alright already

At VY&T on Saturday it was pointed out to me, more than once, by more than one person, that it had been a while since I had updated my blog.  Comments about “the green socks still being there” and hints about possibily posting abounded.  So, with out further ado, more green socks!

pattern:  my own, k3p3 rib, K5p1 leg, dutch heel, standard toe
yarn:  Kroy Sox
needles:  Crystal Palace US2.5
cast on:  October 30th (ish)  cast off: Dec 2nd

I’ve been doing some spinning too. Yes, I have fallen to the dark side.  On Thursday I spun up the remaining roving from my class, then on Friday I wacked together a lazy kate so I could do some plying.

I am actually quite pleased with my first finished yarn. 


 . . . and another FO!

pattern:  Spinner’s Shawl by Evelyn Clark
yarn:  Silky Wool
needles:  Clover Bamboo US8
cast on:  Dec 2nd  cast off: Dec 10th
notes:  Love this pattern, though it did turn out larger than I had planned.  The border is quite wide, which I chose to have amnesia about while knitting.  The cast off is great, nice and stretchy!

Since I had spun up all the roving I had, I picked up some more on Saturday.  Practice, practice, practice!  What holiday knitting?! 


the governor called

I was granted a stay of execution. It rained.

Bug went back to school today, two hours late, but still! She and I were both going a little bit stir crazy. Tomorrow is a half day. Bubba was very disappointed that school was canceled for him, but I did get a call from school transportation and he will start riding the bus on Monday.

I have been knitting, a second green sock, and if I want it to count for Sock-a-Month I need to finish it tonight. I am past the gusset so I just have the foot and toe to go, totally doable, but I knit like a 4yo, we’ll just have to wait and see.

more socks

I finished off another pair of socks from the Holiday Gift List.

pattern:  based on Gentlemen’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel from Knitting Vintage Socks, by Nancy Bush
yarn:  Knit Picks Essential Solid – Dusk
needles:  Clover Bamboo US3
cast on:  October 21st  cast off: October 26th 
notes:  These socks are based on the socks from Knitting Vintage Socks because I misread the pattern when I was ordering yarn for the project.  I read the first line of the pattern which says “with yarn doubled, cast on …”  Oh, hey, I thought to myself, these will knit up in a jiff with the yarn doubled.  I ordered the yarn and when it arrived I sat down to start knitting.  “Cut off extra strand of yarn.”  WTF!  The socks are knit with the yarn doubled for the cast on but one strand for the rest of the sock.  But, I have all this sock yarn!  So I went ahead and knit the socks with the yarn doubled and just fiddled with the numbers to make it work.


sock sock, sock

First a FO . . .

the Suicide Socks

pattern: International Sock of Doom
yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
needles: Clover Bamboo US5
cast on: October 8th  cast off: October 18th 
notes:  I really love this pattern, especially for house socks.  They didn’t really take that long to knit, they were put aside for some other knitting.  I have another ball of Cascade 220 Superwash in my stash and I think it will end up being another pair of Suicide Socks, but I will go down a needle size for a bit snugger fit.

I was also able to finish the first Fancy Sock.  See that little piece of yarn nect to the sock?  That is all that was left of the ball, less than one yard.  Eeep!  Now, on to the second one.



I have finished the Socks of Doom, actually I finished them last night. 

pattern: International Sock of Doom
yarn: Regia 6ply Crazy Colors
needles: Clover Bamboo US5
cast on: September 23rd  cast off: September 27th 

I should be thrilled, but I have no one to send them to.   I contacted my victim and, oh, yeah, sorry, I dropped out.  I’m glad I hadn’t just sent them off without contacting her.

Ok, I contaced her victim and received an odd reply indicating that she hadn’t received the information and that was why she had e-mailed me the first time.  Huh?  I replied that I didn’t think I was who she thought I was and explained the whole thing (again).  I explained about the trouble YM had with Hurricane Gordon and how all the info was posted at YM’s blog.  Later I found her victim info and e-mailed her again.  No reply, to either e-mail.  Hmmm.  Tonight I e-mailed again letting her know I was going to assume (yes, I know the saying) she was not interested in playing Sock Wars and I would go ahead and contact her victim, and I did.  Now, I just get to wait for my victim’s victim’s victim to reply.  Maybe I’ll be able to send out the socks tomorrow, or Saturday. 

My assassin has e-mailed me to let me know that my death is already in the post.  Luckily, they have to come all the way from the UK, so I might have a chance to mail mine out before being neutralized.

two WIPs no more

One is the pinwheel blanket.  I ripped it and placed the yarn back into stash.  I like the pattern, but the more I thought about finishing the blanket the more I ask myself why I was making it.  I don’t have a baby, not planning on one in the near, or far, future.  I don’t know anyone right now that is having a baby that I would want to give it to.  The more I thought about it the more I thought the yarn needed to be something else.  So, it will be.

The second is the first of the Holiday Knitting Projects.

pattern: Generic “You’re Putting Me On Socks” w/ easy toe from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
yarn: Opal 6-ply
needles:  Clover Bamboo US3 & 4
cast on: Sept 1st   cast off:  Sept 8th
notes: I started the Easy Toe, from Sensational Knitted Socks, using US2 Chiagoo Bamboo DPNs to give it a nice firm fabric.  I bound off using this bind-off, which I read about at brooklyntweed.  The second sock went off with out a hitch.  The first one had FOUR knots in it with chunks taken out of the pattern.  I had to pull out large section of yarn to make the pattern repeat correctly. Not fun at all.  The socks did end up matching, except on the heels and I am not sure what happened there since they match on the foot and on the leg. 

another one bites the dust

pattern:  CIC Toddler Sock 
yarn:  Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky – Strawberry Y1007
needles:  Clover Bamboo 5mm
notes:  Love this pattern.  Simple, fast to knit.  I knit the first sock a few months ago and then decided to knit up the second yesterday after Jenn declared this “F your O’s Week”.  One down, too many to go.  These socks will go to the Dulaan Project.