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21. April 2015 13:09
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair #4

21. April 2015 13:09 by Jobo | 1 Comments

 

Better late than never... right?  I've been knitting away, but not keeping up with the blog.  So here I go - catching up!

These are my fourth pair of the year... small ones, but still nice ones!   They were completed in March. 

My three year old daughter wanted a pair, so I let her go into my stash and choose the yarn she liked best.  The finished socks go pretty much to her knees, and she loves them!  The yarn is Knitpicks Felici Self striping (why did they discontinue this yarn... it's awesome!)  They were knit on the usual 2.75mm needles I use, with 52 stitches around.  The cuff is twisted rib, and the heels are eye-of-partridge.

20. January 2015 11:26
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Jaywalker Socks Again

20. January 2015 11:26 by Jobo | 0 Comments

These don't count towards my 2015 tally.... because I finished them around Christmas time..  But here they are either way:

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Pattern:  Jaywalkers by Grumperina (available free on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Felici

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Notes:

- why oh why did they discontinue this great self-striping yarn?  It came in great colorways, and feels great even after being abused wearing in shoes and washer/dryer cleaning.

- this pattern is a standby/go to favorite of mine... well written, easy enough to work on while watching tv, and interesting enough to keep my attention.   I think it's my fourth pair... and likely not my last pair either!

9. May 2009 16:13
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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.

 

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