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9. March 2015 20:53
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair 3!

9. March 2015 20:53 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I'm a little bit behind in posting my February socks for my self imposed Sock Knitting Challenge (to knit at least 12 pairs of socks in 2015!). 

I could blame it on the kiddos... but that's a little lame, right?  Sleep is for the weak... right?  zzzzzz.  There was a time in my life where I could polish off an entire pair of socks in a week.  This time, I was doing well to do the pair in the 28 day month.  I honestly just barely squeaked it.

February's Addicted to Sock Knitting KAL pattern was Heatherly Walker's "Love's Wings", which is another toe up lace/cable mashup.  I liked this pattern especially because of the variety of techniques.  I always find that this kind of pattern with the challenge of stitches and combinations keeps my attention better than a plain style.  I'm weird like that - I can knit interesting lace or complicated cables in half the time it takes to knit a plain ribbed sock.  Ribbing makes me want to poke my eyes out... but complicated lace where you have to follow every row of a pattern?  yes please!  It's a sickness...

The yarn I chose is KnitPicks Hawthorne... in a nice blue variegated.  I seem to have thrown out the ball band.  Woops!  I can`t remember what the colorway is and a lot of the blue and purple ones are similar.  I hadn`t used this yarn before, and found it to be ok to work with, though I found it to be a little splittier than Stroll.  I will definitely try it again though for it`s great shimmery, non pooling, rich colors!

Pair Three Success!  Onto March... and Pair Four!

16. January 2015 11:33
by Jobo
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12 Pairs of Socks in 2015

16. January 2015 11:33 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Knitting seems to help me feel more like *myself* – so I guess I should be making the effort to knit more often!

Over on Facebook I joined an “Addicted to Sock Knitting” group… which is full of great conversations about knitting socks, photos of the projects people are working on, and links to awesome yarns and patterns. 

One of their current fun Knit Alongs is for a year long series of projects (free patterns generously offered by Heatherly Walker) to be knit using yarn from one’s stash.  There will be prizes coming on the end of 2015, but what interests me the most is the opportunity to work along on something new each month.

There was a time when I could polish off a whole pair of complicated lace socks in 3-4 days.  A week was plenty of time to finish pretty much any kind of pattern.  So I think it should be reasonable for me to try and complete one pair a month.

The event’s rules say that you don’t always need to do the free pattern of the month… you can make it whatever you want.  So My plan is to see what the monthly pattern is… and if I like it – to just jump in and knit it.  If it’s really not my style or too complicated, I’ll just pick something else and go for it.

 

So without further ado – here is January’s pair:

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Pattern:  “Hornet” socks by Heatherly Walker

Yarn:  KnitPicks Stroll Tweed.  Flagstone Heather

 

Notes:

It’s my first time working with the tweed version of Stroll… but as per usual… the Stroll line doesn’t disappoint! 

The pattern was a nice change from my everyday… I usually would not choose a pattern where the design is made up of plain knit and purls.  I’m usually more attracted to cables or lace, or cables WITH lace!  (Yes, a bit crazy).  I must admit though that I only loosely followed the pattern.  There were a few places where the pattern charts didn’t make a complete chevron on the heel and foot of the sock (a few rows missing to make the chevrons continuous…) which probably wouldn’t have been noticeable in the finished project, but I have issues with geometry and continuity.  So I modified to suit myself and was fine with this.  I’m cool with making small alterations on the fly like that.  If you’re a knitter who isn’t bothered by this sort of thing – go to town and knit as written.  The pattern makes a nice, tidy, well-fitting sock Smile

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