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22. June 2015 12:19
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair Number 5

22. June 2015 12:19 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I'm so behind... my life has been pretty hectic!  I started back to work at my full time job after a year of maternity leave, and I'm just starting to get caught back up on everything.  The one constant - if I don't get to be creative, I go a little stir crazy!  So now I'm going to try and catch you all up on the finished projects from the last few months, and hopefully I'll be able to keep a handle on what's going on a little better now that I spend part of my day on an actual computer!

Back in March, I finished a lovely little pair of purple socks for a friend!  These ended up in my Snobby-Spinners-Swap package for Caryn!  This group is full of wonderful, supportive, fun spinners/weavers/knitters who love working with indy dyers and fancy wools and yarns.  They make fantastic stuff, and I'm so lucky to be a part of their group.  Caryn and I drew each others' names and I decided to knit her socks, since that's what I'm good at.

The pattern is "Johnson's Wave" by Claire Ellen... one of my favorite sock designers... and is available as a free pattern over on Rav.  I chose workhorse yarn... Knitpicks Stroll in Sprinkle Heather.  Together the two made a nice, machine washable, comfortable pair of socks :)

 

21. April 2015 13:09
by Jobo
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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.

9. March 2015 20:53
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair 3!

9. March 2015 20:53 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I'm a little bit behind in posting my February socks for my self imposed Sock Knitting Challenge (to knit at least 12 pairs of socks in 2015!). 

I could blame it on the kiddos... but that's a little lame, right?  Sleep is for the weak... right?  zzzzzz.  There was a time in my life where I could polish off an entire pair of socks in a week.  This time, I was doing well to do the pair in the 28 day month.  I honestly just barely squeaked it.

February's Addicted to Sock Knitting KAL pattern was Heatherly Walker's "Love's Wings", which is another toe up lace/cable mashup.  I liked this pattern especially because of the variety of techniques.  I always find that this kind of pattern with the challenge of stitches and combinations keeps my attention better than a plain style.  I'm weird like that - I can knit interesting lace or complicated cables in half the time it takes to knit a plain ribbed sock.  Ribbing makes me want to poke my eyes out... but complicated lace where you have to follow every row of a pattern?  yes please!  It's a sickness...

The yarn I chose is KnitPicks Hawthorne... in a nice blue variegated.  I seem to have thrown out the ball band.  Woops!  I can`t remember what the colorway is and a lot of the blue and purple ones are similar.  I hadn`t used this yarn before, and found it to be ok to work with, though I found it to be a little splittier than Stroll.  I will definitely try it again though for it`s great shimmery, non pooling, rich colors!

Pair Three Success!  Onto March... and Pair Four!

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