31 May 2007

Pairs 7 and 8

I've been away from the blog world for a while because my laptop was broken, but I did manage to finish a few pairs of socks!

I finally finished my Hippy Crunchy socks (highly modified) from last year's BMFA Rockin' Sock Club:

I also finished my first pair out of my own handspun, with a big of commercial yarn for the heel, toe, and ribbing:

I didn't intend it, but they make very good Red Sox socks. :)

Pair #8

Pair # 8 is finished. They are knit in OnLine Highlander yarn. Plain Jane stockinette socks. 68 stitches on size 1 needles. This is the only pair I have knit in May so I better get busy or I will surely fall behind.

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Pattern: Horcrux Socks by Susan Lawence Pierce for the Six Sox Knitalong

Needles: US1/ 2.25 mm

Yarn: Fleece Artist Ruby Red colorway

5 of 52

I'm way behind this month. I need to step it up in June!!

Yarn: Crystal Palace Bunny Hop
Pattern Speckled Rib socks
Needles US5


Green Monkeys or Alligators?

Sock number 9!
Monkey pattern in Regia
Size 2 needles.
Good mindless pattern.
What simple pattern will I find for number ten?

30 May 2007

2 pairs for May

I was a big slacker this month, I only finished two pairs of socks. I did a pair of plain socks in STR Peaseblossom. I did another pair in the vertical eyelet pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks. I do have one more pair in the works right now, but I've only finished the cuff on the second sock. I hope to get more done in June, I don't want to fall behind!

Pair 7 completed

It's the same Syncopated Rib pattern that I did last time. Opal yarn; size 3 needles.

29 May 2007

My 3rd and 4th socks

The 3rd on pattern is Monkey sock by Cookie A, 2mm needles cast on 64 stitches, This is my second pair of Monkey and I enjoy making them very much.
The 4th Pair is plain sock pattern with 64 stitches; 2 mm needles also.

My first pair of toe up. I love knitting toe up but I just cann't the heel going backwards.
Knitpicks yarn size 2 cir

4 of 52

Austermann yarn. Size 2 cirs
Love to knit with this yarn and feels great on your feet.

3 of 52

Cascade 200 Size 5 cirs
Did not like this yarn.

2 of 52

Lion brand boucle size 8 cirs.
Dorm slippers

First pair

Have had trouble with the camera So I 'm posting my socks now.
Sockotta yarn Size 2 cirs

Pair 8 with more to come

Finally I have pair 8. The yarn is dark and my camera sucks, but these are another variation of "monkeys" (they're just shorter. Short socks=faster knitting time, but I like the length too) with a ball of JaWoll. I only had one ball thinking that I could make a pair with it, but as you can see from the toe on the right foot, I was not so lucky. These are for me anyway and I don't mind since I'll just be wearing them around the house.

Here are pairs 9 and 10 on the needles. The long ones are knit with regia that I got at LYS on Saturday (my birthday). My boyfriend surprised me with a gift certificate so I got yarn for two more pairs and some shorte bamboo needles. I didn't think I'd like them but I really do. I still like my Prym (german) needles the best, but the length (4 inches) of the bamboo ones are nice, very earthy. The short ones are short because I've just started them, but they'll be a lovely gansey pattern when I'm done.

28 May 2007

#7 & #8

It was a productive relaxing weekend. Finished a couple of single socks.
The most useful pair will be my soccer socks to fit over my shin-guards. These socks fit up to my knees and over my size 11 feet. Seems these should count for two pairs. (no, play fair.)

Cascade Fixation (3 balls)
Pattern by me, sockergirl
I hope to type up the pattern soon.

Then there is a simple pair from On-line super wool. Just a plain pattern of 56 st on size 3 needles.

On to number 9 - green monkeys!

#8, plus auction find!

Pair number 8 finished. Pattern is Lacy Mock Cable Socks, from Island of Misfit Patterns, using Plymouth Sockotta, worked on US size 2 circulars. Pattern is just a five-row repeat, and I made mine a bit longer in the leg than the pattern suggested. (Do I get extra credit for longer legs of my socks?)

When I was finishing my Monkey pair, I asked DH to "build" me a pair of sock blockers with some wire hangers, using instructions I found on the internet. I really had to hunt through the house to even find any wire hangers, but fortunately, a few remained in the closet of the former bedroom of my youngest son. Norm complied, with a lovely pair . . . said it took most of the day, and he was completely exhausted by the effort. (This was an excessive bid for sympathy, and baked goods.) I went on and on about how wonderful the blockers turned out, and indeed, used them for blocking of the Monkey socks.

DH has been retired after teaching middle school English for 32 years, and he dabbles in painting, and in the last year, has been working occasionally for a couple local auctioneers as a ring man . . . one of the people who holds up items for sale, and delivers them to the successful bidder. Sometimes, he brings home treasures . . . some are even things we might want or need, and others are the result of "sympathy bids", where the auction has stalled until someone "donates" a dollar or two, so the sale can move on to the next item. Friday, he worked at a sale, while I was working at my regular job. When he came home, he brought me a set of vintage wooden sock blockers in four sizes. If I hadn't asked him to make the pair with wire hangers, he wouldn't even have known what they were. He paid $5 for all four of them, and was the only bidder.
Needless to say, I was quite excited, and delighted, and danced around the kitchen with them. He was proud that he noticed and acquired the blockers.
However, I became concerned when he followed this presentation with the comment, "Don't look in the back of the van, okay?" I managed to refrain from running to the garage screaming, but had to laugh. He purchased a collection of vintage 45rpm records and several 33rpm albums as well. Stacked up, the boxes are higher than the top of my 5'8" head. Saturday, he worked for another auctioneer, and brought home 36 canning jars of marbles. Yesterday, he washed all the jars and marbles. Today, he is going through the music, and carefully cataloging his acquisitions. He loves to dabble with organizing collections of things, and is a wonderful "house-husband", while I work. He's going to be busy for weeks with these things!
The best part? He doesn't dare say anything about my yarn and knitting needle stashes! At least my collections are useful . . . what can you do with 36 sparkling clean canning jars full of freshly washed marbles?

