The color is not so intense in real life.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I love so many of the patterns in this book that I'll have a lot to keep me busy over the coming months.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I'm still sailing along on the first sock...I did end up tightening my gauge a little, but continued using the same circular needle. I really like KnitPicks' pointy tips--perfect for working magic loop with Lorna's Laces SS. (There's another photo on my blog.)
My opinion so far? Waving Lace is a wonderful pattern. It's easy to memorize, relaxing, but not boring. Best of all, it's engaging, but not to the degree that I have trouble knitting while watching my favorite BBC mysteries! I can't wait to finish sock #1 so I can slip it on. And because these are a "quick knit," that day will soon arrive :-)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I have completed my "Anniversary Socks" by Nancy Bush. These were made from Louet Gems yarn, on 2.5mm Pony Pearl DPNS. Even though they do contain twisted stitches, it was an enjoyable project. The yarn is incredibly soft. It is the first time that I have knit with Louet Gems yarn. I was able to make these socks from 2 skeins. I did shorten the leg to my usual 7" rather than the 9" suggested in the pattern. Other than that, I made no modifications.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
This photo was taken a couple of days ago. I'm actually much farther along, and will post a new photo soon.
I used a twisted stitch 1x1 rib instead of the prettier (but, for me, less practical) edge. Other than that, I haven't found reason to make any changes. The yarn is Lorna's Laces in Watercolors, and I'm using KnitPicks circs for Magic Loop (easier to carry in my purse than DPNs, which I love).
One thing I have noticed--and it's not bad, just something to keep an eye on--is that this lace is very stretchy! The book "warns" about this, but I had no idea it would stretch as much as it does. I might tighten my stitches a bit or switch to a slightly smaller needle. (So many US #1 needles are actually US #1.5...you can either check the European mm size or use a needle sizer to find out if your's are true "1s" or not).
Monday, April 23, 2007
I've turned the heel of my Merino Lace Sock. It's been a really great knit so far. The pattern is simple enough to memorize, but it still keeps me thinking with the three different lace stitches.
I did notice a problem after I turned the heel. The purl stitches that were in between each lace pattern were not on the instep chart.
At first I thought this was a design element, but it bothered me that the purl stitches weren't there to set off the lace. I really like that effect. I then noticed the picture in the book, and there are definitely purl stitches on the instep.
After Googling "Merino Lace Socks" + errata, I found this post on Manning Knits. Liz wrote me and said that she had heard from Interweave Knits, and they reported that the chart was correct in the original magazine, but it had the error in the Favorite Socks book. The second printing of the book corrects this, but I noticed that the books in both LYSs I visited yesterday had this error.
If you do knit these socks, the error should be apparent to you and easy to fix. I just thought I'd point it out that you should do what you expect to do on the instep :)
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I had no idea how popular these were until after I got them done...I totally understand why though! Such a great knit. I am new to the KAL and finished these awhile ago but thought I would post here. These were knit with Cherry Tree Hill color Indian Summer. I think the Uptown Boot Socks will be my next knit from the book. It sure is hard to choose though! They are all so great! More pics and info on the blog (april 6th).
When I first posted my progress on these, someone commented that she really wanted to try them, but thought the construction might be a bit too much. Don't be intimidated by how differently these are knit from other socks. If you can pick up gusset stitches from a heel flap and do p2tog and s1 k1 psso, you can complete these socks. The top of the foot is knit with a chain selvedge like a heel flap. Then a short row toe is completed. Next you knit the sole flat and connect to the top of the foot by picking up the chain selvedge stitches and either k2tog or s1 k1 psso.
I have cast on the Elegant Rib socks and will post progress on those once I have enough on the needles to make a post worthwhile.
Knit from hand dyed sock yarn (my 16 year old son who wanted to choose his own colors for his socks), I started Retro rib this weekend. I managed to finish the first sock on the flight from Tel Aviv to Zurich and started the second. On the train from Zurich to Heidelberg I was able to knit well past the heel and into the forever rounds of the foot. Did I mention that he has size 12 US feet?
The pattern is great, the really stretchy is importatant since I was unable to measure around his foot and had to guess at the number of stitches. Now, as long as I don't run out of yarn on the second sock.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I wanted to share this beginning stage photo of the "Anniversary Socks" by Nancy Bush. I don't think many folks have posted about this design. It is very enjoyable indeed! I did have to make a chart of the stitch pattern - as it was written out. Funny, a year ago, I would have preferred the written format. Now I am a total chart enthusiast!
I am using the seemingly popular "Louet Gems Pearl" yarn for these socks. It is a first for me. I certainly like the feel of the yarn, but question it's duability. Time will tell - I am sure.
