30 June 2007

2 pairs for June - 11 so far

I was only able to finish two pairs this month - I got distracted by sweaters if you can believe it! I don't know why I needed to knit 2 big wool tops in summer, but I did. Anyway, I did a pair of Basket Weave in Knitpicks Dancing, and a pair of Sixth Sense Socks. I'm hoping to get back on track in catching up for July. Right now I have two pair on the needles and I'm plotting some more, so I'm hopeful that I will be able to catch up. I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's socks so far!!

Pair 5, 6, 7 in June......need to knit socks!!!

Pattern: Chevon Sock: Modified Guess
Book: Sensatinal knitted Sock 66 stithes
Yarn: Regia Stretch sock yarn 2x50gNeedles:
US 0/2mm Addi Turbos 40"
Start: 6/17/2007 End: 6/24/2007

Pattern: Chevon modified, 64 stitches
Yarn: Regia, 2x50g 70%Wool, 7% Polyester, 23 Polyamid
Needles: US 0/2mm Addi Turbos 40"
Start: 6/17/2007End: 6/24/2007
Pattern: Plain 56 stitches
Yarn: Regia, Fach Haltbar Stretch, 2x50g 70%Wool, 7% Polyester, 23 Polyamid
Needles: US 0/2mm Addi Turbos 40"
Start: 6/07/2007End: 6/15/2007

28 June 2007

another one bites the dust

This pair is 6 of 52 (soo far behind!)


Infant Socks from the 2007 Knitting pattern-A-Day Calendar

Austerman Step, colour: Gras

2.5 mm needles
Very fast, very easy -- will do them again if I can figure out where I put the pattern!
*Pop over to my blog ... I am having a Canada Day/Long Weekend Contest

Pair # 10

I have finished pair 10, I should be on pair 13, I am so far behind. I need to get over this second sock syndrome and finish all these socks. This pair is knit in the new Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome Sock Yarn. 80% Meriono, 20 % nylon. It is wondeful to knit with, I can't wait until it is more readily available.



Wow, those were fast!
pattern: Elfine's socks (http://autoscopia.com/amelia/assets/elfinesocks.pdf)
Yarn: handdyed yarn by exchange pal
Pair nr. 12. A little behind for now, but doing the best I can to keep up with you!
yardage: about 300 meters

27 June 2007

Swap Pal Socks

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My Sockret Pal Beth sent me this very cool yarn. Knit Picks Simple Stripes. It was easy to make matching socks, which is usually rare with the self striping yarns.
Size 9-11 Womens
Size 2 KP Classic Circular Needles
Cuff Down Basic Sock

I have three other pairs well under way.

Bringing up the rear . . .

I'm running a bit behind, but had to post my current "pair". On the left, you'll see Diamonds in the Rough made on US 3's with Wool-ease worsted weight. On the right, awaiting a kitchener stitch toe is the ever popular Jaywalker designed by Grumperina, made on US 0's with Lion Brand Magic Stripes. I'm fond of the two circular needle technique, but the 0's I used have a larger join than the needle points. It's kind of irritating to try to move the stitches over the join as I work. I'm going to have to hunt for some nicer size 0's in circular needles.
I'm about a week behind, but I have a good excuse. I was working on a surprise birthday quilt, and a silly knitted hat, all pictured at my blog. Hope to be back on track real soon.

26 June 2007

week 13, I think? pair 5/52

I just gave myself a swirling headache going through almost 3 months of posts! But it was SO worth it. Everyone's socks are amazing.
Yes I fell behind, I may be the most behindest sock knitter on this KAL right now! If you want to know the reason why, there are some details on my "main" blog. www.knitting-and.blogspot.com
BUT! I finally have another finished pair! Plus two more nearly done.

These are size 10 men's; from a sportweight yarn called "Crazy", very soft, but unfortunately no longer available because the distributor, Idena ( a Swedish brand) is no longer exporting to the US. I used about 350 yards/3 skeins, and size 3 needles, 56 stitches, plain vanilla sock pattern.

25 June 2007

Pair 25

A little shorter a cuff than I usually knit, this is the length that has been voted best by all three of my daughters. And since the eldest gets the socks, I thought it would be nice to take her wishes into account.
The yarn is a merino/tencil from Chameleon Colorworks (May SOM)- and both the colorway and the pattern are named Jacaranda.
The pattern repeat is 10 stitches. There are 60 around knit on 2,5 mm needles. I did two complete pattern repeats for the cuff (rather than three), the garter heel and then headed down the foot.
I have lots of yarn left over - always a generous kit.
Details and in the in-process pictures are, of course, on my blog (grin).

