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Sockapalooooza Socks Done!

I had a nice long knitting day and finished my Sockapalooooza socks!

Tomorrow they’ll be heading off to their new home. :)

Pattern: Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch (with modifications)
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential in Fawn with random black for contrast
Started: 7/21/07
Finished: 8/5/07

After the initial pattern confusion these were a nice knit, although with a few more purls than I usually like. I really like how the texture pattern turned out!

Up next on the needles… more socks!

In other news, I had the opportunity to participate in a knitting round table tonight for the Knitting Time Together podcast. We discussed many knitting-related topics including stash guilt (I totally have it!), LYSs, and knitting stereotypes. Lots of fun!

Listening to: Anyone, Anywhere ~ Anathema, Leaves ~ The Gathering


Amanda’s Jaywalking now!

Well, I finished and mailed off my Secret Solstice socks finally. The original pattern gave me fits (and never would have worked) so I ripped it out early the morning of the gift exchange and started a pair of Jaywalkers per Amanda’s request.

Pattern: Jaywalker
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock
Started: 7/4/07
Finished: 7/21/07

I really enjoyed working with the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, which stood up well to the frogging it encountered in the first incarnation. The colors on the sock look even more lovely than in the skein or ball, and it has a surprising amount of stretch (great for this pattern!)

Now, after finishing these socks I started another pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks (Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch) and had huge amounts of confusion about it. Now, I don’t think I’m being conceited in thinking that I’m a pretty smart cookie, so the fact that I had to read this pattern multiple times to understand what in the world Nancy Bush is talking about is a little odd.

Here’s a quick recap:

The pattern has you cast on some stitches, knit some rib (so far so good), decrease one stitch, then start the pattern. Here’s where the problem comes in. The stitch repeat is a multiple of five, after decreasing one stitch the sock is also a multiple of 5 stitches. Strangely enough there is a seam stitch, you are told “this is the ‘seam’ st and will be knitted every rnd unless otherwise specified” no other instructions are given. Now, after racking my brains I have decided that even though this is the “seam” st it should be counted in the pattern repeat before the decreases, because it just doesn’t make any sense otherwise. But why would you call it a “seam” stitch when it is in pattern? And why would you have a multiple of 5 stitches and still have a “seam” stitch – especially when you actually just went to the trouble to decrease an extra stitch after the ribbing?

And yes, I’ve already checked the corrections, nothing there.

I was just going to devise my own way to do it when I read further in the pattern and discovered that decrease rows give very specific instructions for this stitch. Can I just have a chart, please? And then after the shaping is complete the seam stitch disappears. Now, I really want to know what the point is of having a disappearing “seam” stitch when the first stitch of the stitch pattern is always knit. And the pattern tells you to place a marker. Now, if I have a marker and this stitch eventually disappears, why in the world do I need a seam stitch?

The big problem here is after the disaster with Amanda’s socks, I’m a little afraid to continue with this pattern. These socks are also not for me and also on a deadline. Well, wish me luck!

Grow Up and Blow Away ~ Metric, Bodies ~ Smashing Pumpkins



I got home today to find my belated birthday package from MJ. Now, let it be known that she did actually send me a package near the time of my birthday but due to address confusion it was returned and she sent it again – this time with a few extra goodies.

Yes, she knit me socks! Waving Lace from Favorite Socks – and they fit great.

The starry thing is an awesome circular needle holder – and on the back a zippered pocket. She pointed it out with a note:

Thank you so much MJ!

In other news, I finally got a picture of the sock I knit a while back.

Pattern: Infant’s Fancy Silk Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Tofutsies

I knit a single sock because it was a store sample, but I’ve decided to count it in my KVS goal.

In other news, here’s a picture of my Secret Solstice package from Cassandra – she has better pictures of the goodies on her blog including some awesome skull wristwarmers!

And last but not least, a little word about the podcast. Thanks to all of you who have gone and listened to it so far! As of this moment we’ve had 72 listeners – not bad for the first couple days!

I’ve heard some positive and some negative things so far – I know the sound quality is a bit echo-y (hopefully the addition of the couch to my living room will help with that!) and that the editing is not perfect. Unfortunately Audacity got mad at me during editing and made a few parts of the original file silent, so the editing was a little more severe than I had hoped. Oh, and next time we will make sure to put Amanda closer to the microphone! Ah well, live and learn right?

Thanks for everyone who has given us kind words and encouragement!

Listening to: Endless Dark ~ H.I.M. , Rocks Tonic Juice Magic ~ Saves the Day

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It’s been a while!

Another pair of socks was kitchenered yesterday!

Pattern: Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Sockotta
Started: 5/30/07
Finished: 6/13/07

I modified the pattern to fit a woman’s foot and made the cuff a little shorter as part of that. I also used a traditional heel instead of a Dutch heel, and used a wedge toe.

