Thursday, June 28, 2007
I love these socks.
Eye of Partridge heel, with stitches picked up "the pretty way" (oops, blurry photo, sorry):
Hooray for this great pattern!
Waving Lace Socks, from "Favorite Socks"
Fleece Artist Merino yarn, "Marine" colorway. This is a very pretty combination of mostly blue, with purple and green (which don't really show in the pix but give it a rich tone).
Knitpicks #1 circs, Magic Loop-style
Eye of Partridge heel, stitches picked up "the pretty way" (thanks, Grumperina!)
"Rescue yarnovers" (thanks, June)!
Toe -- I did NOT go down to 6 stitches per needle before grafting, since that results in elf toes, but to 10 stitches per needle, and per Cat Bordhi, I lift each end stitch over the next stitch on the needle as I go.
These are the socks that my friend Lorri saw me knitting and that inspired her to ask for socks. But for Lorri, I plan to make the Embossed Leaves socks in a nice green variegated colorway. I can't wait!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I just finished them this weekend. I made a few minor modifications for the yarn I used, like adding additional sts between the repeats so they would fit my feet and moveing the pattern to the center of the foot.
The yarn is Socks That Rock Lightweight in Mist... you can see more pics over here on my blog
Monday, June 25, 2007
Anyway, here's hoping that I can finish off one sock this week (it goes awfully quick once past the twisted rib) and the second before the month is over.
BTW - my next pair are the Austrian socks ... for SURE!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The pattern is very simple and easy to work, and I actually enjoyed the heel construction very much; I think it fits well on my feet. I am also becoming a big fan of the "flowerbud toe" (pulling the yarn through the remaining 8 stitches), so much easier and neater than kitchener stitch! The only alteration I made was lengthening the foot; the 14 repeats suggested in the pattern were not enough for my size 7 feet.
Here's a pic of the heel:
Friday, June 22, 2007
I have this lovely sock yarn (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Socks) in this beautiful colorway (Childsplay). I have been working hard finishing my monkey socks for the Monkey Sock 2 Swap. These socks have monopolized my time however I am almost ready to start a pair of socks from Favorite Socks. What pattern do you suggest will show off this yarn. I was considering the Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks or the Retro Bib but I am very open to suggestions especially those who have had experience knitting socks with varigated yarns.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Finally finished a sock-- I have so many on the needles right now. This is just the first of the pair but it took a while to get comfortable with the pattern so I think the second one will go much faster. I am not sure that I will use this pattern again-- it seems like a lot of work for what doesn't seem to be that great a benefit (a double stranded sole). If I really wanted a thicker sole I think I might use the re-soleable pattern and just hold 2 strands together (or a thicker yarn) for the sole. But overall I'm happy with how the sock turned out. I love how sporty it looks w/o a leg. and the lace pattern is very nice-- simple but pretty. The yarn is Footprints from The Painted Sheep (my handpainted yarn company) in the color "Beach Sunrise"
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Yarn: Koigu in color #1005
Needles: 5 size US2 dpns
Pattern: Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to stop by my blog.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
My first Favorite Socks: the Eesti Hiking Socks. There's something strange going on in the pattern on the right foot though--I think it may be where the round ended/began. I've read about ways to decrease jog, but for some reason didn't apply that to these socks. They needed to be finished for Father's Day so I didn't do anything fancy! They're made out of Regia Tweed, 70% Wool, 25% Polyamide, and 5% Viscose, on US4 47" Addi Turbos, two at once using the magic loop.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
First up, Retro Rib Socks
Yarn: Lorna's Lace
Color: Pond Blue
Needle size: 1
Pattern Alterations: None, strickly by the book
Next: Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks
Yarn: Lorna's Lace
Needle size: 1
Pattern Alterations: Plain foot in the instep instead of the
pattern for a more snug fit.
I love both of these patterns, not a bad knit at all, pretty easy patterns to follow.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tonight I finally cast on for the Padded Footlets, a pattern I have been wanting to make since I got the book. I have already made a couple of pairs of the Re-Soleable socks, and the Embossed Leaves. This pattern looks so...different. I am interested to see how it works. I am using some of my own handpainted sock yarn, in colorway "Beach Sunrise."
My blog is lbullins.blogspot.com, my knitting website is lbullins.googlepages.com and my handpainted yarn can be seen and bought at paintedsheepyarn.com
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Someone asked if I will add to the Waving Lace and Embossed Leaves slideshows as other socks are created. The answer is yes, but I may wait until I have at least several new ones to add. And I'll try to figure out a way to archive the slideshows in the sidebar so we can always see them. Let me know if you have any other ideas for how we can be creative with Slide.com - my favorite new blogger tool.
Oh, and let me know if you want the HTML for the slideshow to post on your blog. It's as simple as cutting and pasting it directly into your post window.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I was going to wait until I was done with these to post them....but since I see some other WIPs I thought what the heck! I'm using some Knitpicks Bare that I died with Kool-aid....that was so fun! The color is a little lighter than I wanted but I still like it, and the fact that it's a little variegated too. This is my first post and I've really enjoyed looking at all of your socks!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Is anyone else making the Padded Footlets?
Because my footlets are killing me. As in, I think they're about to commit mutiny, jump ship, and run away with a busty lass.
I love these socks. I do. A lot. A whole whole lot, otherwise I wouldn't be driving myself mad to try and make them work.
But the designer and I do not see eye-to-eye on those whole sizing and gauge issue. I get gauge--as in, what the ball band says--with my yarn, but I do not have her gauge. So the needles are changed. And I seem to have fat feet, which surprises me a little bit because I seem to be pretty much right on the average size in the US. Not skinny, not huge. Just sort of normal.
But yeah, 58 stitches to fit around a foot? Who are we knitting for? Tinkerbelle? No.
I refuse to knit another pair of disastrous socks this year. (Why yes, I do have a pair of hand-knit socks that is only good for use as sock puppets. Why do you ask?)
I'm glad these socks are beautiful, because the yarn wrangling and the resizing and the crap has been trying.
Am I the only one fighting to get myself a pair of these?
Also, I hope I haven't scared you off the pattern! They just aren't for the faint of heart or head. They're not summer carry-along socks (because they require two balls on the sole) nor are they mindless knitting (because there are charts and tricks), but they are worthwhile.
My yarn choice is also interesting. I was having trouble finding a solid colored yarn in the correct weight that wasn't superwash so I had to do something that betrays my principles. I bought Knit Picks yarn. (There is a larger reason behind this, but I prefer not to bombard you with it.) I got two balls of Palette in a darker blue and one in a lighter blue to give this a go, because I'd like the soles to felt a little with wear. I think that would make these socks all the nicer and much more cushy as they wear, plus that would make the soles more durable.
Also, the jumping ship and running off thing I mentioned above? Not kidding. I grabbed them before they hit the door, but still. I've got my eye on them in the time out corner.
I'm very excited to be a part of this knit along. Before I joined, I knitted the "Uptown Boot Socks" using Lorna's Laces in "gold hill". I had a lot of fun knitting this pattern.
I'm currently working on the "Waving Lace Socks" using Rowan 4-ply Soft in "clover".
I love this book!