Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Camouflaed Eesti Trail Socks

I took some time off from knitting socks to make a sweater. My son, who was anxiously waiting for me to make him a pair of wool socks, asked me in the last stages of the sweater "Am I going to get those socks this winter or next winter?" So, knowing he wanted them for Thursday's ski trip, I whipped these up in a week's time.

I followed the Eesti Trail Hiking Socks pattern and obviously omitted the snowflake pattern. Who needs pattern when you have cool camouflaged yarn?

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool - Merino.

The hat? Red Heart Camouflaged yarn made with one of those knitting hoop things by my son - he's pretty talented (I finished it up for him so he could wear it tomorrow).

He'll be the coolest boarder on the slopes -even if no one will really see the socks - at least I'll know his feet will be warm.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Half of a Christmas gift

Anniversary Sock I made these for my sister for Christmas. I haven't even started the second sock, which I plan to start very soon.

Do you ever have projects where you think, “wow, I never thought I could knit something that beautiful”? This is one of those projects. It’s the Anniversary Socks by Nancy Bush from the Favorite Socks book. After finishing the first sock in about 9 days on size 1 needles, my hands needed a break. I now know why everyone raves about Nancy Bush sock patterns. They are amazing, she pays attention to every detail to make the socks perfect. The toe on this sock fits the rest of the sock so well and I’ve done this heel on other socks but it just fits this one so well.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The waving lace socks with short row heels.

I’m so glad to have found Favorite Socks knitalong. What a great idea for the KAL!
When I saw "Favorite Socks" from INTERWEAVE at first I said "I must get it!" and I got it! There are so much wonderful patterns! I love socks. They are my favourites to knit. And just finished Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark from "Favorite Socks".
The pattern of them is very elegant and easy to memorize. I used cashmere woll yarn in dark red (100g = 360m/ 328yds) and needles 2,5 mm.
The pattern recomends to knit flap heel, that is why I sterted with this way. But soon I changed it into short rows. In my opinion, it’s the fastest, easiest, and best looking way to do. I saw some diferent methods of short rows heels on patterns, but I have my own. When I was a very young girl I couldn't understand how to make a flap heel, so I invented my own way. And I am sure mine is the most simple short row which I ever seen. I think I have to do my short row tutorial to share with you.Pattern: the waving lace socks from "Favorite Socks" with some my modifications
Needles: 2,5 mm DPNS
Yarn: 60g Casmere wool in dark red (100g = 360m/ 328yds)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Priscilla's Dream Socks, Wolverine-Style

My son is a huge University of Michigan fan--probably because his Dad and cousin went there, AND my son is a huge sports fan in general and Michigan is fun to watch! He wanted U of Michigan socks and we couldn't find the perfect variegated colorway, so I made him the Priscilla's Dream Socks with maize and blue. I love the way they turned out, and he does too.

I used half a skein of each color of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids--I LOVED knitting with this yarn! Used size 1.5 needles for the leg, size 1 for the foot and size 0 for the heel.

More on my blog and my Ravelry page.

I wish these were for me . . .

but they aren't. This first sock is actually 1/2 of a belated Christmas present for Oldest Daughter. She has big, long feet. I finished the first Go with the Flow sock in blaze of glory but the second is progressing more slowly. I think I just don't want to give them up. As with all Evelyn A. Clark patterns, it is easily memorizable (after the cuff, that is) and the gusset picks up beautifully. I guess that means a second pair JUST for me.

I wish my up-close photography skills would cooperate today - I was actually aiming for the gorgeous gusset. Well, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. I'll take what I can get.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Embossed Leaves

Ever since acquiring the book, Interweaves Favourite Socks, I can't resist the urge to continually keep a pair on the needles! Out of the 25 socks within its pages, I don't think there is a one that I shan't try.

My latest attempt is shown here. Embossed Leaves is a pretty pattern that makes up beautifully. The repeat is easy to memorize and they work up quickly. I'm well on my way to having a pair!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Waving Lace Socks

Waving Lace Socks
Originally uploaded by SF Knitster
Yay! I just finished Evelyn Clark's Waving Lace Socks for my MIL. They were originally meant as Christmas presents but of course, I never got a chance to complete them on time. These socks were knitted using one skein of Lisa Souza Sock! Merino in Yellow Ribbon on size 2 circular needles using the Magic Loop Method. I know my MIL will be thrilled to finally receive them.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Retro Ribs

These were started some time ago, and I lost the motivation to finish! However, post-Christmas fever has set in and I finished the second sock in about three days. I didn't continue the ribbing down the foot, it was just too much for me! Yarn is Trekking Pro-Natura and the lucky recipient is my husband the Spunk, who is modelling the socks.

Go With the Flow

Go with the flow socks in Wollmeise's Tiefsee for my MIL for christmas. Lovely yarn and pattern, that was fun.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Lace Merino Socks

These socks were meant to be a Christmas gift but didn't get finished for Christmas 2007. I am happy they are now finished for 2008.
Pattern: Lace Merino Socks
Source: Favorite Socks book
Needles: Knitpicks US 1 fixed circulars
Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! in yellow

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Meida's Socks

I've found this pattern to be a joy to work with. This is somewhat of an experiment in that I've tried, for the first time, working with bamboo.

The pattern itself is easy to memorize. However, I found the finished project to be a bit small for my size 9 feet. Therefore, I lenghtened the foot with an extra repeat and the toe by decreasing to 5 stitches per needle (20 in total).

The socks are beautiful in thier construction and thier colour. I used Ornaghi filati 100% Bamboo in a beautiful pink (colour #11). The yarn has a beautiful sheen to it that adds to the beauty of the Eastonian Cables. I love the process of cables and now have a new trick to add to my bag.

I have one sock completed and working away on its pair. I'll definitely be making more of these in the future in a variety of yarns.