Friday, June 29, 2007

Garter Rib Socks in Sangria


These socks have been on the needles for quite some time. I kept neglecting them for other projects, then I had needle issues (at one time or another, I have used dpns, 2 circs and magic loop to get these done). But they fit like a DREAM and I love how this Garter Rib pattern showcases the colorway.

My lovely friend Cindy custom-dyed this yarn for me as a gift. Just one of many beautiful yarns she's got at her etsy shop Cherry Blossom Fibers.

  • Yarn: Sangria custom colorway, superwash Merino sockweight
  • Pattern: Garter Rib
  • Needles: Us 1 2/2 (2.5mm)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another New Member

I have been following this blog for a while but just joined. I love the book(s) and use them often as reference books. So far I have only made one pair of socks straight out of the book-- the Cross Hatch lace pattern from More SKS. I ended up unhappy with this pair but only b/c the yarn I used (Knit Picks Bare) didn't hold up well at all. I love the pattern. I plan on making many more pairs from the book as I have time.

New Member introduction...

Hi, I'm Liana from Tennessee in the US and I absolutely adore knitting socks. I am working on a pair at the moment (2nd sock actually) from the first book and it's an 8-row repeat called Purled Ladder. I am using a solid navy color (Jawoll Lang) to maintain the beautiful textured look.

I also make my socks primarily to wear with work dress shoes, so I use 0's on the foot part and usually 2's or 3's on the leg part. I'm glad to be a part of this group, and my next sock is from the 2nd book, which of course is already in my possession. I love her books and am planning on taking mine to bind it differently so that it will lay open. You can view my blog here.
Looking forward to seeing everyone's socks too.



Hi everybody!

Let me introduce myself: I'm Jen, a knitter from Holland and I love knitting socks. The two books by Charlene Schurch are fabulous. I've made several socks from SKS1 and I'm working on my first pair from MSKS with the Travelling Vine pattern. Here's a picture of sock nr. 1. Nr. 2 is on it's way.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bad Hostess

I've been MIA for the past couple of months and I know that several people have requested invitations and have not received one yet. I've had some health issues; I don't think it's anything serious, but it's been draining me of a bit of energy lately. BUT there's a light. I have had an offer of help to run the KAL and I hope I can get caught up on invitations. Anyway, I am sorry that I've been such a lousy hostess, but I really do hope between the two of us, Opal and I will be able to give the KAL the attention it really does deserve. Thank you for your patience with me!

Garter Rib Socks

These are my first socks for the KAL, and my second pair of socks ever. I used Cider Moon's Glacier weight yarn in Banana Cabana.

I had so much fun knitting these, and my kids love them so much, that they promptly put in orders for pairs.

These could be very elegant in a solid color sock yarn. I'm a firm believer in knitted socks being fun, though! At least for now.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Spindle Socks

Hi Everybody,
I haven't posted here for a while, but I just finished up a pair of socks using More Sensational Knitted Socks.
I knit the Spindle pattern with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Desert Flower. More details on my blog: Words & Wool

Saturday, June 23, 2007

First Post/Socks-In-Progress


I joined a while ago but this is my first post (I'm not listed in the sidebar yet)

I love looking at all the socks being created from these books!!! Very inspiring!! :)

I've got three socks in progress from the Sensational Knitted Socks books...

I just turned the heel on these:

Yarn: Panda Cotton
Stitch Pattern: Scrolls from More SKS

I'm working on the mate to this sock:

Yarn: Amethyst from Cabin Cove Mercantile
Stitch Pattern: a 4-stitch pattern from the first SKS (I can't remember the name)

I have a third pair on the needles but I don't have pictures of them yet.

More info on my blog

Saffron :)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Small Tiles & Class Sock in progress

Regarding DHs' Walking Socks he absolutely adores them. He loves the fact that I made & designed them just for him & was very amused by the comments about hiding the pics from other DH's!

His new pair are being steadily worked on but as I'm working on 2mm needles the progress is painfully slow:

Small Tiles toe up socks
Small Tiles toe up socks

The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch which I bought whilst on holiday last year. The pattern is 'Small Tiles' from More Sensational Knitted Socks.

I've also found a partial solution to my DDs' boredom & frustration caused by her broken foot:

Class sock from Sensational Knitted Socks
Class sock from Sensational Knitted Socks

So far I've helped her with the cast on as she struggles with Long Tail, picked up the stitches on one side of the gusset & with rearranging the stitches on the needles. Since this photo was taken this morning she's finished the foot & started the toe decreases so next she'll be learning Kitchener Stitch! Not bad for an 11 year old

Friday, June 15, 2007

Stansfield 12

I made these socks for Children in Common, on a jeep trip last weekend. I knit whenever I get scared; believe me, it really helps. It is a 4-stitch pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks, page 86. They are knitted in worsted weight Patons Classic Merino and the tan is a-lost-to-posterity-brand natural yarn that I tea dyed for a previous project. 2 socks on 2 circulars, sz5US.

AJ in AZ

Sunday, June 10, 2007

In the style of Charlene Schurch...

When planning a pair of socks for my DH I had originally planned to use a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks but with 10 stitches per inch & a foot width of 10" the yarn didn't 'carry' any of the available 5 stitch patterns. The fleck dominated & the patterns just didn't work. So I settled on a boring 3x2 rib. However that didn't last long as I got bored after 5 rows so I threw a cable in for good measure & repeated it every 4th row.

The 5 stitch patterns in Sensational Knitted Socks are all cuff down but I wanted to go toe up, so reused the heel that I discovered when knitting my Oriel Socks as I have found them really comfortable. This meant a bit of tinkering on the heel but I got there in the end. They were mainly knitted together on a 24" Knit Picks Classics Circular once I got past the toes but separated for the heels.

Toe Up Walking socks
Toe Up Walking socks

I reinforced the heel by using a slip stitch so hopefully they'll last in his walking boots. The socks fit his wide feet perfectly & the cable serves to pull the fabric in on his slender calves!

Toe Up Walking socks
Toe Up Walking socks

Pattern: My own made up with the aid of Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Regia Country 6ply in Granite
Gauge: 10 spi
Needles: 2x 3mm Knit Picks Classics Circulars
Technique: Toe up using the Turkish Cast On, two socks at once on circular needles. A reverse slip stitch heel flap & finished off with a stretchy bind off (scroll down to the red text).

Amazingly I even managed to get the stripes to match:

Toe Up Walking socks
Matching stripes

I've got more info with some in-progress pics on my blog