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9. May 2009 16:13
by Jobo

Finished... Self Striping Socks!

9. May 2009 16:13 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My plain vanilla, driving in the car socks are finally finished!

I had bought this yarn a few years back, since it had a combo of my favorite colors: blue/green/yellow.  I also must admit - I do have a thing for self striping and self patterning things.  I know some people don't like the randomness of this style of yarn, and I will admit sometimes there is flashing/pooling that is even too wild for me, but I like watching the pretty colors slide through my fingers.  I like being able to see a pattern emerge, whatever that happens to be.  And... I really like that there is a distinct pattern or stripes and NO extra ends to tie in.  My nemesis... the tying in of ends on knitted items.  The more ends, the more likely that I never finish it!

For flashbacks' sake:

the Yarn - Kroy Jaquards 

Honestly, Kroy has always been my standby sock yarn.  It's reasonably cheap, wears well, washes well, and is made of wool, but still not too itchy for sensitive feet.  My Grandma makes my Grandfather homemade socks every year, and always uses Kroy with satisfactory results.  I will admit, the stuff does feel like wool, and is a little itchy to work with, but it doesn't bother my feet to wear.  I think this will be my 3rd pair of socks made from this yarn, which is actually kind of ironic since it is like 20 degrees and delightfully sunny today!  I was a good little homeowner today and went and pulled the weeds out of my vegetable garden.  My chives look like a bumper crop this year already.   (Craving Baked Potatoes with sour cream and freshly snipped chives sprinkled over the top! mmmm)

Here is the finished pair!  Resting on their sock blockers

I just realized though, looks are a little deceiving.  Side by side they are identical in length, but in this pic I must have one hiked up higher than the other, because they sure look mismatched!  (grrr, will have to go inspect them later.)

I am really loving this toe up construction... I knit on both of these from opposite ends of the ball until the socks were as long as I could get.  I like my socks to be higher up, since I find in winter I am cold a lot of the time... ahem, cold enough to bring on the wool socks after all ;) wink wink  It makes me feel good also to know that I can use up the majority of each ball of wool.  Seriously, I have no idea what to do with those little 2 inch balls of leftover sock yarn.  At this point I must have a dozen of these, and no prospects on what to do with them yet.  Most of them are self striping too, or really wild colors, so they will likely end up living in the leftover yarn bin for a long long time.

Anyways folks, I'm going back to play outside!  (aka knit on my current pair of socks whilst basking in the pre-summer sun)

Hope your day is Bright and Sunny too.


13. October 2008 20:38
by Jobo

Sock and Nacho Spectacular

13. October 2008 20:38 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Yeah, yeah I know, I have totally been neglecting my blog...  bad bad Jobo.

Things have been getting hairier by the day around here, what with work being nutso, and having the house now up for sale, it seems there is non-stop action around here.  Marky even has exams, so it's not just me with urgent, time sensitive crapola on the go either.  I need a vacation, or at the very least a nap I think!

On the cooking front: 

Nobody (I mean Nobody!) makes nachos like me :)  Not to toot my own horn, but I haven't found restaurant nachos this good in a long time.  Our secret at home is in the toppings.  I like to keep the leftover spiced ground beef when we make tacos, and save it in the freezer, so when the nacho craving comes along, all you have to do is defrost, and Wham!  Nachos with Mexican Flare.  Other must haves include:  Black Olives, Chopped Onions, Green Pepper (from my garden), Fresh Jalapenos, Grated Mozza and Cheddar, Spicy Salsa, Sour Cream, and Guac if you are totally starving.  This time for a change we used a mix of yellow and blue corn tortilla chips, carefully layered on a foil lined cookie sheet, and baked in the oven just until the meat had warmed up and the cheese melted and started to bubble a bit.  Craving Nachos Yet?  Good, thats what I thought.


On the Crafting Front:

Using up some Kroy Jacquard  Sock Yarn that has been laying around here for a while.  Now that I have learned to do the "short-rows" method socks, I'm not sure I will ever go back to the old Kitchener stitch toe graft ever again.  These are my first pair of "toe-up" socks.  (For those of you who aren't sock knitters yet, usually you cast on in the round at the ankle, and knit a tube all the way to the toes, then use a darning needle to graft the toe together.  Pro's make this look easy, the grafting stitch, called kitchener, is somewhat of an acquired skill)  I like the colours and the pattern that results, but I think they may be too flashy for Christmas gifts.  Oops, I may just have to keep them myself :) darn :)

Anyways, enough for now :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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