September Shortie Harvest socks

Another super quick pair of socks. It’s taken me way longer to post these socks than the time it took for me to knit them.

To be honest I’m not really smitten with them. The colours don’t grab me. The pattern wasn’t very fun around the ankle. The only part I like is the 1×1 rib over the foot. Makes for a squishy foot that breaks up the stripes nicely.

Unfortunately these socks have put me off knitting the next instalment of the Rockin’ Sock Club. I have yet to wind the skein into a yarn cake. I think I may be done with knitting socks for a bit.

Pattern: In Season by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Materials: ‘Garden Daze’ Socks that Rock lightweight Sock club for July
Start Date: September 6, 2009
End Date: September 13, 2009

And the socks don’t photograph well either. Generally mheh all around.

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.

Queen of January

Sorry that I’ve been completely MIA for all of February. I’m a workaholic and the recession has not meant any kind of slow down for me. Quite the contrary. Right. So I’m participating in this year’s Rockin’ Sock Club and got my first instalment in the last week of January. I finished the first sock overnight, and in four days I had completed the pair.

I must say that I see why people go crazy for this yarn, it’s super nice to work with. I love that it has that little extra twist in it. It gives it that little extra spring when knitting it up and I’m sure will help with the wear and tear.

This was also my first time working with beads in my knitting. Once I got all those babies threaded onto the yarn (5 at a time with one of those needle threader aid thingmies) it was kind of decent sailing. I would pass the beads in a group a ways down the yarn so that they’d be out of the way for a while and then bring them back up in pairs as needed. Worked out to be a decent system and they look pretty good in the pattern. I’m on the fence about knitting with beads. I don’t hate them, but they don’t rock my world. Maybe I just haven’t found that bead + knitting pattern that will blow my mind. I did work the beads down the top of the foot as well which really make these my at home entertaining socks (like I ever entertain at home).

Pattern: Queen of Beads by Sivia Harding
Materials: ‘My Blue Heaven’ Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin’ Sock Club for January
Start Date: January 30, 2009
End Date: February 5, 2009

I really enjoyed the pattern. I love the pseudo argyle affect that’s created by the travelling stitches. I ♥ geometric charts. Even over 10 or so rows, the geometry instantly lets you know when you’re off and when I’m paying attention will let me know what comes next. Though I think I was a bit too eager to finish up these socks and to make sure they didn’t end up on the too generous side. I think they could use an extra half a pattern repeat each. One of these days I’ll get around to it.