Pair 11

This is the second of two pairs that I started and finished in the last 4 days. Have to admit that the time pressure of contests is a really good way to cure (at least temporarily) my debilitating case of second sock syndrome.
Clementine from Socktopia's June KnitOff
Sheep's Gift from Joslyn's Fiber Farm
Needles: Addi Turbo US#2
Started: 06/23/2007 Finished: 06/24/2007

Somewhere over 20

Actually, I will have to check the list, but probably around 24. I have added them up a couple of times. 10(April) +8(May) +6( so far this month)?

These not tiny socks are knit out of colorway American from thelavendersheep, purchased from her Esty shop. I have a second color way from her, she has nice "guy" colors.

Pattern is a simple 4/2 rib knit over 72 stitches knit top down. It seemed like forever to get the length needed for a man's size 11. The heel is eye of partridge

They are a gift for one of the guys out of the organization that I just spent 2 1/2 weeks in the field with. He kept talking about how neat it would be to have a pair in red.white and blue to wear on the 4th of July.

My shoulder has recovered enough from surgery on the 14th (and thanks for the well wishes from a lot of you) that I can knit socks again. Large needles and heavy sweaters are still out of the question.

Proseknitic in Heidelberg

Number 6

Here is number six. Small but a still a sock. Pattern: Regular turned heel baby sock. Yarn: Opal Gems Cornflower. Needles: Knitpicks US1

Thanks, Denise www/callmepurl.blogspot.com

Number Twelve

This is the tofu socks! I don't think you can eat them, but you sure can knit them.
Generic pattern 60 stitches, size 1.5 needles. color.... uhm... Pink??
Next pair is going to be fun!

24 June 2007

Pairs Eight, Nine, and Ten

Pair 8 of 52
Maybe Opal? Knit from old, unlabeled stash.
I'm finding it very hard to slog away at plain stockinette these days when there are so many more interesting yarns and patterns with which to play...
Addi Turbo US#1 - magic loop
Started sometime in April, finshed 6/20/2007

Pair 9 of 52
Pattern: Monkey Well, actually maybe "Gorilla" -- I resized the pattern on these to fit my extra wide feet and not-so-slim ankles :-) But they're still monkeys at heart. Yarn is Fleece Artist Merino Socks in "Lily Pond."
Addi Lace needles US1 - magic loop.
Started: 06/15/2007Finished: 06/22/2007

Pair 10 of 52. Yeah!!!
These are from Zen String's Sock Club - June 2007. Yarn is Lotus Toes, a fingering-weight, 2-ply 100% superwash Bluefaced Leicester in the "Lily" colorway.

I'd been wanting to try out bfl for some time and was delighted when it arrived in this month's kit. Love the yarn's nice cushy yet scrunchy feel. Very easy to work with. The Perambulate pattern was fun too -- very easy and quick to knit as the leg length is quite short. I did 8 pattern repeats in both leg and heel flap. I'm sure I'll be knitting another pair of these.
Addi Lace needles US1 - magic loop.
Started: 06/21/2007Finished: 06/22/2007

22 June 2007

What number am I on again?

Here's pair nine. My best pair ever, and I've been knitting socks for a long time. I used Regia Crazy Color on 2.25 mm bamboo needles. First time with bamboo, and first time using five needles. I like the length of the needles better, easier to transport; they're only 5 inches long. I can't wait for it to be cold again here in Texas, so I can wear these socks all the time. I LOVE THEM!!
These are a feather and fan pattern that I love and use often that I found in the book "Socks, Socks, Socks."
Next, I'll work on some from the toe up and see how they go.
I'm behind, and I don't care. If I don't get 52 done it won't make me a bad person. I've got so many other things to do. Don't hate me.

Eleven of Fifty-Two

These are knit with Patons Kroy in mercury. The cuff is started off with 4 inches of 2x2 rib, then it changes to 4x2 rib. I think these were called Traditional Ribbed Socks from the Classics in Kroy book. I'm doing the same pair for my Dad (yes, boring Kroy Glencheck), but I only did 20 rows of 2x2 rib instead of 44 rows. I don't figure he'll roll the cuff down. Step FIL probably won't either, but it's too late now!

This was the longest it ever took me to finish a pair of socks. I had one done for last year's Father's Day. I couldn't bring myself to do to the second one. These are pair eleven for The Plunge.

Happy knitting!
Sheri aka Lexa

21 June 2007

hold on

i love dis song its the best!!!!!!!!

Pair Seven

Pair number 7, finished today! I call them my Jr. Whitby's, as they are for my 5 year old son. These are knit toe-up from left over Louet Gems Sport Weight in Pewter that I used for my pair of Whitby's. Because of the smaller stitch count, I had to modify the cable and cuff slightly. But I think I achieved the same over all look.

