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7. April 2010 16:00
by Jobo

Handspun Socks on Tilt: Diagonal Lace

7. April 2010 16:00 by Jobo | 7 Comments

 diagonal pose

What a fun Knit! 

I finished the last bit of twisted ribbing on my Diagonal Lace socks (free pattern made available by the designer Wendy Johnson!  Awesome!)

This was my 4th pair of handspun socks... and I was really impressed with myself that the yarn was fine enough to knit the pattern as written, without having to make any serious modifications. 

I used the "small" version of this pattern, and things worked out perfect for my size 8 feet.  Normally I would do the medium or large, so it felt like these just flew off the needles at 64 stitches to the round.  (especially after the last pair which was 72 stitches around)  I used size 2.75 mm DPNs.

The pattern itself was very tidy and well written, as are all of Wendy's patterns that I've tried to date.  The repeating diagonal line of eyelets was very intuitive and straightforward to follow.  This was a great "car" knitting pattern, and I plan to knit another pair soon!


Trying to use up as much of this cotton candy sweet yarn as possible, I worked on both socks at the same time, by switching back and forth.  I think these are the tallest socks I've made to date... they seem to swallow my sock blockers!  In the end, I think could have knit another whole lace repeat before starting the twisted rib, but I was afraid to run out.  I ended up with two very small balls of yarn, maybe enough for a pair of newborn socks... very small ones.

diagonal leftover yarn I know that some people like their socks to be identical...  I'm not sure why, but I really like the idea of Fraternal Socks! 

As a teenager (and still on the weekends when I don't have to look "professional") I used to wear mismatched socks.  As long as the color scheme matched, it didn't matter to me if one sock was striped and the other was flowery. 

These socks obviously come from the same ball of yarn, but are not identical.  Yet another reason to Love hand spun yarns ;)

<--- Check out those squishy Slip-Stitch Heels?



I hope you don't mind the shameless photo montage that follows... I'm really pleased with these, and I couldn't wait to show them off to the world!

diagonal toes modified color

diagonal in between modified color diagonal stockinette diagonal curlique modified color

diagonal lace and leftovers

diagonal on

diagonal pair

I decided this was as good a time as any... to try a new Stretch Bind-off for these socks.  Because they come up so high, I knew it would be important for the cuffs to be comfortable around my calves.  After a quick internet search for suitable techniques, I chose to do Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind-off.

The finished cast off doesn't actually feel all that stretchy, but fits okay.  I think I still prefer the typical bind off for triangle shawls that I usually do (K2, slip 1 stitch back to left needle, and k2tog through back loop) since it looks more polished.  The sewn edge looks a bit sloppy but that's likely due to the inexperience of the seamstress ;)  I'll have to try it again a few times before I master it probably.


Happy Knitting :)

4. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo

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

skyp sock5

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.

skyp sock3

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!)


skyp sock1 

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?

1. April 2010 19:58
by Jobo

Iron Knitter - All over but the Crying!

1. April 2010 19:58 by Jobo | 1 Comments

After several months of knitting socks for the Iron Knitter competition... I'm sad to say it's all over for now.  The last round featured an interesting pattern - again, not one I would have necessarily have chosen on my own, but definitely a learning experience.

Pattern 6:  Meander by Lisa Stichweh

I liked the idea of a cable running around the ankle and then onto the foot... but I wasn't crazy about the cables themselves.  Now that's not to say they weren't perfectly good cables, I just have an issue with symmetry, so I didn't enjoy the fact that one of the "rope" strands was 1 stitch wide, and the other was 2 stitches wide.  It just felt lopsided as I was working on it, though I will admit it looked fine and not funny at all when the socks were completed.

I also found the seemingly random placement of ribbing stitches to be a bit challenging.  Usually when there is ribbing there is a regular pattern of knits and purls (i.e. k1p1, or k2p2, or even k2p1, etc.)  but in this case there was a non-repeating distribution of knits and purls.  This made it quite difficult to get into any sort of rhythm in knitting this area, although I will admit that I did get better at following along knitting and purling as the row before.  I would try and sneak a peek at the next 2-3 stitches, work those and then sneak a peek at the next few, and so on.

The most challenging part of the sock was following the pattern with the travelling cable across the ribbing.  In a way it reminded me of the Cookie A.  "Kai Mei" socks that I finished after Christmas, and the way that the lace panel travelled it's way across the sock, though in the case of the "Meander" socks, you had 2 cables travelling from the back of the sock to the front where they met in the middle and converged to end in one cable on the top of the foot.


finished meander 2

In the end, I was happy with the socks, though I think the yarn is maybe a little too busy in color variation to properly show off the cables on the socks.  I might overdye them to be a more solid purple.  I still have to think about it for a while.

The pattern was quite well written and easy to follow... I would recommend it to anyone who wants a cabley challenge :)

So who won the contest?   Well needless to say, it wasn't me... but I wasn't as far off as I thought I might be.  The winner was Ember (who coincidentally was on Team Canada also?!)  and she completed her entire pair in around 18-19 hours!  You know you have a hard core knitter when you find someone willing to knit on through the night without sleep to win a knitting contest! 

Your favorite Jobo finished in 5th Place :)  I couldn't stay up all night (I think my hands might have fallen off, and I get cranky when I don't sleep enough)  so I knit the first sock completely on Saturday, and woke up early Sunday and completed sock number two before bedtime.

Congratulations to Ember and to all of the knitters who participated in Iron Knitter!  It was great to meet you all, and I hope to keep in touch!


Stay tuned for more Iron Knitter Wrap-Up Posts... I have a couple of surprises for you!

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