Monday, April 30, 2007

Elongated Corded Rib

Yes, I hung my sock in a bush! It's the only place with some decent light at 7pm here. :) Sorry it's not on a sock blocker, but it's a size 7 and won't fit on my big size 10 blockers. :)
This pattern was very easy to memorize, and I'm down to the heel on the second sock. It's one of the 4-stitch patterns in Charlene's SKS book. Next...something from More SKS for a secret swap pal.
Kris in NH

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Scroll Socks

I don't know if socks from the More Sensational Knitted Socks count, but I have finished a pair. I knit the Scroll Socks with my own heel and toe. The are knit in Blackberry Ridge Mer-Made Fingering wt in the Tropical Fish colorway. Size 1 addi turbos. They are a fun sock to knit and the pattern is very easy to memorize.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

They're Finished

I finished one of the two pair of socks I started from More SKS. The 6-stitch Pennant pattern knit in Opal Prisma 1190 with US1 dpn's, 66 stitches. This is a great pattern and very easy to memorize.

Garter Rib Socks

I finally finished the Garter Rib Socks from SKS. I enjoyed the pattern very much. More info on my blog. Currently on the needles is another SKS pattern-Baby Cables.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Garter Rib Sock #1

My first post here, and first sock pattern from this great book....I feel so honored to join in the SKS pool of lovely socks.
I chose the Garter Rib socks pattern - this is the first of many pairs to be sure.

I'm only finished with Sock 1 so far, but #2 is not far behind. I modified the pattern only a little by continuing the garter rib pattern down the top of the foot past the toe decreases. The yarn is Sangria; a merino superwash that was hand-dyed by my good friend over at Cherry Blossom Fibers. I used the 2 circulars method with Knit Picks size 1 (2.5mm) needles. (LOVE these).

This was quite the relaxing knit, but I'm sure you sock veterans know that already :)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A question about elastic

I wanted to get some opinions on adding elastic to cotton socks.

My first Swedish Block Sock in the 4 ply cotton is at the cuff stage, but I didn't want to do a plain ribbed top and just have it fall down. I've never done a pure cotton sock before, but I wanted to try it for experiment's sake. Ribbing alone doesn't seem like it would be enough with this yarn.

I was thinking of doing a fold over hem at the top with a narrow elastic band inside, like you see with knit skirts. I just haven't had the strength to do it yet! I wanted to know if anyone had any other suggestions. If you have links to other people that have done the same, those would appreciated as well!


Saturday, April 21, 2007

2 Socks From the New Book

I got the More Sensational Knitted Socks book a couple of weeks ago and got started on some socks right away. This is the result so far: In Trekking (orange sock) I'm knitting the Crosshatch Lace pattern (72 stitches on 0's). This is a wonderful lace pattern and so easy to knit. The second is the six stitch Pennant pattern (there are 4 or 5 different pennant patterns in this book). I'm knitting Opal Prisma 1190 for this sock (66 stitches on 1's). I've cast on for both second socks, I'm trying to get them done before the end of the month. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sock #1 of an SKS pair

I finished one Bluebell Lace ribbed sock in merino/tencel from Yarn Pirate in the Daisy colorway. I have the ribbing and one repeat of the second sock done. The first photo shows the colors well, and the second shows the pattern. The yarn is soft and shiny--these are going to be a pleasure to wear.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Two socks in progress.

Here's two socks that I am working on. The first is Online Summer Color sock yarn (color 789), a cotton/wool/nylon blend, in the Broad Spiral Rib pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks. The second sock is the Swedish Blocks pattern, in Rowan 4 ply Cotton in Fennel. I frogged these yarns many times trying to find a pattern I could stick with for them, so I hope these work out.

The Broad Spiral Rib sock uses a round toe, and the loop-de-loop cast on, the other is Magic cast on starting with 8 stitches. Both are 60 stitch socks.

I couldn't get a good pic of the Stems socks, but it's one down, one to go on those. These two patterns have pulled me away from it for a while.