Jaywalkers Cross the Street for 10 Points

I finished my very first pair of Jaywalkers last night. They would have been done sooner, but I ran out of yarn very close to the toe of the second sock. I used Colinette Jitterbug in the Jay colorway. Wonderful yarn, but it's very dense so a 100 gram skein is quite short on yardage. I did make a larger size sock, but I shortened the cuff to try and avoid using a second skein. It was not in the cards, though. I ordered another skein on Monday and it arrived yesterday. I'll have enough yarn leftover from the second skein to make another pair of normal sized socks. There are more details on my blog.

I have several more sock projects on the needles. I'll have to buckle down and work on only one at at time if I want to keep up with all of you serious knitters.


Soooo Behind

I'm here finally posting pictures of sock pairs 4 and 5. I do have others in the wings, half finished. The problem is I keep getting distracted by lace. Oh, well. I'm still chugging along and hope to have more finished in the next week.

Baby Socks in left-over Regia Nordic Color

Gryffindor Railway Stitch Socks
for my Hogwarts Sock Swap partner

Pair nr. 11

Told ya I had a couple of pairs in the wings?


Jitterbug Popsicle, 240 meters for size 7,5 socks with 16cm legs. They are a bit tight. Next time I work with Jitterbug I'll work with 60 or 64 stitches instead of 56. It was a fast knit, I love them and I keep them. I was kinda knitting them for a friend but they might be a bit tight for my friend's feet (size 8,5). Now I'm knitting her Monkey socks with Lorna's laces Flame. They need to be done in next week...

20 June 2007

CIC socks hand dyed

CIC socks hand dyed
Originally uploaded by zorrosmommy.
I belatedly remembered this pair of socks that I also finished recently. I guess this makes pair 11! Another pair of toe up, worstened weight, wool socks. The yarn was mainly tapestry yarn, hand dyed by moi - the purple was a bit of cashmere from a recycled thrift store sweater (you know those little balls you get when you pull apart a sweater? And you don't know what to do with them? Stripes in CIC socks!)

Gray CIC socks finished-- Pair 10

Gray CIC socks finished
Originally uploaded by zorrosmommy.
Pair 10 is finished! My last finished pair was finished on 5/17, so I've gotten way behind. These are scrap, worstened weight, toddler sized socks, toe up, for CIC

Coming along

Still fighting with Blogger, but my socks are zipping along.
Pair 23, socks for hub for Father's Day.
Pair 24, DD's Pomotamus socks in Artyarns Supermerino.

First sock of Pair #25 is done and the mate just cast on. They are the last of my cheapy blends, and will leave me with a pile of Fleece Artist and Cherry Tree Hill to play with - yay!

# 8 Done

I finished my son's birthday socks yesterday. That brings my count up to 8. I knit them in Trekking XXL #188. His 22nd birthday is July 3rd. The cuff is 1-1/2" of 2 x 2 rib, the foot is 10" of stockinette. 64 stitches (he is very thin) on US1 dpn's. Now I'm off to work on some more!

19 June 2007


52 Pair Plunge

Custom Colorway
Sock yarn courtesy of DYE~NAMICS!

Get yours HERE

18 June 2007

Pairs 9&10

crazy colors

The specs:
Yarn: regia Crazy Colors (and the colors really are crazy)
Pattern: my own (to appear on my blog soon) for the adult socks and Opal Kid's socks (www.ptyarn.com) for the small ones.
yardage: 420 meters

Just one more birthday girl to go this month!

17 June 2007

24 Karat 13

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Socks That Rock 24 Karat light weight yarn, 350 yarns on size 2 Knit Picks Classic Circulars. Very nice yarn, but I think I still prefer the heavy weight yarn on size 3s.

# 9 and I am behind

I finished pair #9. I hope to get caught up here again soon. These are knit in SWTC's TOFUtsies. I have several more in the works, so hopefully I will get caught back up to where I should be by the end of the month.

Pairs 8 & 9

Sock 2 of pair 10 is on the needles. The pair with the hearts is a very old baby wool I found when I was packing to move. I have no idea when it was bought. The brown and white pair use yarns from my mystery stash - a box of yarns that have been around for years.

16 June 2007

5 of 52

I am way behind on the Plunge ... and am hoping to make up for lost time soon! These have been kicking around for a while, with just the foot of one left to do. Not sure of the yarn used for the main part of the socks, although the heel, toe and cuff are Kroy 4 ply. Pretty cheery for a vanilla sock ... they will go in the Christmas gift stash (and are #5 on the 52 Pair Plunge, and also count for my June sock for the Sock A Month KAL). It's nice to have them off the needles and in the gift drawer!
Posting more soon!

