Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Twin Rib Sock #1 Complete

I'm happy to say, I encountered no problems whatsoever with this particular pattern! And I wanted to take the time to say how nice the folks at Martingale Publishing were when I went to them with the problem on the mosaic socks. I can't tell you how many times I never even receive responses when I email a company, much less a solution in a matter of days. On to sock #2, (ahem, on both pairs...) I seem to be developing a little bit of SSS.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


(You can see the same picture, but larger, here. The difference in stitches between the 2 x 2 rib and the garter rib is much more apparent in this one. The look is pretty elegant IMO.)

Garter rib socks, done!

They are very comfortable and stay up just great. Sort of surprised that the Lorna's Laces is pilling after one day of wear, though. Perhaps that's just normal. I am sure it is fairly strong stuff, what with being part synthetic.

What do you guys normally knit this yarn with? It's the Shepherd Sock, not Shepherd Sport. I used 1s, but another friend is using 0s for hers--but she looked at my sock fabric and thought that I was getting a good fabric. I dunno. I go back and forth on this whole thing a lot, and suspect I'm just going to wind up going daft and knitting everything on 0s!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Twin Rib Progress

Pattern: Twin Rib
Yarn: Socks that Rock - Cobalt Bloom
Gauge - 8 sts/inch on US Size 1 needles

Well, I'm jumping back in with both feet. To celebrate the purchase of her first home, one of my knitting friends proposed a group order of Socks that Rock. Of course we all happily obliged. Last night we had our first Knit Nite at her new house and we all cast on with our STR.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Baby Cable Rib and Reticulated #5

Finally, I got this working to be able to post. Helps to remember passwords!!

Trekking 103
Baby Cable Rib
72 stitches on US1

I loved knitting this pattern. It was very easy to memorize and knitted up fast. Didn't hurt that this yarn is beautiful and I really wanted to wear them!!

Knit Picks Essential-Burgandy

Knit Picks Simple Stripes-Vineyard

Reticulated pattern #5

Ribbing-US1 Leg- US2

I'm just getting started on this sock, and it's my first real attempt at stranding. I like that I'm getting the fairisle look by using the self-striping yarn. I know it's cheating but it looks nice.

Dear daughter has laid claim to this pair when it's done already. And she will probably get them, as I think the leg will be too tight for me.


Reply from Martingale Pub. Re: Caesar's Check

Rows 3 and 4 of the Heel-st patt on page 85 should read:

Work Rows 3 and 4 with dark and light.
Row 3: K3 with dark, *P1 with light, P1 with dark, rep from * to last 3
sts, P3 with dark.
Row 4: P3 with dark, *K1 with dark, sl 1, rep from *, weaving in light
color across to last 3 sts, K3 with dark. /

I haven't checked these yet, but I will when I do sock #2! I'll let you all know how it goes.

Caesar's Check Heel Flap Corrections

Friday night I had a date with some graph paper and a pencil and managed to figure out the heel flap mess on this pattern. First of all, you have to have an uneven number of stitches to make the color and stitch patterns work...The pattern also has you using the wrong color at the wrong time. It's a mess all in all...

My corrections:
Must have uneven number of stitches, in my case (70 stitch sock) I needed the 35 stitches, so I did not move the 1 stitch over to the other needle.

Row 1 (WS): with dark K3, purl to end.
Row 2 (RS): with dark P3, *sl 1, K1, rep to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 3 (WS): K3 with dark, *P1 with light, P1 with dark, rep from * to last 4 sts, P1 with light, P3 with dark.
Row 3 (RS): P3 with dark, *sl 1, K1 with dark, rep from *, weaving in slipped color across to last 4 sts, sl 1, K3 with dark.

I had to fudge a little on the heel turning and toe decreases afterwards because my stitch counts didn't jive with the pattern, but all in all it turned out fine.

I'll be forwarding this info on to Martingale. We'll see what they say....

