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15. February 2010 11:05
by Jobo

Wear them? or Frame them?

15. February 2010 11:05 by Jobo | 3 Comments

folks... I've knit entire lace shawls that didn't have this much lace!  I'm not sure which part of these socks made them so challenging, but they were certainly not the sort of knit that you could drop and pick up haphazardly!

finished wishing 5

When I started out on this lacy journey, many of my fellow iron knitters were having issues with gauge and size problems.  There were many complaints of XLL cuffs and socks... but for some reason, I got great results with the exact needles called for (2.25 mm) and my first purchase of Araucania Ranco.  Maybe my results had something to do with the fact that the pattern was actually test knit with that yarn (something I discovered while browsing through the completed projects on Ravelry)

Either way, these babies fit fantastically.  The heel fits very nicely, and the teeny little cables on the side seem to just hug the right places.  The foot length was just right after 2 repeats of the chart pattern, so I did not need to fudge anything to add in the little leaf-motif for the toe.  I opted to continue the diamond pattern down the foot as well, because I liked it so much. 

Of the two lace panels, the diamond based one was by far my favorite.  I think it's because I have a thing for geometrics.  I like rounded, curly, leafy type patterns, but always seem to go back to angular, pointy, lattice-like types of motifs.  I guess everyone has a style.  I did really enjoy the contrast between the rounded and angular panels though, and I really got to practice my "cabling with no cable needle" technique on the little cables.  I will definitely try more teensy cables in future socks.

finished wishing 3

Oh.... and I made the cutoff!  I'm still in the competition... Onto pattern 3!

5. February 2010 12:08
by Jobo

Iron Knitter Round 2: Ready to Rumble... er Knit!

5. February 2010 12:08 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Still making progress on my lacy green wonders... though a little slower than I had hoped.  The pattern is really well written, and so far quite straightforward to follow.  I completed my first heel last evening, and am working on the gusset decreases now as the pattern continues down the foot.  wishing heel

Since there wasn't a designated foot chart, I've decided to keep the same progression: 

     Half Zigzag - tiny cable - floral section - tiny cable - Half Zigzag

I am very pleased with the way this yarn (Arucania Ranco Solid) is knitting up.  I really like wild colored yarns, but for some reason lately, semi solids seem to be creeping up there on my personal yarn-o-meter.  I think this is because I am progressing to more complicated designs and lace patterns, and those are best complemented by the less busy patterned yarns.  In the case of this "lime" colorway - I think the color was an ideal choice.  I am falling more and more in love with it all the time.  And by the way, the texture and firmness of this yarn is perfect for socks.  It is knitting up smooth and with excellent stitch definition.  It isn't splitty, and the dye job is nice and even.  I will definetly buy this again.  My only fear is that I may run out of yarn... but I always worry about that and it rarely happens anyways.  I'll try to ignore that nagging for a while ;)

wishing past heel web


In all honesty, I think this might be the prettiest pair of socks I've ever made.  Mark made the comment last night.... "um, wont those be too pretty to wear?"  I'm thinking that maybe they might be pretty  enough to frame, or snuggle with late at night, or gift to a famous celebrity, or enter in the Miss Socks Universe Pageant.  mmmmm Pretty Socks...  I guess we should see if I can finish them first eh?


My plan for this weekend is to sneak in as many rows as I can while still managing to show the house, have a Spin-In day with fellow Spinner BrighidGreen, and entertain for games night tonight.  Thankfully this round isn't a timed one, or I'd be out for sure.  I just need to finish these by Feb 11.  I have almost a week.  If I really work hard and remember to sneak in a few rows at a time, I really think I can finish!  (I think I can, I think I can)  Although, I still fee like I am behind having only half of one sock done.  I have to keep reminding myself - the leg is the most heavily patterned part, so it's the part that should take the longest... and the foot is half stockinette... stockinette = easy!

Hope all you Iron Knitters out there are working along and feeling good about your socks!

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

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