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24. August 2010 08:46
by Jobo

These ain't the "Pitts"...

24. August 2010 08:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Black Mr Pitt both


Finally... the "Mr Pitt" socks are compete!  Despite being dreadfully boring to knit because of the drab color and my general impatience of knitting non-stop ribbing... they have turned out quite nice in the end :)

The pattern itself is quite well written, and straightforward.  The end result is a nice, plain, stretchy, simple pair of men's socks... and it's available as a free pattern on Ravelry!

Mr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks) by Kaitlyn Wong

When I was reviewing my Christmas gift-buying list this year, I decided to make a simple pair of socks for my husband's uncle and cousin... but of course, while I know the shoe size of feet in question I don't have ready access to them to do specific measurements of key areas. (i.e. ankle and foot circumference)

Sooo... ribbing makes a good compromise, and will fit a variety of foot circumferences (I hope) with ease.  Generally I make mostly women's socks, and can eyeball them, but men's socks look ginormous to me.  Too tall, skinny long feet, and wide heels.  The photos show the socks on ladies size 7-9 blockers, because that's all I have around these days, but they would certainly fit on a men's size 9-10 blocker also with all of the stretchiness.


Black Mr Pitt Heel


Because it is so difficult to see the design with the black yarn (Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed - in "Soot") I changed the photos to "Sepia" toned.  You can see the heel detail nicely in this photo.  -->

I plan on rounding out the gift with some trinket of some sort and a tin of homemade peanut brittle (which my husband seems to inhale whenever I make it... )



Black Mr Pitt

4. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo

Ribbing with a Twist: Simple Skyp Socks

4. April 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After several months of knitting complicated lace and cable socks... I thought it might be a nice change to just knit a plain pair.  Now plain (as in completely plain stockinette stitch or something similar) might not have been enough to keep me interested and enthusiastic throughout the whole pair - so I searched to find the perfect pair with a nice mix of simplicity, but with a twist to help keep my interest.

This is what I found:  Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

skyp sock5

When I first saw the pattern name, I didn't clue in that "SKYP" was actually an acronym representing the names of the stitches in the pattern - Slip 1, Knit 1, YO, Pass Stitch Over K1 and YO.  Makes total sense!  Why didn't I think of that?

skyp sock2 The majority of the design is made up of 6 x 2 ribbing, where the central 2 stitches of the 6 stitch bar have a bit of a twisted braid which does a nice job of dressing up the simple ribbing.

Because I doubt that the intended recipient washes many delicate items... I chose a workhorse style yarn to make washing and care easy.  This is the second pair of socks I've made from Regia Galaxy Saturn, and though the patterning was somewhat of a surprise, the end result has been pleasing both times.  This yarn is supposed to be washer and dryer safe, and has a reputation for being very durable.

I find it challenging to make men's socks.  I like things that are girly and patterned, and as my husband would put it - ridiculously over the top fancy.  Apparently men don't appreciate such things?  And as refreshing as simplicity can be... the thought of knitting plain ribbing for size 11 Men's feet makes me want to knit my own eyes shut.  These were a good happy medium I think :)

Of course, since it is based on a 2 row repeating pattern, this design was very easy to memorize.  I was able to work on this pair in the car, even in low lighting.  The last pair of size 11 socks I made, the second sock syndrome was pretty tough to cure.  This pair wasn't a problem though.  I think it was a combination of the interesting yarn and the fun of twisting the stitches that kept me chugging along.

skyp sock3

I followed the pattern exactly... from the slip stitch heel to the stockinette foot.  The only real modification I did was to carry the Skyp pattern down the foot on all 5 ribs (instead of just the centre 3)

It is a challenge for me to try and come up with interesting photos to showcase socks... I guess since I've knit so many different ones now that I'm running out of unique "poses" lol.

I even enjoyed working the kitchener stitch on the toe (which I am getting more and more comfortable with... I don't even have to dig out the cheat sheet now to remember which stitch goes where!)


skyp sock1 

I have owed this pair of hand knit socks to a certain someone for a very long time, in fact so long, that he may have forgotten that I said I would make him a pair ;) 


I hope he likes them!  I plan on mailing them on Monday... I figure every adult enjoys receiving mail that isn't a Bill, right?

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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