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April 29 , 2007
Socks, Socks, and More Socks

Notice the shadow of the camera and my thumb trying to press the shutter button without shaking , arm out and around to the side, hoping that my feet are in the field of vision.....the trials and tribulations of taking your own sock pictures!

Koigu Socks

Pattern: Basic cuff down 60 stitches
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM - color 143D (2 skeins alternated since they were the same color in theory only)
Needles: 2 socks on 1 circular 2.25 mm (35" Crystal Palace bamboo)
I love these very basic simple socks ...my plain stockinette socks are always the 1st ones picked out of the drawer.

Next up - from my new More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch - I am using the Crosshatch Lace stitch ( an easy 6 stitch/8 round pattern) with a new favorite sock yarn....Crystal Palace Panda Wool ( 46% bamboo,43% wool, 11% nylon). I think it is a perfect combination of yarn and pattern!

Crosshatch Lace Socks

But I am putting the Panda Wool socks on hold because my 2 sock club kits arrived a few days ago (on the very same day - nothing like spreading it out a bit) and I wanted to start them even though it goes against all my knitting rules about only 2 socks going at once...

STR Grasshopper socks
The toes of Rockin Sock Club "Knee High to a Grasshopper" in BMFA Silkie

Party Stripes Socks
The cuffs of Red Bird Knits "Party Stripes" in Lanna Grossa Meilienweit Party

I promise the next post won't be on socks!

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April 24 , 2007
Beautiful Bird Foot

Bird Foot Socks

Oh how I loved making these socks!! When I was a few pattern repeats in....I went back to Red Bird Knits and joined Robyn's sock club, at 1st with the every other month option, but 2 days later I went back again and changed to the EVERY month option so I wouldn't miss any socks.

bird foot socks bird foot socks
bird foot socks

Pattern: Bird Foot designed by Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock - 38 gm Wild Cherry and 58 gm Black (a gift from my daughter - thank you, Kate!)
Needles: 2 circular needles size 2.25 mm (US 1)

I made only a few minor changes to this wonderful pattern, centering the sole pattern and knitting a plain round before starting the toe decreases so as not to distort the pattern. My stranded knitting is getting even enough so that I didn't even need to block these socks and the fit is perfect!!!

We had a great vacation despite the lousy weather - it is just fun to be someplace else! Here are a few pictures (as you can see - a lot of indoor experiences since outdoors it was cold, windy, rainy most of the time).
Other than these socks, I got very little knitting done on this trip. I started (4 car hours) and frogged a pair of "Little Child's Socks" because the pattern wasn't showing up with the yarn I had chosen....just looked like a bumpy mess. I worked a little on my cotton cabled sweater and Koigu socks, but that was it.

When I got home these 2 books had arrived, so I now have some fun bedtime reading and dreaming .... but now I have to go unpack - not the most fun part of a vacation!

selbuvotter more sensational socks

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April 11 , 2007
Vacation

We are leaving tomorrow - a trip to Virginia, searching for SPRING! It's a car trip so there will be some knitting time. I plan to work on my in-progress projects ....

bird foot to heel
koigu sock
kathy zimmerman cable
binding nickel quilt

If I get any of them completed, ( I'm not counting on it, but JUST IN CASE) I will bring some blue/green Cherry Tree Hill yarn for the Vintage Sock KAL project - "Little Child's Sock" Cherry Tree Hill yarn

Also will have along some soft Misty Greens Panda Wool for the Evelyn A. Clark KAL project "Waving Lace Socks" Panda Wool

And I'll be taking my brand new STR "Fire on the Mountain" just to look at - Thank you again Lori - It is unbelievably bright and beautiful!! STR Fire on the Mountain

Well, that is the fun part of packing - now I have to go pack boring things like clothes and toothbrushes.....
I will not be blogging while on this trip - so see you all in about 2 weeks..... Maybe it will be spring in Massachusetts when we return??

