Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas bedsocks

Firstly a pair of bedsocks for my 5 year old nephew:

blue bedsocks
Stockinette-stitch Triangle bedsocks

Pattern: Stockinette-stitch Triangles from More Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: James C. Brett Pure Merino in PM5
Needles: 2 x 3.5mm 60 cm circulars
Method: Knitted cuff down two at a time.

Then a pair his eldest sister my 10 year old niece:

pink bedsocks
Open Cable with Twisted Rib bedsocks

Pattern: Open Cable with Twisted Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: James C. Brett Pure Merino in PM2
Needles: 2 x 3.5mm 60 cm circulars
Method: Knitted cuff down two at a time.

Then a pair for the middle child my 7 year old niece:

lilac bedsocks
Bluebell Rib bedsocks

Pattern: Bluebell Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: James C. Brett Pure Merino in PM5
Needles: 2 x 3.5mm 60 cm circulars
Method: Knitted cuff down two at a time.

Of the three patterns the Open Cable with Twisted Rib was my favorite. I don't have any modeled photos but this one on my hand shows how the pattern might look on a foot:

Open Cable with Twisted Rib
Open Cable with Twisted Rib pattern

This yarn is so soft & squidgy that it's perfect for a pair of snuggly bedsocks. I've even started a pair for myself!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Help Please!

Hi everyone! I need your help. Posted to the left is a picture of a sock I've started with Wildfoote Elderberry yarn. It's the BabyFern 12stitch pattern repeat from More Sensational socks. I don't like it. I think the pattern is lost with this colorway. I showed the sock to a girl at work and she agreed. What I need help with is suggestions. What pattern would you suggest for this yarn/colorway??? I prefer to knit cuff down with a heel flap/turn. I have both Sensational and More Sensational sock books. I would really love to find a pattern to do this colorway justice. This is the second time I've started a sock with it. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Monday, November 12, 2007


Crest of the wave

Pattern:Crest of the Wave (pg.101) from More Sensational Knitted Socks.
Yarn: striped using 1 skein KnitPicks Essential in Ash, and 1 skein ka hand-dyed in color Vintage (which I found at a LYS near me).
Needles: Foot and ankle US1. Leg US1 1/2.
Construction: Toe up. One circular needle.
Made a few modifications for sizing on my foot. Please check out my blog for more info.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Baby Cable Rib (mostly)


Baby Cable Rib Socks 028
Yarn - Koigu KPPPM Color #400
Pattern - Baby Cable Rib Stitch from Sensational Knitted Socks
Needles - Knit Picks US 2 (2.75mm); Knit 2 at a time on 2 circulars
CO 9/9/07; Closed the toes today! (10/24/07 )

A very enjoyable knit. I made the foot portion stockinette to be sure I didn't run out of yarn since these are a gift. I grin with glee at the thought that I have hundreds more socks to make from this book!

Baby Cable Rib Socks 040
Happy Knitting all!

Ribbed Lace

Just finished my Ribbed Lace socks which can be found on page 52 of the Sensational Socks book. It is a very enjoyable pattern which I can recommend to everyone.

For yarn, needle sizes, etc., more informatio can be found on my blog.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Sock Monkey Baby Socks

For My Grandson

These are like the stuffed monkeys made out of socks.

Cascade Fixation - Grey, Red and white. Size 3 DPNs.

Sensational Knitted Socks Book - page 29.

For more pictures - check out my blog

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Slipstitch Ribs

Finally, another completed pair.

The stitch pattern is Slipstitch Rib, but I used the toe-up short row toe/heel "recipe" to maximize yarn. Paton's Kroy yarn, 2 skeins of the main color, about 1/2 a skein of the contrast. I loved the Slipstitch Rib; really easy, not too dull, and a nicely textured final result.

More details and pictures, as usual, at the blog.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Seriously Overdue Post

Here's a picture of my "basket weave socks" from SKS. I should have posted this one a long time ago. I used 2 skeins of Collinette Jitterbug in Castagna- took me a while because they're size 13 (mens)!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Crosshatch Lace Socks.

