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23. March 2010 17:00
by Jobo

Cable and Lace: Sophisticated but Simple Socks!

23. March 2010 17:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Iron Knitter Round 5 has begun... Saturday evening, I cast on and knit like crazy so I could make progress but still get to go to the movies too! (Green Zone, with the handsome Matt Damon... not bad ha ha)

The pattern is another freebie from Ravelry - Cable and Lace by Allison Sarnoff - I wonder how many other lovely patterns are on there that I haven't seen yet.  Realistically I can keep pumping out a pair of socks a week for the next few YEARS and still not find the end of the beautiful patterns available on Ravelry. 

I really like the simplicity of this design... and even though it is simple, the basic lace lattice and columns of basic 3x3 twist cables looks elegant and sophisticated.  The stitch arrangement itself consists of a basic 8-row repeating design... half of which are plain stockinette rows!  The pattern works up very fast because of this, and I was able to memorize it within a few repeats. 

bordeaux cable and lace3Close up of cable and lattice detail...

After two days of knitting away, I have sock #1 completed and the second one ready to start the short-rows heel.  I find the slowest row is the one with the cable crossings.  I am out of practice with manipulating a cable needle (aka a lonely DPN in my world)  and am finding that I really need to concentrate to slide the stitches around properly.  Maybe by the end of the pair I will feel good about it again. 

bordeaux cable and lace

The other 7 rows, however, are a speed zone!  Where there is so much of the design in plain stockinette, no purl stitches on either side of the cable (as it is customary in a lot of designs to make the cables "pop" from the design) I feel like I am just flying!  The foot portion with plain stockinette along the sole is even faster! 

I hope I will be able to complete the rest of sock 2 tonight...  I really want to be able to remain in the competition until the last round.  I know that the chances of me "winning" the competition are slim considering I am competing against people who can knit entire pairs of socks in less than 18 hours... but as long as I can stay in until the last round, I feel like I'm winning anyways.   Iron knitter has really gotten me to step outside my own box and try different techniques and patterns - helping me to learn new things and strengthen my skills.  I am starting to worry what the last sock challenge will be (please don't be entrelac, please don't be entrelac!)  After the last pattern, I wouldn't be surprised to see something completely spectacular for the finale.  We've done lace, colorwork, cables, picot edges, gusset and short row heels - all combined to make wonderful beautiful socks.  Keep your fingers crossed I get to stay in ;)

bordeaux cable and lace4

I chose to use another skein of Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed... this time in Bordeaux!  I have basically every color of this yarn, and love the softness and smooth texture it creates.  I find it looks great as plain stockinette, but still has nice definition for lace and other things.  This particular fuchsia skein has just the right amount of color variation to be interesting but not overpowering.  Some of the other colors I received were almost solids.... which is good for some things, and less well suited to other things.

The Color is difficult to photograph... looks burgundy sometimes, but Screaming Pink in other types of light.  With the color combination and the stitch pattern - these are Girly to the Max!  I love them.  They are a little tall for me though, so perhaps they should end up as Holiday gifts.  Who knows, sometimes I get attached for some reason or another!

And finally, here is a pic of a completed sock... hopefully to be joined by an identical twin shortly!


bordeaux cable and lace2

23. March 2010 06:06
by Jobo

Golden Cabled Wonders! Iron Knitter Round 4 Complete

23. March 2010 06:06 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I'm still here!  We both had our turn with the late winter cold last week, so while there was lots of knitting accomplished, there was more wimping and wussing then blogging!  I was really tired out in the evenings, and I'm afraid I've gotten behind on showing you what I've been up to

I finished my Golden Wonder Cabled socks (also known as "Maeve" by Janneke Maat available as a free pattern on Ravelry) of course strictlyl on time to continue my participation in the next round of Iron Knitter.  Currently I am working on my round 5 socks, and hoping that I can remain in the competition until the final round!  But... back to the gold socks!

finished golden wonder

I really enjoyed working on this pattern, and am really pleased with the end result.  I know some of the other Iron Knitter Competitors found that they were a little short in the leg as written, but being a short person with even shorter legs, I find them to be a nice change.  I don't really need socks that go up to my eyeballs anyways.  At 4'10'' it really isn't that far up!golden wonder with boxed in

I think I will hide this pattern away in my box of toys for another time... I think they would look great in steel grey or maybe in a nice wood colored brown?  Heck they'd look good in Blue too.  See?  I need to make another pair!

I am finding that my SockWars socks-of-death are really coming in handy with the fact that my office is an icebox.  I wear them quite often and enjoy them immensely.  Here they are visiting with the new Gold Socks...  I like to think they are friends!  The alpaca blend in these "Don't box me in" socks is wearing nicely and is super light and soft! I love the blues and purples.  I don't think anyone else has EVER knit me a pair of socks - it's always the other way around!  I feel all spoiled when I wear them :)

2. March 2010 10:54
by Jobo

Custom Designed Selbu Mittens

2. March 2010 10:54 by Jobo | 6 Comments

After seeing my Fiddle Head Mittens, my father asked if I could make him a pair of colorwork mittens... but perhaps something less girly looking.

Dad so rarely asks me to do anything for him, especially knit anything, that I set out on the design process right away and placed an order for some Knit Picks Palette in more manly colors (Cream and Asphalt Black) 

I decided to try and come up with my own mish-mash of a pattern instead of knitting one directly from a book.  It seems that many of the Norwegian style mittens feature different motifs with different meanings - so I thought it would be fun to incorporate symbols with some meaning to dad.  In particular, he is a sport fisherman who spends as much time as possible in the springtime sitting in a boat hunting for that elusive granddaddy rainbow trout.  So obviously, this mitten needs a fish of some sort on it, and I will probably use a motif for the palm of the hand that looks like fish scales.  Also, Dad is a big fan of his dogs (2 adorable shih tzus - Molly and Sophie) so I hope to be able to add in a small dog motif for them too.

web mitten prototype

Here is the first cuff underway.  I have charted out the wrists, but am having a hard time putting on paper the thumb gusset...  My plan is to just wing it for the gusset and then continue on with my fishy idea for the back of the hands and the fish scales for the palms.  The other big unknown - He wants mittens with separate "pointer" fingers and the other three fingers together... like Newfoundland Mittens.  Apparently he finds that mittens shaped that way (while a little "live-long-and-prosper-ish" Mr. Spock!) more utilitarian and easier to maneuver around with.  So the end result will be kind of like a glove, but with one finger by itself, and the rest like a mitten.  I might have bitten off more than I can chew?

Here is a sneak peak of the Fish motif (modified from Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik to be a single fish, and to look more like trout and less like Koi)  and some of the other motifs I plan on incorporating!  The little dog pattern is from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor.

fish dog



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