Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Have a look here at pictures of the sockline!


They got a total of 12.262 pairs of socks! The line was 1.289,50 m long!

There are still packages with socks arriving!

Monday, May 22, 2006

More socks!

My 4th pair of socks this month coming right up!

Details on my blog.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Stars and Stripes?! My A$$

Fortissima 1776

One down, one to go. Done in Fortissima 1776 - overpriced given the rumors and apparent popularity of this stuff. Do those look like stars to you? Me neither. There are some star-suggestive blobs here and there, but whoever first said that this was supposed to be stars and stripes, got the stripes part right, but the stars? Not so much.


I will do the mate. It's on the list. *sigh* All that anticipation for a cheesy looking sock. I did it in Wendy's Generic Toe-up sock pattern as well.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ariel's famous socks

Aren't they cute? The whole story is on my blog.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Socks

As Bean would say, "Weeeeeee!" Oh wait, no, she'd say "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!"

Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Socks

These are my first Toe-Up socks, and I'm sold! Love them! They actually fit me! And the short row heel feels good too. But I had holes, even though I picked up the double wraps, so I wove some extra yarn back through the holes and closed them up. Bean mentioned adding extra stitches in the gaps (I assume that meant the holes?) to take care of that problem. How so? Some KFBs? When I pick up the wraps, I transfer the wrapped stitch to the right needle, lift up the wraps with my left needle onto the right, then I knit them or purl them all together. Is this the way y'all do it to? Help! I love the short row, but the holes bug me! Am I going to have to weave everytime?

As mentioned in the title, these are Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Socks.

Yarn: Sockotta 6670 "Fruit"
Needles: US 2
Started 5/4 Finished 5/8

Will I do these again? Many, many times and many adaptations, I'm sure.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Tulip Socks

Becky sent me the Tulip and Gingham socks kit back in March. I've started one of them and so far, not too bad.

General thoughts: Wow! I didn't realize Fair Isle projects would come out thicker than normal. So I won't get to wear these socks any time soon. Yeah I know summer is coming but I even wear my other hand-knit socks in the summer. These, however, not gonna happen. What's sad is that by the time it's cold enough to wear socks this thick it'll be too cold to wear a skirt! I'm not into pantyhose and I'd need something under my skirt. How else am I going to show off the pattern on the cuff!?

The heel: I'd been told the heel gives people problems, and that I should just ignore the heel instructions. I did and put in my own short row heel. I use a heel with wraps, turns, and double wraps on the way back out. This leaves me with a little gap between the end of the wraps and the rest of the stitches. I had to add 4 stitches in each gap which meant there would be a few extra rows between the heel and the beginning of the chart repeats. The original pattern would have you go straight into the chart right after finishing the heel.

Fair Isle: Ouch. Way too many ends to weave in. Not used to doing that much weaving in on socks. I know I could have weaved in as I went but my mind can only work on maybe two different knitting instructions at once. Throw in the fact that I was carrying the unused colors up the side of the sock, and we're talking Tangle City. Every so often I have to stop and untangle the freakin yarns! But the design is beautiful and so worth it.

Knitting: I started out with a 2.5mm needle on these socks. After significant puckering, and a little snugness around the ankle I went up to a 3.0mm. It's much better now. I'm trying to keep the floats as loose as possible without making them too loose. And the burgundy yarn at the top of the cuff? That's waste yarn. The pattern calls for ribbing. I did ribbing once before but I'd screwed up the chart pattern. I had to rip out after I couldn't get the needles in the right places to just rip back to the base of the ribbing. Then I said I ain't doin the freakin ribbing again right now; I want to get into the pattern. so I put the stitches on waste yarn and will go back to the ribbing later.

For once I can't wait for it to get cold again so I can wear these socks! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Ladybug socks!

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I made these with leftover Opal Ladybug that I traded with cmtigger for. Add a little bit of black from the lovely Jenn's heart socks and you have a pair of socks made of 12 Steppers leftovers!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sixth Sense Socks

These are the same ones that turtlegirl made. I actually liked the garter stitch short row heels and didn't have problems, but they look really weird when they're not on a human foot.

Pattern: Sixth Sense Socks from the Six Sox KAL
Yarn: Alpafina a 50/50 alpaca/wool blend
Started: 4/16/06
Finished: 5/3/06

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sockpalooza sox arrived today

Here is the sox I recieved from my sockpalooza pal this morning.They are knitted in Lynn's Colour Joy Sock Yarn in Lynnabell which is a gorgeous blue colour. The sock pattern is Shell Lace Socks from "Knitting Vintage Socks" and they have a 3 point star toe.

My sock pal also sent me some gorgeous hand dyed sock yarn.The skein of yarn is 100g of "A Good Sock Yarn" in Grapes of Wrath colour way. Hand dyed by Rae of Rae's Yarn Boutique in Lansing Michigan, USA. It is 80% wool and 20% nylon. I can't wait to start a pair of sox with it.

Well who sent me these fantastic sox......None other than Rae from "Rae's Yarn Boutique in Lansing Michigan. Her blog can be found at http://extravayarnza.typepad.com.

Sixth Sense Socks - Done!

6th Sense Socks

This was my first time with a short row heel, and to top it off, it was a garter stitch short row heel. My first sock ended up with some holes because I wasn't wrapping the stitches correctly. Turns out, it's completely different for garter stitch! Here's a close up of the heel:

Sixth Sense Garter Stitch Heels

The one on the right is the first one, done wrong. See how much neater and tighter the left one is? Ya live, ya learn. I don't like the way these fit me, I think if maybe I had made the foot a bit longer, it might help, but even on the blockers, it looks low. I think I just don't like short row heels. But I'll reserve judgement until I try a regular one. So I dub these "Birthday Socks" for my other sister. So that's two sets in a row I'll be gifting. Grr. I have a pair on the go now - 2 on 2! They'd better fit!

The pattern is from the yahoo "Six Socks" KAL group. They closed membership recently, so hang in there if you want in. Stariel, I know you're in. How did you like this pattern? Me, I don't think I'll be knitting it again. All that KTBLs drove me nuts.

Thank You Gundel!!

Here is a pair of socks made out of the beautiful Opal yarn that Gundel sent me during SP5.