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24. January 2010 23:04
by Jobo

Iron Knitter: Round #1 is Done like Dinner

24. January 2010 23:04 by Jobo | 11 Comments

soxual persuasion web 4

soxual persuasion sock #1 After much knitting... in a week where knitting was unfortunately low on the priority list... here is my Round #1 Socks for Iron Knitter:

Pattern:  Soxual Persuasion by Judy Sumner

Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed in "Spruce"


- cuff and patterned leg completed as written

- transition from lace to stockinette done as an ad-lib "cathedral arches" style continuation of pattern stitch.... aka continue with YO and decreases after row 8, until the "arch" reaches a point (Sl 1 K2tog PSSO)

- Stockinette portion basically as written with my own Standard Flap-style Heel, and basic toe decreases.


All in all, a pleasant knit, interesting lace pattern, and a really refreshing plain foot... which was gratefully accepted after all of the knitting challenges the last few weeks with Sock Wars and Iron Knitter.  Who'd have thought I'd be excited to see plain Stockinette?  I did find the 7 inch leg to be a little long for my liking, but only because I prefer intermediate length to my own socks.  Other people probably like this.

soxual persuasion Best representation of "Spruce" Color in indoor photographs -->






<-- closeup of lace transition modifications...


soxual persuasion web 5 finished and resting on blockers ;)

21. January 2010 10:23
by Jobo

Iron Knitter is ONNN!

21. January 2010 10:23 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Phew!  it's been a busy week so far... betcha thought I got lost did you?

Nope!  After last weeks Sock Wars knitting marathon (woo an entire pair of adult socks in a weekend)  I had to take a little break from any serious knitting.  I still dabbled a little with some current WIPs but I was a little tired out.  I only touched enough yarn to avoid the withdrawl symptoms!

Now that the first go around of Sock Wars is out of the way... it's on to Iron Knitter... another extreme knitting competition - this time with 6 rounds of sock-knitting goodness!  You can read more about it over here at the Sock Wars / Iron Knitter Website

Last evening the first pattern was released - only we had to complete 5 trivia questions in teams first before we could have access to the pattern!  This trivia angle was a little bit of a surprise to a lot of the participants, but I think it was a nice addition to the competition... it was a good excuse to meet some new knitters and work together with them to kick some butts and take some names.  (Hello to *Team Canada*  if you're out there!  Ember, CyphGirl, kdmcreative, knittedpiper)  I think we were able to combine wits and guts in a very effective manner to kick the CRAP out of those questions and get on to the good stuff... the Knitting.

iron knitter round 1 the yarn is Knitpicks Stroll Kettle Dyed in "Spruce"... a nice glowing teal/greeny mix!

Once Helen was able to get the pattern-containing emails out... our team was off to the races - knitting "like the chilly north wind" as Ember so aptly put it! The pattern for Round 1 is "Soxual Persuasion" by Judy Sumner... one of the lovely ladies mentionned in the last trivia question.

Unfortunately for my knitting, I have to work Thursday and Friday during the day, so this pair won't be churned out nearly as fast as the last one, but at least the foot is all stockinette... so I bet that will be lightning fast!  And of course, if I can get by the patterned heel, I know I can knit stockinette without thinking, even in the dark, in a snowstorm, with one arm tied behind my back... well maybe that's an exaggeration!  but hey, I know I can finish the foot in the car on the way home probably in an evening.  I do like the pattern stitches though.  After only 2.5 times through the 8-row repeating lace I can "predict" the design, so I know that by the time I get through those 8-rows a couple more times I won't need to look at the written instructions anymore ;)

My goal today is to take my breaks and lunch hour to get a little bit more of the cuff accomplished.  Helen said that we could "Alter" the pattern to make it our own... but this week I just don't think I have that kind of creativity in me.  I think the socks look good as is... and I'd like to give them away as a "wearable" creation.  I might be better off to just complete the pattern as written and be finished with it?  By the time the leg is finished I may have changed my mind... who knows.

Happy *IRON* Knitting everyone ;)

16. January 2010 21:30
by Jobo

Sock Wars V... a productive day 2

16. January 2010 21:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After last night, and being so frustrated wondering if I had chosen the wrong pattern... I gave in this morning and frogged the cuff and bit I had started and cast on a different pattern - this time "Don't Box me In" by Helen Waittes.  In the end I'm really pleased that I did, because as much as I had lost some time last night working on the other pattern, it seems this "lacey" one is much more my style.  I am a very slow ribbing knitter... going back and forth between knit and purl is a tedious task for me (a "thrower")  and the new pattern I chose is mostly in Knit stitches, with the odd ssk, k2tog and YO.  I have much more experience with those than I do with ribbing, which is likely my own fault.  I really should challenge myself to learn how to do better at switching between Knit and Purl, but I don't think an international Knitting Speed Contest is the place to torture myself ;)


The little eyelets formed in diamond formation kind of remind me of four leafed clovers... but believe me when I say - they won't bring good luck for my Target  until AFTER she gets to wear them around for a bit!  Mwa ha ha.... they are more Lucky for ME!  (Pinky, are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Yeah, but how do we get the chickens to wear suspenders?  Forget about that... LETS TAKE OVER THE WORLD... HEHEH EHEHEHEHEHEEEE)

Now that sock #1 is completed, I am going out to hang out with friends for a well deserved evening out.  What with the house showing today, all of the cleaning/tidying, fretting, I think a night out is just what I need to recover and get set for another full day of knitting adventures tomorrow.  I may need to soak my hands after this... I seriously have blisters on one finger where I use it to help guide the needles. 

finished sock 1 

This second photo is more representative of the true color... a nice medium kettle dyed blue... the color of TEARS perhaps?  maybe a preview of the reaction my Target will have when she sees her lovely death socks in the mailbox?  lol.  I still haven't heard back from her, maybe she doesn't want to know anything about her upcoming demise?  (Sorry target, dear, love ya, but you GOTTA GO!)

Happy Knitting All ;)

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