So - I leave you with a word of encouragement... give these socks a try. I really like designs that have a different stitch pattern on the front vs the back. Nancy Bush seeems to have several of these to her credit. She is one of my favorite designers!!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Sorry, this time no photo. Just 'cause I didn't know how to pack those (sorry!). You can see my chocolat brown socks in my blog(http//:neulontai.vuodatus.net), I blogged them 3.4. I just started Undulating Rib Socks, and this time I'll do my homework better..
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Many thanks to lori, a technical editor for IK, who told me the following:
"The gauge stated in the book is correct and not a mistake. I measured it myself from the actual socks shown in the photograph. I'm a technical editor for Interweave Knits and worked on this pattern when it first appeared in the magazine back in 2003.
There are a couple of reasons why Priscilla Gibson-Roberts was able to achieve 7 sts per inch with the yarn shown. First, she is a very tight knitter and produces some of the firmest socks I've encountered. She can get up to 12 sts per inch on a US size 1 or 2 needle!
Second, althought the original yarn, Classic Elite's Waterspun, had a recommended light worsted gauge, the yarn itself was very puffy with a lot of air space, so it could be squished down more than a conventional, robust worsted in order to pack more sts into an inch.
The combination of dense gauge and squishable yarn in the original socks was heavenly, but Waterspun has sadly been discontinued. If you look up the yarn specs, you'll see that Waterspun contained 138 yards in 50 grams, which is very lightly-spun indeed for a worsted, but a pretty common yardage for DK weight yarn. So if you can't find a substitute light worsted that's puffy and airy enough – the key words here are "lightly spun" -- the next best thing would be to try a DK weight yarn.
Priscilla Gibson-Roberts used Dale's Tiur (a DK at 125 yds/50 grams) worked at 7 sts per inch for her Caspian Sea Socks that are currently offered free on the Interweave web site. I'm making a pair of those for myself in Tiur right now, and am getting 7 sts per inch. The knitting is tighter than I'm used to, and the fabric is pretty thick, but it's do-able."
I realize that by now you all might be tired of hearing of my E.E. footlets, so I promise this is my last post on the subject. Especially because... I finished one of them.
Ignore the setting; it's raining outside and the only way to get decent light in my dump of a house is the back porch. I'll post more pictures and thoughts (mostly on my admiration for Priscilla's designs) on my blog
Friday, April 13, 2007
This is the first pair of socks that I've knit from the book. I've already made marks and notes all over the place on which other one's I want to make, and for whom.
There should be someone keeping tabs - which design is the most popular from this book? My money would go on "Waving Lace Socks" by Evelyn A. Clark. It is a very nice, enjoyable, easy pattern - and certainly deserves all of the attention it is getting!
These socks were made from Lisa Souza's "Sock!" yarn - "Gingerpeach" being the colorway. I knit them on 2.25mm Pony Pearl DPNS. Pretty much my usual combination of yarn/needles. In my comfort zone with these.
This sock MAY OR MAY NOT have it's mate knit by me as I first made it with the intention of giving it to my Sock Swap Pal and in this swap, we knit one sock and then send the yarn and pattern to our pal for them to knit the other.
PATTERN: Based on Cable Rib Socks by Erica Alexander from Interweave Knits’ Favorite Socks Book - adjusted size of cable and rib and modified when I changed the needles.
YARN: Hello Yarn Fat Sock Yarn in Surface colorway
NEEDLES: Size 1 for the foot and Size 2 for the heel and cuff
TIME to COMPLETE: Started Easter weekend while traveling, finished 6 days later, Friday morning, April 13, 2007
NOTES: If I were to do the sock over again, I would knit the heel in Size 1 needles — but overall, I think the sock turned out very well. I based the sock on the Cable Rib Socks and modified the size of the rib and cables to accomadate the colorway of the yarn. I enjoy the pooling of the colors in the foot and the striping at the cuff.
You can read more details of this at my blog.
This weekend is to be a weekend of FOs! I plan to finish a few more items to add to my FOs page. Wish me luck!! LOL!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Now, I am not a knitting expert by any means, but how on Earth does anyone get such a gauge with worsted yarn, on such thick needles? Various sources say that worsted yarn has about 10-12 wpi, so even if you pack the yarn as tightly as possible you still couldn't get 7 stitches per inch (as one stitch has two strands).
This is why I think there is a mistake in the beginning instructions. Any other opinions?