Crosshatch Lace pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks
LL Shepherd Sock in Poppy
Worked toe up with a short row heel, magic 8 cast on toe, and a Russian bind off for the cuff.

Whew, all done. I like how this pattern looks on the leg.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

One Down and One to Go

I have had this yarn it seems like since before time began. It is a Stahl yarn but the name escapes me since I didn't keep the band. The pattern is Slip Stitch Rib from SSS. My DH just made the socker blockers from wire hangers. The foot is big because their intended reciepent has large feet.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

2 six-stitch socks done from More SKS

Pattern: 6 Stitch Embossed Moss Stitch.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Childsplay (#62)
Needles: One 2.25mm circular
Construction: 2 at once, toe-up, reverse heal, St st picot hemmed cuff.

My daughter picked out this pattern herself, and these socks are hers!


These are mine.

Pattern: 6 Stitch BasketWeave.

Yarn: Marks & Kattens Clown Shade #1854.

Needles: One 2.5mm circular
Construction: 2 socks toe-up using Judy's magic Cast-on and a Reversed Heal. 1x1rib picot hemmed cuff.

For more details visit my blog.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

ecr's on the elephant trail

elongated corded rib in schaefer anne

From book #1, these are elongated corded rib. This 4-stitch pattern knits up to a lovely scrunchy fabric. The Schaefer Anne is soft, and compared to the book photo, the rib took on a completely different definition (she used Gems Opal). I'm very happy with this pair.

Pattern: elongated corded rib
Yarn: Schaefer Anne
Needles: silvalume size 1 dpns

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Just joined

I haven't got a pair of socks picture but I took my book to Kinkos and had them spiral bind the book so it lays flat! It sure makes it easier to follow the patterns.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Broad Spiral Purls

I am so frustrated with blogger that after so much trouble posting this, I'll keep it short and sweet. Broad Spiral Ribbing in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Black Purl.

Happy Knitting!


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Monday, August 27, 2007

Eight-stitch basketweave socks.

Check it out! I *finally* finished a pair of yummy purple socks using the eight-stitch basketweave pattern from SKS. These have been OTN for months, so I am thrilled they're complete at last. More pictures and the whole story at

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Hi, I'm new here and here's my first pair of socks!
Scrolls from More sensational knitted socks. Knitted in opal on 2,5 mm needles.


schaefer anne in a corded rib

Progress ecr sock

elongated corded rib

From book 1, this is a 4-stitch pattern. I like it so much, I knit the leg twice. Grrrr. Had to frog a little, no, a lot, because I couldn't judiciously frog such slidey yarn. I think I'm just used to my handspun. I needed to go back about 3/4" of the leg where I'd dropped two YOs. Fergit it. So, yesterday, I frogged back to the cuff and reknit the leg, turned the heel and finished the gusset. Moral to the story is: "Don't knit in the dark." We're knitting socks here, not growing mushrooms.

Better detail on my blog:

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ridged Feather Socks

After a weekend of doing--no exaggeration--about 12 loads of laundry after the kids returned from camp, I was happy to steal an hour of knitting time while watching a favorite HBO Show, "Big Love." I finished my Ridged Feather Socks--the first pair I've made from start to finish during "Summer of Socks," and I am very pleased with them.
I know some people prefer to match up the colors on variegated yarns like this so that the stripes are the same colors in the same placement on both feet, but I rather like the fact that mine don't synch up at all--that really shows that they're handmade, and I like the one-of-a-kind feel of them.

I have more of a skein left than I usually do with yarns like Socks that Rock, so I am thinking about eking out a pair of baby socks for Afghans for Afghans with the remainder...but that will have to wait.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Cabled Dream Socks

I absolutely love these socks! In fact, I think they are my favorite pair to date. They are a combination of the 3 X 3 Cable Stitch with Moss Stitch and the Cable Braid with Garter Bead patterns, resulting in a 3 X 3 cable with a garter bead.

