Archive for the ‘Socks’ Category

For someone who *hates* Chicago Winter as much as I do, you’d think that I’d be elated that Summer is here… and I am, don’t get me wrong.  But I can’t knit in this heat!  After walking for 5-20 minutes in Chicago heat-midity, it takes my hands a good 10 minutes to get dehumidified enough to be able to handle yarn with any sort of realistic tension.  I’ve discovered that THIN yarn works the best for Summer Knitting.  (I’ve finished Ed’s socks, but have no modeled photos yet, so you’ll just have to wait until he can put WOOL socks on….)

 

I’ve been making great progress on the fingerless “office” mitts.  I need them in the office for when someone decides that an office needs to be anywhere between 10 and 40 degrees cooler inside than it is outside.  Ridiculous!  You come in all ‘damp’ from walking in the outside heat-midity, then are flash-frozen as soon as you near your desk.  Simply absurd.  I have a space heater for the SUMMER!  Think of all the dead dinosaurs that could be saved by using LESS energy to cool a building.  SAVE the Dead Dinosaurs!  (or knit fingerless mitts…)

From Adventures in Lace

I feel like this looks like a dress right now… but it’s too big for barbie, and too small for anyone that I know… so fingerless mitts they shall be!

 

I’m making fast progress on them, so I’ve started thinking about what other Summer Knits I could do.  I went through my stash today and started pairing things up:

 

A hat for the baby Ashur.  This is the last of his yarn from his ‘going home outfit’, so I figured he needs a new hat

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A pair of socks for me.  (I’m not looking forward to them because it feels like a long-term investment, but they will be AWESOME when they are done)

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Another pair of socks for the only grown person on the planet who would wear what I have in mind for this yarn

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A hat like my butterfly hat, but with fishies instead (this feels like an autumn project… but it’s been on my mind for a while)

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*Something* with these.  This is the leftover yarn from my Autumn Cowl and some other leftovers from last year’s Christmas Adventure.

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I decided to use up the rest of my cotton (from my first attempt at a sweater a year and a half ago) and make a zig-zag washcloth.  I am now DONE with cotton.  It makes my hand hurt.  I’m sticking to animal fibre from here on out.

From 2011 FOs

My blogversary was yesterday.

 

There was cake.

 

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(for those of you who are not ‘up’ on yarn-jargon, when yarn is wound on a yarn-ball winder, the resulting ‘ball’ is actually called a cake.  You may laugh now – either at my joke, or the ridiculous naming convention of knitters… because both are pretty darn funny!)

 

I celebrated my blogversary, not by blogging, but by working on… (drumroll please….)

 

a SWEATER!

 

From Fun with Sweaters

Well, a shrug, really… well, the pattern says it’s a Bolero – which is really kind of a shrug… which is about a half of a sweater…

 

It’s going to be for wearing with dresses, because I can’t find a single sweater/shrug/bolero/thingie that I like with my dresses… so I must make it.

 

It is Malabrigo (of course)… and true to Malabrigo’s form – the yarn WILL NOT turn itself into a nice ball.  First, it took a good 45 minutes to get wound into a ball by hand, then two and a half attempts on the yarn ball winder (the half-one was pretty awesome… the cake thought it turned into a bird, and flew into the window, scaring the jeebus out of Tux!)  Then finally, after the last yarn-ball cake  turned into a jellyfish, an old-school hand-wound ball.  The hand-wound seems to be doing okay for now, so we’ll see if it lasts.  I have 4 more hanks that will presumably go into this sweater/shrug/bolero/thingie, so we’ll see how much of the Malabrigo-ball-cake-suffering continues.

 

From Misc Pics

This is a particularly tame picture of the yarn-suffering this weekend endured. The rest were too unwieldy to stop and take a picture. If I had taken my eyes off for a second, Malabrigo would have taken it as a challenge to see how much MORE tangled it could have gotten in the .002 seconds that my eyes were turned.

 

Also, I started Ed’s second pair of socks.  I call them Tweedy Socks, because they are made with Tweed yarn.  Yes, I am a dork.  He loves me anyway.  Probably because he gets socks.

From Socks

 

I also finished the first part of the four-part series – my “desk gloves”.  Fingerless gloves to wear in the office when the air conditioning gets so cold that my fingers stop working.  I have the first ‘cuff’.  Soon, I will have the second ‘cuff’ (after I actually cast it on and start working on it), then both ‘cuffs’ will have stitches picked up all around, and will be worked two-at-a-time until I have two desk gloves (it sounds like only a three-part series, but trust me, it’s four… maybe even 5 or 6… because there’s lace involved at the end).

