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Thar be knittin in these parts.

by Nanc filed under knitting on March 8, 2006 11:14 AM

It's been a bit quiet around these parts, but know that this is only an illusion. A lot's been going on, just nothing all that blog-worthy. My knitting time (and knitting abilities) have been sporadic lately, which leaves a kind of funny taste in ones mouth. Like something is amiss.

So as not to bore y'all to death, there are fotos in the 'Read More' section, but only of single, unfinished-pairs of socks. Sad, no?

Other than some robots and a hat & scarf for Miss AnnaBeth (my Blythe. yeah, that's her name), I've been solely (ha!) concentrating on socks. I don't mean to be a heel (hee!) and ignore my other projects, but...

And actually, these have been ignored lately, too. I finish one sock and for a while I'm pleased as punch. But instead of starting the mate, I've been starting a different socks and I get all excited about that... for a while. It's a very sad and trying time. To top it off, I apparently screwed up one sock that I was ever so proud of. (That'll teach me, eh?) More on that one later, but for now enjoy my current singles club for socks.

Refreshingly fun!

Pink Lemonade sock:

  • Yarn: Lang Bebe color #65; bright pink, yellow, and jacquard
  • Pattern: modified cuff-down, short-row heel, stockinette sock
  • Needles: 2.5mm (US#1) Addi Turbo 40" circular needle (my first *completed* sock-on-a-circ)
  • Notes: I have fairly thick calves and I loved how this yarn patterns up. Since I didn't want to lose that when the sock is stretched out, I decided to make the leg much looser than normal. I started with 100 sts for the ribbing. Then I worked down to 60 sts by decreasing 4 sts every xth row for x rows/x inches. The rest was worked in the normal fashion. The short-row heel is the Queen Kahuna method, which is easy to do, remember, and doesn't leave holes.

Like magic!

Gryffindor sock:

  • Yarn: Silja sock wool in gold yellow (318) and maroon (337)
  • Pattern: my own: toe-up, short-row heel, 3x2 ribbing
  • Needles: 2.75mm (US#2) Addi Turbo 40" circular needle
  • Notes: I used the Knitting Fiend's toe-up cast-on, which is simple and gives a solid, strong toe. I started the ribbing an inch into the main color on the top of the foot, and continued it around the leg. There are three evenly spaced stripes in the gold, before another inch and the bind-off. I used the stretchy bind-off, adding a stitch after each segment of knits and purls (instead of after each stitch).

And finally a little something for my SockapalOOOza pal: I've found the yarn (Cherry Tree Hill) and the pattern (Pomatomus socks). Now I just need to free up some needles and get ta' knittin! Pictures to come soon.

A big thank you to Skittermagoo's new flower beds for the purty shots. Yay-flowers!

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Posted by: chris on March 8, 2006 12:41 PM

I lovelovelove the pink lemonade sock . . . she needs a mate!

I think your knitting woes are due to the AnnaBeth . . . she wants you to knit only for her, so she put a hex on all other knitting. Evil little doll.

And for a full three seconds there I not only didn't recognize my flowers, but had completely forgotten you taking the pictures. Gah!

Posted by: Rachel on March 8, 2006 12:45 PM

AnnaBeth-What a good name ;)
Is it wrong that I think the pink lemonade socks look truly yummy? I really do. E-D-I-B-L-E.

Posted by: jen on March 8, 2006 03:20 PM

your blythe has a cool name! and your socks rock!! good idea w/ the harry potter socks...

Posted by: Amanda on March 8, 2006 06:33 PM

I can relate to the not wanting to knit the second sock, but instead start something new. I am trying very hard to stick with my second sock because I know if I start something else I may never get to the second.

Posted by: Miriam on March 8, 2006 09:07 PM

I would suggest getting 2 pairs of needles and casting them both on at once. If you don't allow yourself to turn the heel of one until you're at that point on the other, then you're more likely to get them both done at once.

Posted by: P-la on March 10, 2006 09:35 PM

Maybe your single socks can join my single socks and then we would have pairs!!! Mismatchy is in right?!?!

Posted by: mk on March 11, 2006 03:07 PM

Dude! I love the mismatchy! Seriously, I like your sock(s).

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