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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 – Claire Bear’s Mittens

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Happy Autumn everyone! Thought I’d start this, my most favorite of seasons, with a Finished Object for chillier weather :-D

I have a friend I met actually in high school. We went to rival schools. :-) Her name is Megan and we would see each other from time to time when the area Catholic high school bands would get together for the Honors Band program. Then SURPRISE we went to the same college!Anyway thanks to Facebook we’ve been able to keep in touch. This past summer I was able to meet her adorable children and I fell in love with her lil one Claire. I mean how can you not?

So when the new Twist Collective came out I wanted to make her something. The Horatio and Oren mittens were perfect!

Pattern: Horatio and Oren by Barbara Gregory from The Fall 2012 Twist Collective
My Ravelry Page
Yarns(s): The Loopy Ewe Solid Series
Colorway(s): Indigo & Ice
Needles(s): US 2½ – 3.0 mm
Casted On:
August 16, 2012
Casted Off: September 3, 2012
Modifications: None. But might I make a suggestion? This pattern is knit with 44 stitches. That’s pretty small so please please keep gauge in mind as you knit this. I k is these mittens will fit Claire just fine but if I were to do this pattern all over again I think I might have selected a more sport-weight yarn or maybe even a DK weight. With the stranded knitting, it can make for a tight pair making the mittens even tighter so keep that in mind when you got to select yarns ;-)

Super cute pair of mittens. I can’t wait to see lil Claire in them!

I’ve opened Santa’s workshop quite early this year starting four pairs of socks for loved ones of late so expect more socks in future knitting posts!

 

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!

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 – Apres Surf Hoodie

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

I finally finished my Apres Surf Hoodie!

 

Apres Surf Hoodie

I’ve had plenty of starts and stops with this project. I originally wanted to make it out of Dream in Color Smooshy but I wasn’t feeling the deep blue I got for it. (I’m now using the DIC for my Featherweight cardi and it’s a great match!) I bought Webs’ Charlemont about a little more than a year ago for Apres and I was still making slow  progress. Then about a month ago, I heard it whimpering in my works-in-progress pile and then I simply could. Not. Put. It. Down. …It happens, what can I say. :-D

 

Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio From Interweave Knits, Summer, 2008
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Valley Yarns, Charlemont 4 Skeins, 1756 yards
Colorway(s): Whipple Blue
Needle(s): US 3 – 3.25 mm
Casted On: February 2, 2011
Casted Off: May 10, 2012
Modifications: I did provisional cast-ons to then do an applied I-cord bind off. I used this bind-off at the pullover’s bottom, sleeves and hood area. (I don’t believe the instructions said to use that bind-off at the beginning…not entirely sure though. I also made the torso and sleeves longer and, to do that, I had to spread the increases and decreases out a little more.

I made the size 39.5 and of course I did some research on how many yards other people have used with this size. I thought four skeins of Charlemont, (439 yards a skein) would be enough. Well, I used more yarn than I thought! To the point where I was getting very nervous.  I bought the original skeins more than a year ago so who knows what kinds of dye lot issues I’d have!

My mods to make its components longer ate up some yarn but so did the provisional cast offs! Must keep that in mind. If I didn’t rip out some of the bottom stockinette rows, I would have run out.

I find myself drawn to lacy tops. They can provide feminine, more professional warmth, when ACs are jacked up during the summer months. I plan on making more. Since this was my first, however, I was slightly nervous about sleeve placement:

Apres Surf Hoodie

Can’t say I did a bad job.

Apres Surf Hoodie

I’m very pleased with how this turned out! I can’t wait to make some more lacy tops as the summer progresses.

FO – Rocky Coast Cardigan

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Good Evening!

This is the weather report for this week:

Irony

And I couldn’t think of a better time to finish a worsted weight cardigan

Rocky Coast Cardigan

My hair is actin' a 'fool! please forgive it.

Pattern: Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig From Coastal Knits
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Brooks Farm Yarn Four Play, 4.5 Skeins, 1215 yards
Colorway(s): Blue
Needle(s): US 8 – 5.0 mm & US 6 – 4.0 mm
Casted On: January 8, 2012
Casted Off: March 13, 2012
Modifications: I read on Ravelry about folks having this cardigan slide of their shoulders. So I did what Executiveknitter did and readjusted the stitches so that there’s one extra stitch repeat on each sleeve and two taken from the back. I also made the sleeves a little longer than both the pattern and what I would have liked. But hey…usually I’m complaining that the sleeves are too short so… Also! I did not knit this at the stated gauge. I just did not like this lovely cable pattern on such a big needle! The yarn just looked too stretched out. So I knit it on 8s and went by the size 52 pattern so it can fit my 38 self

Rocky Coast Cardigan

I really liked how this cardigan turned out despite its long sleeves. It fits well. It’s nice and long so it can almost be like a jacket. Ya know…when it gets cooler again

Rocky Coast Cardigan

The yarn was luscious to work with! The wool content gives it some weight but the silk gives it a nice drape too. Definitely will get some more when I go to Maryland Sheep and Wool!