15 June 2007

Counting them Up

Would you believe that I lost track?
I completed Victorian Lace, Broken Rib, Fire on the Mountain, Rib on the side and River Valley while out in the field.
I have two pairs on the needles right now, but just had my right shoulder operated yesterday. Typing with one hand is a pain, and knitting is going really slowly. I might just have to wait and let the rest of you catch up!
But I do have 24 pairs done.

Eight, Nine, Ten of Fifty-Two

Here are pairs eight, nine, and ten. They are all for my Dulaan box. All three pairs are knit with leftover hand-dyed merino sock yarn I bought on eBay. Good way to use up leftovers! The bright green and peachy ones are about size two, and the other pair is about size four. I didn't have enough yarn to do those two exactly the same, so I flip-flopped them.

Happy knitting!
Sheri aka Lexa

14 June 2007

Joining the falling behind crowd

I don't know why it took a month to make these. It is too hot to knit or something. I'll catch up. I will. Honest. I think this is pair seven.

yarn - Skacel Trampoline
needles - size 2 long circular for magic loop
pattern - just a sock. toe up, short row heels, two at once

Pair #7

Just off the needles tonight: Regia Cotton Surf 5415 (I think). These will be gifted later this year. It's wonderful to be ahead of the game for gift giving, but terrible that I'm behind 2 pair (I think again) in the "plunge". Hoping to catch up before the end.

Pair #6 with a Famous Person!

Yes, here is proof I was knitting pair#6 at a book signing...only my most favorite living author! Diana Gabaldon was appearing at the local Barnes & Noble. So I packed up the DPN's and was off!

The yarn itself was also a nice find...On-line sock yarn color #81. I found it at the Naked Sheep in Bennington, VT. It changed colors so often, I never got bored, and no Second Sock Syndrome.

Found my way back!

Rumors that I hung up my needles were greatly exaggerated. I'm still slogging along!

Pair number Nine - a Cat Bordhi classic, knitted with Regia Crazy on US 2's. What's really crazy is that I took great care in matching the yarns of two skeins for about the first three yards so they would be identical. Guess that's why they call it crazy! In the picture, I think this pair look like they are subject to an electric charge, or the horizontal hold on the television is giving up! At least they don't glow in the dark . . . I don't think! This pair will be part of a gathering of 50 gifts for a dear friend who is turning 50 in a couple weeks. Our quilt group made her a quilt, too. Should be a great surprise party!

Now for something completely different, Embossed Leaves from Interweave Knits, "Favorite Socks" done on US 1's with Steinbach Wolle Strapaz. I'm really happy with the way these turned out. Especially since I stumbled a couple times, and had to frog about half a pattern repeat each time. I wasn't too excited about them then!
Last weekend, I went with a couple friends to Columbus, Ohio, to the National Quilt Association annual show. Imagine my glee on finding a knitters convention there, also. At lunch, I announced to my friends that I was going to make a quick stop at the Knitter's Merchant Mall to see what I could find. They just laughed, and said they were surprised I held out as long as I did. Anyway, next post, I'll show the treasures which I acquired.

I have one sock done and the ribbing complete for the second on my eleventh pair. Can you believe we are approaching the quarter mark on this adventure? Knit on!

13 June 2007

Number Nine, Number Nine

Isn't that a Beatles song? Visions of Paul McCartney keep popping into my head as I write the words.

I finished the RPM socksfrom Knitty last night, pair number nine for the plunge. Sorry the picture is so bad. The dark colors in this Fleece Artist yarn don't show up well on screen. It's the colorway Parrot: deep blues, greens, fuschias and purples, all very luscious. These are definitely winter socks, though. The yarn is really thick and squishy, especially in the spiral rib pattern. This is a very easy pattern, and looks better on the foot than off. It works well for variegated yarn with short color repeats.

I'm working on the Jaywalker socks in Jitterbug in Jay (Colinette). I thought the color name was appropriate. It's an incredible mix of turquoise, teal, purple, jade, olive and kelly green, and the Jaywalker pattern shows off the short repeats very well. The color doesn't really look like any blue jay I've ever seen, though. I'm using 76 stitches on a 2.5 mm needle. This yarn is quite thick, a lot like Socks that Rock. I'm making it slightly shorter so I don't run out. I was lucky enough to trade some other yarn that I wasn't wild about for this wonderful stuff. Turquoise has been my favorite color since the summer of love. It's hard to believe that was 40 years ago, and I missed it because we moved from San Francisco to Connecticut that June.

I don't know how you are all meeting the pair a week goal. I'm still on track but I haven't been able to work on anything else since April 1st.