Wednesday, February 28, 2007

my intro and my socks

Hi there, my name is Rosemary and my favorite thing to knit is socks. I snatched up this book as soon as it appeared in my LYS, and of course cast on for my first pair from it right away.

They are the Anniversary Socks by Nancy Bush in red Wildfoote. They are my favorite Favortie Socks pattern besides I think the Ilga's fair isle socks pattern. I'll wait til I have just the right yarns for those. Here is a pic from earlier this week. I'm in the gusset of the second sock now.

start of Hermione2

Thanks for such a lovely KAL. I'll be sure to post a pic when I'm finished, and when I start another pair from this book. If you're interested, my blog is called Quietish and I also have a podcast called CraftBorg.

'Gloss'ing it over......

I've made some progress on the Waving Lace. I'm working the heel flap now but thought I'd share the fact that I've had to make a few adjustments since I'm using the Gloss yarn from KnitPicks. I know they show it as a sock yarn but this yarn is a thick yarn. At least, thicker than what I'm use to using. I also find it splits a bit too, but you just have to be careful. The leg calls for 3 1/2 repeats of the pattern for 6 3/4 inches from CO. When I reached 3 repeats + 4 rows I'm at 7 inches. And I may have to adjust the number of heel rows I'll have to do from what the pattern calls for. Then of course, the repeats on the instep will have to be adjusted.....but I'm determined to use this yarn. I've had in my stash a while waiting for the right thing to come along. I think it shows the pattern off nicely too. I'll keep you posted on the progress of the sock and this particular yarn.
Although I've not done the pomatomus socks (shocker huh) I agree with Mango - this pattern does remind me of those great socks. Have you seen Cookie's other patterns? What a talent she has!
There are so many patterns in this book that I can't wait to try......I'll have to control myself into finishing the second sock of this pair before I cast on another. Am I that disciplines.....I don't know....hhhmmm...............
*Edited to add: I'm using a size 1 circular needle on these socks, 'Magic Loop' style

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Finally Got Started

There are just so many patterns in this book that I want to try but I just had to start with the Waving Lace sock first. What a great pattern! Not a difficult knit at all, and I opted for the scalloped edging too.

The yarn is KnitPicks Gloss - in Serengeti. First time I've used this yarn although it's been in my stash a while. Not bad, and I've got more in the Woodland Sage. I think this is a good start, I'm pleased so far.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Bells and Whistles

I just ordered my book and am anxiously waiting for it. Until then, I am working on "Bells and Whistles" from the Interweave Knit Holiday 2006 issue. This is the second pair of socks I've made using this pattern. I love the lacy leg part. Something different to do on every row!


Sunday, February 25, 2007


I just got my copy yesterday in the mail and I've found several patterns included that I love and are on the 'must-do' list.

I've got to finish up a pair of Madder Ribbeds and then I'm getting started!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Embossed Leaves Socks

I don't have the book yet, but I made the Embossed Leaves socks when they were in Interweave last year. They were only the second pair of socks that I made, and they remain one of my favorites. I'm really looking forward to knitting more socks from what looks like a beautiful book!


ReSoleable Socks

Has anybody else made the ReSoleable socks? I love them! I am now planning on incorporating this technique into socks whenever I can. I have had too many pairs of socks ruined by holes. Yes, I try to darn them but the fabric just gets thinner and weaker so new holes form. Replacing the whole sole seems like a much better idea to me. I have made two pairs so far and have also taken a pair of my favorite knee-high socks which have horrible holes in them, cutt off the feet, picked up the live stitches and am in the process of knitting new feet using this technique. Now the next time they wear out it will be much easier to fix them (and not as scary as cutting the feet off!!).