For more pictures and details, visit the blog or ravelry

Happy sock knitting!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Jungle Socks

It's been awhile, but I've completed another pair of socks from the SKS book. Teacher inservice meetings have begun, so I chose the Garter Rib pattern - easy to do when you're sitting in meetings.Details:
Yarn: 56 stitches using Lorna's Laces in Jungle Stripe Colorway
Needles: Size 2 Addi Turbo; Magic Loop; 2 at a time
Pattern: Garter Rib
Recipient: My 7 year old son who specifically requested lime green striped socks.

Sock history on my blog.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Broad Spiral, Stems, and Yarn Over Cable

Real life seemed to run out from under me the past few months, but now I've gotten some okay pictures of the socks I have finished over the past few months (May-July).

Here is the Broad Spiral Ribbing. I thought I might have picked a bad pattern when I started knitting it, but it opens up when you wear it and looks a lot better. The yarn is Online Supersocke 100 Summer Color. Made toe up with a round toe and short row heel:

This is the Stems pattern knit in Cashsoft DK in Mist. My house socks:

Lastly, I'm working on a Yarn Over Cable sock from the first book, made with Schachenmayr Nomotta Extra, a superwash DK (?) weight wool I bought some time ago:

One sock down and one to go. Hopefully SSS doesn't hit me with this pair!

More babbling in this blog post.

I need your help, please

I have started a new pair of socks. I love this yarn, the muted colors are absolutely lovely, and it is creating a very nice color pattern. I started doing a BasketWeave knit on the top of the foot, but I'm not sure if this is a waste of my time. Is it getting lost in the colorway? Am I loosing the overall effects of the colors by adding a texture? Or does it look fine, keep going. Hubby likes the BasketWeave and says keep going, but I also wanted your opinions. Thanks.
Sock on the right has the BasketWeave, and sock on the left is flipped over to the sole, showing no knitted texture.
More details at my Blog site.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Crosshatch lace from moreSKS

I love these socks! After all my troubles they are wonderful. Here is a recap of what I did:
Pattern : Crosshatch Lace from mSKS
Yarn : Regia Bamboo, Jamaica #1066
Needles : started with 2.25mm moved down to 2.0mm, up to 2.5mm and finished with 2.25mm
Construction: Toe up Magic Cast On, Reversed Heel shaping, Hemmed cuff.
At 9.5sts/1" and foot measure 9.5" it looked as thought I should have 96 around. But this appeared too big, so I used 84. This was still too big, so when I got to the ankle I went down to 72sts. Although this is still quite loose, the hemmed cuff holds it in place. Next time I will go smaller than the book indicates.
For more information visit my blog.

First Post!

Hi Everyone! I signed up for this KAL a month or so ago, but I haven't had time to post about the socks I was working on. I really enjoyed making these socks, and the pattern was super easy, and super easy to memorize!
The feet look really big in the picture, but I think part of the reason is the angle of the camera and the fact that the leg is ribbed which make those look smaller.
The pattern is the Yarn Over Cable on page 43. I used Paton's Kroy yarn (I think the colourway is called Krazy Stripes, but I'm not totally sure), and I think I used 2.75 mm DPNs.
I'll definitely make this pattern again - this time for myself. These socks went out to my Sockapalooza Pal. She's received them and said she loves them.
There are so many wonderful patterns in this book - so many to choose from that it's hard to choose just which one. I guess that means I'll just have to knit them all!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

My first sock from Sensational Socks..Used Stansfield #11 with Just Great Socks by Plucky knitter... very simple pattern to follow and they fit perfect!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Cables and Moss

Pattern: 3 X 3 Cables with Moss Stitch
Yarn: Trekking XXL 282
Needles: Addi Turbo 32" Size 2.5 mm
Construction: Top Down, Magic Loop

I love this pattern! These were for my son so I'll have to make a pair for myself.

