Archive for the ‘Socks’ Category

Blue Wool Socks Done!

May 15, 2009

These were actually done a while ago, but spring has come to NJ and I have only worn them once. Out of sight, out of mind, you know?
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This picture shows how long ago it was: this is the first camilla blossom, and now there are too many to count. Well, I lie: there are a lot, but not really too many to count, however I have way better things to do than to count the camilla blossoms.
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They are just simple stockinette socks, with green reinforcing thread at the toes and heels (the green makes the heel look lumpy, but it isn’t in real life) and a 1×1 rib at the top.
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I haven’t cast on a sock since these were finished, which feels weird. I have A LOT on the needles, just no socks. You’d have to be a sock knitter to understand, I think.

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Something new, something blue

February 10, 2009

I started these socks a couple of weeks ago (January 22, to be exact: I needed some doctor’s office knitting).
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The picture above shows the actual color, nice muted blues. The picture below (with flash) is way brighter and more garish than in real life.
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For the first time in AGES, these are socks for moi!

Faux Fair Isle Socks

December 28, 2008


Well, I seem to be on a sock-knitting roll, so I started these self-patterning socks for my mom.
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The yarn is Regia 4-ply Jacquard that has been in my stash for years. The yarn is fairly “tough” – there is nothing soft or squishy about it, but I think it will soften up with washing. It is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.
As is typical, my gauge was wrong (and YES I did knit a large gauge swatch) so the foot looks a little narrow. (56 stitches on #1’s.) My mom has narrower feet than I do and I can fit them on, so I think it will be ok.

Comfortable Socks

December 28, 2008


I fixed the 90 degree-off toe, and these socks came out nicely:
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They are a little too big for the model’s feet, but they will fit the recipient fine:
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The top rib isn’t as stretchy as a regular 1×1 or 2×2 rib. Poor choice. I like the yarn choice, though. It is Berocco’s Comfort DK. Since Jill can’t tolerate wool, and cotton socks are too hard to knit, I think it’s the perfect solution. It’s a little splitty; I should have been more careful while knitting it, because when I had to rip back the toe, I noticed I’d knit only some of the strands sometimes.

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

November 28, 2008

Socks. Not my first, second, or third pair. Something I thought I would never do:
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Can you see it?
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The top sock is correct. The bottom sock has the heel parallel with the toe:
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The person these are for is going to have to have foot surgery to wear this sock! Or, maybe, just maybe, I’ll cut off the toe portion and reknit it at 90 degrees to its current orientation. But I still can’t believe I made such a rookie mistake.

By the way, these are “You’re Still Putting Me On Socks” (the only socks I’ve been making recently), knitted toe-up, in Berocco Comfort DK. The color isn’t right in these pictures, it’s a lovely permsimmon red. It’s not that garish bright red. Knit on size 4’s, 52 stitches around, with the leg made in the “International Rib of Doom.” (If I were to knit socks with this yarn again, I would use size 3’s.)

Finished Bamboo Socks

May 15, 2008

I finished these about a month ago:
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Mostly Crystal Palace Bamboozle, but I couldn’t buy the needed 3rd skein, so I used Berocco “Bonsai” for the toes and heels. Both are lovely yarns.

I made a bad choice of pattern for a sock with contrasting toes and heels, however. I used the same pattern I’ve been making for a while now, “You’re Still Putting Me On,” but with the color changes there were SO MANY ends to weave in — and bamboo is really, really slippery. They were a gift to my sweetie, and I told her not to worry if they unravel, it’s likely to happen. The report back is that they are very comfortable, and I’ve been asked to make more! A compliment a knitter (at least this knitter) loves to hear. But in a single colorway next time.

Faux Jaywalkers done!

January 3, 2008

Only took me 5 months.

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Way too big for me, of course.

Note that the color banding of the 2 socks aren’t the same. This wasn’t a mistake, but a request by my sweetie, whose socks these are.

I guess since she had to wait so long for these, she can have the colors the way she wants.

Second Sock Syndrome

October 13, 2007

I have it baaaad.

These are my quasi-Jaywalkers. Knit toe-up using the Jaywalker pattern for the instep and leg, but using Yarmando’s “You’re Still Putting Me On,” again, for the sock itself. I love that pattern.

The small gauge is a good antidote to the jacket for my mom (US 2’s instead of the broomsticks size 13’s I’m using for the jacket), but the brown isn’t doing anything for me. There’s a nice color change from brown to brownish-green to brownish-red, but you don’t see that as you knit – it’s very subtle. I think they will be nice. But this second sock is going soooo slowly. Perhaps it’s time to try 2 socks on 2 circs for my next pair.

(Also, must rip out the bind-off for sock #1 and redo it. I wanted it to be loose but it’s too loose – about 20% tighter, I think, would be ideal.)

And, in case you noticed that the color striping of the 2 socks doesn’t match, that was the request of my beloved, the person who will be wearing these socks. I aim to please (especially when it’s less work for me, he he he).

Cotton Socks

September 15, 2007

A pair of 100% cotton socks.

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I started these is February and finished them July 29th. I was making a lot of other things during this interval. I finally got sick of having them in my knitting basket, so I finished them during our New England vacation (some good sock-knitting driving time).

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I used the Knitty pattern for universal toe-up socks with short-row heel and toe. I didn’t like the heel it as much as the gusset/heel flap heel. The socks came out nice, though. I won’t pick 100% cotton again – the cotton/bamboo blend was much nicer to knit with.

Socks. Bamboozle. Yes.

July 2, 2007

Socks for my mom, in Crystal Palace Bamboozle. Bamboo, Cotton, and Nylon. Very stretchy and squishy – felt great knitting, and the socks feel great, too.

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The pattern is Yarmando‘s mashup of Knitty’s Widdershins and Judy Gibson’s You’re Putting Me On Socks. I’ve made 2 or 3 pairs of Widdershins before and love the pattern (toe up, nice heel flap and gusset) but the Knitty pattern is only 1 gauge. This makes it generic for gauge and size — my new favorite sock pattern!These knit at 6 stitches per inch on US 4’s.

For the leg and instep, I used the waffle pattern from Laura Galleger’s “Fluted Banister” sock pattern (thanks, Nancy, for the link!).

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