Saturday, December 16, 2006

The goal is within reach!

Socks #42 and #43 are completed. Just 7 pairs to go before the new year!

Socks for Dulaan in Claudia Hand Painted Yarn

Dublin Bay socks in Trekking

Friday, December 15, 2006

ok done

here are FO pics:

I mirrored the chart on the second sock so the leave would be on the other side... moving on now to the next project......

Thursday, December 14, 2006


here is a first pic of the cherry socks:

I ended up dyeing the red Yarn again and it is a bit nicer red now. Plus I used different main Yarn for the sock. Where first I had the Jagerspun Wool I now am using AuntLydia's "shimmer"fashion Crochet cotton in linen collour.
it gives it a bit of a sparkle from the rayon without beeing too garish.
Love them so far and love to knitt with aunt lydia's.. I will definitely get mor in different collours for more socks.

The chart I used was my own , but CK ( now known as the chart goddess) was sweet enough to put some up on her blog so swing by there, if you want fruity socks! they are great!!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

kick up your heels ;)

I am done with hubby's skully socks! here is a picture:

(he'll never look here so I am safe putting up a pic or two.After all, they are his pressi!)

Now on to the cherry socks!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

New pairs are creeping in slowly

My momentum has slowed a bit, but here are a couple more pairs of finished socks.

#40 - Feather and Fan in Fixation

#41 - Jaywalkers in Claudia Hand Painted Yarn

I've got a few more pairs in various states of completion, three even have single socks! I'll be working on wrapping those up to make it to 50 by the new year. :)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Well ain't that just peachy....

I charted this afternoon some cherries for the heel of some socks .. then I started knitting and scrounging for leftover Yarn in the right collours ( green and red) I found green and died some of my handspun in red...
Hubby just came home and I asked him, what he thought and if he could tell what it was I am knitting into the heel and he dared to say... NO...
he said the cherries weren't "red" enough to be recognizable as cherries....grrrrrrrr... well ... maybe just maybe he has a point.But here are some pics anyway...I will make them again with a bright red for the cherries ... but here is the start of the first one for you all to see. once I figure out how to get the chart on the computer, I will put it on this blog, just in case someone else wants cherry socks...


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Moisturizing Socks...

I finished the socks I was knitting in Austermann Step - the yarn with jojoba and aloe!

The yarn feels a little weird, but it's kinda cool. :) I'm excited to see how my feet feel after wearing them.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


I sowwy... I forgetted my sockies..

Seriously, I've been so wrapped up in Lacevember and now, Xmas knitting I've put the Six Sox for October socks in the to-finish pile. Nevermind that I didn't get up the heel on the FIRST sock yet.. whoopsie. It's a-comin.. just you watch. :)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Line up

I finished the German Santa Claus surprise for my neighbours but I decided to make them miniture socks instead of full sized ones... so I was able to make all of them in one sitting.
Here they are : Turns out they make 4 pairs ;) ( excuse the pictures I know they are not the best . My camera isn't all that great to beginn with , but I think my dropping it might not have helped any...)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Socks on Parade!

I've been neglecting you, my poor 12 Steppers...

My sock obsession is getting worse and worse, and I'm beginning to think I might even make 50 pairs for the year.

My end of Soctoberfest finish, Dublin Bay in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Candy in Lapis.

Fearless Fibers! I'm excited to see how this yarn wears because the colors are just gorgeous!

These are an old pair in Knit Pics Sock Garden that I just managed to photograph.

So, what's on your sock needles?

Monday, October 30, 2006

My contribution to Socktober

Though I should have concentrated on my sweater, the sockyarn was just too much temptation and so I gave in. This is my first sock in Opal Bamboo yarn for my husbeast. He's thrilled! The second has to be knit yet, but I already started.

Here we have some sock in Wildfoote yarn that I started quite some time ago. I to knit that yarn. But someone promised that it will get softer when being washed. Changing from metal to bamboo dpns already helped a bit. The second sock is not begun yet.

And now to my new favourite socks! It's Opal Cotton, which you will find on the top left in my last post. I did not imagine that these lovely colours came from the skein. The pattern is from a current issue of "Sabrina Accessoires" where it was hiding amongst hideous hat patterns and other stuff that has a bad influence of the 70s. ;-)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Socks again

After a brief break to knit my Rhinebeck sweater, I'm back to socks!

This pair is two sample socks I knit for my LYS.

My most recent wearable pair is this one:

from Limbo yarn sent to me by Skitten when she was my SP.

Currently I have a pair on the needles for my friend Rachel and a simple pair for me in Sock Candy.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

No new socks, but lots of sockyarn!

I currently have 3 pairs of socks on the needles and promised myself to finish at least one pair before starting something new. As I've often talked about my inlaws living very close to the Opal factory store, I used the visit last weekend to stock up on sockyarn.

Here's the whole haul:

And there's a close-up of the bamboo yarn, which might be my new favourite.

I'll get more sockyarn from a swap with Stariel and am impatiently waiting for that package to arrive!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


I was trying to make some selfstriping yarn without dyeing it... so I used 2 different shades of some New Zealand top I have.
I seperated the roving into 25" pieces and then seperated those pieces lenghtwise into 3 strips.
I spun the strips alternating the light with the dark shade.
The singles yarn came to about 20 wpi, the individual colloursequences are about 5.8 feet long ( some are longer , some are shorter) . I decided to leave the yarn without plying, I did not want to mess up the colloursequences with andean plying and I did not spinn long enough stripes to navajo ply it
Now I am knitting it up into socks.