And here is Ms. Layla out on the deck with me. She’s enjoying the nice spring air even if she looks a little scared. (It was the first time she was out on the deck.

Rocky Coast Cardigan

Happy Spring, Everyone! Go celebrate it with a nice wool sweater

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

Last two FOs of 2011

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

…and they went to the same recipient!

Meet the newest member of our family. Michael William O’Neill, son to my cousin and his sweetie wife, Jeannie.

wook at thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!

Random question: Say your cousin has a kid. What genetic relationship do you have with it? I’m a little sick of saying “my cousin’s and his wife’s kid.” Cousin twice removed sounds impersonal.

So yes. I am COMPLETELY comfortable with being a crazy aunt to lil Mikey. Let’s just make it simple shall we?

Mike is serving in Afghanistan and he was able to come home to see his son born on December 7, 2011 in the wee hours of the morning. :-)

 

And since knitters view babies as their own personal Barbie, I made two items for him.

Jeannie asked for a stocking cap for the little guy. Surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre. Why not? IT’S FOR CHRISTMAS TIME!!
So I made this:

The Duketer Stocking Cap

Pattern: The Duketer – Stocking Cap by Jenny Wiebe
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Loops & Threads Charisma
Colorway(s): Red and Green
Needle(s): US 10 – 6.0 mm
Casted On: November 27, 2011
Casted Off: November 29, 2011
Modifications: None

And this is him wearing it, two days old:
mikes
Which one is bigger? Mikey’s head or the yarn ball I put at the end of it?

Secondly, I knit Mikey a sweater to show off his Irish heritage:

Mikey's Cardigan

Pattern: Trellis by Britta Stolfus Rueschhoff from the Knitty Spring, 2005
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Cascade 220 Superwash
Colorway(s): Green Heather
Needle(s): US 6 – 4.0 mm
Casted On: December 8, 2011
Casted Off: December 18, 2011
Modifications: None

I made a mixture between the 6-12month size. And let’s just say he has some time to grow into it ;-)

Mikey's Cardigan

So this wraps up 2011′s finished objects. Ended on an adorable note.

I have been brewing many future blog entries of my 2011 Wrap Up and Plans for 2012–knitwise, stashwise and readingwise.  What are your goals for 2012? Maybe there’s something I didn’t think of.

2 out of 4 Now Completed!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I have finished my Christmas stocking:

Laura's Christmas Stocking

And now only two more to go!

Pattern:A NEW Mom’s Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano from her Ravelry Store (Note – This is a toe-up pattern)
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Patons Pure Merino.
Colorway(s): Purple and Gray.
Needle(s): US 3– 3.25 mm
Casted On: November 5, 2011
Casted Off: December 4, 2011
Modifications:  Like with the previous stocking, I wanted to make it bigger. I based the instep on 60 stitches (3 pattern repeats) and the sole on 40, making the total stitch count 100 and not what the pattern stated-100.

This made the fabric VERY dense so towards the end of knitting it, it was a rather rough knit! But I still like the final result:
Laura's Christmas Stocking

I just love stars so I knew this pattern had to be the one for my stocking. :-)

Laura's Christmas Stocking

I am not entirely sure I’ll get Layla and Luna’s stocking done in time for CHRISTMAS DAY but I hope to get them done within a months time. I’ve started on Ms. Luna’s:

Luna's Christ Stockin

She is a kitty that loves being in the center of attention. She has a super hero complex as well. So I found it only appropriate to use bright colors for her.

Layla on the other hand is a very gentle soul. Calm and soothing colors were required to match her personality however the combination still had to provide enough contrast for the stranded pattern to be visible. And yes, I’m sure plenty might say I was definitely over-thinking what colors I would use for her. I wanted to get it right though. I finally found it:

Cascade 220 Sport

Seeeeeeeeeeeee….soothing colors but will still provide some wonderful contrast.

Have a great weekend everyone. Knitters, getting all those handknits done for the holidays? What all are you making for loved ones?

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