More details on my blog. It's my first time using these two yarns, so I wrote my first impressions there.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Waffle Rib Socks Done

I've finished another pair of socks using a pattern in the book. Using Regia Nordic Color #5521, I made some slightly modified Waffle rib pattern socks. I just used the pattern in groups of three instead of continuously down the sock.

Now I'm ready to try something from the new book.


Friday, April 13, 2007

Intro post.

Hello everyone.

My name is Amy, and I just got my invitation to this knitalong this week.

When I bought the first Sensational Knit Socks book, I didn't know what I was in for. That book really changed my knitting life. My socks fit and they're not too tight at the cuff, and it's about all I knit anymore. Socks are portable and I have a better chance of finishing than most other projects, even though I still want to make a few sweaters I'm not embarrassed to wear (I've only got one right now). Plus I have a lot of sock yarn to burn through. The 'sock yarn doesn't count as stash' thing just doesn't apply to me! I've finished a good number of projects from SKS, most of them before I got a digital camera and a blog. I finished a couple of Garter Rib Anklets and one Waffle Rib sock this year so far, and plain stockinette socks using the Fair Isle instructions.

The second book is even more fun than the first, and I started a project from it a couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of getting in on the knitalong. It's a sock in the 'Stems' pattern knit in DK weight yarn. The first sock is done, and hopefully I'll get a good picture of it this weekend to show progress. I'm slowly going through the leg on the second one, because I haven't had much knitting time lately.

Hopefully I'll be very active there. It's the first knitalong I've truly participated in. I got really sick during Socktoberfest and couldn't get anything done that month, so I'm going to make up for it!

Thanks for the invite!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

April Showers

Here are the current socks I'm knitting from More SKS - "Scrolls" from page 95.

The yarn is Posh Yarn's Lucia, April's sock club yarn in the "April Showers" colourway. As soon as I saw this yarn, I knew I wanted a pattern that looked like ripples on water. Then I spotted the "Scrolls" pattern in More SKS and my next pair of socks was sorted. ;-)

I love this pattern because it has so much texture and the subtle colour changes in the yarn doesn't overwhelm it.

I'm already planning my third pair - either "Travelling Vine" on page 95 or "Baby Fern" on page 101. A friend I worked with years ago is 72 next week and her favourite colour is green, and I just happen to have 2 balls of green Sirdar Town and Country in my stash. ;0) so the next ones will be for her.

Hostess Notes

Hello all! Just a quick note to say Welcome to all the new members. I just sent out a bunch of invitations this morning, but it might be a couple of weeks before everyone shows up on the sidebar. I've been out of town for the past week and am trying to get caught up. I tried putting a big batch of names up on the sidebar before we left, but forgot to save it before I closed the window and lost all my work. Brilliant, huh? (But, unfortunately, very typical of me.) So I have lots of names to catch up on. Once I'm done, I'll ask if I missed anyone.

Other than that, my More Sensational Knitted Socks was waiting for me when I got back and oh, it's a wonderful book as well. Can't wait to see what people make from it!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Alternating 2x2 Rib

Finally another finished pair of SKS socks. The Alternating 2x2 Ribs using Mountain Colors 4/8's Wool in the Sweet Lavender colorway.

These socks were worked toe-up using the Easy Toe cast-on on size 4 Brittany dpn's over 56 stitches for the body of the sock with a plain foot and patterning above the ankle. For the heel, I used the yarnover short-row heel by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. The ribbing was worked using 3.0 mm Holz & Stein rosewood dpns'. The socks are a women's size 9.5 and used almost the entire skein. I had about a yard and half remaining.

The pattern is quick 4 stitch repeat that while simple isn't boring. Normally I don't knit socks in worsted weight and have never used the 4/8's. This was a teaching project that turned out to be a pleasure.

