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3. September 2010 10:30
by Jobo

Back to the Loch with ye Nessie... IK2 Round 1 Socks

3. September 2010 10:30 by Jobo | 0 Comments

loch ness fog close upOne thing is for certain - while the patterns for these competitions are not always the type of design I would choose for myself, I definitely learn something from each one.

I have made it up past the cuffs and through the first pattern repeat of my Out of Town in London Fog Socks... and haven't managed to tangle my yarn or contort my circulars in too many nasty ways.  One thing is certain of the 2-at-a-time magic loop technique - it is very fiddly to get started, but not that bad once the tube is established for each sock.  I found the first half-dozen rows it felt like the tube was twisting, and I had to really try hard not to accidentally "mobius" the cuff.  After a dozen rows though, it was easy to see where I was at all times, and I was learning how to place my needles for the most comfortable knitting position.

As for the pattern, it is well written, and so far creating a pleasing textured fabric... but I sooooo wish it was lace or something!  I'm dying to cable something, or knit a few stitches together, or make a couple of Yarn Overs or something.  I know that other people enjoy these knit-purl stitch patterns, but I really don't think they are for me.  I'm sure the finished socks will look nice in the end, but I am really challenging myself to get them done.  I think it is fortunate that I'm working two at a time, because I know I'd have a rough time to finish the second at this rate...

2. September 2010 15:29
by Jobo

Off to the Races... London Fog Socks

2. September 2010 15:29 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Iron Knitter 2:  Mad Knitting has begun... after a slight delay in the clue-solving (thank you Team Canada for being smarter than I and figuring it out in time!) my socks are cast on, and the ribbing is mostly complete.  90% of the knitters who complete this design will progress on to round 2, so I have to knit quickly, but really don't need to kill myself at it for this round.  I have no problems churning out a pair of socks in a weekend, and the deadline for this round is Sept 17th.

I decided to challenge myself a little here - I'm working this pair 2-at-a-time on circulars - my first time using this technique.  I hear that it's a great way to work a pair of socks quickly, especially since there is less counting and record-keeping.  Because both socks are worked at the same time, when you complete a section (ribbing, leg, heels, toes) you are completely done of that section.  I've caught myself counting the rows of 2x2 ribbing several times already... but it doesn't Matter how many rows of ribbing I do now as long as it reaches the 2 inches mark!  Freeing isn't it?

The pattern itself ("Out of Town in London Fog" by Helen Waittes) is a specially designed pattern for Iron Knitter and is named for one of the companies that employs the advertising company of Sterling Cooper Draper Price in the AMC show Mad Men.  Helen knit her test socks in a lovely grey smoke color (presumably the color of the London fog itself? though in the show, one Brit Character admits that there really is NO fog in London to be spoken of) but I decided I'd like to be different.  And since the pattern is named for a fictitious meterological phenomenon - I decided to name mine after a fictitious mythological creature... the Loch Ness Monster.  (Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed in "Spruce")

cuffs london fog

Loch Ness Socks... Cuffs - Knit 2-at-a-time on Circs!

31. August 2010 15:43
by Jobo

IK2: Iron Knitter 2 - Mad Knitting begins Sept 1st!

31. August 2010 15:43 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed last year's Iron Knitter competition:  6 rounds of socksational knitting mayhem!  I learned new techniques (colorwork in socks, crazy lace, unique construction, etc) and I met a lot of neat new people too!

IK2 has a tv theme this year - AMC's hit show Mad Men.  Helen assures us that you don't need to watch the show to succeed in the competition, but I've actually been a fan of the show since the beginning... and Marky and I just rewatched the first 3 seasons in anticipation of the next one finishing soon.  (The husbeast wanted to wait until season 4 finished, and then we'll watch the whole thing in a matter of days/weeks... that way he won't miss any due to the summer busy-ness)

I hope that life allows me the flexibility that I had for the last IK competition... but who knows!  I guess I'll start out with the rest of the pack and hope for the best :)

mad knitting

By the way... Apparently I'm a "Jane Siegel" according to the "Which MadMen character are you?" quiz

Which character are you?  (link to quiz here)

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