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15. February 2012 09:36
by Jobo
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Monkey Socks? perfect knitting for Labor?

15. February 2012 09:36 by Jobo | 0 Comments

- I needed something easy but interesting to bring with me to the hospital work on the day that labor was induced? so I opted for another pair of Monkey Socks (Cookie A.)

- I had done these once before, so I knew the pattern was well written, and I also remembered that the basic construction was straightforward and I could work on them without really needing any paper pattern.  I took a photo of the main chart with my phone, so I?d have that to fall back on, but other than that, I just needed stitch counts to get started.

- I knit all morning while the contractions were getting started.  I worked the cuff, and then 3 repeats of the pattern design before things got too hairy and I needed to stop.  After the epidural I was exhausted and a little woozy, so I had to put the knitting away after that.

- Yarn:  Knitpicks Stroll Solid in Pumpkin                   - Needles:  2.5 mm Circular

Romy's Monkey 1

- Progress:  Normally I eat socks for breakfast.  I can knock off a whole pair of socks in a week or less when I?m feeling particularly focussed.  Compare that to now:  I finished sock number one around the 4 week post-partum mark? and sock number two is cast on, but only halfway to the heel so far.  At this rate, I?m looking at not finishing these until March sometime!  I?m finding that I?m gradually getting more time to myself with the little beasty having a little more independence, but still not what I was accustomed to? not by a long shot.  She is wonderful, but is seriously interfering with fiber and knit time!  sheesh kid!

- Strangely enough, it turns out that my Daughter, Romy is also a little Monkey.  I wonder if it?s a coincidence?  Or maybe she?s just following in her father?s footsteps.  He?s also a bit of a baboon sometimes *wink*

19. August 2009 07:30
by Jobo
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Done Monkey-ing Around!

19. August 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 1 Comments

In general, socks are a pretty quick knit for me... even in light fingering weight wool on size 1 DPNs... I'm not sure why exactly they seem to fly off the needles so fast, but it's not unusual for me ot knock off a pair of socks in a week to 10 days.  Probably a sign of my need to knit lately?  What with a new job and lots of things on my plate, those stolen moments (even 10 minutes at a time) are really necessary for my mental health - and boy do they add up too!

Here they are: 

the Pattern:

Monkeys (by Cookie A) - link to pattern if you're interested

The Yarn:

Fibranatura 100% Merino "Yummy" 

I was really impressed with the way that this yarn didn't pool or flash in any particular area.  I would have thought that since it was dyed in simple colour segments, in a fairly predictable order, that it would have puddled like crazy! Maybe part of the well behavedness was related to my pattern choice, but I'm not really all that experienced with using this kind of hand dyed yarn yet.  Once I try a few more skeins and try and predict possible behaviour maybe it will all make sense ;)

This yarn was great to work with too... not at all scratchy as some of the reviews on ravelry might lead you to believe.  Through the whole project, the plies were even and consistant, the colours behaved predictably, and the overall resulting fabric was perfect.  Not too loose on size 1s or too tight.  Had no trouble achieving the gauge called for in the pattern.  I would actively seek out this yarn again.  Plus I think I have enough yarn leftover for a pair or baby socks too!

If you are looking for a really well written, straightforward pattern, with a little interest, but mostly basic - This pattern may be for you!  I hardly had to look at the pattern for the second sock, and would probably forego using it at all if I were to cast on a second pair today.  I was able to work on them even when I only had a few minutes... which is unusual, because I often have difficulty working only a few rows of lace and then putting it down for fear of getting lost and not knowing where I am when I come back.  I'm not sure if this is just because I am getting more comfortable with lace patterns?  I am starting to be able to "read" my own work and know what point I am supposed to be at just by looking at the stitches of the previous row, which is something I have been working on improving.  I think a lot of knitters have trouble with this early on.

All in All the Month of August has been a socky one so far... with two pairs of completed socks.  My Mother-in-Law has been trying to convince me for years that I should enter some of my homemade goods in the local exhibition... and see how they fare for judging.  I just might have to do that this year and see what the judges think.  I might enter my Not-Mary-Kate-and-Ashley Jaywalkers in the Handspun category (if there is one) and maybe the Monkeys in a lace category of some sort?  She would really like me to enter a quilt, but I haven't really been working on any quilts for the last few months... so maybe next year for those.

Anyways... I have another pair on the needles to show you, but I have to take some pictures first!  These are being made with some samples of Kauni Effetgarn that I received in the mail from Estonia the other day... and are working up really well.  I am enjoying the long colour stretches (Doesn't that seem to be my favorite thing lately?)

I leave you with one more finished sock photo.... don't they look all happy outside on the patio furniture?  I don't think they even mind the humidity... sigh.  It was 38 degrees yesterday with the Humidex... it was all I could do to NOT melt.

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