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2. February 2015 07:04
by Jobo
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Love You - January Ankle Socks with Heart

2. February 2015 07:04 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I have lots and lots of sock yarn leftovers... it comes with the territory.  I rarely make socks that use an entire skein.  So I thought between the January and February KnitFromStashKAL socks I might try and use up a few little scraps that are cluttering up my studio space!DSC_0681

The Yarn:

- Knit Picks leftovers... if I can remember correctly - Stroll Tonal in "Wine Tasting" and Stroll Tweed in Flagstone Heather

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lovey toes!

The Pattern:

- who needs patterns!  (yeah right!  We all do sometimes...)  I decided to fly by the soles of my feet on this one and make it up as I went!

- I began with a Turkish Cast On... aka Toe up.

- Next came a color switch, since I knew that I likely wouldn't have enough to make the entire foot in the grey shade, I thought I might go for some Valentine themed socks and throw in some purple and pink shades!  Gotta love the contrasting heels, toes and  ribbing.  Classic.

- What goes with February and Valentine's Day?  Hearts.  <3 <3 <3

- I improvised a lace heart on each of the toes.  Just one on each foot.  Simplicity Rules.

- Then I knit until I was almost out of the Pink/Purple yarn on each foot, and did a short cuff with K2P2 Ribbing, and cast loosely with a stretchy bind off.

- The heels were afterthought ones... (see my tutorial here!)

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cuffs and heels...

Notes:

- Another easy and simple pair of socks... maybe not the best design to keep feet warm in this wintery season (we just finished up with a snow and freezing rain storm over the weekend and there is another big white mess coming this evening!) but they're cute, they cleaned up a little of the yarn mess in my studio, and I think they will be perfect for lounging around the house.  Plus - they match my housecoat!  Win win win!

SOCK TALLY FOR 2015 - 2 Pairs!

30. March 2011 08:29
by Jobo
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Greensleeves.... er socks...

30. March 2011 08:29 by Jobo | 1 Comments

    greensleeves back to back

I have a soft spot for Knit Picks sock yarns.  Ok there.  I admitted it.  Seriously though, the value is excellent, and the selection is fun.

Some time ago, I had unconsciously decided to steer away from self striping or self-patterning yarns.  I think maybe it was because I had been doing more cabled and lace patterned socks, so the stripes and fancy yarns tended to get in the way of the design.

Lately, there have been a bunch of great colors in the self striping selection from Felici (a 75% Superwash Merino /25% Nylon) Blend Sock Yarn.

Every now and again, I just feel the need to make some plain jane, vanilla, boring, ordinary socks.  The kind where you don't follow a pattern, you don't really plan ahead, you just go for it.

This pair had languished for a while.  I had started them months ago (back before the Maritime Handspinner's Retreat back in October!) but somehow had gotten ignored in the Jeep.  These were my "Car" knitting project, and I kind of forgot they were there!

 

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The Goods:

Pattern:  Made up as I Went! Knit from the toe up, 2-at-a-time on circulars, afterthought heels.  No regard given to whether the yarns were at the same point in the color progression at the starting point.  result - clearly related, but more fraternal than identical.

I really like the fact that these "match" but aren't identical.  I love how the heels and toes look different when you wear them.  Felici is soft and comfortable to wear... though I haven't had the heart to really break these in yet.  They're too pretty to wear out too quickly!  I had underestimated how much yarn was left when I started the cuffs.  Normally I don't enjoy knitting ribbing, so I don't work too much of it in a cuff.  If I make it to 2 inches, I'm doing well.  So when I realized I had so much yarn left, I really didn't want to frog and knit more stockinette and then re-do the cuff.  I just persevered and knit on... in ribbing... forever.  The result is a nice stretchy, soft, springy cuff though.  I can see why people like that feeling, and I don't think the socks will slip down as easily. Drat.  The ribbing, it does *nothing*, is actually useful, and I should consider making more of it perhaps.  Drat!

4. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo
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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

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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.

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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!)

 

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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?

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