I have now finished two patterns from the new book. These are the Waving Lace socks which were very enjoyable and easy to knit. The yarn is Knitpicks Essential in burgandy, knit with 2.5mm (US 1) Knitpicks circular needles. This is the first time I used Essential yarn which I found to be very soft with no splitting. Now, on to something new!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I finally got my book last week (after drooling over it at every yarn shop I happened on) and cast on for Priscilla's Dream Socks yesterday. They are going SO FAST in midweight Socks that Rock yarn (in Scottish Highlands). This is my first time using DPNs--I'm using the Lantern Moon Socks Stix, and at first I was hating how slow they were compared to my addis, but now I really love how they feel in my hands.
I tend to wear out the heel of my socks, so I decided to do a heel flap instead...so I guess these were more "inspired" by her design than a literal following, since I also cast on a different number of stitches. I loved the look of the ribbed leg and stockinette instep, though...it's funny that I would never have thought to knit that, since most of my regular store-bought socks are exactly that design!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I chose the Embossed Leaves socks as the first to knit from this book. I have to say it is one of the best patterns I've ever knit. It is well written, and so addictive that it worked up very quickly! I used Sisu by Sandness Garn and 2.5mm needles. I love how the toe completes the leaf, and the twisted rib cuff is my new favourite!
I've already done the Waving Lace and the Lace Cuff. So next up I decided to do the Retro Rib. What's not to love about this sock.....I appologise for the photo. I didn't realize until this morning that the color was washed out by the lamp. The yarn is Lorna's Lace in a beautiful blue. I've done the straight pattern so far, no variations.
Now, I just couldn't stand it. I had to CO yet another sock. This time it's Priscilla's Dream Socks. The yarn on this one is Trekking which I picked up at my LYS simply because I have not used it before and loved the color.
It's just a simple rib sock but I've made a variation to this one. I'm not in love with her heel so I've changed it to the sl 1, k1 heel that I like so much better.
HHmmm......wonder if I have enough needles to co yet another sock.........................
Monday, April 9, 2007
I did make a modification to the pattern. I did these toe up using a short row garter stitch toe and heel.
I've started on my second pair of socks from the book now. I'm using more of the Haiku for these. Realized after I started on the leg pattern that I messed up the heel, but I refuse to redo them. The sock fits fine, and the slip stitch flap (instead of the eye of partridge I was supposed to use) looks fine with the sock on. Just looks a tad strange when not on lol.
Here's an angled shot of the pattern on the top of the foot and leg. These socks are constructed so much differently than any others I've made. It's making for a very interesting project!
Sunday, April 8, 2007
These were knit three years ago, when the pattern came out in the magazine. They were my first pair of socks that actually fit well, and they have been wearing strong all these years.
Now, you might wonder, why is half of one sock black? Let's just say I was a college student, and I was poor, so I was buying sock yarn on eBay. I had no idea that one 50g skein does not make a pair of socks... so I improvised :)
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Yarn: Yarn Pirate in Malamute (merino/tencel blend)
Source: the Loopy Ewe
I do have more details about the construction of these socks on my blog.
I love the socks I see so far and am already debating which ones to knit for myself....
In the meantime, I wish everyone a Happy Easter!
Friday, April 6, 2007
Looking at the socks, I am contemplating just starting at the beginning and knitting my way through. There are a couple of the ankle high ones which I might skip, unless one of my teens sees them and stakes a claim for more socks.
Is anyone else just going through the book in order?
Proseknitic in Heidelberg
Thursday, April 5, 2007
They are for my husband so the coloring is pretty bland. :) The yarn is Regia 6 Tweed in color #53.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Thanks! And I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's socks!
I have been very inspired by the Waving Lace pattern which some of you have shown us. The pattern is a fun knit and very easily memorized. I am using Knitpicks Essential yarn which is nice to the touch but the final verdict will come after the socks are washed. I hope the yarn does not "pill".
Monday, April 2, 2007
Hopefully my next post will contain a picture as well as the information from that elusive ball band!
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Pattern: Elegant Ribbed Stockings by Ann budd from Favorite Socks by Interweave
Needles: Britany Double Pointed Needles in the following sizes: US 5, 6, and 7
Cast On : March 20th 2007
Completed: March 30th, 2007
Yarn: by Yarntini - Make it Work and Carry On! for Project Runway fans
Mary Janes: by Crocs purchased today March 30th at my local Nordstrom
I love my stockings and I heart this yarn! Super soft, cushy and tightly spun at the same time. Simply amazing! My tootsies are pleased:)
I followed the pattern exactly with one exception. I did not do the cables. I felt the variegated colors in the yarn would have made it hard to see the detail. Therefore I opted for a simple stockinette.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill
Needles: size 1 & 2
Variation: I started out on the size 2 needle for the Scalloped Edging and the first repeat of the lace pattern, then I switched to size 1 for the rest of the sock. Also, I didn't do the 'tbl' as indicated, I did the straight knit.