Moral of the story?
I would do it again , but make shorter strips of roving, so that the stripes come out thinner.
other then that , the fabric is realy rather soft and I like them so far a lot...

I also made some more fuzzy feet ( the first pair did not shrink as much during felting as I hoped and I gave them to a friend of mine , who loves them a lot!Thanks Theresa for that great pattern!!)

and I made a pair of socks for a friend of my son's, but I forgott to make a pic of them before I gave them away... so you will have to take my word for it ;)

Friday, October 20, 2006

One sock down, one well on it's way...

I have a couple of pairs of fingering weight socks that are just taking too long to finish knitting so I went digging through my stash and pulled out some toasty toes in carbon dioxide. (it's the same weight as the DK superwash that I dye) and decided it needed a jaywalker type treatment. The picture is just taken with the iSight on the Macbook, so it's not the best.

The second sock is well on it's way to being completed this weekend. Just what I needed, a quick project for me!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ack, I need to post more!

Catching up before the next sock FOs...

Baby socks in STR Fairgrounds

And adult-sized, the Rock and Weave socks from the second Rockin' Sock Club kit.

One Sock Wars sock:

And one sample sock:

And a group shot of all the handknit socks currently in my possession:

Whew, onward with the sock knitting!

elusive opal sock sighting

I have seen the opal sock in it's natural habitat!!! I made pictures for you all to see!

I made these for my DS. Opal lollipopp leftovers

Monday, October 02, 2006

And another sock avalanche!

To finish off September, Sock Wars!

I knit socks for my target:

Finished her socks and forgot to take a picture, and received socks from my assassin:

Then October began and I got back to my previous socks and finished a couple of pairs to kick off Socktoberfest:

Milanese Lace

And rainbow Opal socks for my sister's birthday in November:

So, what have you guys been up to?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wow, I've been a slacker...

I just popped by and realized that the last socks I posted here were my Broadripples!

What have I done since then?

Leaf Edged Socks, I only knit one since these were from my Summer Sock Party pal. :)

My Baudelaires! I loved this pattern and I love how the socks came out, I might have to knit it again if I ever get through my endless list. ;)

Some lacey socks I knit for Artsygal with some of her handdyed yarn.

And I have a few more on the needles, but Sock Wars starts tomorrow so I'll be putting them aside for that. :)

Baby Socks!

My sister is having a baby in January, so it's inspired me to knit some baby socks- of course I'll make more than the baby will ever wear, and my sister prefers machine washable so some of these will go to the art show/sale I'm doing in November. Anybody close to Sacramento CA, is welcome to come. I'll have my handdyed yarn for sale there! As well as some finished items.

Anyway, back to the sock. This sock is made from some silk/merino handdyed fingering weight yarn that I had left over. The mate is already made, but I didn't get a picture of both. I'm also having fun with the new camera on my new macbook....

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Karen's Red Socks

I asked Bean awhile back for a suggestion on a new sock to knit and she sent me the link to Karen's Red Socks. Only fitting that I do them, since I am Karen. :) I did them in orange, since I have an abundance of orange sock yarn, courtesy of Laura.

We've all got the standard photos of finished socks: laid flat, on sock blockers, on our feet, etc. I had the Yarn Harlot pose with mine for something new and exciting. And I am showing off that she touched my socks. :)

DD's cute feet

ok here are the socks I made for DD! From leftover Opal Petticoat...
Now I am on to knitt little red and white christmas stockings for the neighbours ( partly because I have so much Yarn leftover from the fansock project....) so I make one stocking for each ( only like five people ) that I plan on hanging on the doorknob on the fifth of december . It is a german custom, on the fifth is when Santa Clause visites german kidlets and brings them Fruit and nuts and little toys... so this year the german santa will visite a neighbourhood in NM. Watch out!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hedera! Finally! Hedera!

Hedera Socks on BlockersYay! I finally finished them. I would have finished them much sooner, but they were the victim of knitting A.D.D. Heh. So here they are. My modified Hedera socks.
Hedera Socks Modeled
How did I modify them? Well, for one, the pattern is written cuff down. I prefer the toe-up method so my challenge was to modify the pattern so that it could be knit toe-up but not visibly so. This required me to learn how to do a heel flap from the toe-up. I used Judy Gibson's instructions for a Toe-Up Sock for the heel flap directions. The toe, I used Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock pattern for the toe. The bind off, I faked. I read on Heather's blog back when she finished her mom's Koigu socks, about a sewn bind-off. She vaguely described it as entering the first two stitches on the needle as if to purl then back into the first as if to knit, rinse, wash, repeat. It works out pretty well! Nice and stretchy. They're nice and comfortable. I used Plymouth Sockotta in color #14 ("Green" - how clever a name!) and had plenty left over. I could have done several more repeats of the pattern on the cuff were I motivated at the time. Some people that have knit this report using more yarn than they thought they would. This was another motivation to do it toe-up. No running out before I got to the toe! I love these socks. They were my first successful venture into lace knitting. Even Ripple likes them!
Hedera Socks Modeled with Ripple