Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Better Late ...

As I patiently wait for the second installment of SKS to arrive, I realized that I needed to go ahead and sign up for this knitalong. The first pair of socks was completed in December '05 and the next two early '06, and the last pair in mid '06.

Maze Socks in Black Regia 4fadig & Ecru Froelich Wolle Special Blauband, men's size 12

Baby Cables in Black Regia 4fadig, men's size 13

Garter Ribs in Mountain Colors Bearfoot Wild Raspberry, women's size 10

Missing is the pair of Openwork Ribs in Regia Bamboo Color. The pattern is virtually impossible to capture and I didn't realize a finished pic was missing until I started posting here.

I look forward to seeing and sharing more sock progress. I can also be found at Fiberitis.


Monday, January 29, 2007

Have you ordered the New Book?

I was curious to know if any of you have put your order in for the second book of SKS? I was looking at it at Amazon and need to order a couple of other things and am thinking I should order the book too! Has anyone else seen it anywhere else for a better price than Amazon?

Baby Cable Rib

I finished a pair!

Baby Cable Rib in Cherry Tree Hill Spanish Moss on size 0s

Saturday, January 27, 2007

New To The Group, But Not To SKS

Hi everyone...:-) I'm really glad to find a group about this book - it is my sock bible! I've made about 6 pairs from the book, but a few of them were what I'm now calling my "vanilla" socks - just stockinette legs (because I wanted the yarn to do it's thing), but I've tried different heels and toes along with it (from the book). I don't know what my favorite pattern is yet but I've done the slip-stitch rib twice now and I love it. I need to get more adventurous and try more, which I'm really looking forward to. I certainly have enough stash to cover the task. I'm at the heel flap on sock #2 of the current pair, so should be posting a finished picture soon - I hope!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Question of the Week

What is your favorite pattern from SKS?

I know it's a tough question because there are so many lovely ones. I think my very favorite is the waterfall rib. I just love how my waterfall rib socks turned out.

Note: I'm still trying to rebuild the members list, so if you don't see your name on there, let me know at the email address in the sidebar with your blog address (if you have one) and the name as you'd like it to appear. If you don't have a blog, I've just linked you right back the the KAL page. It just made setting up a link list much easier that way.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A finished pair!

I finished a pair of purple socks, and I am almost finished with my red-white-and-blue socks. See photos on the sock page of my blog.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Beaded Rib

Wow, this goup is really jumpin' all of a sudden! I give to you the Beaded Rib Socks:

The Specs:
Pattern: Beaded Rib
Yarn: Who the heck knows? Possibly an alpaca/synthetic blend.
Needles: 5 US size 2 Empress wooden dpns
Size: CO 50 stitches for a slightly narrow size 7 1/2 (US) shoe
Started: 02 January 2007
Finished: 22 January 2007
Mods: Increased in purl spaces for sort-of knee socks (somewhat haphazardly but luckily hidden by the fuzzy nature of the socks). Did the short-row heel as proscribed and find I like it much better in a sock that actually fits my foot (refer to the Sixth Sense Socks for more details about that).

I just realized that I completed nearly-knee-socks in about three weeks. Yay me!

What, you want to see more? You'll have to come visit for that!

sock yarns

I've just joined this blog and just got SKS a week ago. I can't wait to get started on a pair from that book. Any recommendations on good ones to start with?

I'm posting to tell you about a yarn that i got in a som from called regia silk. i don't knit solid-colored socks too often, but this is in a beautiful olive color that matches a shawl I was given for Christmas, so I couldn't resist. Once i started knitting, I fell in love with how it knits and how it feels. I finished the first sock Friday, and of course, had to try it on. I didn't want to take it off. The pattern they sent with it was a lace pattern which i have never done before, but i love it too, and it's not too hard. hopefully you'll like regia silk as much as i do.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Back again!

I feel like I've been awol for quite a while but don't worry, I'm still knitting plenty of SKS socks :-)

Here's the latest pair:

Yarn: Fleece Artist sock yarn, colour 'burgundy'
Pattern: Bluebell rib, toe-up with short rows, 60 sts

I love the way these turned out - my first pair of really red socks!

Ciao :-)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Chevron Socks

Originally uploaded by stariel.
Hi everyone! I'm new to this KAL, and I recently finished my first pair of socks from SKS.

