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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!

3. February 2010 10:08
by Jobo

Iron Knitter Round #2: Lace Socks not for the Faint of Heart...

3. February 2010 10:08 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Yesterday was a really hairy day.  I knew that the second round of trivia obstacles would be ready to go in the afternoon... and I knew that with my Split shift that I would get in Zero knitting time before I got home at 9 pm.  I'm not sure why I thought I could manage a 14 hour workday and still knit half of a sock, but anyways... I digress...

arucania lime

I started with this:  Arucania Ranco Solids in "lime" - soft squishy greeny goodness.

Late Tuesday evening, in anticipation, I had wound the skein into a ball (with the help of my one-man-pit-crew - Marky) and gathered sets of DPNs in 2 mm, 2.25 mm, and 2.75 mm just for good measure.

After a tussle with a crossword style word challenge - Team Canada was successful in earning access to the newest pattern... and oh what a pattern it is!

*Wishing for Spring by Janine Le Cras*

Looking back, I think my yarn choice was absolutely perfect for this pattern... the limey / lemonade shades of yellowish green will really complement this lace design - which features really intricate vines and leafy sections and trellis-like cables.  Normally, I would reserve the knitting of such complicated patterns for a time when I can park myself at home on the sofa and not move for a few hours at a time... but in keeping with the spirit of Iron Knitter, I need to get these babies done *fast*  so fast that I make it into round 3!  So I've been carefully marking on the chart, trying to keep track of where I am after every 2-3 rows so I can make progress on my Breaks and Lunch.  I hope I don't get lost anywhere, or there may be tears over this pair!

The pattern itself is Lovely with a capital L.  The charts are well written (albeit with a quick errata pointed out by another Iron Knitter where a K2tog was in the wrong place in the leg chart)  and every patterned section is clearly charted out for easy peasy following. 

This sock will present a particular challenge for me in that it requires me to learn 2 new techniques!

wishing for spring web cuff picot web1) Picot Cuff

- while not all that complicated, this is a first for me.  The first cuff turned out great, and I can finally add these girly cute little edgings to my repertoire book. 

- For those of you who are unfamiliar, the picot cuff is simply a bunch of stockinette rows, then a row of (K2tog, YO)* to the end of row, then more rows of stockinette.  When you fold the whole thingamabob in half at the K2tog row, you get a row of neat tidy little picots! (see photo left)


2) Patterned Heel

- In this top-down design, even the heel is ornamented with lace.  I think the only section that doesn't have some sort of patterning is the sole of the foot!  I have heard gripes from other knitters that patterned heels may not last as long as the sturdy construction of a slip-stitch heel... but I hope the girly prettiness of the whole thing makes it worthwhile.  Plus, it's a good excuse for me to learn how to do one ;) since this is a competition and we are supposed to be challenging ourselves... aren't we?

Here is a quick pic of my progress.  I knitted like a trooper when I got home last night, and again on my lunch break today!  I know it doesn't look like I made much headway, but hopefully tonight will provide more reasonable amounts of knitting time.

wishing for spring web2

14. January 2010 08:09
by Jobo

Sock Wars?. Warming up for Wool Warfare!

14. January 2010 08:09 by Jobo | 29 Comments

BombThe week is quickly taking shape - it's almost time to cast on and get moving on the hosiery hand-grenades!  My target has been contacted, though hasn't responded as of yet, and the yarn has been chosen.  I've been keeping my hands busy and in shape by knitting socks constantly since before Christmas.  I've tried out patterns with new techniques to challenge myself just in case the soon-to-be-released sock wars pattern contains some new or unfamiliar things.

Tonight I have to wind the skein into a ball (preferably centre-pull so I can knit both socks at once), get home to my parents for a quick visit (Mom picked me up another 2 sets of 2.25 mm DPNs when she was in town last week) and test out my gauge* by knitting a quick swatch (ewwww gauge=poo)

sock wars ready2 ?Knit? or be KILLLED?

My plan for this weekend - get mellowed out on Friday evening? clean up a few things in my general knitting vacinity and then prepare to stalk the Sock Wars website to download the pattern.  Then it will be a frenzied knitting fiasco? I think I can get both cuffs and potentially both legs knit to the heel before bedtime, depending of course on how complex the sock patterns are, and on how much of an attention span I actually have.  Sometimes I can knit for hours and hours and be fine, and other times, at the end of a long work week my brain is applesauce.  Only time will tell.  I have a bottle of Wolf Blass available, and a very large Lindt milk chocolate bar with almonds hiding somewhere in the house where the Husbeast won't find it and thief/eat it on me? so I think I have all of my bases covered. 

I hope to give you all a blow by blow accounting of the Sock Wars experience? or should I say stitch by stitch?


t_handgrenade_ezg_5 This Public Sock Wars announcement will self destruct? KA-BOOOOM!


Good Luck to all participants? OH and WATCH YOUR BACK  FEET!

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