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Finished Objects: Socks

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Oh mi goodness. Last entry was from late December?!

As I type this, I think I’ve come to the realization that I enjoy doing said hobby more than writing about them. I hope to get back into the swing of adding new projects and describing the new books I read. I did get a lot of enjoyment out of that before. I guess I just have to reintroduce myself?

I won’t make some promise though- No “I’ll-blog-twice-a-week!” promises because that’s the first way to shoot myself in the foot.

To catch up, I’ve noted what I haven’t shown off:

  • 12 knitted objects
  • 3 necklaces
  • Various works in progress
  • The six books I’ve read since my last blog entry
  • The other countless ones I read in 2012 and didn’t get around to reviewing

Whoops

I haven’t quite figured out how or if I’ll showcase everything. From October till about…April…I’d say? Between those months, it is so very busy at the office, so when I get home, I just want to crash. It happens. I really do want to work on making this loverly blog more of a habit.

So. TWELVE knitted objects finished since the last blog! Pardon me while I toot my own horn but GO LAURA! :-)

I’ve decided to do a blog by type of object. Today will be socks. The tons of socks I’ve made. I finished a pair the night before last and last night so this entry won’t capture them all as I still have to get finished pictures.

Let’s go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2012 and show off some socks. Shall we?

Pair #1

Herringbone Rib SocksLaura’s Herringbone Rib Socks

Pattern: Herringbone Rib Socks by Kristi Schueler from Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarn
My Ravelry Page
Yarns(s): Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi
Colorway(s): Lakeview
Needles(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On:
July 14, 2012
Casted Off: August 12, 2012
Modifications: I made these puppies toe up just to see how much yarn I could use. Lorna’s Laces packs a lot of yardage in their skeins so these socks ended up being quite tall. yay!

These socks are super warm and I think I’m in love with Lorna’s Laces.
This pair of socks taught me something about stitch patterns. See…I have tried this sock quite a few times and it just didn’t work out. The pattern takes a while to form while knitting it. I kept on working on it, this time, however, and wha-la! It appeared.

So…lesson learned: Just because it’s a two row pattern, does not mean it will immediately show after two rows. BE PATIENT, Laura!!

Well this lesson was learned. I’m on my second pair of them for a friend of mine. yay!

Pair #2

Embossed LeavesMaggie’s Embossed Leaves Socks

What is with this pattern? I just looooooooooooooooooooooooove it. I can’t get enough!!

Pattern: Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt from my most favorite sock pattern book Favorite Socks
My Ravelry Page
Yarns(s): JoJo Land – Ballad
Colorway(s): 205-Pink
Needles(s): US 1½ – 2.5 mm
Casted On:
September 10, 2012
Casted Off: October 7, 2012
Modifications: I extended the pattern from 64 stitches to 72…the yarn was rather thin. No big deal. Also? short row heel. Again, no biggie

I often wonder if I do so many repeats of one particular pattern, am I closing myself to other cool and groovy patterns? Perhaps a little. It’s just so gorgeous though!Embossed Leaves

Finally, Pair #3

RPMJess’ Socks

Pattern: rpm by Aija Goto from Knitty, Summer, 2006
My Ravelry Page
Yarns(s): Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi…Again!
Colorway(s): Ashburn
Needles(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On:
September 10, 2012
Casted Off: October 31, 2012
Modifications: None.

I don’t know why but this yarn seems to have Jess’ name on it. She really likes blue. She had mentioned that her apartment gets pretty warm so it’s not like she needed a pair of worsted socks. Just seemed like an all around good fit for her.

RPM

This is my second pair of RPMs. It’s a simple enough pattern to be used for such a colorful skein of yarn. The wrapping the purl stitches make around the sock make it fun in addition to the color variations.

I made these socks for two women that are like little sisters to me. At one point they used to both work in the same office with me. Now Jess has moved elsewhere on campus but we all keep in touch. Merry Christmas ladies! I hope you love them! I certainly love being your friend!

The next few blogs will feature FOs in groups of three. One for hats. One for bebeh sweaters annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd another group of three socks. Now that work has calmed down, I really want to make a point to update more!

 

FO – Orange Pekoe Socks

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This summer I participated in the Loopy Ewe swap and I was paired with another Cookie A. fanatic, a young woman named Mandy. She and I had a pleasure getting to know each other during this swap. I’ve always been paired with really nice women but I think she and I had more in common than many of the other swaps I participated in.

