Socks, Socks, Socks.

August 27, 2007

I can’t get enough of them. I always have a pair on the needles. My stash consists of many different socks yarns clamoring to be next. Socks are the perfect traveling project, whether it is in a doctor’s office or a road trip. It’s a perfect knit while reading a book too. Plus, a truly a very satisfying “quick” knit project.
Over the past two months, I’ve been a sock-knitting maniac, finishing neglected socks and starting new socks.
I pulled out the nearly complete blue sock from time-out. All I needed to fix was the bind off and then start on the second sock. When I stalled on the bind off I lost interest in knitting these socks. I wasn’t too sure I was happy with the socks and when I got stuck with a bind off that was too tight I couldn’t got on. After many months of sitting in the time-out pile, I decided to tackle the bind-off again. Once that was finished the second pair was a quick knit. These socks are so soft and comfy. It is nice that they are cotton but the summer has been too hot to wear socks, even hand knit socks. Soon though I’ll be able to wear them.
Blue Squooshy Socks
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Elann Esprit
Needles: 3US 32”circular needles (Knit Picks) and double point.(Clover Bamboo)
Notes: CO 48 with short row toe and heel.

My Costa Rica socks finally made it off the needles. It has been a while since I’ve done a top-down socks with a heel flap. I have knit so many short-row heels and now I know why. The heel flap adds so much more time to the project. I worked on these socks in fits and starts until I finally reached the finish line. I added a few more stitches than the pattern states. Which meant my heel was a little different. When I was ready to work the second heel, I learned the hard way about taking good notes while knitting. I ended up knitting the heel flap twice. It all turned out well in the end and I’m happy with the socks. And to be done with them too.
Costa Rica Socks
Pattern: Slip Up socks
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Costa Rica
Needles: 1.5US 32”circular (Knit Picks)

Red Glorious Red! I love this red Koigu. I knit on a majority of these socks while reading Harry Potter books 6 and 7. The simple stockinette stitch made it the perfect reading and knitting project. These were a fast knit simply because I love the yarn and the easy pattern. I still haven’t found a ribbon for the socks. I’m looking for just the right one.
Red, Red, Red
Pattern: Picot Eyelet Socks
Yarn: Koigu KPPM
Needles: 1.5US 32” circular needles (Knit Picks)
Notes: I might have added 4 extra stitches but I can’t remember.

My friend was reducing her stash and I snagged two balls of sock yarn. Therefore, I’m knitting her a pair of socks from her own yarn. I decided on an after-thought heel to keep the rings of color. All I need to do is bind-off the second pair and add the heel. It will be easy peasy once I sit down to do it.
socks for a friend
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Lion Brand Magic Stripes
Needles: 1.5US 32” circular (Knit Picks)

More Sock Yarn!!!!!!!!!!
New yarn for the stash!.
My friends stash bustin’ yarn, which will be another pair of socks for another friend.
more free yarn

Oh so colorful Opal yarn. I must resist the urge to start these right now. I need to get all my current sock in progress off the needles.
Opal

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To Do List

August 9, 2007

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit,
with italics the ones you plan to do sometime,
and leave the rest.

  • Afghan
  • I-cord
  • Garter stitch
  • Knitting with metal wire
  • Shawl/Stole
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Socks: top-down
  • Socks: toe-up
  • Knitting with camel yarn
  • Mittens: Cuff-up
  • Mittens: Tip-down
  • Hat
  • Knitting with silk
  • Moebius band knitting – if something strikes my fancy
  • Participating in a KAL
  • Sweater
  • Drop stitch patterns
  • Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
  • Slip stitch patterns
  • Knitting with banana fiber yarn
  • Domino knitting
  • Twisted stitch patterns
  • Knitting with bamboo yarn
  • Two end knitting
  • Charity knitting
  • Knitting with soy yarn
  • Cardigan
  • Toy/doll clothing
  • Knitting with circular needles
  • Baby items
  • Knitting with your own handspun yarn
  • Slippers
  • Graffiti knitting
  • Continental knitting
  • Designing knitted garments
  • Cable stitch patterns
  • Lace patterns
  • Publishing a knitting book
  • Scarf
  • Teaching a child to knit
  • American/English knitting
  • Knitting to make money
  • Buttonholes
  • Knitting with alpaca
  • Fair Isle knitting
  • Norwegian knitting
  • Dying with plant colours
  • Knitting items for a wedding
  • Household items
  • Knitting socks
  • Olympic knitting
  • Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
  • Knitting with dpns
  • Holiday-related knitting
  • Teaching a male how to knit
  • Bobbles
  • Knitting for a living
  • Knitting with cotton
  • Knitting smocking
  • Dying yarn
  • Steeks
  • Knitting art
  • Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
  • Fulling/felting
  • Knitting with wool
  • Textured knitting
  • Kitchener BO
  • Purses/bags
  • Knitting with beads
  • Swatching
  • Long Tail CO
  • Entrelac
  • Knitting and purling backwards
  • Machine knitting
  • Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
  • Stuffed toys
  • Knitting with cashmere
  • Darning
  • Jewelry
  • Knitting with synthetic yarn
  • Writing a pattern
  • Gloves
  • Intarsia
  • Knitting with linen
  • Knitting for preemies
  • Tubular CO
  • Freeform knitting
  • Short rows
  • Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
  • Pillows
  • Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
  • Rug
  • Knitting on a loom
  • Thrummed knitting
  • Knitting a gift
  • Knitting for pets
  • Shrug/bolero/poncho
  • Knitting with dog/cat hair
  • Hair accessories
  • Knitting in public

