Monday, February 26, 2007

A Few Things I've Been Working On

Added note: The STR RPM's don't fit so they have gone to the frog pond. I'm undecided as to
whether I will attempt to knit this pattern with
this yarn with more stitches or bigger needles.
Call me disappointed :(

First for UFO Resurrection, I present the Cable and Rib (from IK Fall 2005 issue, I think that's the correct issue) socks I started sometime last year. I don't know if I can finish the second sock by the end of the month, but I'm giving it a good effort (5 of 8 repeats done on the leg). These are knit in Regia 5033 with 70 stitches for the leg and 68 stitches for the foot on size US1 dpn's.

Next up are the RPM socks I started in STR Watermelon Tourmaline. I'm knitting them on US1.5 dpn's and I probably should have used 2's. I'll have to wait to see if they fit (I think they will though, but I may be delusional about this because I really don't want to rip this sock). The pooling doesn't bother me (I know it does some knitters, but not me). And I love how the yarn looks so different on the foot without the pattern.

And the last new start... I know I'm starting early but here are my March socks for Socktopia... "It's Not Easy Being Green" (the theme I'm going with). This is the Louet Gems (Sage) Monica gave me for Christmas. I'm knitting the "Seduction Sock" pattern for these. It's a lovely lace pattern and very easy to memorize. I'm knitting the foot plain (don't want to risk running out of yarn). 48 stitches on US3 dpn's.

That's all the show and tell for now. More later. Have a good week!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

There Is Nothing Like...

... a horrible bout of stomach flu to stop the knitting dead in it's tracks. I had every intention of finishing this pair of socks Wednesday night (Valentine's Day) but it just wasn't possible. Mandy must have brought it home from school because she started with the yuckiness on Tuesday night and I soon followed the next night. But I did get them done today and here they are: Box of Chocolate/Martha Socks
Opal Uni (brown, not the plum it looks like in the picture)
60 stitches
US1 dpn's
pattern is from Socken-Kreativ yahoo group
the design makes little boxes (blocks) on the leg.
They fit great.
And before the stomach problems, I cast on Aija's RPM sock from Knitty. I'm using the called for STR in medium weight in Watermelon Tourmaline. I will post a picture of those when I'm further along. So stay tuned. More later.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

February Socks And Chocolate/Martha Socks Too

I finished my socks in the Jigsaw sock yarn my SockretPal sent me back in November. They turned out great (IMO). Here are the stats: 64 stitches on size 1US dpn's. They match perfectly too. Yes, I'm gloating (matching socks make me very happy). So these are my SAM3 socks for February.
I started a new pair over the weekend that I hope will apply to two kals/challenges. One of the February categories for Socktopia is "A Box of Chocolates", and I know this pair will fit the bill for that kal. But are they "Martha" socks too? Loopyewe is having quarterly challenges...this quarter you take a quiz to see if you're a flamboyant "Frank" or a mild "Martha" and it seems I'm a "Frank" (mostly). The challenge is to knit a pair of socks in what you are not. So is a rich chocolate brown "Marthay" enough? I hope so. I am really loving this pattern, it looks like tumbling blocks (I'm saying they are boxes of chocolates for purposes of the kal). I'm going to crawl under some warm blankets and try to sleep. More later.