I had some difficulty with her socks. I started a pair right before going on vacation and a few days into it, I wasn’t feeling the love between yarn and pattern. And of course I realized this a few states away from my stash. Then the storm hit and, honestly, I didn’t even want to touch wool :-(

But then I found the Orange Pekoe Pattern and it was smooooooooth sailing from then on out.

Pattern: Orange Pekoe Socks by Cookie A from her 2011 Sock Club. Pattern Available here.
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Three Irish Girls McCellan Fingering, .8 skeins, 320 yards.
Colorway(s): Mountain Cathedrals
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: June 27, 2012
Casted Off: July 12, 2012
Modifications: None

It goes with without saying how much I love Cookie’s patterns and this was no exception!! While it might not appeared that these flew off my needdles because I took two weeks to make them, I still enjoyed knitting them!

The yarn was a perfect match and wasn’t a heavy wooly feel because of its bamboo content. I’m sure Mandy appreciated getting them in the summer time. Perfect pair for this time of year. The yarn also handled the pattern very well too. Because of allllllllllll of this i found it very hard to mail these puppies :-(

I will definitely be making another pair of these for moi soon! :-D

FO – Cadence Socks

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Maybe it’s because it’s so hot out. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to carry around a bunch of stuff. Maybe it’s because I don’t particularly care for the feel of heavy wool right now.

A Combination of those perhaps?

All this to explain that my next few Finished objects will be socks.

I have heard knitting buddies say that they don’t particularly like knitting sweaters in the summer. I’ve always said “OK” because it didn’t bother me much. Well, this year it does. My motto this summer: Small projects for the WIN!!!

Cadence Socks

Pattern: Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey from SKA March Mystery Sock, March, 2011
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight, .75 skeins, 300 yards.
Colorway(s): Spinel
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: February 13, 2012
Casted Off: June 16, 2012
Modifications: None.

Cadence Socks

…mind the leaves on the bottom of my feet….

I think there was something I missed in the directions about the direction of part of the calf pattern and it was supposed to make the socks symmetrical.

Cadence Socks

Whoops. That’s about as exasperated as I can get about it. I hardly notice it.

I really enjoyed knitting these socks because they were a little longer than most published patterns and, for me, that’s a plus because 1- I can use all the yarn (or more of a majority of it) and 2- this means my legs will be warmer :-) No complaints there!

Where have I gone?!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Goodness it feels like a long time since I’ve updated my blog. So much for my original idea of having a digital scrapbook!

Well in chronological order, this is what I’ve been up to:

  1. June 20- June 25 – I visited my mommy and her sweetie husband in South Carolina. Wonderful little vacation. Relaxing was my word for it :-D
  2. June 29 – A Derecho hit our area. What’s a Derecho? Wikipedia says it “is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms. ” What do I call it?? Simply put – an ass kicker of a storm. See:


We lost power Friday night and it returned Tuesday night. I distinctly remember during the Snowcopolypse of 2010, enjoying it a little. Jermaine and I were walking around wearing five sweaters and we played Trivial Pursuit. Sure, it got old but at least the first day was fun. This storm? Not a bit of it was fun because very hot days followed. Jermaine and I had just gone grocery shopping Friday night and we were mad as hell when we had to throw away a majority of our fridge.

3. So yes. It’s been very very hot too. I know many prefer heat over cold but I do not. I haven’t had much energy lately to eat much less update projects here or review books. This smiley, actually, sums up how I’ve been dealing with the heat

 

But since the last entry, I have completed two socks:

And I’m absolutely giddy about this pair I’m working on now:

Herringbone Rib Socks

On the book side of things, there has been A LOT read, which has led me to wonder if I want to review Every. Single. Book.

Books I’ve finished since last book review: (Some of these might have already been read since June 12)

Finished 5/13 Finished 5/20 Finished 6/1 Finished 6/5

Finished 6/22

Finished 6/23 Finished 6/29 Finished 7/24

So Book Bloggers – Question for you – Do you review every book you read? Why? If not, what makes you want to review a book and what makes you just skip it? As I delve more into reviewing books, it would be interesting to see what others do.

