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11. June 2010 11:29
by Jobo

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

14. May 2009 21:30
by Jobo

Yearning for Yarn

14. May 2009 21:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Why is it that when life throws you a whole pile of crap obstacles that you seem to run out of time for the activities that help you to remain mostly sane...

The wedding is in 36 days.  I am really excited about it!  don't get me wrong!  But seriously folks, in the last 2 weeks I have been running to, fro and sideways trying to get all the necessary things done.  We got our engagement photographs taken, proofed, ordered.  Our wedding bands were chosen, picked up, paid for.  Florist chosen, flowers ordered.  Dress altered, tried on, altered again, steamed.  Hair cut.  Wedding favours chosen, filled, glue gunned, stacked, sampled, mostly completed.  Really all that is left at this point is decorating and seemingly simple things.  It remains to be seen just how simple this will actually be.

For interests' sake, here is a pic of the style of bouquet I decided on... politely borrowed from a search on Google Image, a sample of the fabric from the gentlemen's ties, the colour of the bridesmaid's dresses


Keep in mind that the dresses look darker chocolate in person, and the flowers will be more purple than pink/peach as shown in this photo.  The goal was for plum mauve dusty rose.


And of course since this blog post is supposed to be about the lack of knitting time I've had this week... about the only thing fibery I've managed to work on was my generic ribbed socks.  (And only because I can knit in the car when Marky offers to drive us to/from work!)  My Brother-in-law wanted me to knit him a pair of socks, so I've started on them (for the second time... I started with some handspun delicious yarn, but realized halfway through the first one that I would not have enough yarn to cover his size 10 feet!)  and I'm definetly making some headway (footway?)

I chose a basic acrylic yarn (Bernat Sox) which comes in an XL ball, and hopefully will be easier on his Mom than the 100% Merino I had started with.  At least these won't be accidentally felted or shrink 3 sizes if they find their way into the dryer.  The colourway is Heathered Blue, which I think will look very sharp with Blue Jeans (a teen boy's mainstay of fashion) I wasn't sure if I liked the look of the pooling going on, but once I got a little further into the foot it didn't look quite so obvious.  It's pretty interesting also to see the difference in my knitting, and what interesting changes it makes in the flashing and pooling on the sock where I was tighter or looser.


For the design I chose a basic Toe Up with a K4 P1 ribbing on the top of the foot and the leg of the sock for a little added stretch (and in case my gauge is a little wonky)  I have never knit socks in a man's large size before, so they look a little funny (aka massive!)  My Marky and my father both have relatively smallish feet in the size 9 range.  So I hope I am doing okay on these.  Especially since they are so huge that they are taking forever! (Normally I'd have the whole pair done at this point!) 

Well, there's a lull in the action... Must... goooo.... cast on.... another.... toe

hope your week was more productive knit wise!

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