Visit my blog for more details.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


I am new to this KAL. I love the Sensational Knitted Sock books. I have made the baby cable socks and Stansfield #11. I am a fairly new sock knitter but I am having a blast. The top picture is the Stansfield #11 pair out of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in the colorway Aslan. And the bottom picture is the baby cables made with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in the colorway Black Purl. Sorry the pictures are at the top. I am new to blogger and I am still learning how it works. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Openwork Rib Sock #1 Done

I finished the first sock and cast on the second one last night. The ribbing makes it fit really good.
This is a four stitch pattern from her first book - on page 37. More at my blog...

Comment answer: I used size 2 needles to get 8 stitches per inch and I cast on 72 stitches. My foot is like a size 8 1/2 shoe, so it depends on your foot size. The charts in the book can help you figure out how many to cast on and it also depends on the gauge of yarn you are using. Some yarns are thicker and some thinner and that would change your needle size and cast on.
I don't have a way to email the person who asked this question, so I hope you get this, Linda.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Frogtastic Surf Socks

I blogged a little while ago about my Chevron socks that needed to have their entire legs frogged. Thanks for the kind comments people left about the socks. I finally frogged them on Tuesday, and knit on nothing but them all week. These socks involved a whole lot of frogging, not to mention they broke my size 1 Crystal Palace bamboo circular, and I was anxious to get them finished and off the needles.

They were knit with Regia Surf Color yarn. More details are on my blog.

Happy knitting!

Broad Spiral Ribbing

Pattern: Broad Spiral Ribbing - More Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Regia Bamboo Color 1072 - Jaffa Color
Needles: Size 1 US Inox dpn's
Size: Women's 9.5
Started: May 1, 2007
Finished: July 26, 2007

NModifications: Worked toe-up with Turkish cast on and short-row heel.

Additional photos on my blog.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Seeded Ribbing Check

Hello KAL! This is my first post, I think. I FINALLY have a finished object to share. This pair was taken from More Sensational Knitted Socks. I used a variegated sock yarn for the Seeded Ribbing Check and Plain Seeded Ribbing from the 4-stitch patterns. The heel flap was supposed to be the Eye of Partridge with German Chain Selvage from pg 67 in the book - but I'm fairly certain I have it inside-out. I like it anyway though! More info and FO pics on my blog. Knit on!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Openwork Rib Four-stitch ribbing pattern

This is my first sock done from the Sensational Knitted Socks book. It is a four-stitch pattern on page 37.

The yarn is Seacoast Handpainted purchased from the Loopy Ewe. The color is Penstemon. This colorful yarn is handpainted in New Hampshire .60% Merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon approx. 400 yards7-8 st. /1", US 1-2 (2.25 mm - 2.75 mm).
I didn't want a detailed pattern that would get lost in the variegated yarn, so I chose a simple rib with little eyelet airholes for summer. I love this yarn, the bamboo in it makes it light.
Also blogged here

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Another Slipped Stitch Rib Pair

Pattern: Slipped Stitch Rib (66 sts) from Sensational Knitted Socks

Yarn: Regia Bamboo - Color 1064/Ethnos

Needles: size 1US/2.25mm

Started: June 29, 2007

Finished: July 20, 2007

Blogged here.


the Akamai Knitter

Yarn Over Cable Socks

This is my first post to the KAL. I have wanted to use one of the ribbing patterns from the SKS book for a while now.
This is the Yarn Over Cable Five Stitch Pattern
The yarn is from Moma-E. The color is SeaBreeze dyed for the paticipants of the Seasocks Cruise.
I used a 32"2.25mm circular top down with a K3P2 rib.
You can read more about it here.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sailor's Ribbing Socks

Hi Everyone! This is my first post to this KAL although I have had my SKS and MSKS for awhile now. I love them both!

These are a pair I knit this past week for my wonderful husband. Here are the stats:

Pattern: Sailor's Ribbing
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Pioneer
Needles: Addi Turbos 32" SIze 2.0 mm
Construction: Top Down, Magic Loop

Come visit my blog to see the other socks I have knit!


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Baby Cable Rib Socks

Hey fellow sock knitters! I've finished another pair of socks for my hubby:

These are the baby cable rib socks from More Sensational Knitted Socks. If you'd like to see more pics or find more info, you can click here. Thanks! Tiennie