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24. November 2009 08:00
by Jobo

Sky Rockets in Flight... Afternoon Delight..

24. November 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Afternoon Delight SocksNo… Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT too young to know the words to this song… my parents always listened to the local “Golden Oldies” radio station so I am fully versed in old/obscure music ;)joy of sox

But back on topic… “Afternoon Delight” is one interesting sock!  I decided to use some Heidi’s By Hand sock yarn that I picked up over at London Wul last summer and just go for it. 

The pattern is one by Sivia Harding and can be found in Joy of Sox along with a whole bunch of other neat patterns.  Every time I look through the book I talk myself into making another pattern from it… dangerous!  I particularly like that the book is bound spiral ring and will lie open flat, which is a plus for hands-free reading and knitting.  I hope to do a more thorough review of the book once I’ve had a chance to make a few more patterns from it.

I am really enjoying this pattern… nice clear charts and descriptions (though there is an errata, which I had identified before starting by looking at the lovely socks already completed by fellow ravellers) and the design itself is fun to work on.  I haven’t been able to memorize the lace chart, but all of the practice “reading” my own knitting has really paid off because I can pick up my knitting and know where I am without having to write anything down.   The toe-up heel is a little different compared to others I’ve tried so far, but seems to have a nice fit.  I guess there are many different ways to skin a cat?

Berries and Wine Yarn for web2The yarn itself has a nice feel… a little more “tough” than squishy soft, but I know that will make for some more hard-wearing socks.  In some ways, it feels like Kroy I think.  I do this Heidi’s by hand to be a little thinner than some of the Merino yarns I’ve used lately, but I think once the finished socks get a good soak and a blocking they will soften up a bit.

Berries and Wine Yarn for webThe pinky purples are definitely what I needed for this project though!  In the book, Sivia’s original socks are knit in a tone-on-tone aqua blue, with little bits of darker and lighter colors, but overall a blended shade that reminds me of the bottom of a pool.  I decided to omit the beads, mostly because I didn’t think that beads would be very comfortable inside shoes.  It’s kind of too bad really, because pearl beads would have been really sharp, don’t you think?

I currently have both socks cast on… one of which is up past the heel, and the other which is just coming up to the gusset increases for the heel.  My goal is to get them both up to the same past heel point, and then divide the remaining yarn left in the ball in half so I can try and knit these up as far as possible.  I am not sure if I will have enough to make knee highs, or if I will decided to continue in that direction when the time comes anyways.  (I like wearing knee high socks, but have never managed to knit socks that ambitious)

  Afternoon Delight Socks2

16. November 2009 06:48
by Jobo

Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

16. November 2009 06:48 by Jobo | 5 Comments

=  a little disappointed :(

I worked through my ?Bella Mittens? and the pattern itself is well written and the mittens turned out as they should have (though a teensy bit too small, but a vicious blocking might fix that?) except that the yarn is REALLY Itchy!  I?m not sure if it is just me, or if other people will find it acceptable.  In the ball the yarn felt really silky and smooth, but after being knit, it feels like little bits of fiber are poking into my skin.  I could hardly wear them long enough to take the pictures.  I was going to gift these for Christmas, but I think I will just give them away somewhere, they are a little small anyways, and somebody?s kid would probably think they are just the cat?s meow. 

I do think I will try this pattern again with another yarn perhaps.  I am thinking of dyeing some wool to make a nice thick chunky yarn, maybe a bright barberpole?  They wouldn?t really be ?Bella?-ish anymore, but maybe more wearable for me?  Hmmmmm Back to the design board?

lavender pewter mittens

Bella?s Mittens? Pattern good ? - - Yarn (Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends) Itchy.

19. August 2009 07:30
by Jobo

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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