Friday, September 29, 2006

SKS Socks of Doom

Not sure how many of you are in YarnMonkey's Sock Wars, but I kept knitting the Rib of Doom thinking, "This looks really, really familiar."

As it turns out, it's one of the six-stitch patterns, Twin Rib, in SKS.

I made mine with Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK in Blue Boy. I finally got gauge with US7s. They are very loose, but I think they'll fit my victim. (They're not really two different sizes. I think it was the camera angle my husband was shooting from.)

It's been a fun game, and I think these are the fastest socks I've ever knit. I'm not dead yet (to quote Monty Python) but my doom should get to me this next week.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Just the Basics

Another pair from the book. I used Lorna's Laces colorway Black Watch. Just the basic 2 x 2 rib cast on of 56 stitches. Knit from the top down. Pattern in the four stitch section.

These are a gift but I would like to keep them for myself:D More details at my blog.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Two New Pairs

My swap partner sent me two skeins of Lorna's Laces and SKS for my birthday, the colourway is Ravenswood. I used the Harebell lace pattern with my favourite toe-up, short-row sock. With the leftovers I made a pair of baby socks using the basketweave pattern.
I really like the basketweave, however I'm not sure I'll knit Harebell again - I found it very fiddly. I also couldn't figure out how it is supposed to be knitted over 66 stitches - I know Carrie has done it but I couldn't see how to work rows 6 and 12 of the pattern if doing 5 1/2 rpts across the instep. In the end I did it on 60 stitches and started at row seven on the second sock to make them symmetrical.

I really like the lace rib - I might try that next.

Ciao, Diane :-)

(* edited with much better pic)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hi and I'm almost done!

I'm Elspeth and I have been working on a Garter Rib sock from SKS. It's in my handdyed yarn and I made it for the Second Sock Syndrome swap, so I make one and my partner makes the other. All I have left is to kitchener:

And I have a question -- has anyone made any of the patterns that start with a YO at the beginning of the needle? I tried the Corded Rib (4 stitch pattern, I think that was the name) and the second row of the pattern started a needle with a YO. I was pretty sure I could fudge it for myself but not for my pal so I switched to the Garter Rib. Any suggestions?

Monday, September 18, 2006

Again, Again!

Ridged Feather & Waffle Rib
I made the Waffle Rib socks out of SKS and started another pair of Ridged Feather (my third set). More details on my blog, ZenKnit.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A Theme

And now for something completely different...

Well, not really. It's another Welt Fantastic pair!

I did not grow a third foot. It's the ever curious, always helpful, never shod, Slim!

In a case of great minds thinking alike, Carrie and I made the exact same modifications to the pattern. I also dig the forethought heel because of the cool bulls-eye pattern it makes, but really still don't like the Kitchener stitch. This was my first pair of top-down socks, however, and my first 4 (FOUR!) opportunities to graft, so hopefully I'll continue to get better at it.

Cartoons are a knitting mom's best friend.

More photos and more news over at my blog. I'm gearing up for Sock Wars, so my SKS knitting may be on hold for a little while, but I am hoping to do a Beaded Rib pattern next on a pair of socks for my dad.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Welt Fantastic

Aloha! Here we have the latest completed socks from SKS:

Another Welt Fantastic! Here are the specs:
Yarn: Knit Picks Sock Garden in Pansy, 220yds/skein, 1.5 skeins
Needles: 5 US size 1 dpns
Gauge: 6.5 stitches and 11 rows in stockinette

This yarn didn't knit up in a gauge suitable for both my foot and the pattern, so I increased the number of stitches in the welt pattern to 15 (from 11) for a total cast-on of 60. I did 5 pattern repeats each for the leg and the foot. There were some other modifications from the pattern, since the stitch count did not match the pattern as written, but I am a lousy note-taker and couldn't tell you then if I wanted to. (After the heel I decreased until there were 24 stitches for the bottom of the foot.)

I didn't have the same problem as a couple of the other members of this group with pointy heels, but then the pattern was modified a bit from the original proportions. I do like the forthought heel enough, but I think I am a heel flap girl. Doing kitchener stitch twice in one sock is a bit much for me!

More photos on my blog and in my forthcoming Flickr gallery.

Yee haw, on to the next pattern...


Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hello SKS knitters!

Hi everybody, I have just joined and am thrilled to have found this KAL. I received a copy of Sensational Knitted Socks for my birthday last month and am keen to try lots of the patterns (halfway through first pair). It's great to see socks knitted up here that only exist as swatches in SKS.

Happy sock knitting to all!


Greetings Sock Knitters!

I am new to the blog and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Jamie and I have been knitting for about a year. Last October I taught myself to knit from the internet and made a Hogwarts Harry Potter scarf for my husband. I have been hooked ever since and my latest obsession has become socks! While I think all handmade socks are "sensational" here are my two latest creations from the SKS book.

These were done in Trekking XXL using size 1 (and size 0 for the heel) needles. It is the garter rib pattern. I wanted to choose a simple pattern so as not to compete with the varigated yarn. These were so much fun to make - I will definitely do them again!

These were done in some Baby Ull from Dalegarn that I had lying around. I call them my "Casino Socks" because it was 7 repeats for the leg, 7 for the heel, and then...8 for the foot. Just like when I go to the casino, the slots always come up 7-7-8, and thus no jackpot for me! These were a quick knit on size 1 needles. The pattern is the diamond rib from the 8-stitch pattern section!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Socks of Many Colors

While I was sick with a nasty cold last week I spent my days knitting up a pair of socks for my hubby. He has named them his "Socks of Many Colors". I think they are the most ugly pair of socks that I've ever knit. He likes them. Don't even ask me to try to explain that one:D For more details come on over to my blog and visit. Crazy chocolatey things are afoot over there. Have a good one. Abigail