Friday, March 30, 2007

Question of the Week and Hostess Notes

Here's a question that I asked on my personal blog earlier in the week and thought it was pretty appropriate for here.

Do you darn your socks when they develop holes or do they get tossed?

For those of you interested in darning, but don't know how, here is a wonderful tutorial. It is much easier to repair an area that looks a little thin, but hasn't quite developed a whole yet. You just do duplicate stitches. Since most holes/thin areas are on the bottom of the foot, you don't even have to have the exact yarn you used for the sock. I do darn my socks. I'm getting enough in the rotation that I don't have to do it often, but it does occasionally happen and I just can't bear to part with any of my socks just yet. And it's just part of wearing handknit socks for me.

I'll ask some questions about the More Sensational Knitted Socks book once I get my copy. Mine's on order with another book that's not released for another couple of days. Hopefully, mine will show up soon. I've heard good things!

Hostess notes: I have been better about trying to get everyone timely invitations and up on the sidebar, but there are occasional oversights. Also, I have sent some invitations out that haven't been accepted, so if you're wondering why you can't post or why you're not on the sidebar yet, this might be the case with you. Just email me and let me know; I know my email sometimes catches things like invitations and won't let them through. One more thing, I'm probably going to be scarce for the next week or two, some personal things. So if you don't get an invite immediately or I don't get your name up on the blog, please be patient with me. Thanks for your time. I can't wait to see what everyone makes from the new book!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My book arrived!

Well when I heard the book was finally available, I ordered it from amazon on monday and it just arrived. I gave a quick glance through and there are soooo many great patterns in it it's hard to decide which to knit first!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Mock Rib Socks

I am still waiting for my copy of More Sensational Socks to arrive but I love the first book. For some reason, I always seem to come back to the Mock Rib pattern. This is the pair that I just finished in Sweet Georgia's Still Water. I have another pair in the same pattern on the needles right now. Plus I have yet another pair in a different pattern from the first book also on the needles.

Monday, March 26, 2007

New to the KAL

Hi, I'm Satori and though I am new to this KAL I am definitely not new to Sensational Knitted Socks. It's a wonderful book and I just ordered the More Sensational Knitted Socks yesterday.

Since the first book came out I've made about 6 pair of socks out of it. The picture below is the current pair. The 3x3 Cable with Moss Stitch. I'm using size 3 circulars and Austermann Bamboo Soft yarn.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the beautiful socks that you are making.

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

basket weave socks

I got my copy of the new book More Sensational Knitted Socks which I love as much as the first one! Here's my first project, that I knitted for my hubby:
This is the basket weave stitch pattern that I used with my basic toe-up method. The yarn is Claudia's Handpainted Yarn in Deep Blue. More pictures and info can be found on my blog if you're interested. Thanks! Tiennie

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My First SKS, and first socks in 3 years!

.This is my first post to this blog, and THIS is my first pair of SKS! I'm a newbie sock knitter, but an addicted sock knitter. I took a sock class in 2004 at a LYS, but couldn't make a sock at home. A friend from church recommended this book...and here they are my socks...a basic K2P2 ribbing in a 4 stitch repeat in Austermann Step...I really like the feel of this yarn. I wore them today to our homeschool co-op, and showed them to literally everyone. Thank you for all of your helpful hints and sharing your gorgeous socks in the posts...they're very inspiring to me, and now I'm starting another (and more challenging) pair soon...after my Monkey Socks, that is. :) I can't wait to see the MSKS book that I have on order. Keep the pictures coming of your socks!

Hello! and some very simple socks...

I found this KAL after completing my first two-and-a-half pairs of SKS socks. The picture shows the first ones I finished: little tiny socks for my daughter, 48 stitches around, Lorna's Laces Lucky Stripe (the flash really killed the vibrancy of the colors!) on an Addi size 1 (magic loop).

Straight rib, except I made the heel flaps eye-of-partridge. I also played with some of the heel and instep details, since it seemed unlikely that Tabby would notice... I think I prefer having a two-stitch wide purl valley just above the instep decreases (right sock), and including the garter edge on the heel flap (left sock) is definitely better than not (right sock).

The ones I made for myself, and the ones I'm making for my husband, are also super-plain K2P2 rib. I can't wait to get done with his; I need to try something a little more interesting!