Sunday, February 19, 2006


A lovely person emailed me with the errata page for SKS. I don't see any corrections for the Caesar's Check though. Maybe we should email them with that one. I'll put up the link in the sidebar. Thank you, Pat!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Caesar's Check Woes

Dark: Koigu KPM #1017
Light: Koigu KPPPM #P800

Hello everyone. I'm new to your group. I found the KAL while searching for errata for this pattern I'm working on for Caesar's Check. The heel flap is all jacked up. I've solved a couple of the problems in the heel flap instructions:

Row 4 should start with P3, rather than K3
Rows 3 and 4, the first three stitches should be knit with dark, and not light.

I'm still working on my issues with the slip stitch pattern. I continue to get a "checkerboard" effect, rather than the vertical stripe. I'm thinking I need to have an uneven number of stitches rather than the even 34 I'm working on. So, that's my next attempt at a possible solution!

I've also emailed the publisher. I couldn't believe it but I actually got an initial reply in less than 24 hours! That has to be a good sign. I'll let you all know how that goes.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Sock Inspirations

Jennifer (aka Laughing Rat) asked:
Actually, I've got a question about this: how much leeway do we have in regards to our socks being "by the book"? SKS has inspired me to make up my own socks, but sometimes they aren't exactly what's shown in the book. Can we share stuff like this too?

My answer: absolutely! I'm glad you asked, because I think the whole point of the book is to inspire knitters to make their own sock designs. So feel free to share socks inspired by the book. I'd love to know which patterns did the inspiring.

Also, if you find that I haven't put your name/blog link on the sidebar in a reasonable amount of time (two or three days at most), please speak up. I'm only human (with young kids), so things sometimes slip past me. I think I have everyone up now, but please let me know if something isn't correct or if you want to be listed as something different than what you are on the sidebar.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I'm a Slacker

Okay, I admit it, I am a slacker. I start a KAL for Sensational Knitted Socks and what do I do. I start knitting on anything but socks. I just wanted to welcome all the new members and remind anyone thinking of joining that they can send me an email to the address on the sidebar so I can send you an invitation from Blogger.

I do have a pair of mosaic socks going at the moment, but we are in the process of getting a bit of new furniture (including bookshelves) and my SKS book sort of got mixed into one of the book boxes and I'm not sure which one, so I do have a semi-legitimate reason for being a sock-slacker. I'll try and find the book so I can finish soon. Until then, I'm enjoying watching everyone else's progress. They all look great!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Speed Knitting

Beaded Rib toe-up socks in Zara Plus and #6 DPNs, with some Trendsetter Tootsie in the leg that played a (predicted and welcome) merry hell with my gauge.

That would be my entry into the 'Speed Knitting' category for the Knitting Olympics, and my first complete and successful pattern from SKS.

The slipper/socks are *quite* warm. My bathroom gets squat for heat, and the floor's like walking on ice. With these, I didn't notice a thing.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Knitting Olympics with bonus

That original omigod pink toe-up 'proof of concept' sock went the way of the frog pond (as was intended; not enough yarn for two socks), so I'm doing another pair of socks in the same Beaded Rib pattern I was doing with that one.

Action shot! That was me earlier today, watching the Olympics, and working on a sock. Filatura di Crosa Zara Plus, one skein. Good stuff. I'm in the middle of a row here, so you can get a good view of how I work with my yarn. I work mainly by feel if it's a single stitch, and you can see my fingers working here.

I managed something new -- I adjusted a pattern. For one, I had to do the pattern at 5 spi, which SKS doesn't give directions for. (No sweat; I cast on with 40 as the KHBoP suggested.) And since I've decided I'm never doing another *censored* p3tog tbl again in my *censored* life, I switched the short rows to do k3tog tbl and simply p3tog. Looks much, much better.

