a little knitting

Saturday morning I went to the LYS to hang out, drink tea and knit. I did end up purchasing two skeins of sock yarn, one of which I started knitting with before I even paid for it, a skein of Trekking XXL #62. The other skein is Lana Grossa Meilenweit colortweed #1009. I am so happy that they have gotten in more “man colored” sock yarns, you can only knit so many pairs of pink socks.

I have to say that I fought with the Trekking XXL for two days. Love the yarn, but it is a tad thinner than the previous sock yarns I have used and I had a terrible time getting a gauge I was happy with. I finally realized that a gauge of 8.5sts/1” was not going to work when I am knitting for size men’s 10.5, on a deadline. Just too many stitches to even contemplate at this time, so I placed the Trekking into stash and did a bit of diving to find some lovely green Kroy Sock.

I swatched, found a gauge I was happy with, did a bit of math, looked in some sock books, did some more math and some graphing, looked in another sock book and finally decided on  K3 P3 for the ribbing and K5 P1 ribbing for the leg and instep. I am in love with these socks! No, really I am! Simple but elegant, I think. 

It’s not the best picture, but I think you can see how the K5 is centered under the K3 ribbing at the top.  If you can’t, well, believe me, it is, like this:

Oh, and that’s the colortweed I mentioned above, in the background.

I am sad Socktober is coming to an end.  There is no way I will be finished with these socks by tomorrow so it looks like my tally for Socktober will be two pair, plus one sock plus whatever I can finish of the sock above.  Not to shabby.

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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.

   

suicide socks

I died on October 4th with this very cozy pair of ISOD. I haven’t blogged about it because I wasn’t sure what I was going to write, but I guess truth is best. 

When I opened the envelope I laughed.  Yes, I laughed!  For probably ten full minutes.  You see, I can be a bit of a Martha.  How it seems as opposed to how it really is.  I guess it could be seen as being superficial, but I think it is an over compensation for other short comings.  You see, I’m fat.  Not the “gee I feel so fat, I should loose 5lbs” fat, but the “I need to loose another person worth of weight” fat.  I usually get judged as being lazy and stupid before I get two words out of my mouth.  Because if I was smart and would just put the fork down and get up off my fat @ss I wouldn’t be that fat.  Yeah.  So, I overcompensate.  I try show them how great I am, how giving, how funny, how self depricating, how . . . whatever would make them happy.  Pathetic, I know.  Ok, back to the socks.  I opened the envelope and here are these utterly imperfect socks. 

I was shocked!  I mean how could someone send out socks looking like this?  What would people think?!  Then it dawned on me, my assassin worked hard on these socks, she is a new sock knitter and she did her best given the pressure of Sock Wars (people were staying up all night the first night to get their socks in the mail the next day, for gosh sakes, crazy), she took the time to e-mail me several times and we had a bit of a rapport going on, considering she was trying to kill me and all.  It didn’t matter at all that they weren’t perfect, they were perfect enough.  F#ck what people think!  I put them on, and they are the coziest socks I have ever worn.  In fact, I washed them earlier today and I’m wearing them right now.

Two weeks ago I went to Sock Sorority at my LYS and started these socks.   They are for the Holiday Knitting ’06 and will be for one of the BILs, the one who is ‘alergic’ to wool.  The pattern is Gentleman’s Fancy Socks, from Nancy Bush’s, Knitting Vintage Socks. I am using Elann Esprit (cotton/elastic), so I have had to make a couple of modifications, but nothing major.  These socks are takeing FOREVER to knit, no not socks . . . SOCK . . . one singular.  I forgot how long 2×2 rib takes to knit when it’s almost the whole sock is ribbed.

I needed to take a break, and I love my Sock Wars socks so much I decided to make myself another pair, can’t have to many warm house socks when it starts to get cold.  I grabbed a ball of Cascade 220 Superwash and away I went.  Since they are the Socks of Doom and I’m knitting them for myself, I have dubbed them the Suicide Socks.

Socktoberfest

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? 

  • November 2004.  I taught myself.

What was your first pair?  How have they “held up” over time?

  • My first pair were for my daughter, using the Knitting Pure & Simple Child’s Sock pattern.  I used some Bernat Hot Sox (pure acrylic, what was I thinking) which is a fingering weight yarn and the pattern actually called for a dk weight.  I was a new knitter, and didn’t know any better so the fabric of the socks was quite loose.  My son fits in them now and since they were pure acrylic they have “held up” fine except for the fact that they have no recovery and don’t stay up, ha.

What would you have done differently?

  • Ummm, everything, lol.  I have become a total yarn snob.  I don’t really care about the brand so much, but the fiber content makes all the difference to me.  I would have used yarn appropriate for the pattern.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

  • DPNs all the way!  I tried 2 circs and failed.  One day I will try the Magic Loop, maybe.

Which kind of heel do you prefer?  (flap? or short-row?)

  • Flap, I have a high instep and the short-row just doen’t seem to work for me.  Plus, as Rabbitch would say, they look like ass when I try to knit them.

would say, they look like ass when I try to knit them.How many pairs have you made?

  • Looks like 11 finished pairs in 2 years.  No, 12! One pair, for daughter, is missing from the picture.

5 pairs for Daughter
3 pairs for Dulaan
1 pair for Son
1 pair for Holiday Gifting
1 pair for Sock Wars
1 pair for me

So, if I continue knitting socks at the same rate (2yrs/12pr=1pr every 2 months) then I currently have enough sock yarn for more than seven years of sock knitting.  Hmm, I think I need to step up sock production.

so much yarn, so little time

There is so much going on in the blogsphere.

Sock Wars:  I have my target, I have my weapon and I know who is hunting me.  I have some built in lag time (time in the mail) as my assasin is in the UK, but my target is in Australia, so she has some lag time too.  I have finished the first sock without too much trouble, I only had to rip the heel and partial gusset a few times.  I know, I need to learn to read.  Can you believe some people have already put their socks in the mail, the pattern was released on Friday.  There has been one reported kill, those socks were handed off in person yesterday. 

Soctoberfest is just around the corner.  I am so excited about this one, it was so much fun last year.  I have several pairs of socks I need to knit up for the Holiday Knitting ’06 and will try to complete them in October.

 

For me these two go together.  Dulaan Project 2007 has been officially kicked off and I will be doing much EZ knitting for Dulaan.  I was lucky(?) enough to be able to attend the Yarn Giveaway at Ryan’s and I have plenty of super bulky yarn to knit into very warm Tomten Jackets and hats.  I was impressed with the fact that the hostesses of Zimmermania! actually contacted Meg Swansen for permisson to hold the KAL, how classy is that.

I received three EZ books for my b’day last week, very cool!  I am all set for Zimmermania! now.

On the knitting front, Quinn has been set aside while I finish the Socks of Doom for Sock Wars. I am almost done with Quinn, just have a couple of rows left on the body, then on to the 16′ of 2 stitch i-cord. Sixteen feet!