Sunday, December 30, 2007

waving Lace

Waving Lace socks in Lorna Laces - I think the colour was called black pearl...
Now to get started on another pair of socks, not that it is sock weather here in Oz at the moment :D

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Little Jayne's Flower Crafty Corner

Hi everyone,

My little girl has a blog of her handycraft works , you would like to take a look , it is here.

Home Stretch!

Otherwise known as eight down, and one to go!

Diagonal Cross Rib Socks using Knitpicks Essentail, in Fawn. I still love this yarn:

These are Waving Lace Socks in Lorna's Laces, Shepherd Sock, Aqua:

This pattern had it in for me, and demanded that I use the yarn it called for to do it. In other words, my brain can't put two and two together to come up with socks:

One more to go from The Favorite Socks Book. I have the damn things almost done, but guess who ran out of !@#$%^$@# yarn, ordered more, found out it was on backorder and only got it shipped from the warehouse to me TODAY.....

I have one done. Grandma's getting it in a box with a paper cutout of the other one. I think she'll let it slide! I've had a good time making all of this stuff for people. I like to make things, and it's even better when the things I give make SMILES. It's all good!

I hope that you have a safe, happy and peaceful Holiday, whatever that holiday happens to be.

Have a Merry Christmas! Love the Knittah, and the Dog!

Monday, December 17, 2007

One Waving Lace sock

Waving Lace Sock I plowed through the first sock and the second sock is waiting in the wings while I work on a pair of Anniversary socks for a Christmas gift.

The particulars: Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2004
yarn: Bonkers Raspberry sock yarn
sock1: started: October 6, 2007, completed: November 7, 2007

blogged here: Leetle Knits

I noticed when I checked this book out from the library that I've already made several pairs from this book:
Go With the Flow Socks Go With the Flow socks
Retro Rib socks Pink Retro Rib socks
Grey Retro Rib socks

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Waving Lace Socks

Here are my first pair of Waving Lace socks. These were knit on size US 0/2.00mm dpns with KnitPicks Bare Merino Wool I hand-dyed in a rose/purple colorway . I wasn't too crazy about the color when I first dyed this yarn (the purple came out a little on the gray side), but it really grew on me as I began to knit. The pattern and yarn seem to be made for one another and I think these socks turned out awesome. They are a Christmas gift for my sister, so I hope she thinks so too!
I made a couple of minor mods to the pattern. First, I cast on 72 stitches instead of 64 and knit the leg of the sock with 9 repeats of the Scalloped Edging and Waving Lace charts; this was done to accomodate the hefty legs that run in our family. When I got to the purl setup row for the heel flap, I decreased the extra 8 stitches out by purling two together evenly spaced across the row. The other mod I made was to work the gusset decreases over the last/first two stitches instead of one stitch in from the edge as the pattern specifies. I did this for purely personal aestetic reasons because it makes the gusset decreases slightly less pronounced IMHO.

The pattern was very well written, easy to follow and the pattern repeats were quickly memorized. I finished the first sock in about 8 days; the second sock took longer because the knitting was interrupted by a severe head cold and a week's worth of Christmas decorating! Here is a closeup with the pattern expanded that also gives a more accurate representation of the colorway. On a final note, this was my first time using the KP Bare Merino Wool and I have to say that I really enjoyed using this yarn. It took the food coloring dye very well and knit up into nice cushiony socks. It will be interesting to see how durable it is as I have 9 more hanks in my stash!