Saturday, November 29, 2008

FO: Jack Sparrow's Favorite Socks

I think these have to be the coolest socks I have knit to date. This is a free pattern, I can't find it on the original blog now, but its on Ravelry. I steam blocked the fair isle once complete and it really helped even out the stitches. I am usually a really tight knitter, so I had to concentrate on knitting loosely so that the fair isle came out well and I could fit it over my heel, worked out fine!

Yarn: Knit Picks Essentials Twists: Volcano Twist; Knit Picks Essentials Black; Sisu White
Needles: Knit Picks 32" Size 2
Cast On: 11/14/08
Cast Off: 11/29/08

FO: Striped Socks

Cast On: 10/29/08
Cast Off: 11/16/08
Yarn: Berocco Sox
Needles: Knit Picks Size 2
Plain Vanilla cuff down socks.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I finished the socks for my MIL way earlier than I anticipated so I gave them to her today instead of for Christmas. They came out really well.

I have bought about 6 sock yarns in the last few weeks, so tomorrow while its daylight out I will get pics and update my stash on Ravelry. I am waiting for 2 more from The Loopy Ewe that I ordered earlier this week, so maybe I'll get a surprise in the mail too, LOL!

I am working on some really cool socks "Jack Sparrow's Favorite Socks" when they are done I'll post photos. Its the coolest pattern for easy fair isle. I modified the sock pattern a bit and did the short row heel by Priscilla Wild, which is awesome, no wraps, no yarn overs. It can be found on youtube as a video or in written form in this pattern.

I am also working on some socks for my friend using up some leftover yarn and if it comes out succesful I will write the pattern and post it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Finally Finished

Well one is done. This was a long time to knit. Its not that it was hard, its that the needles were tiny and it went on for inches and inches! Also, its a vintage 1940s pattern, so it left some .... questions as to what to do, LOL!

Hopefully now that I've finished this one its mate will go much quicker! These are supposed to be a Christmas gift and they need to venture overseas to get to the recipient ... so we'll see if they make it in time.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Socks, socks and more socks ...

We're still waiting to hear about the short sale purchase. The bank has had the paperwork for 4 weeks now. I did get something to sign the other day regarding the fact that we don't know these people, and its a legitimate sale. So at least that's something. I really want to move before it snows! Or we need to get oil for heat where we are now. I am really looking forward to more space and a place where I can actually have my stash yarn out where I can see it, instead of stored in tubs.

I've been making progress on some socks I've been working on. I also have 1/2 a sleeve for my Quidditch sweater and hope to have that finished up this year.

I finished one Rivendell sock a few weeks ago, I didn't start the other one yet because I wanted to get a pair done for a Christmas gift first, so I will be doing the mate very soon. This pattern is very pretty. Once they are both done I am going to try and fix the holes that formed where stitches were picked up, etc. because of the twisted stitches, I think they make the gaps look bigger. My home made sock blocker doesn't do the pattern justice, LOL!! Its a little mishapen.

This is a close up of the pattern on the leg.

I am making these socks for my MIL for Christmas as a surprise. The first one was done in a week, which is exceptional for me, although I found out if its plain Stockinette, I can watch TV and not look at what I am doing, that makes for much quicker knitting!! I am going to rip out the heel turn and redo it on the second sock, the stripes are off a row or two and I want them to match up as best they can.

This is a last ditch effort to fix these socks so that I wear them. I love the socks, just not toe, its too pointy and tight. I blocked the Rivendell one for a day or two and it fit much better, so I am going to try blocking these and see if the toe fits better. I could wash them, but was afraid if I did want to rip out the toes and redo them it would make that all the more difficult.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Drowning in Stash

I went through (some of) my yarn stash today and updated Ravelry. I know there must be more around here somewhere, I remember some other skeins I had and they weren't with these ones ... where they are, I don't know.

Is it bad I am more concerned with packing and moving my stash then anything else if we ever hear we are getting this house?!?! We are waiting for the bank that currently owns it to approve the short sale. But I am more concerned with my craft stash then packing anything else, LOL!!