Monday, October 29, 2007

As Predicted...

...I finished the Victorian Swag Socks on Friday. They are so pretty, I can't wait to wear them. I knit them in Trekking 04 (this pattern is so pretty in a self-striping yarn).
So this pair brings my total for the year to 32 and it is the 5th pair completed in October. I might be able to finish another pair by Wednesday...

but I've started another pair in the Claudia, Monica gave me last year, in another of her patterns. This one she designed for Cherry Tree Hill's new Sockittome line of yarn. They bought the pattern, but Monica doesn't know when it will be available from them. So keep an eye out for it, it has been wonderful to knit (even if I can't get a good shot of the design and the correct color of the yarn).
Speaking of Monica's patterns, a new supply has been put up at The Loopy Ewe ( I know, shameless plug, but there you have it).

And here is the sock I started in the Trekking I won from Barbara...I'm knitting it in the Cedar Creek pattern from Blue Moon Fiber Arts (it looks exactly like the Diagonal Rib pattern at Interweave Knits though).

I can't remember if I showed this sock before... I'm knitting the Twin Rib pattern (from Sensational Knitted Socks) in the Los Angeles colorway of Wisdom Yarn I bought last summer. It's a kind of fuzzy yarn, but I think it will be a nice pair of socks.
I've been wearing a lot of my new socks recently as the weather has decided to catch up with the calendar. It is hard to choose each morning which pair to put on though...what a dilemma for a girl to have. Well, I think that is all for now. More later.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Monkeying Around

Woo Hoo!!! I had enough yarn. There wasn't much left of either the Trekking or the natural but in the end it was all good. Mandy says hers are prettier, but the only difference between them is, mine are 1" longer in the foot (and the 4 extra stitches for my fatter legs and feet).

So, stats for mine are: 68 stitches, US1 dpn's, Regia Red and Natural with Trekking 285.

Stats for Mandy's: 64 stitches, US1 dpn's, same yarn.

As you can see our feet love them and each other (George was unavailable for the photo shoot)!

I've finished the gusset decreases on the second Victorian Swag sock so I should be finishing those sometime tomorrow (that will make my 5th pair of socks I've finished this month...that may be a record for me). Well, that's it for now. More later.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

30th Pair Of Socks

This is the 30th pair of socks I've completed this year. Not all have been for me...I've knit some for both my kids, my sister, and her daughters (they will have them soon). What we see here is Meilenweit Fantasy #4833, 68 stitches on US1 dpn's. With 1x1 cuffs and 3x1 legs and insteps. And did you notice? They match perfectly!

I also (finally) put thumbs on the Fetchings but I didn't take a picture of them. Mandy has decided she would rather have the new mitts I've started in some Knit Picks sock yarn so I will be giving the Fetchings to my co-worker tomorrow for her birthday.

I have also finished the first sock in the second pair of Sock Monkey socks. I still have quite a bit of the Trekking left (so I'm pretty confident that I will have enough to finish the pair).

Well that's all the knitting news for now. Have a great week. More later.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Just A Quicky

I finished my Sock Monkey Socks tonight. Mandy insisted that I take a picture of them with George (her sock monkey...she made him many years ago when I first taught her to sew). These went fast...I started them on 10/10 and finished the 10/16. Mandy would like a pair of her own and I'm pretty sure I have enough of the Trekking left to make them (I've started them anyway...we shall see).

Here is another image of them. I really like how they turned out and the yarn matches George so closely too. So, I'm off to knit some more and watch Boston Legal. More later.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Just More (Cool) Socks

Here is the new sock I started this week. It's a "Sock Monkey" sock. I'm using Rebecca's formula.

I'm using some of the leftover Regia yarn from the Edelweiss Socks, and Trekking Tweed 285. I have finished the gusset decreases and now I'm working my way toward the toe where I will change yarn to the cream again. I don't understand my need to knit these multi-color socks with so many ends to weave in, but they sure do look nice when they are done.

With all this starting new socks, some that I had started last month have been neglected. But I did manage to finish the first sock of the Victorian Swag pair (I'm knitting this pair in Trekking 04). I love what this pattern is doing to this self-striping yarn. The pattern sold out at The Loopy Ewe earlier this week, but Monica has had some more printed up and will be shipping them out very soon (if you missed getting it, you will soon have another chance). Click on Monica's name, she is having a contest. If you give her the perfect name for her latest mitts pattern she'll send you the pattern and the yarn to knit it with.

I have also finished the first Meilenweit sock that I showed 1 or 2 posts ago and have started its mate (I'll post a picture when the pair is complete).
Well not much is happening around the old homestead and it's getting pretty late. Have a great weekend! More later.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Edelweiss, Edelweiss

It took me almost a full year to get this pair of socks done, but done they are! When I saw this pair of socks in the Fall 2006 issue of Vogue Knitting, I knew I had to knit them. They are knit with Regia 4-fadig in black/red/natural. I worked on the second sock all week and finally they are a pair. It is supposed to be a lot cooler this week (after Tuesday), I can't wait to wear all my new socks. This is pair 28 for the year (that ties my count for last year) so the rest will be bonus.

Barbara, at Romancing the Yarn is giving away a skein of sock yarn every day this month, she calls it sockyarnapoolza. She drew my name on the 3rd and this is what she sent me: Trekking XXL 181. The flash is messing with the colors, this yarn is so pretty. And I've already put it on some needles, I'm knitting the Cedar Creek pattern from Blue Moon Fiber Arts (Socks that Rock). It is looking very nice indeed! I will post a picture as soon as I'm further on it. Have a great Sunday. More later!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Done, Almost Done, Started, And R.I.P.ped

I finished the Trekking 107 socks tonight. My usual Plain Jane socks; 68 stitches on US1 dpn's. Love them, can't wait to wear them. I like the
first sock (the one on top) better than the second...that's always the case with Trekking for me (I like one more than the other).

I've made a pair of Fetchings for Mandy (yeah, I know, I'm the last knitter on earth to knit these). I knit them in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (my Sockret Pal gave me 2 skeins of this so I will be knitting a pair for myself too). Mandy is being picky...she thinks they need the thumbs. Whatever....

And here is the latest pair to jump OTNs. Meilenweit Fantasy. 68 stitches, US1, 1x1 cuff, 3x1 leg and foot (when I get there). It's very happy yarn.

Jane is having a contest (yarn prizes are involved, so you know I'm going to play), show the first pair of socks you ever knit and the latest. Well my latest are at the top of the post, so now for my first...Opal Lollipop. My cast on has gotten so much better and looser (I don't knit tourniquets anymore).
And these two have gone to the frog pond. The orange sock wouldn't go over my "if" I restart them, they will have 77 stitches instead of 66. The other sock I started in Monica's Dancing Tulips pattern (her patterns will be available soon at The Loopy Ewe) in some Perchance to Knit yarn. Love the pattern, love the yarn... just not together. I will find the perfect match for each down the road.

That's it for now. More later!