FO – Pointelle Socks

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I’m doing more than reading! :-)

Sometimes I can’t keep all my hobbies straight. I never thought I’d say this but I appear to be reading more than knitting. I don’t feel bad of course but I guess I just want to acknowledge how people’s hobbies can change or expand

I finished a pair of socks from Knit. Sock. Love. Pointelle was one of my favorite new patterns in this book and I finally finished my own pair

Pointelle

Pattern: Pointelle Socks by Cookie A from Knit Sock Love
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Frogtree Pediboo, 1.5 skeins, 382 yards.
Colorway(s): 1146
Needle(s): US 0 – 2.0 mm
Casted On: January 2, 2012
Casted Off: June 9, 2012
Modifications: None. I knit the larger size at a smaller gauge so the sizing would turn out correctly. (The larger sock required 70 stitches for cast on. I’m usually ok with size 1s and 60 stitches so using a smaller needle helped balance everything out.

I love Cookie Patterns! I can’t get enough of them. These certainly kept my attention with the curving vine going across the instep.

Pointelle

Here is a more detailed shot of my left and right foot up against each other so the foot lace pattern is more prominent:

Pointelle

And this color!

I saw a woman on Downton Abbey wearing a skirt made out of this light green and I just went “WANT!” and I seem to be attracted to this color for the time being. Case in point: Some of the loot I got at this past year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival:

My creation

And it was interesting hanging out with my friends at MDSW. One friend was on a silver theme and another a blue theme. This year was pleasant because I didn’t pick my usual purples or deep reds

Well anyway…I finally was able to finish these socks after they spent some time in my project box and I certainly love how they turned out. I’m just about to finish these socks as well, to continue with my sock theme.

Cadence Socks

Cadence Socks

FO – Two Pairs of Socks

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Good Evening to all!

Winter came back to our neck of the woods. Very windy past few days here for this region at least. So to honor the re-found need for socks, I present two finished pairs!

Stripey Socks

Pattern: Just a plain old stockinette pair of socks WITH SOME REALLY COOL YARN!
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Playful Self-Striping by Twisted Fiber Art, 360 yards
Colorway(s): Ember
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: April 13, 2011
Casted Off: February 11, 2012
Modifications: None really

I rarely make stockinette socks. It’s the Process Knitter in me that wants something fun. When I finish a pair, however, The Product Knitter part of me comes out and says “These feel wonderful! You really ought to have more”

Stripey Socks

Ever so conflicted I guess.

Stripey Socks

I knit these while Jermaine and I were looking at houses this past spring. Our awesome realtor would take us driving to different properties. These kept my hands busy so I wouldn’t bombard her with questions. teehee

Stripey Socks

I knit these toe up using a very helpful toe-up calculator. Something about that process that just makes me giddy.

I thoroughly enjoyed the self striping yarn. Definitely look forward to making more socks with this wonderfully colored yarn.

 

I participated in the Loopy Ewe Winter Wonderland 2012 Swap. I made a pair of socks for my spoilee Kathy:

Slip-Stitch Cable Socks

Pattern: Slip-Stitch Cable Socks by Charlene Schurch From Little Box of Socks
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Playful Self-Striping by Twisted Fiber Art, 360 yards
Colorway(s): Dream in Color Classy, 175 yards
Needle(s): US 2½ – 3.0 mm
Casted On: January 15, 2012
Casted Off: January 20, 2012
Modifications: I made these toe up and used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off for these. And…it is, in fact, surprisingly stretchy

Slip-Stitch Cable Socks

THESE WERE SO WARM! I was quite saddened to see them go in its box to be shipped to Kathy. Just reminded me that I must knit a thick pair of socks for me and Jermaine every now and then. They’re quickly knit and very much appreciated this time of year!

As far as finished objects are concerned, that’s all I have right now. I hope to have this lil guy’s mate finished pretty soon:
Pointelle

I’ve been working on my Rocky Coast Cardigan too. ‘Been making some great progress on it too. Perhaps I should show it off a little.

 

I’ve also completed some books too. One was amazing and the other….not so much. Things have been just crazy at work though…hard to find time to catalogue all of this :-D

I haz a FO! I haz a FO!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Wow things have certainly been busy here.

Jermaine and I are packing up our lives to move into our new house at the end of the month:

What fresh hell...
 We’ve been packing up all our stuff…picking up paint colors, searching for sales, going to liquor stores for boxes and Home Depot as well. Oy!

But in the midsts of all this craziness, I finally have a finished object. My last one was from April.

In and Out Socks

Pattern: In and Out Socks by Cookie A’s Designs from Knit. Sock. Love.
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway(s): Skein with No Name, Rockin’ Sock Club installment from November, 2010
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: July 4, 2011
Casted Off: August 7, 2011
Modifications: none

This was one fun pair of socks to knit! The winding, cable-like pattern is what attracted me to the pattern in the first place.

