Summer of Socks

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from knitting this summer, but what I have been knitting is socks. Lots of socks. I have finished 3 pairs and am almost done number 4.

First up are the Golden ticket socks. These have been a bit of an epic pair of socks. Begun in February as magic loop, ripped out and finally finished up in June. I really only worked on the socks here and there hence the four months of knitting. This was my first time knitting a Cookie A pattern and I very much enjoyed knitting them. A great pattern with an easy to memorise chart. My only modification to the pattern was continuing the 1×1 twisted rib on the gussets of the socks. If I were going to knit these again I would change the toe shaping. I really find that it ends way too pointy. But I love the pattern made by the travelling twisted rib pattern. It reminds me of whale tails.

Pattern: Marlene by Cookie A. from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky, ‘Canary in a Coal mine’
Modifications: Twisted ribbing on the gussets.
Start Date: February 7, 2009
End Date: June 15, 2009

This is the second instalment of the 2009 Rockin’ Sock Club Notorious Knitter’s Tour and another pair of epic socks. Initially I wasn’t too sure about the colours and their combination but it’s really grown on me as I’ve worked on them. I have to say that I really am enjoying this sock club and find that I have the hardest time waiting to get started on each instalment. I’m making myself be good and finish one pair of socks before starting the next. Again a very enjoyable pattern. I’m always a fan of the picot hem. I really love how the little roses usually pick out just one of the colours at a time.

Pattern: Rogue Roses
Materials: ‘Gertrude Skein’ Socks That Rock mediumweight, Rockin’ Sock Club for March
Start Date: March 29, 2009
End Date: June 24, 2009

The lastest finished pair are my Purple Fraggle Socks, another pair of Rockin’ Sock Club socks. I have to say that the Socks that Rock lightweight has become a favourite sock yarn. I love love love the super twist of the Socks that Rock and the extra bounce it gives to the resulting fabric. The lightweight just feels right. It’s right when I’m knitting and right when I’m wearing the socks. I heart Socks that Rock lightweight. Indeed it does rock.

I also really enjoyed the pattern for these socks. With a well planned transition from ribbing to pattern, easy to memorise but enjoyably complex pattern that really shows off the colour transitions really well. I really love in particular how the little bubble pattern is continued down the heel of the sock.

Pattern: Fraggle Squiggle Socks
Materials: ‘Pepe La Plume’ Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin’ Sock Club for June
Start Date: June 24, 2009
End Date: August 20, 2009

So with 3 new pairs of socks I’m well on my way to a complete winter wardrobe of handknit socks.

End of June catch-up

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from knitting. Or more like I’ve been getting back to the knitting without much of the blogging. But I guess I haven’t had much to say about the projects I’ve been working on. But I have managed to finish some things even though I’ve been doing my best to enjoy the green that we’re having.

First is this lovely and as such unblogged sweater that I finished back in April. I fully intend to get a complete set of matching buttons that work properly and take some modelled shots. For the record I believe I knit this sweater twice. I haven’t knit enough successful sweaters to understand how to modify a pattern to fit myself properly. Theories and planning are great, but I need to see how the thing works before I know how to tweak it. Often in the knitting is where I see how it needs to be fixed. I’m cool with it.

The yarn was originally intended to be a Juliet, but after knitting that a couple of times I realised it’s really not a great sweater design for my body type. As soon as I saw this pattern on Knitty I knew this yarn would be perfect, even if it is the same colour as in the pattern. But as I’m an avid t-shirt wearer, wasn’t sold on the large open neckline. The first version of this sweater was knit with Elizabeth Zimmerman saddle shoulder shaping rather than the raglan as in the pattern. I thought a squarer shoulder would suit me better in addition to the smaller neckline. Well the shoulders were way too square, I decided I wanted buttons all the way up the front and full immersion blocking didn’t quite live up to my optimistic gauge swatch. Oh and the nice little 1×1 twisted rib waist section didn’t hit me in the waist so ended up looking silly.

So for the re-knit, I used the stitch counts for one size, based the length measurements off myself in the mirror. I know, the planning has you do that to start with. And I started the neckline according to the measurements for the smallest size. When changing for complete button band, I found that 10 rows wasn’t quite enough space between. Instead of ripping back, I opted to group the button holes.

Golden ticket socks

Remember how I won a Golden Ticket? Well once I realised that it was a real treat, I immediately went to the online Knit it up! shop and picked this fabulous skein of my newest colour combination obsession: yellow and grey.

When the yarn came in the mail I immediately knew what pattern I wanted to use it for. Cookie A’s awesome Marlene pattern from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008 and cast on straight away with my trusty 2.0mm circular.

Pattern: Marlene by Cookie A. from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008

But after working several inches I tried the socks on and realised the tension was way too tight. No I didn’t swatch, but I don’t mind ripping and restarting. I ended up switching to 2.75mm double points when I restarted these and it looks like they’ll be quite nice.

Though I think it will take me a while to finish these socks. I’ve been rather smitten with the Jelly Bean Afghan lately.