From Adventures in Lace

 

So anyway… happy blogversary to me!  I accept gifts… either knitpicks gift cards or yarn.  :-)

okay, enough about Ashur… He’s adorable and all, but I have no new news about him… so back to our regularly scheduled Knitting program…

 

Socks.

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Are done.

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I was noticing that the pattern for the ankle was a bit tight, and I was afraid that it wouldn’t fit on my leg.  That, and the fact that I wanted to show off when I went out with some friends on Saturday night, made me bind them off a few (5) inches early, and call them ankle socks.

 

I like them, they are soft, and comfy (once you go through the exercise of getting them onto your foot, which is a challenge)  …but I’m not sure that I EVER want to make socks out of fingering weight yarn EVER again.  It.  Takes.  So.  Long.  and I’m not even sure they feel all that different from store-bought – at least on *my* feet.  <ducking to avoid the projectile dpns from sock knitters around the world…>

 

My dearest husband is excited that I’m done with my socks, because he thinks that it means that I’m going to start his second pair of (black) socks right away.  They are worsted weight, and the yarn is a nice tweedy-black yarn, but I’m not really all that up to socks right now… so he’ll have to wait a week or two before I get started.

 

Here’s what I’ve got on the needles right now…

From Warm Stuff

a scarf to match a hat that I made for Christmas.  This one is on it’s “third time’s a charm” iteration, as I figure out how to get it to look the way I’m envisioning.  I think we might have it…  And do you see how adorable those stitch markers are?  Ladybugs!!

 

Then…

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my first Mobius Cowl.  This is the most fascinating thing I’ve ever made… It’s one of those things that I have a ‘vision’ for, but won’t actually get to see if I succeeded until it’s off the needles.  Remember the ruffle scarf physics?  Kind of like that… but with softer malabrigo, and a much bigger project.  :-)

 

Day Five: 1st April. And now for something completely different

This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.


This is my photographic history of socks…  (including a bonus picture of me taking a picture of my socks)

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So apparently, it is Knitting and Crocheting Blogger Week.  I had no idea until I read the Bearded Knitter’s Post, and now I’m a few days behind – so let’s get to it, shall we?!  Catch-up Time!

Day One: 28th March. A Tale of Two Yarns.
Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

Okay, so this should be an easy one.  Everyone knows I LOVES me some Malabrigo. (or they should know… and if they didn’t know until now, they should buy some for me to make up for it!  :-D)  Whether it is the super chunky, size-15-needles-and-done-in-a-few-hours yarn, or the super-soft super-wash wool to give to my little sister and niece; I love Malabrigo.

From Cowl and Hat Set for KK

 

From 2011 FOs

 

The issue with Malabrigo, though… as it gets smaller, it decides to choose its own destiny as a cat toy.  Seriously.  I bought some great Malabrigo ‘sock’ yarn (sock is in quotes because that was laceweight if I’ve ever seen it!) and as soon as we got it onto the swift, it saw the yarn-ball-winder coming… and that thing tangled itself up worse than gum-that-you-fell-asleep-with-it-in-your-mouth-so-it-fell-into-your-hair…  In the end, it took two dedicated professionals (yarn-store employees) and myself to somehow come up with three separate balls of yarn after about two hours.

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However, even after all that, I still loves me some Malabrigo more than any other yarn I’ve tried.

 

 

Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

 

I started knitting a little over a year ago, so I’m trying to keep it in terms of as close to ‘exactly’ a year ago as I can, because the easy answer is I learned everything in the last year…

 

Let’s see… this time last year, I was knitting baby booties and hats for kids, a blackberry case, and a Mother’s Day Sweater for my (now) Mother-in-Law. (thank you, Ravelry and the list of FOs from 2010…)

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The thing I can say about the difference between then and now is the yarn size.  Alex (the one who taught me how to knit) used to comment about how I loved TINY yarn… and I do!  However, I have seriously learned to love Worsted And Bigger yarn.  Don’t get me wrong, DK and smaller have their place, but I’ve accepted the fact that I am a ‘small thing with big yarn knitter’.  I do it for the FOs (finished objects) not the hand cramps!  (of course, I say that and look at my WIP of socks with laceweight-pretending-to-be-sock-yarn…)

From Socks

 

Part of being the Knitiot Savant is that I don’t turn away from a challenge… but I accept the kind of knitter that I am.  I don’t pretend like I’m going to knit a sweater, because that would take too long.  However, I have recently started dabbling in the sock arena.  Honestly, while I was making the first pair, I had decided that I didn’t ever need to knit a pair again. But then I gave them to my husband, and he won’t shut up about them.  I like making stuff that is loved and appreciated… so socks are probably going to stick around for a while – most likely in Worsted weight yarn.