In and Out Socks

And something I found particularly interesting was the way the heel flap was developed:

In And Out

The winding cable-like pattern then POP a heel flap!! That part of the sock almost made me giddy as I was knitting it.

I enjoyed this pattern very much. I seem to be on a sock craze of late. And a STR and Cookie A. one as well now that I think of it. Explanation of socks–well I guess that’s pretty easy. It’s summer and gross out. Socks are portable and small and most likely I’m finishing up someone’s Christmas present so that’s a win win right there. I’m inspired to knit with Socks that Rock sock yarn of late because I’m drawn to many patterns that are friendly to multi-color colorways, which also explains my draw to Cookie A. patterns as well.

What will be next is Cookie’s Raven Swirl Socks with March, 2011′s Rockin’ Sock Club installment:

Rockin' Sock Club - May, 2011

On a personal note, I won’t be back for a while we move. I look forward to showing off my Autumn Rose Pullover  with all the ends woven in and a lovely neck band:

Autumn Rose Pullover

FO – My Clown Barf Socks

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

This was was the outside of my apartment looked like for a majority of the day.

Bleh

The pictorial representation of bleh. This is what I wore for the day:

Intrepid Traveler

I like to call them my “Clown Barf” socks. This came from the most recent installment from the Rockin’ Sock Club and their “Electric Kook Aid Acid Test” colorway:

Rockin Sock Club - March, 2011

Such bright and crazy colors. Perfect way to get over a rainy day.

Pattern: Intrepid Traveler by Gail Marracci from 2011’s Rockin’ Sock Club
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway(s): Electric Kook Aid Acid Test, Rockin’ Sock Club installment from March, 2011
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: April 4, 2011
Casted Off: April 14, 2011
Modifications: none

Intrepid Traveler

I usually don’t mind pooling. Usually, I find them rather exciting :) but with colors as different as those in this colorway, I’m glad I was able to get some nice stripes with these socks.

I think these socks will always be worn when the weather is just beyond boring and/or when I’m wearing something boring. This will make anything pop

FO – Dusty Corners

Monday, April 11th, 2011

I can’t stop starting socks. I’m popping them out like a machine :D

Dusty Corners

Pattern: Dusty Corners by Linda Welch from 2010′s Rockin’ Sock Club
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway(s): Firecracked, Rockin’ Sock Club installment from July, 2010
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: March 5, 2011
Casted Off: March 26, 2011
Modifications: none

And Holy crap! I love this colorway:

Rockin' Sock Club Installment - July, 2010

It’s so very vibrant. And the pattern flowed really well with the color changes:

Dusty Corners

This was a pleasure to knit. The pattern was fun and the colors flowed so nicely…PERFECT COMBINATION. :D

And speaking of Rockin’ Sock Club, I received this latest installment from the 2011 club and started my “Oh Hai, Clown Barf Socks:”

Intrepid Traveler The colorway’s name is “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” WIN!

FO – Another Pair of Gumdrops

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I’ve since finished two projects that I wanted to share but this week, I’ve been getting over a cold with one wicked cough I’m feeling better but the cough certainly isn’t gone.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s day, I finished a pair of socks for my buddy, Debbi.

Gumdrops Pattern: Gumdrop Socks by JC Briar from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club
My Ravelry Page
Yarn(s): Socks that Rock, Heavyweight
Colorway(s): Ms. LaRock
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: January 12, 2011
Casted Off: March 8, 2011
Modifications: I just did a round toe. That was the only modification I did.

Gumdrops

Debbi had said she wanted a pair of thick socks but not a pair that was too high. Sure I had more yarn to make them taller but it’s not what she would have wanted. I knit the smaller version of this pattern because the yarn is so thick and it turned out well. Luckily, we’re the same shoe size and these fit nice and snug for me and for her too.

I made this pair of socks super snug because Socks that Rock Heavyweight has a tendency to grow.

Gumdrops as you can see I made a Sl1/K1 and K1/Sl1 sole. That makes for a super squishy sole but you’ll also notice that it’s about three inches, not that very long. I hope Debbi didn’t think they were too short.

And speaking of Rockin’ Sock Club Patterns, I started Dusty Corners from 2010′s sock club. They’re just flying off the needles. I absolutely love this colorway too

Dusty Corners

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