Emma Jane

Monday, March 19, 2007

Beaded Rib Socks

Hi everyone! I discovered this group just as I finished my first pair of socks from the book. They're the Beaded Rib pattern, knit exactly as the pattern; toe up, short row toe and heel. I love these socks, and I really love the book. I tend to mess with patterns quite a bit anyway, so it's nice to have "recipes" for every method of sock knitting.

I used Wildfoote in a color called Mums; you can get all the gory details at my blog.

Next up I think will be the Garter Rib for my hubby, but I'll use the same construction as for these. It's the first pair I'll have made for him, so toe-up is the way to go; I'd hate to run out of yarn halfway down the foot!

Chevron Socks

I finished these Chevron Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks using the lightweight Socks that Rock in the Nodding Violet Colorway. The pattern was perfect for the striping found in the yarn. I love, love, love them! Very comfortable, and I get frequent comments about them from non-knitters. Usually the "Oh, those are cute. Will you make me some?" kind. I'm always willing to offer to teach that person to knit their own.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Hostess Notes

Sorry there hasn't been a question of the week for a few weeks now. I've been swamped by a few things. I am, however, open to suggestions for questions. Just email to the addy in the sidebar with "question idea" in the subject line.

Welcome to all the new members. If you've noticed your name is not on the sidebar (remember I did lose a lot of members' names in the sidebar in the switchover), just drop me an email with "sidebar" in the subject line and in the email body, let me know the name you want on the sidebar and if you have a blog, please list that as well so I can link to you. This goes for new members as well. I'm trying to get caught up again, but don't hesitate to let me know if you're not there. (If you haven't guessed by now, I'm not exactly the world's most organized person.) If you don't have a blog, which is not necessary, I will just link back to the KAL for your name. It was just easier to set up a links list.

Anyway, the question has been asked if this KAL would include the new book More Sensational Socks due out in a couple of days and the answer is "YES!". I love the patterns in the original and I'm really looking forward to getting my copy of the new one.

Take care and have a good weekend. I hope to have a question for you next week.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

2 pairs down

Hey everyone! I finished 2 pairs of SKS this past month before I even knew there was a KAL for them. I'm glad to be joining y'all. Here's the first pair:
It's a garter rib pattern. Here's the second pair:
It's the Waffle Rib II pattern. They were both knitted with Koigu, toe-up, magic loop method on US #2 for my hubby. If you want to see more pictures or read more about them, you can find me here. Thanks for stopping by. Tiennie

More Sensational Knitted Socks

Hi everyone--

Just wanted to send out the alert that Knitpicks has More Sensational Knitted Socks for $18.45, available on Monday, March 19th.

Will this KAL become a SKS/MSKS KAL when the new book comes out? I hope so!

I've been doing other projects but plan to cast on some slip-stitch rib socks any day now...The NCAA tournament makes for great knitting time (as long as you don't care if you miss some of the action). Go Washington State!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Yarn over Wildfoote

Meet my newest socks, yarn-over cables knit in Wildfoote's Columbine colour. They have a short-row toe and heel, just like in the SKS pattern. I'm all excited to get wearing them!

More details on my blog.

Five-stitch Beaded Rib socks (p.39)

You know those red, five-stitch Beaded Rib toe-up socks on page 39 of SKS? Here's my interpretation.

Aren't they nice? Worth it, even though it was an absolute mare learning how to do short-row toes!

The yarn is Lucia by Posh Yarn: 30% cashmere, 70% merino.

I'm so glad I've finally finished these, I've been looking forward to posting something here for ages.

The full story is at

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New, and a question....

Hi all! I'm fairly new to sock knitting, but had the book Sensational Knitted Socks recommended to me on the yahoogroup Addicted to Sock Knitting (which I'm finding I am! : ) ) and I am so glad! Here's the first sock I'm working on...
Yarn: 80% Llama, 20% Wool
Pattern: Baby Cable Rib
Needles: 2.5 mm double pointed
Anyways, so glad to have found this blog, and to be allowed to post!
I have a question I've been hoping someone could answer-how do you decide which colour combinations to come up with for the two yarn patterns (I'm thinking especially of the 4 stitch reticulated patterns). I'm considering some yarn with a lot of purple in it (Knit Picks Memories Rocky Mountain Dusk), but I'm not sure I want to pair it with basic black...What other colours do you think would be complementary?

New Socks!

This is my first pair of toe-ups; I used Oriel from SKS and love them.

If you want more details, just hop on over to my blog.

Sorry for the lack of question last week. It was a rough week; I'll have something by Friday. Any suggestions are welcome!