5 of 52 - Plain Vanilla

Finished pair 5, a smooshy pair in Bare. Only I left them the plain vanilla color. This was the yardage left from pair #3. Perhaps I'll dye them, who knows.

They were worked up accidently on a multitude of needle sizes using the Crazy Toes and Heels technique.

5 of 52 done

And still no pictures! Had some taken, but lost them. Our camera isn't working quite right since it accidently got thrown to the floor awhile ago :(

DD has two pairs of the 5 that I've got done. And can you believe that she can only find one sock of those two pairs?? And that is why I won't be knitting anymore for her! Grrrr

Working on pair 6, which are blue bernat sox yarn with white/black and red regia for the heel and toe, they will be for ds, who really appreciates his socks! :)

Happy Knitting!

27 May 2007

26 May 2007

Monkey Socks for Mom

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Regia Silk
Off White
Women's Size Medium
440 yards
Size 2 Knit Picks Classic Circulars

For Mom's Birthday in June. They are so soft, I love this pattern in this yarn. I am thinking I need a pair for me too :D

18 & 19 - Monkeys on the Bannister

These Monkeys are knit out of Lisa Souza's Lime and Violet in sport weight. Bright was good, and the pattern was fun and quick.

The 100% merino sport weight is Monarch Yarn from Angora Valley in Shades of Teal. I absolutely adore this yarn. It is very tightly spun with lots of springyness.

Both socks were knit over 60 stitches on 2,5 mm needles.


Well, it's not where I wanted to be right now, but I am chugging along. This pair took so long because it came right at the point where I was supposed to be putting in the garden, etc. etc.

I got the pattern from the book, Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. I had been meaning to try something from that book, and was a bit put off by the whole chart thing, but finally plunged in. The yarn is simply Opal, black.

Now, to catch up with some simpler socks....

25 May 2007

A Bit Ahead

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Knit Picks Memories
Redwood Forest Colorway
Cuff down stockinette
Size Small (6-8 Women's)
Size 3 KP Classic Circulars
Almost done with my Monkey Socks too. Cheers!!

Catching up on posts

I'm finally getting around to posting my progress. I've finished 6 of my 52, and have pairs 7, 8, and 9 on the needles. Too bad the Leg Cozies I am knitting for my daughter don't count. That would make 10!

Pair #4

Pattern: Elegant Ribbed Socks, Favorite Socks
Yarn: Heilo, Dale of Norway
Started: 4/21/2007
Finished: 4/30/2007

Pair #5

Pattern: 2x2 rib
Yarn: Knit Picks sock something or other leftovers
Started: 5/11/2007
Finished: 5/15/2007

Pair #6

Pattern: Feather and Fan
Yarn: Knit Picks sock something or other leftovers
Started: 5/17/2007
Finished: 5/19/2007


24 May 2007

2 Socks on 2 Circs class at Sockknitters.com


Hi gang. I'm late on posting my socks, and running late on knitting them too, but still plan to a.) post the knitted ones and b.) catch up and post some more. Meantime I'm admiring all the lovelies here! And here's an online class for knitting 2 on 2. Hope it helps!

23 May 2007

Pair #6 - Only One Day Late

I finished these last night...

Cable Rib

More info on the blog.


22 May 2007

Week Eight

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100 % Merino Wool

Colorway: Morning Glory

Cuff Down on Size 3 Classic Circulars

Size Medium (9-11 Women's)

Now I can work on some of my more challenging patterns. I need to finish my second lace anklet and my monkey socks. I also have some gorgeous bavarian twisted socks waiting on the needles. More to come - - - http://newbhs.blogspot.com

17 of 52 - Horcrux

With being on the road, airplane rides leave time for knitting. And then there are those patterns which go autopilot, such as Horcrux (from the 6 Sock KAL) once you are past a small pattern portion. Which is why I was able to knock off a second pair quite rapidly.

Yarn= Opal Herbstmelodie
Needles = 2,5 Colonial Rosewood dps
On = sixty stitches with no modifications!
On to Monkeys!

21 May 2007

Pair 6 is now complete.

Merino wool. Pattern: Syncopated Rib from "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks," knit on size 3 needles. Perfect fit.
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Pattern: Generic cuff to toe socks pattern
Needles: US1/ 2.25 mm
Yarn: Grandma color way from All Things Heather

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Pattern: Inside Out! By Kaci Kyler Hays for Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Club
Yarn: Monsoon color way from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Needles: US0/2mm for toe, foot and heal and US1/2.25mm for leg
Gage: 8stitches per inch

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Pattern: Rococo Socks by Lisa Parker Wildhorse Farm Designs
Needles: US1/ 2.25 mm
Yarn: Grandma color way from All Things Heather

Pete and Repeat... Pair 4 of 52

If these look familiar it's because they used to be pair number 2 of 52.
Sigh. But I think they'll fit nicely this time.

6 Down

Pair #6 are off the needles. Here they are: Opal Magic 1051 knit in a 3 x 1 rib for the leg and instep. And the stripes match perfectly! I think that catches me up, but I'm afraid I'll fall behind once again this week. I don't think I can finish a whole pair in time. Have a great week!