I heard it through the Grapevine

This is the Grapevine pattern on page 96 of More SKS and is my first pair of socks from this book. The pattern looks much better IRL, it's difficult to get a decent photo of it.

I knit these using Posh Yarn's Lucia sock yarn in the March Hare colourway (March's sock club yarn). I used 2 x 2.75 mm Inox grey circs.

I used my usual toe up pattern, not the one in the book.

These knitted up extremely quickly and only took 4 days to complete, and that wasn't working

on them constantly either. The fastest pair of socks I've ever made for myself, I think.

I've just cast on for my second pair - Scrolls on page 95 - again with Posh Yarn Lucia in the April Showers colourway (April's sock club yarn) but I haven't done enough to warrant a photo yet. ;0)


Thanks, Alison, for sending me an invitation. I'm a big fan of Charlotte's books.

I finished the spiral toe (book 2) on sock two of my double spiral socks. I used 76 stitches for the ribbing and 84 for the pattern, which had a repeat of 14 stitches. 70 stitches would not have fit my ankle, but it would probably fit a normal sized ankle. I used 2.5 mm needles and navy solid Knitpicks Essentials with a Regia color yarn. I used just over one skein of the navy yarn and a little less than one skein of the Regia. Someone with normal sized ankles would have no problem knitting the pair from one skein of each yarn. Sport weight yarn and 56 stitches would probably work too.

I'm using the Double Spiral mosaic (slip stitch) design from Sensational Knitted Socks. I'm quite happy with the look of the heel and gusset on this pair. I've made several mosaic patterned socks and the gusset decreases always wreak havoc with the pattern. I think I almost solved the issue with this design. More Sensational Knitted Socks has more ideas that I'll use in future sock designs. It came in my Knitpicks order along with the second skein of navy Essentials yarn so I could finish sock two. I love all of the mosaic stitches in both books.

I finished the first socks I made with a book pattern on March 30th. My DH is wearing them to work today. Sorry for the bad pictures. I think I need a camera of my own. DD always has hers and I'm forced to use my scanner. I used the alternating 2 X 2 rib and a vintage Socka yarn in brown tweedy stripes. Boring socks to make but a very nice finished product. I've also started a pair of broad spiral rib socks from the new book in some vintage Opal yarn. I have to recommend this pattern. It's hard to see in the dark yarn but it looks great. I am just using a plain K4, P2 rib on the foot portion of the sock instead of the baby cable rib on the leg. More pictures when I'm finished.


Little Chevron Rib

This is my first pair of socks from SKS2. I am enjoying the 10-stitch pattern (only a 4-row repeat, hence the reading of Helen of Troy whilst knitting!). I'm doing them two at once, using two circular needles. It feels slower but for me is probably faster in the long run.

I was worried at first that the knit/purl chevrons would get lost in the Trekking XXL stripes, but now that I'm a few inches in, I really like how the stitch pattern makes the yarn look very nubbly and tweedy.

More info and an additional photo on my blog. :-) Dana

Hi from a Newbie

Hiya, I'm a newbie to this KAL (well, I've been lurking for a while) but not a newbie to the SKS books. It's great to see the patterns in different yarns and colourways and I love seeing everyone's photos. I finished my first pair from More SKS last night and started my second pair today. I'm in work at the mo but will post some pics tonight when I get home.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

I'm back!

I haven't posted in a loooong time because I have been working on other KALs, along with all the other life events that go on.

Even though I don't think I will ever tire of this book, or knit all the socks from it, I (in a weak moment) acquired both More Sensational Knitted Socks and Favorite Socks from IK. They are very different but both wonderful. This sock-knitting obsession is reasserting itself, and I have finally realized I can never hope to knit as many in fingering yarn as I want to try.

So, starting now, I resolve to knit at least alternate patterns in worsted weight yarn and donate them to CIC. I have knitted for them a long time, but have also been neglecting them so I can resume with them as I resume here.

Resolved, yeah, and darn, I don't need any more worsted weight yarn either.

AJ in AZ