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21. April 2015 13:09
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair #4

21. April 2015 13:09 by Jobo | 1 Comments

 

Better late than never... right?  I've been knitting away, but not keeping up with the blog.  So here I go - catching up!

These are my fourth pair of the year... small ones, but still nice ones!   They were completed in March. 

My three year old daughter wanted a pair, so I let her go into my stash and choose the yarn she liked best.  The finished socks go pretty much to her knees, and she loves them!  The yarn is Knitpicks Felici Self striping (why did they discontinue this yarn... it's awesome!)  They were knit on the usual 2.75mm needles I use, with 52 stitches around.  The cuff is twisted rib, and the heels are eye-of-partridge.

20. January 2015 11:26
by Jobo
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Jaywalker Socks Again

20. January 2015 11:26 by Jobo | 0 Comments

These don't count towards my 2015 tally.... because I finished them around Christmas time..  But here they are either way:

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Pattern:  Jaywalkers by Grumperina (available free on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Felici

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Notes:

- why oh why did they discontinue this great self-striping yarn?  It came in great colorways, and feels great even after being abused wearing in shoes and washer/dryer cleaning.

- this pattern is a standby/go to favorite of mine... well written, easy enough to work on while watching tv, and interesting enough to keep my attention.   I think it's my fourth pair... and likely not my last pair either!

30. March 2011 08:29
by Jobo
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Greensleeves.... er socks...

30. March 2011 08:29 by Jobo | 1 Comments

    greensleeves back to back

I have a soft spot for Knit Picks sock yarns.  Ok there.  I admitted it.  Seriously though, the value is excellent, and the selection is fun.

Some time ago, I had unconsciously decided to steer away from self striping or self-patterning yarns.  I think maybe it was because I had been doing more cabled and lace patterned socks, so the stripes and fancy yarns tended to get in the way of the design.

Lately, there have been a bunch of great colors in the self striping selection from Felici (a 75% Superwash Merino /25% Nylon) Blend Sock Yarn.

Every now and again, I just feel the need to make some plain jane, vanilla, boring, ordinary socks.  The kind where you don't follow a pattern, you don't really plan ahead, you just go for it.

This pair had languished for a while.  I had started them months ago (back before the Maritime Handspinner's Retreat back in October!) but somehow had gotten ignored in the Jeep.  These were my "Car" knitting project, and I kind of forgot they were there!

 

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The Goods:

Pattern:  Made up as I Went! Knit from the toe up, 2-at-a-time on circulars, afterthought heels.  No regard given to whether the yarns were at the same point in the color progression at the starting point.  result - clearly related, but more fraternal than identical.

I really like the fact that these "match" but aren't identical.  I love how the heels and toes look different when you wear them.  Felici is soft and comfortable to wear... though I haven't had the heart to really break these in yet.  They're too pretty to wear out too quickly!  I had underestimated how much yarn was left when I started the cuffs.  Normally I don't enjoy knitting ribbing, so I don't work too much of it in a cuff.  If I make it to 2 inches, I'm doing well.  So when I realized I had so much yarn left, I really didn't want to frog and knit more stockinette and then re-do the cuff.  I just persevered and knit on... in ribbing... forever.  The result is a nice stretchy, soft, springy cuff though.  I can see why people like that feeling, and I don't think the socks will slip down as easily. Drat.  The ribbing, it does *nothing*, is actually useful, and I should consider making more of it perhaps.  Drat!

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