose. It has BOBBLES. This seems to be a common thread among Sock Yarnista club members – this “OMG BOBBLES” feeling. Many of us have never done bobbles before, or we have done them but didn’t care for them, or any number of other things. But, most of us are going with the flow and knitting the pattern as specified, me included.
To my surprise, I have found that I adore these bobbles. I had to modify them slightly so that it does not cause as much pain when I am knitting them (ktbl rather than ptbl), and at first it was slow going, but now I’ve got them down – just in time to be nearly finished. The bobbles change to purls for the foot of the sock so the bumps don’t get in the way of shoes. I received my yarn on Wednesday and knit the ribbing. Thursday I knit about half of the bobble rounds and the other half last night. Today they are temporarily on hold while I study (and update my blog, of course) but I hope to get back to them tonight and tomorrow – I am nearly to the heel flap and gusset.
Became this – the beautiful ball of yarn, and the start of the socks after the ribbing and one bobble round (I am knitting these two-at-once on one not-quite-long-enough circular).
And now they are here (bad color – the sun is not out today). Admit it, you love the bobbles too….
(Can you tell where I have an extra plain row between bobble rows? Yeah, I forgot how to count – we were watching There Will Be Blood – but the beauty of two-at-once socks is that they are both wrong in the same way, so I left them that way :) )
Oh, and I also finished these socks – simple 2×2 rib in my own basic sock pattern, “Hoh Rainforest” yarn from the Knit Me Up Twilight Sock Club. I am glad I left them shorter than normal, I ought to have done some decreases for the cuffs if they were going to be much taller. I love the yarn on the cuffs, it doesn’t pool nearly as much as it did on the foot. It is hard to take photographs of your own feet..
What do you think – did Carol get the colors right? Here is a spiderweb and mossy tree in the Hoh Rainforest.
Two skeins of yarn in the mail today – the last shipment of the Knit Me Up Twilight sock club, and the first of my Three Irish Girls Sock Yarnista shipment! I’m also nearly finished with my Hoh Rainforest socks from the … April? Knit Me Up Twilight sock club. Just need to decide how long to make them.
What do you think – summery anklets, or longer socks? (ignore the lines on my calf from the socks I was wearing earlier – storebought socks just don’t fit properly! ;) Actually, don’t ignore them – that’s about where I would normally wear my socks, so I may go another inch or two on this cuff.)
Tomás is now guarding the paper that the 3IG yarn came wrapped up in – it must smell like something fantastic.
I finally finished my “quick socks”. For me, they were in fact quick, but not nearly as quick as some people can manage!
I finished the knitting last night and wove in the ends today. I’ll wear them to work tomorrow – we even have a casual day, so I’ll wear shoes that will show them off a bit more.
I swear they are exactly even (I knit them two at once), even though they look crooked here. I tried a new stretchy cast off (bind off), which I found here, and I think I like it. It’s slightly stretchier even than the sewn bind off I usually use. It’s a little less neat looking but I think that will improve with practice.
You want more photos? Okay!
The lighting is not great, and the flash highlights all of the little holes, but overall I am fairly proud of my heels (considering I did them without consulting any patterns). I did a little gussetry and then short rowed the heels.
I also added some 2×2 ribbing at the top of the cuff – in retrospect I could have just continued the pattern all the way up but I was kind of tired of it by then. The ribbing was a nice break :) You can kind of see at the side how the top is a little ruffly.
And here are my beautiful toes. I am so in love with this yarn. I am not sure how much I have left, but it’s a fair amount. It might be fingerless mitts.
I decided I needed an instant-gratification project for myself, so I started a pair of socks with some yarn I got from a woman in my knitting group. It’s Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters in a gorgeous colorway, Midnight Sapphire. I am making up a pattern as I go and so far it is OK. I would not do it again but I don’t hate it enough to rip out the socks and start over. I really, really love this color but the pattern I chose (because it was easy!) does not do it justice. There are details on the pattern on my Ravelry page, but basically it’s a mock/baby cable, toe up with short row heel and gusset.
Here are a few not-great photos, it’s very difficult to take pictures of this yarn/pattern.
I started these on the evening of the 17th when I finished one toe, Sunday night I finished the first heel and last night I ripped and re-did the heel twice to get it the right size. Today I finished the second heel and I’m now working them together again. I’m not sure how long they will be.
the sole, no flash
Sole, with flash – I think this is the best representation of the color.
This one’s dark, but it’s the best photo of the pattern.
The wrist pain is still bothersome, so I have not worked on much lately. I’ve got a few more rows in on my second “Edward’s Heart” sock; I’m now three repeats in to the leg of the sock – it’s a quick, easy repeat, but the tiny gauge gets me every time. I’ve only got a few more rows finished on “Bella’s Tears”, they are really pretty.
I am craving an easy-knit project but nothing on my list fits that category just now. A friend is having a baby girl later this year, so I’m thinking I’ll start something for her instead. The soaker sack pictured below is just not doing it for me, so it’s going to go bye-bye in favor of something else, I just haven’t decided *what* yet.
Details and photos of the Knit Me Up Twilight club April shipment are behind the cut.