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April 8 , 2007
Happy Valley Easter Socks

happy valley peak experience

Pattern: Fiber Trends Peak Experience in "Angel's Rest" Pattern
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in "Happy Valley" colorway
Needles: 2 socks on 1 circular 2.25 mm.


happy valley peak experience

A very simple 2 row repeat lace pattern (and one of those rows is "knit") Not my favorite socks, but they will be worn ....at least on Easter!
I like Sonya's simple stockinette socks (same color) much better!

I have 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM that are the same color in theory(P143D) , but when they arrived (about 3 years ago while coming up with a combo for Charlotte's Web) , there was obviously a difference in color - (one MUCH lighter than the other!) so they went into the pile....I pulled the 2 skeins out today and decided to use them for my mindless project and just alternate the colors....and here is what I have so far. More pink.....

koigu socks start

and to continue on the Easter theme...

and NO Aimee, we didn't use the leftovers for yarn dyeing!!

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April 4 , 2007
*Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Here are some of my stash options for the next 2 months of Project Spectrum - most of my pink, yellow, and green....

green yellow pink yarn

and 2 of my current works in progress fit right into the color scheme ....

happy valley socks

These 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces are from the same dyelot, but one is more yellow and pink than the other - not so bad that it's a real problem for me.

green sleeves

The sleeves of my Kathy Zimmerman sweater are as done as they are going to be until I make the body. I have no idea how much this welt rib stitch is going to stretch vertically, so I don't know if they are too short or too long??


The minute I stopped the sleeves, I started the front/back of this sweater ( a point at which I have let sweaters fall into UFO status in the past.) I am knitting them at the same time on a long circular to ensure that they both get done. Ahhh, knitting outside on a sunny day!!

knitting outside

* I had jury duty yesterday and they WOULDN'T LET ME KNIT!!! I was actually looking forward to a day with all this knitting potential.....Sat there ALL day (never actually had to be on a jury because my # was 30 and they only made it to 24) -I didn't even bring a book because I figured I could knit with my teeny 2.25 mm bamboo circular needle - what possible harm??? It would be much easier to stab someone with my pen (which they let me keep) than these needles which would break upon impact with anything.....can you tell I'm still fuming about the injustice?

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April 1 , 2007
Bird Foot Begins

A few weeks ago while I was visiting Nanette's blog - Knitting in Color.... actually, let me stop right here for a minute. If you haven't been to her blog, you have been missing a wealth of knitting information and some of the most beautiful colorwork knitting I have seen. On her right sidebar there is a link to "See a gallery of all my knitting" .The first time I clicked on that link, I didn't come out for a long time!!! On top of that, she has several wonderful stranded color knitting patterns and booklets - and has just finished a new glove booklet.
OK, now where was I?? Oh yes.... she had a link to Red Bird Knits which I followed to some beautiful patterns by Robyn Gallimore. It was difficult to pick just one, but I did.

birdfoot begins

The pattern is called Bird Foot and is based on old Turkish designs. I have chosen Cherry Tree Hill Supersock (that I got with a birthday gift certificate from my daughter - Thanks, Kate) in black and wild cherry. There are several more pattern changes as you get to the ankle, instep and sole of this sock....enough to keep the knitting very interesting. I stop every few rows just to admire the evolving pattern. I'm guessing it won't be a speedy knit, but the great thing about stranded color knitting is that you can see progress even with just a row or two!

In answer to the question I got from several people......After very little deliberation, I chose Fire on the Mountain as my STR Gift Certificate purchase and cannot wait for it to arrive. When I told Lori ,from whom I won this GC, which skein I had chosen....this is what she said." Wait until you see Fire on the Mountain! It's like every awesome color in the universe in one skein, but in a good way!" Thank you Lori!

Some Assembly Required

And I just received my sock yarn from Adelle - What a fun colorway....it reminds me of those neapolitan coconut candies I had when I was a kid. I had not heard of "Some Assembly Required" hand dyed sock yarn from Socks that Fit. This is a beautiful, soft, merino wool and it should make some fun socks! Thank you Adelle!


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