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1. December 2011 14:46
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More Holiday Knitting? Man Socks? and a rant about ribbing.

1. December 2011 14:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Every year I end up knitting at least a few pairs of ?Man Socks?? aka plain, bland colored, utilitarian, simple, large socks.  Each year it seems, they are for a different person, but nonetheless ? plain ribbed men?s socks. 

Ribbing is my arch enemy!  My nemesis, as it were.  I can knit complicated lace until the cows come home.  Fast.  But put me in front of a garment made up entirely of basic 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing, even seed stitch (that?s just alternating K and P? which is also Ribbing!) and I am paralyzed.  Knitting ribbing seems to take eons.  I know it?s likely all in my head, because I don?t have a problem switching between knit and purl for other things, but ribbing ? oh how I hate thee!  Even though you look beautiful and orderly and elegant in your straight lines.

Kevin's Belfast Wool Socks

Now don?t get me wrong? I know the recipient will love these socks, and they will get worn to pieces, and keep the lucky person?s feet nice and toasty ? but I find knitting plain men?s socks to be complete torture!  I love it when I find a man who will accept a sock with a little cable in it, or a bit of a ?design? to it because I know I?ll be able to finish the more ?complicated? sock in half the time of the plain ribbing ones.  I?ve knit lace socks with all-over lace in less time than knitting a small pair of plain ribbed ones.  Maybe I just get bored with ribbing?  where patterning keeps my brain active and I feel more engaged by the knitting?  who knows.

This pair is made from Belfast Mini Mills Merino/Nylon Blend Sock Yarn in a lovely bittersweet chocolate color.  I found the yarn to be a bit splitty in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually.  This is my improvised plain Man Sock? basically a toe up variety in 1x4 ribbing for everything except the sole, and of course a slipped stitch heel for some extra cushion.  I used up the majority of 2 skeins? one per sock.

30. December 2009 13:27
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Phat Christmas Loots!

30. December 2009 13:27 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Santa found me!  ... and brought me some Holiday Yarntastic Gifts:

Christmas Loot

My mom  brought home yarny treasures from her trip to Maine earlier this summer (I KNEW she was lying when she told me there were no yarn stores in Maine... seriously!)  - 2 Skeins from Done Roving Farm and Carding Mill in really nice colors.  One skein (the purple and grey one) I forgot to take photos before winding it.  My Grandmother offered on Christmas morning to help me get it ready for knitting, and helped me wind the whole thing, so it's all ready to start knitting as soon as I get my current socks off the needles.  The other skein is very bright and goes from Robin's Egg blue to rich Royal Purple....  mmmmm :)

I also got 2 great books - one a stitch dictionary from the Husbeast, and the other Cookie A's new sock book from J.B.

The stitch dictionary is really going to come in handy when I start doing more designing and trying to create more things on my own.  I spent a couple hours just flipping through and daydreaming about the possibilities... and then when I was done with it I got to flip through Cookie's amazing designs.  I think I want to try and do the last pair in the book first of all - "Kai-Mei" maybe in some semisolid yarn or something.

All in all, there has been a reasonable amount of holiday knitting time too over the holiday.  Maybe it's just that I am getting more comfortable knitting wherever I go, but I managed to knit the better part of 2 shawls and finish a pair of socks so far and I still have 6 more days off before I have to go back to work.  My goal is to finish the second shawl, and then hopefully another pair of socks so the needles will be free for Sock Wars (which starts on Jan 15... woo hoo!  Can't wait!)

29. December 2009 22:32
by Jobo
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The Naughty Reindeer Strikes again

29. December 2009 22:32 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Rudolph?  forget reindeer games, he's been naughty this year? really really naughty?  definetly not PG-13 Rating either!

Some time ago, I spotted the "fornicating reindeer" chart on Ravelry, and I knew it would be perfect to make a not-so-normal gift for my Brother-in-law Ian. 

To give you some background? a few years ago for Christmas I knit him a pair of custom Norwegian Moose Mittens.  They were beautiful, oversized for man sized hands, with traditional patterns, and a nice Big Moose on the backs of the hands.  The youngest brother, who was around 11 at the time helped me to pick out the yarn? so the color was, errrr, a little less appropriate than one would have chosen for a 6 foot something Man - Fuschia Pink and Black.  There were lots of giggles on Christmas Morning when he opened them in front of the family.

Despite the Color Mismatch, he actually wore them!  I didn't know it at the time, but his buddies over in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, actually call him "Moose" as a nickname.  Apparently he got teased a bit? but if you knew Ian, you'd know? you don't really argue with a guy who is his size :)

So this year, I thought I would make him another knitted Moose item? though perhaps in a more color appropriate for a Gentleman of his stature ;)  The pattern however is MUCH less appropriate.  This little chart has been turned into everything from Mittens, to Hats and Scarves? each one more charming than the last.  I decided on the hat just because I knew I could finish that in a reasonable amount of time, and it could be finished with just one ball of each color.  Last time with the mittens I almost ran out of yarn? dude has XL hands

Enter:  Fornicating Deer Chart

I'm no ungulate expert? but to me, it seems that the chart could be reindeer or moose, so I think it works out okay?

Here's Ian sporting his new Chapeau:

 Humping Hat

I was impressed at how well received the whole thing was... there were lots of laughs and giggles, especially from my Father-in-law who laughed until he had tears rolling down both cheeks!  Apparently the design doesn't catch your eye right away, so isn't that noticeably naughty, but once you figure it out, it's quite funny.  I'm waiting to hear the Deer Lake Newfoundland reviews.  You never know I might be commissionned to make a few more?

Hope you all had a Merry ChristMOOSE!

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