Up and Running Again

August 6, 2007

Cece progressCece was off to a very slow start. I ripped back to the ribbing after messing up somewhere in the first repeat of the pattern. Then I was on my way gain but it just wasn’t feeling right as I was knitting with my bamboo needles. Things weren’t sliding along smoothly. I love bamboo needles but with this combo of Reynolds Saucy cotton yarn and the bamboo, it just wasn’t working. I switched over to the Knit Picks Option needles and it is a great improvement. I love how the yarn glides over the needle and the pointy tip are exactly what I needed. I made more progress in a short amount of time with the new needles. I have a much brighter outlook about this pattern. Plus, I added some stick markers between the pattern repeats.


Excellent Mail Day!

August 3, 2007

Knit Picks Option Needles and KnitsI’ve been stalking my mail box for my shipment from Knit Picks. B bought me the Option needle set plus another size 1 circular needle. It finally arrived today along with the new issue of Knits. Double bonus day!!!

I haven’t knit a stitch on my Cece because the yarn and the bamboo needle combo just wasn’t working for me. I’ve been anxious to get back to it using the new needles.

I got another #1 needle because I’ve been a crazy sock knitter recently. (I still need to take pictures.) I love the pointy tip and the very flexible cable of the Knit Picks needles. I’ve been swapping my only set of #1 as I switch from one sock to another. Now I can have two socks going at once. Yeah! I can finish B’s socks and have and easy sock on the needles.

I ‘m off to go play with my new needles. And flip through Knits again.


Yum! Yarn cakes!

July 13, 2007

red koiguI love yarn cakes. They look so pretty and good enough to eat. It is such a lovely color of red. I love red. (Blue is my favorite color. I just have an unusual obsession with red. A secret love affair.)

My friends and I have SnB tomorrow and I need an easy project to do. I don’t think I could concentrate on the My Boyfriend Socks or my Must have Cardigan with all the gabbing we’ll do. I’m starting an easy project. Simple socks. I’ll be modeling my socks after Black Dog Knits Picot Eyelet Socks. But instead of a top-down I’ll be doing a toe-up. I will use the toe-up to get all I can out of the yarn.

Languishing projects:
Must Have Cardigan – I can’t decide if I want to continue knitting the body in one piece or rip it out to knit as separate pieces.
My Boyfriend Sock – I just have’t picked it up in the last few days.


New WIP

July 4, 2007

Must Have Cardigan - The BeginningI started my favorite sweater. The Must Have Cardigan. I fell in love with this sweater years ago and just had to knit it. I bought the yarn with a gift certificate even before I had the pattern. Both the yarn and pattern have been marinting in the stash as I chose other projects to knit. This past week I pulled the yarn out of the stash. After swatching and swatching some more I found the right needle. I searched the internet and Ravelry for tips and tricks. For some reason I chose to knit the sweater in one piece. I’m not sure what I was thinking. It takes so long to knit just one row. I have more markers than I know what to do with. I know once I get further along I’ll be able to remove some of the markers are the pattern starts to unfold. But it is just getting past the beginning that has been the hardest. The sweater has sat untouched for several days and I try to cope with these first rows of the patterns. I keep wondering what I was thinking when I decided to knit it as one piece. I’m just frustrated because I’m not seeing the progress I would if I was knitting it in pieces.

CrochetWhile I sat onthe couch with the MHC just inches away from me I was practicing my crochet. I’m a super beginner and had fun practicing. I’m still not too sure about adding a new color or weaving in the ends. It has been fun practicing but no real projects are in the works yet. Practice makes perfect.


So so so excited!

June 13, 2007

My invite arrived in the mail this morning.  I’m getting ready.  The batteries are charging.  Time to go through the stash.  Figure out those projects, past, present and future.  Oh, so exciting.