From Socks

 

 

Day Three: 30th March. Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

 

I recently posted about the ‘ottoman rule’ for my yarn, and I have been trying to keep to that.  I also have my ‘knitting corner’ that has all of my knitting needles, books, and scrap yarn.  I keep each WIP in its own bag with all of the yarn as well as the pattern, presumably so that I can grab them on my way out the door.  the only problem is that my knitting accessories (stitch markers, crochet hooks for fixing dropped stitches, tapestry needles, etc) get forgotten if I don’t bring the same ‘travel project’ all the time.

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For the most part,  Ravelry is my Stash/WIP management tool.  I can look at my ‘stash’ and see how much, what weight, what colors, etc.  I can also see what my ‘sleeping’ projects are, and try to re-dedicate myself to stuff that I’ve chosen to ‘forget’ so that I can be motivated to work on it by the time I get home… – and I can do it from anywhere!

 

 

Okay, all caught up now!  phew!

It has hit me.  I’m not sure there’s a cure.  I feel the need to START projects.  The Harlot calls it Startitis.  It is a very serious affliction.

It all started last weekend when I finished both the Cowl and Ed’s socks, and as a result had nothing on the needles.  I decided to start a pair of Evil Stepmother socks for myself for an ‘at home’ project, and a Market Bag out of Shibui Knits for my ‘on the go’ project.

The socks are awesome.  I’m very excited about them, but the yarn is SO SMALL!  I think it may be the tiniest, skinniest yarn I’ve ever worked with.  I have the toes done, and I’m about to enter the endless stockinette before I get to the gussets.  I’m not sure my hands can handle gripping such tiny needles for extended periods of time.

From Socks

The market bag has sort of lost my interest.  I LOVE the yarn, but I feel like using it for a market bag is wasting it.  I think it’s going to take a time out until I can figure out what I really want to do with that yarn.

From Oddities

Sometime this week, Joey stole my hat.  The one I made for him last March is now too small, so I think he needs another one (that is not mine).  The other night, I ‘flashed my stash’ for him so that he could go through it and figure out which yarn he wanted me to use.  He picked out the very same yarn that he decided on when we went to the yarn store (many moons ago).  Check out the SAME SKEIN, top and bottom…

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I turned that into my ‘on the go’ project and this is where I am with it:

From Hats

The only problem with ‘flashing your stash’ is that you realize exactly how much yarn you have – which I think is one of the causes of Startitis, the need for Stashbusting, because this is what I want to do now (in no particular order):

Start a hat for a guy at work that keeps asking for one with this yarn:

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Make some socks for a dear friend of ours (the one who officiated our marriage) with this yarn:

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Make the fingerless mitts that I was going to make with this yarn:

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Start a ‘fake isle’ hat with these two skeins:

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The blog was down.  It made me sad.  I found solace in actually knitting stuff…  and so I finally finished some languishing projects:

First, I finished Ed’s socks.  Had the blog been up, I would have written about how I had failed to finish the socks in time for Ed’s birthday, and fully blamed it on the fact that I said “I’m totally going to finish these before your birthday”.  Then there was family in town, then there was a bridal shower, then there was a wedding, then there was a birthday with NO socks! …except for socks that fit like this:

From Socks

See where the heel sits?  and where the beginning of the ankle starts?  Tragic.  But then, on Sunday, there were socks that fit like this:

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Ed is *still* going on and on and on about how wonderful the socks are. It makes me feel so good, I almost want to immediately cast on another pair… almost. :-)

I was so excited that I finished the socks, I finished my cowl.  There will be a full FO shot later, but for now you just get a preview, because the towel that the cowl is blocking on is very distracting…

From Cowl for Winter Coats

…for the first time in a LONG time, I had nothing on the needles!

It took me a while to get over the shock… then some more time to figure out what I could make without having to go to the yarn store. (yay for stashbusting!)

I’ve started a veggie bag out of Shibui Knits sock yarn… I think it will be my easy ‘not at home’ project.

From Oddities

I’ve also decided to start a pair of socks for myself…

From Socks

The colorway is “evil stepmother’ and given the circumstances, I think it’s PERFECT!

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I have officially knitted socks that will fit on a human being… I just need to finish the cuffs, and then my wonderful fiance will have warm socks to keep his feet warm… woo!

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Check out my short-row heels! I have made heels!!

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