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11. June 2010 11:29
by Jobo
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Double Take... Diagonal Lace Socks!

11. June 2010 11:29 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Yes... I realize I just completed a pair of Diagonal Lace Socks... I just enjoyed them so much that when I couldn't come up with an idea for this yarn (Fundy Footsee by Done Roving) I decided that I should just pick something and start!  So since this pattern was fresh in my mind already... out these came!

diagonal lace socks 3 I had tried a couple of patterns out with this yarn, but it seemed like the "stripes" kept being too prominent and showing up like a blue lightning streak across whatever pattern I chose. 

My solution to this problem?  Stop worrying about it and just knit.  I decided that since the striping was just not going away, and I didn't feel like knitting plain stockinette at the time, I just needed to bite the bullet and persevere regardless of annoying blue stripes!

I always enjoy seeing the pooling/flashing socks that other people make!  It never bothers me that their socks get blotches of color here and there, or if the yarn shows up in obvious bands.  For some reason I am just more critical of my own knitting than of other peoples...  who knew I was a control freak?  sheesh... this probably wasn't the first clue either!

I actually really like the end result of these socks, though I was starting to second guess myself when I got up to the first heel and saw that there was going to be a big blue blotch on one side of the gusset and a big fuschia blotch on the other side... I decided to just go with it.  Surprisingly the second sock made the exact same blotch pattern.  I must have been knitting both socks with the exact same gauge/tension?

I'll have to remember this experiment in self restraint (let the colors be... let the colors be...) next time I have a skein of unruly pooling sock yarn.  The colors are complimentary, they look good together... they will pool and flash and stripe as they want and all will be right and good in the universe!

 

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Diagonal Lace socks by Wendy Johnston... knit in Fundy Footsee by Done Roving... purchased last summer in Maine

7. April 2010 16:00
by Jobo
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Handspun Socks on Tilt: Diagonal Lace

7. April 2010 16:00 by Jobo | 7 Comments

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What a fun Knit! 

I finished the last bit of twisted ribbing on my Diagonal Lace socks (free pattern made available by the designer Wendy Johnson!  Awesome!)

This was my 4th pair of handspun socks... and I was really impressed with myself that the yarn was fine enough to knit the pattern as written, without having to make any serious modifications. 

I used the "small" version of this pattern, and things worked out perfect for my size 8 feet.  Normally I would do the medium or large, so it felt like these just flew off the needles at 64 stitches to the round.  (especially after the last pair which was 72 stitches around)  I used size 2.75 mm DPNs.

The pattern itself was very tidy and well written, as are all of Wendy's patterns that I've tried to date.  The repeating diagonal line of eyelets was very intuitive and straightforward to follow.  This was a great "car" knitting pattern, and I plan to knit another pair soon!

 

Trying to use up as much of this cotton candy sweet yarn as possible, I worked on both socks at the same time, by switching back and forth.  I think these are the tallest socks I've made to date... they seem to swallow my sock blockers!  In the end, I think could have knit another whole lace repeat before starting the twisted rib, but I was afraid to run out.  I ended up with two very small balls of yarn, maybe enough for a pair of newborn socks... very small ones.

diagonal leftover yarn I know that some people like their socks to be identical...  I'm not sure why, but I really like the idea of Fraternal Socks! 

As a teenager (and still on the weekends when I don't have to look "professional") I used to wear mismatched socks.  As long as the color scheme matched, it didn't matter to me if one sock was striped and the other was flowery. 

These socks obviously come from the same ball of yarn, but are not identical.  Yet another reason to Love hand spun yarns ;)

<--- Check out those squishy Slip-Stitch Heels?

 

 

I hope you don't mind the shameless photo montage that follows... I'm really pleased with these, and I couldn't wait to show them off to the world!

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I decided this was as good a time as any... to try a new Stretch Bind-off for these socks.  Because they come up so high, I knew it would be important for the cuffs to be comfortable around my calves.  After a quick internet search for suitable techniques, I chose to do Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind-off.

The finished cast off doesn't actually feel all that stretchy, but fits okay.  I think I still prefer the typical bind off for triangle shawls that I usually do (K2, slip 1 stitch back to left needle, and k2tog through back loop) since it looks more polished.  The sewn edge looks a bit sloppy but that's likely due to the inexperience of the seamstress ;)  I'll have to try it again a few times before I master it probably.

 

Happy Knitting :)

5. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Easter Edition!

5. April 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

You might remember a post about this yarn some time ago (back in August here) about this Pretty Cotton Candy Blue navajo 3-ply Merino... Well I couldn't help myself this weekend and I finally decided on a suitable sock pattern to use this for :)  The light blues and purples and pinks made me think of Easter eggs and spring time.  The weather here this week has been excellent and warm - gotta love t-shirt weather in March and April!

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Here is just a sneak peak at the socks in progress - Wendy Johnsons Diagonal Lace Socks

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