The finished project, darker than I'd like but the best I can manage for now. For the leg, I did a few rows (and forgot to count how many) in pattern and then switched to plain stockinette, in the process adding some Trendsetter Tootsie to carry with it. It did indeed make my gauge balloon, but I actually was hoping for that. I'll give 'em a decent handwash (even though the yarn's machine washable) and I'll paint some stuff on the bottom of the foot with fabric paint so they don't slide all over my floors. I'm thinking pawprints, just 'cause I can.

Both finished slipper-sock-things will be posted; I just wanted to share my happy successful pattern!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Garter Rib Socks

Hello...I'm sort of new to knitalongs, but thought I would de-lurk and show some pics of my progress on a pair of garter rib socks from the book.

I started these last Autumn and got distracted by holiday knitting, so as of a week ago this was the progress I had. One sock, finished in November, and just the beginnings of the second one!

Here's a closer pic of the unfinished one, so you can see how the garter rib sort of stands out and is sturdy. It looks subtly different from regular 2 x 2 rib, which is what I used for the cuff.

The yarn is Lorna's Laces sock yarn, in "Motherlode." I hope two pictures is not too many to post at once! I have to admit that I'm well into the heel of the unfinished one now, since it's been a week since I took these. :) Oh well.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Hello One & All!!

I'm currently not knitting any socks, or anything for that matter...sprained both wrists...bummer indeed! Knocked me right off of my Olympic team, too!! But, that's okay, because I shall heal and once again knit like the wild woman that I am!! I love this book, my sweet husband surprised me with it one day; it seems to be full of all sorts of info...YAY!! I intend to take my much awaited "Sock Sabbatical" in the near future in which I do nothing but knit socks (ahhhh ... bliss) and learn different ways to construct socks and just play with socks in general. I have a rather large box of sock yarn under my bed that calls out to me daily..."Becka, we need to be socks, we want to be socks, we must be socks....help us, please..." How does a girl not listen to such a plea from beautiful sock yarns?! So...in the near future I will join your ranks as one should, actually knitting some of these yummy socks from this sensational book & lookin' forward to it, I must say!
Happy Sock Knitting to my fellow sock knitting addicts.....Becka

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Sock Stymied

I am in a rut. I cannot get the socks started. I cannot make up my mind which sock to cast on, which yarn to cast on with, or which method to use. Toe up? Top down? Magic Loop? Five needle or four needle? I even tried to order some sock yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, but it is on back order. I thought that if I got my hands on some of that beautiful yarn, inspiration would flow from my fingertips, up through my arms to the core of my being and VOILA....I'd know what to do!!!

This is so indicative of my current life situation. I've decided that I am in limbo; that's all there is to it. The Cliff Notes version is that I am in the process of divorce. Until I get a final agreement from my scumbag-soon-to-be-ex-husband (SSTBX), I am on auto-pilot. I am still knitting, but just can't seem to get the sock thing going. Is it okay if I tell you what I am knitting if it's not socks? I am knitting the Mariposa Bamboo Shawl. I picked up the yarn in Ketchikan, Alaska this summer (on an ill-fated cruise with SSTBX). I am almost finished. My knitting time is limited to lunch hours, and the occasional nightly knitting. I am envious of all you prolific knitters who seem to be able to turn out FO after FO. I think I may just be the queen of UFOs.

Back on track to sock knitting now....what are some of YOUR recommendations? Does anyone have a preference of toe-up versus top-down? Does anyone use the Magic Loop method? Somebody inspire me, please!!!

Laburnum with Apatite

Started on my first sock from the book using a five stitch pattern with my handdyed, superwash in Apatite colorway....

was intended for DH, but feels more like my size *BG*. The pattern called for 50 or 60 cast on, i went with 50....how was i suppose to know? i usually go with 54, so it was natural to go down....

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Class Sock

Well I am working on the class sock in the book. I am going to make a pair and give them to my niece. I'm not sure when they will fit her but they should eventually. :) I am doing this has part of my training for the Knitting Olympics! I am making Jaywalkers for that but I needed to at least knit a sock first. :)