Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Greetings, everyone!
i'm new here, although i've been lurking around a little bit.
I'm thinking the mismatched rib, aka brioche. May be i'll get to cast on tonight...we'll see....

Catch up with ya all later!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Purled Ladder Socks

Purled Ladder Socks a four stich rib pattern are finished! They are a birthday present for my sister!

Monday, January 23, 2006

2 socks on 2 circulars

This sock is a 4 stitch pattern on page 38 called Purled Ladder.
I was able to get the 2 socks in profile. but I had to move them around using double points. Yes, I cheated! Im working on how to do it without cheating but it may take me some time! Oh! the yarn is Wool Ease. I cast on 48 sts. for size 7 1/2 shoe. Liz C.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Moving Right Along

I've finished the heel and am starting the decreases. I hope to finish it this week and start the next one next week.
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Sunday, January 15, 2006

First toe-up

In preparation for actually making a sock out of my spiffy yarn, I decided to test the toe-up pattern. First I tried short-row toe, which was actually going along well until I realized I'd done too many reps and couldn't quite figure out how to properly 'knit in reverse' to the right spot. I then tried out Easy Toe, and *almost* had it before I screwed something up and decided to call it a night before I got too cranky. (It was, after all, about 4 am.

So today, I start over. We'll do Easy Toe again, 'cause that was pretty simple, straight-forward, and I wanted to see if I could actually figure it out.

Here it is, in all its KnitPicks Shine 'Orchid' glory. I want to make socks out of this yarn because it feels so soft, and I thought I'd knit my 'test subject' in the stuff to see if I would actually enjoy it. The pattern is the five-stitch repeat 'Beaded Rib'.

Yes, that's my foot. Yes, that's World of Warcraft on my monitor. Yes, I knit while I play. No, I have no life, thanks for asking :)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Different Pattern for Fortissima

Well, I got about 4" of the Chevron pattern done and hated it in the Fortissima. So I ripped it and did it in the Textured Rib instead. I've started the second sock and hope to be wearing them by the end of the week. The pattern doesn't show in the picture but it is quite nice and very stretchy.

I also started Fan Lace in some Cherry Tree Hill yarn I got for Christmas. It's a potluck color that looks to be a cross between Spring Frost and Sarengeti. It's very lovely too. I will post a picture of that one when I'm further along. I have so many socks on the needles right now, I really must finish them before I start more. Right?


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Baby Cable Rib

I started these out following the instructions on page 34 (Honey Merino Style for knitpicks, CO 48 sts). After numerous reknits for various reasons, I decided to leave off the plain rib at the knit. I'm fairly short and thought it wouldn't look that good. I'm ready to turn the heel.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Casting On!!

Hi! I got this wonderful book for Christmas and was happy to find this KAL. I've cast on the Chevron pattern on page 73 using Fortissima Mexico 9076. I don't have enough of the leg done yet to see the full effect of this pattern on the yarn, but I'm looking forward to seeing those zig-zags. I also cast on the Twin Rib pattern for a CIC sock in some Peruvian Wool from elann.com. I don't have a blog, but enjoy going to them to read and see what everyone is doing. I don't know that my life is interesting enough to blog about it. Happy Knitting!!

The Quest for Stash

I didn't have anything in my stash suitable for the class sock. Actually, my stash is not very impressive, even though I have been knitting for over thirty years. This necessitated the dreaded trip to Hobby Lobby. It is difficult for me to get in and out of HL without indulging in my craving for knick-knacks. The phrase "Hobby Lobby" was among the first words my daughter spoke as a toddler.

I used up every bit of willpower in my five-foot frame not to succumb to the yarn sale currently in progress at HL (due to my current marital situation, my budget is extremely limited...long story for another day). All of their Yarn Bee brand yarns are on sale for half-price. I couldn't find any worsted weight yarn in Yarn Bee, so I purchased Lion Brand's Lion Wool, along with the necessary size 6 double-pointed needles. I was able to get some knitting time in last night while watching Food Network and have progressed about an inch and a half on the cuff. I love knitting with wool.

Question: the directions state to cast on 32 stitches, and to "join". How do you join? I plan on looking this up on the web today, but thought that I would throw that question out here just to see what all of you did. I am using four dps, with the stitches spread 8,8,16.

It's time to get to work...yay, another day at work. Everybody have a good one!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Hello and Ponderings

Hello, everyone! I was pointed in this direction by a friend, shortly after picking up the book. This should prove to be a great excuse to actually knit something from the book quickly!

I'm working on a couple projects already (another pair of socks and a shrug), but as fast as I knit when I have a purpose, something from SKS is definitely next on the list and should be started soon.

I've got plenty of sock yarn: a bunch of KnitPicks Essential and a pair of Simple Stripes, and some Brown Sheep Wildfoote. And I know I want to try toe-up socks (so I use up all the yarn) and a pair of circular needles (so I can work both at the same time). I'm thinking of working the Beaded Rib pattern. I'd like to do it in either the Simple Stripes or the Wildfoote -- which would be a better choice in this case?

Getting the hang of this...

Test...1..2..3...Test.... Am I here? Can you hear me now? I think I just may have figured this blogging thing out! I am also "Elizabeth", but will use my nickname from work, "Glinda" as in "Glinda the Good Witch" to avoid confusion. I came across this KAL on Snow's blog. It was very coincindental since I had the book "Sensational Knitted Socks" in my cart at Amazon, and couldn't decide whether to purchase it or not. Discovering this KAL pushed me over the edge. I actually purchased two books, and gave one to my knitting friend Pamela at work. I taught Pamela to knit about a year ago. I am pushing her beyond scarves with the sock book.

I do not currently have my own blog. I am afraid that it would occupy too much of my time, as I have many random thoughts floating around in the nooks and crannies of my brain.

Back to knitting...Pamela and I are planning on starting the Class Sock during our lunch hour tomorrow. I am rummaging through my stash tonight and hopefully will have the yarn and needles necessary. If not, I'll have to make the trip to Hobby Lobby.

Getting Started

I'm finally getting my socks going. I did a swatch New Year's Eve. I'm going to do baby cables in Merino Style honey. I'll post pictures when I get started.