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2. April 2012 04:43
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Mystery Socks… Cheery Littlebottom

2. April 2012 04:43 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I’ve been participating off and on in a couple of sock knitting groups on Ravelry for a few years, but recently have dusted off my competitive spirit and I’m trying to jump back in with both feet :)

For the Month of April… I’m planning a double dip for prizes by doing the SolidSocks Mystery sock, which also counts towards the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous April knit because the pattern is named after a literary character (a perequisite for that group’s April Sock)

The pattern is:  Cheery Littlebottom by Allison Isaac 

The name Cheery Littlebottom comes from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchet… which I haven’t read yet, but have been thinking about trying.  So – this may be the inspiration I needed to kick things into high gear!

Clue number one is up… and it looks like there will be cables in them :)  toes up, and cables!  My plan is to use the skein of “Cocoa Kiss” Dream in Color Starry that has been waiting patiently in the stash.  I wound the skein into a ball this morning while Romy napped, and hopefully will cast on tonight or tomorrow.  With these mystery Knit alongs there is a clue released each week, so I hope that I can keep up and do the required portion each week and finish when the rest of the KAL group does.  It’s kind of weird choosing yarn while not knowing what the socks will be like, but I hope I chose ok :) 

The socks can be cast on any time after April 1… and must be completed before the last day of April :)  Wish me Luck!

Dream in Color Starry

The Yarn – Dream in Color Starry – in Cocoa Kiss

19. March 2012 18:23
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Banyan Tree Socks... one down and one to go!

19. March 2012 18:23 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Banyan Tree Sock Numero Uno

For Sock Knitter?s Anonymous this month... I decided to play along for the first time in about a year.  I used to try and work the mystery sock or KAL at least a few times a year with that group, but had fallen by the wayside when I was sick last summer with the pregnancy.  You are supposed to challenge yourself and pick something that you will learn from, etc.  I know these aren?t exactly rocket-science socks for me... but my main personal challenge is just to Knit.  Do a few rows here and there.  Make time for myself in a hectic day with a newborn, even if it?s only 10 minutes here and there, it does all add up.

One of the themes for Sockdown March was Cables... so these socks fit the bill! 

Pattern:  Banyan Tree Socks by Debbie O'Neill  (available for free over on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Solid in Peapod

Overall: 

- very well written, and a really fun knit!  I wanted to make something simple enough that I might actually be able to complete them within the 60 day time period... but not something boring.  Why is it that it takes me longer to knit plain ribbed socks than it does to do all over lace?  I figured this pattern would be just right... with a taste of leaf lace, some reverse stockinette, twisted stitch columns, and some pretty 3 stitch cables.  I started the second sock last night and finished the twisted rib cuff, and am into the leaves already.  I will definitely be able to complete these by the deadline of the end of April!  Now I?ll need to find a second pair to cast on!

8. November 2011 05:56
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Elementary, Watson - Classic Men's Socks

8. November 2011 05:56 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Some time ago... I knit these socks for a dear man I met under some unfortunate circumstances...

warren's sock stack

My Grandfather was very ill in the spring, and spent some time at the Palliative Care Unit at the Prince County Hospital.  Grampy had liver cancer and spent his last days there, under the care of some very special doctors and nurses.  At the same time our family was going through this terrible loss... another family was going through something similar across the hall with their beloved Mom. 

It's funny how being in the same place, at the same time, going through similarly awful experiences can draw people together.  Mrs M had several children, a couple of sons and daughters who would be around the same age as my Mom and her Brothers.  Their families stayed on the unit visiting at all hours of the day and night, just as our family did.  We had many chats in the family lounge, shared some meals, treats, hugs, and even just kind and compassionate smiles when things were getting rough.  The whole experience was devastating and awful - losing Grampy.  Mrs M's family was equally devastated, but they were so kind to us and helped to support us in our time of need, though they were also in the same position. 

I remember one moment, I was in the lounge having a good cry.  I had just gotten off the phone with my Husband, things with Grampy were low.  I looked up, and Warren was standing in the doorway.  He just said "You know, kiddo, You're a Good Kid.  I know they really appreciate you being here today."  And then he gave me a hug.  At that point, I was taking care of my family the best way I knew how.  Grampy was needing pain meds and sedatives for anxiety pretty much every 30 minutes.  The nurses came and helped as often as they could, but it was us (the family) who had to deal with a fair portion of the ugliness.  Mom and Grandma weren't able to remember when the meds were given last.  They couldn't bear leaving Grampa's side to go and ask the nurses for more suction or repositioning.  I was doing the best I could, and being as strong as I could - yet I felt completely helpless and useless.  In that one moment, Warren's words and actions meant more to me than he will ever probably know.

After Grampy Died (March 6, 2011, a few days before my 30th Birthday... how's THAT for perspective?) I decided that I wanted to make something special for this man... in memory of his Mom, and as a thank you for being so kind to us when we were going through that mess.  I decided on Socks, since it's what I do best, and Most 50-something Men that I know can appreciate a nice pair of real wool, handmade socks.

warren's socks closeup 

I wanted to make a pattern that was elegant and dressy, but not over the top.  Warren would wear business casual type clothing for work, so I thought maybe something like this would be appropriate.  I used Knit Picks Stroll Solid - a nice and soft superwash wool that's safe to put in the washing machine, and hopefully will last for many washes and wears.  I chose a denim blue, thinking that it would be neutral enough, but still manly and simple.  I totally guessed on the shoe size.  I hope I was right!

The pattern is:  Elementary Watson Socks by Sherry Menton.  (A free pattern on Ravelry)

The pattern itself was nice and straightforward, though I must admit, I did mess up the heel somehow.  In the end it worked out ok, but I don't think you could say that it was the same as the pattern intended.  I enjoyed the little cables, and the V's were easy enough to memorize and "read" from the work, so I didn't have to keep the pattern handy at all times.

Warren's Socks Pair

I mailed out the finished care-package last week, now that the weather is getting cold enough to actually benefit from wool socks.  I was a bit nervous that he wouldn't like them, or that they wouldn't fit.  If nothing else, they are filled with good will and positive thoughts.

I hope that Warren wears his new Woolies in good health, and feels the good energy that was knit right into them.

You never know how your actions will affect the people around you, or how much your kindnesses really ARE appreciated.

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