As far as my KVS goal goes, I had a bit of a dilemma. I knit a single Infant’s Fancy Silk Sock for a sample, and I couldn’t decide whether to count it or knit two more. After talking with some other knitters at WWKIP Day I decided to count it – the goal was to knit all the patterns and the consensus was that knitting a single sock still counts as knitting the pattern.

So, with that decision, this pair brings me to 3/24 on my KVS goal!

And some socks I didn’t knit:

Java is the fashion police, but Amanda says handknit socks are always in style- matching or not!

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Sheep On a Leash

I woke up this morning bright and early (on a Sunday!) with Korn’s song Freak On a Leash stuck in my head. It’s an old song – I do have the new version with Amy Lee, so I’m assuming that’s why it was stuck in my head.

So I showered, dressed, grabbed some coffee on the way to the ATM which refused to give me money (!) and got on the T to meet bryghtrose and Patrick and head to New Hampshire. (Don’t worry, we stopped at an ATM that did give me money on the way.)

I got the front seat and the job of navigator, there were muffins, and before too long we were there and contemplating how lucky we were that it was not freezing cold, pouring rain, and flooding like last year. :) Of course I brought my camera and didn’t take any pictures, although there is one of me that I have to retrieve from my co-S&Wers.

Now back to the title. I had that song hopelessly stuck in my head to the point that I was actually singing it aloud (quietly) in public, the original radio edit version complete with the abrupt pause when they edit out a bad word. And then we started talking about cute little lambies and I remembered the sheep I met last year or maybe the year before – a very small pet sheep. A Sheep On a Leash. Bryghtrose was nice enough to join me in singing this new rendition of the song.

I bought a bit of blue sock yarn:

Left to Right: Van Cal Car Acres ~3oz, End of the World Farm, Ball and Skein, French Hill Farm’s French Twist – none of them have color names

I’ve also finished two pairs of socks, as you can see in the count and progress icons. Here’s a flat picture of the blue ones – the others were a test knit so I can’t show you just yet.

Pattern: Lichen Ribbed Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Peruvian Quechua from Elann
Started: 4/25/07
Finished: 5/4/07

I knit them as written in the book. I was a little weirded out by the strange heel and toe, but I guess the recipient loves them so it’s all good.

On the needles now are *two* pairs of toe-up socks – one test knit and one for a sock swap. I don’t even like toe-up socks, how did this happen?

Listening to: The Outsider ~ A Perfect Circle, Heresy ~ Nine Inch Nails

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Maryland Sheep & Wool – Part I

Thursday night Rachel picked me up and we headed to her house in Connecticut to spend the night. Her family has a very old house, especially for a west coast girl like me, so I was rather fascinated with the oldness of it all.

Above is the barn and outhouse, and below is a keyhole in one of the floorboards.

We got up Friday morning and headed down to Maryland via Philly where we stopped at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar and got lunch – I had a vegetarian cheesesteak!

Rachel dropped me off at the airport to meet Amanda, and then headed into Baltimore to meet her friend. Amanda and I went to the Nautilus diner to meet Trillian and Turtlegirl for some dinner. Since I had finished socks in the car (and I didn’t bring my blockers – I’m not that crazy!) I decided to make them pose with the socks. The other patrons quite possibly thought we were totally nuts.

The socks are Lichen Rib from Knitting Vintage Socks (1/24 for my goal). I’ll post more project details when I have a better picture of the socks from the recipient.

We had a lovely dinner and got a group picture before heading back to Amanda’s for the night.

Coming soon… Part II!

Listening to: Wicked Game ~ H.I.M., Weaken ~ God Lives Underwater, Dose ~ Filter

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A brilliant plan

At Knitsmiths yesterday Dani was talking about her newfound hat obsession, and it gave me a really good idea. Since it seems clear that I will never fulfill my goal of knitting less socks, how about knitting a whole book of socks?

I’ve decided that Knitting Vintage Socks is the one. There are some simple rib patterns for my more exciting yarns, and plenty of fancy stuff to keep me busy. Now, I’m not promising to knit the socks as written – there are two pairs of bed socks that I’ll probably modify to use the stitch pattern in a normal sock since I don’t wear socks to bed. In addition there are a few pairs of mens’ socks. As I am certainly not a man (and I have tiny feet!) I might change those to be smaller. That or I’ll have to find some male sock recipients! I’m sure I can find some young feet for the baby ones. 😉

Speaking of socks, I actually didn’t get a ton of sock knitting done at sock camp (shocking, I know) but I do have a pair that I started there that’s almost finished – a plain ol’ pair of Trekking socks for me. Although I’ve knit with Trekking before I don’t own any socks knit with it, and I have quite a few balls in the stash because of all those good blues.

And now a thank you to my knitting buds for some lovely fiber-related presents:

Cathy gave me some superwash Spunky Eclectic roving, Catherine gave me the light up scented pen (!), and what’s that on the right?

Oh, a very very tiny book from Amanda! Rumor has it that the actual book is on the way.

Thanks ladies!

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