Monday, February 19, 2007

Uptown Boot Socks

Yarn Knitpicks Essential
Needles 5 Aluminum DPN's size 1
Comments Great sock! This first one knit up in a day, so the second should be finished in no time. The socks look extremely odd off the foot because I have really short feet. But they look and feel great on!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

waving lace socks day 1

I began the Waving Lace Socks last night on size 2 needles. I have used Louet Gems with size 2 before (Ann Budd's Diagonal Rib Socks) and they came out perfect. This time however I was not happy with the stitch definition. So I ripped it out and began again with size 1's and an extra 8 count repeat. The pattern is easier than I expected and coming along quite quickly.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Waving Lace Socks

I am casting on tonight for Waving Lace Socks. I will be using Louet Gems fingering weight and size 2 needles. I have big feet and knit on the tight size, so #2's will work just fine.

This color is Citrus Orange. I recently used this yarn for a pair of socks for Husband. It was a dream to work with.

Has anyone already knit this pattern? I have found that not only are Evelyn Clark's patterns beautiful and enjoyable to knit, her patterns are always correct. I do not expect any problems.

Friday, February 2, 2007

KAL Open and Accepting Members

This knitalong is designed to bring together knitters from across the globe who want to share their photos of finished socks or works-in-progress, ideas for variations, or suggestions for different yarns for the patterns in the new book, Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave. Many of these patterns were originally printed in Interweave Knits magazine but have become unavailable as original issues went out of print. Others are from Interweave Knits' sister publications, Spin-Off and PieceWork, plus there are six brand-new patterns. Everyone is invited to participate--even if you don't have the book and want to pull out your back issues (scroll down to see the issues in which the patterns first appeared)!

Perhaps you have already knitted one (or two) of these socks? Post your photos! Do you have a funny story about your experiences with one of these patterns? Share it! We're looking forward to starting this new community of sock knitters to see where you will take us with this KAL.
Here's a complete list of all the sock patterns for this KAL (in order of publication):
  1. Elegant Ribbed Stockings - a new pattern by Ann Budd
  2. Lace Cuff Anklets - a new pattern by Ann Budd
  3. Undulating Rib Socks - a new pattern by Ann Budd
  4. Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks - a new pattern by Ann Budd
  5. Mock Wave Cable Socks - a new pattern by Ann Budd
  6. Flame Wave Socks - a new pattern by Ann Budd
  7. Embossed Leaves Socks, Interweave Knits Winter 2005, by Mona Schmidt
  8. Cable Rib Socks, Interweave Knits Summer 2005, by Erica Alexander
  9. Padded Footlets, Interweave Knits Summer 2005, by Mary Snyder
  10. Go With the Flow Socks, Interweave Knits Spring 2005, by Evelyn A. Clark
  11. Retro Rib Socks, Interweave Knits Winter 2004, by Evelyn A. Clark
  12. Waving Lace Socks, Interweave Knits Spring 2004, by Evelyn A. Clark
  13. Eastern European Footlets, Interweave Knits Winter 2003, by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
  14. Uptown Boot Socks, Interweave Knits Winter 2003, by Jennifer Appleby
  15. Anniversary Socks, PieceWork Sept/Oct 2003, by Nancy Bush
  16. Merino Lace Socks, Interweave Knits Summer 2003, by Anne Woodbury
  17. Hidden Passion Socks, Interweave Knits Summer 2002, by Jaya Srikrishnan
  18. Austrian Socks, Interweave Knits Winter 2000, by Candace Eisner Strick
  19. Priscilla's Dream Socks, Interweave Knits Fall 2000, by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
  20. Up-Down Spiral Sox, Interweave Knits Summer 2000, by Sandy Cushman
  21. Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks, Spin-Off Summer 2000, by Wayne Pfeffer
  22. Ilga's Socks, Interweave Knits Spring 2001, by Nancy Bush
  23. Ute Socks, Interweave Knits Fall 1999, by Nancy Bush
  24. Eesti Trail Hiking Socks, Interweave Knits Winter 1997, by Nancy Bush
  25. Meida's Socks, Interweave Knits Spring 1997, by Nancy Bush
Here's to the ingenuity of sock knitters everywhere! Happy knitting!