I used the Chevron pattern, but modified it for a 13 stitch repeat with a total cast on of 78 stitches on size 1 needles. The yarn is JKnits.

I'm excited to be part of this group, hopefully some of the socks I see here will inspire me to try out more of the patterns!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Question of the Week and More Hostess Notes

I'm going to try to start doing a question of the week and everyone can just answer in the comments. My question this week:

What is your favorite sock yarn and why?

My favorite sock yarn changes periodically, but right now it's Cherry Tree Hill because it's so soft and the colors so vibrant. Just look at my post from a couple of days ago. It's lovely stuff!

And your hostess note: As you can see, I've been playing around in the New Blogger and I've messed up the Members List. If you want your name in the sidebar, please send an email to the address in the sidebar with the subject "name in sidebar". I'm sorry for the inconvenience and I hope to get the buttons back up later in the week as well!

Friday, January 19, 2007

lemon meringue chevron

These socks were knit from yarn I space-dyed with a plant called weld. I thoroughly enjoyed knitting up the pattern.

New Blogger, Hostess Notes

Okay, our KAL has been moved to the new Blogger. I don't know if this will create problems for anyone trying to post. I think you might have to create a Google account or you might even need a new invitation. I am not sure, so if you are on the KAL and are having trouble posting, please let me know at the address on the sidebar with the subject "trouble posting". We can now use labels for our posts. For example, I've used "Hostess Notes" and "Baby Cable" for this post.

I've also gotten around to adding a few vendors on the sidebar who sell a bit of sock yarn. I'm not affiliated with any of them personally, but I've either had good service from them or know someone who has. If there are any you'd like me to add, just send an email with "sock yarn vendor" in the subject.

Meanwhile, I've been working on this:

Baby Cable Rib in Cherry Tree Hill colorway Spanish Moss.

Friday, January 12, 2007

I wanted to do the run of the mill, who cares if the stripes turn out wonky, heel. Does that make me a bad human being/Knitter? I feel guilty. I needed to come clean.
Well, If im gonna come clean, I may as well be squeaky about it. I was too lazy to find the scrap yarn required for the chevron pattern's afterthought heel. It just seemed like too much work for not all that rewarding a cause. I stuck with what I know. Im the pbj kinda sock knitter I suppose. But, honest nonetheless.

I apologize for the sideways picture. I am also too lazy to rotate apparently.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Completed Yarn Over Cables

Yarn Over Cable socks
Yarn Over Cable socks

Time taken to knit: December 25th to January 8th with a few interruptions
Pattern: Yarn Over Cable from Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn:100g Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe K8294 which was a gift from my friend CL in Canada
Needles: 2 x Addi Turbo 3.5mm circulars

More photos can be seen on my blog

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Baby Cables for Papa

My Christmas knitting was a pair of Baby Cable socks for my Dad in Stahl Socka Color. I enjoyed doing the no-cable version of the two stitch cable particularly. I did the 80 stitch version, so hope they fit Dad's size 12 feet. More details and a closeup photo on my blog here.

I just checked Amazon about More Sensational Knitted Socks, and they have a publish date of March 26, 2007 for it. It'll be hard to wait. I'm always looking for more patterns and I really like the format of SKS. I had the local Kinkos add a spiral binding to my copy so it would lay flat nicely. Only cost about $5 if I recall correctly.


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Howdy. I am new.

This is my second pair of socks from sks. I made one of the simple cable patterns first, though I cant rememer which one, and to be honest I am just way too lazy to get up and look. Forgive me for the starbucks cup, It was a gift.I thought I would like the chevron pattern more. I am just about ready to turn the heel. Its been a slow sock. I gotta get movin on it. I apologize for being a bad blogger.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Yarn Over Cables in Koigu Kersti Merino

I've been playing with some of the fantastic yarn that I received for Christmas & cast on with the Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe and the Yarn Over Cable pattern.

Yarn Over Cable in Koigu Kersti Merino
Yarn Over Cable in Koigu Kersti Merino

I have 100g of this DK yarn so chose a toe up pattern to make sure that I got as much sock out of it as possible. I've never done short row toes or heels before so it was an education & a fair bit of tinking took place but I've got the hang of it now.

The second sock looked like this last night:

Yarn Over Cable - toe up sock
Yarn Over Cable - toe up sock