Wednesday, February 28, 2007

...And Now There are Four!
I could not resist taking this picture. Sue Van Ohlsen is the designer of my proudest pair of new socks. The funniest thing about all of this is that Sue and I seem to have the same taste in colors. When I took the sock class I picked out my yarn and then sure enough Sue had the very same color for her "class" socks on the needles. Don't we have impeccable taste?? Aren't they just the cutest sets of socks?

I have loved making them so much that I could not wait to get the next set on the needles. I bought a bunch of sock yarn (even not knowing how to knit socks) at the Maryland Sheep & Wool last year. I have three or four different colors and I plan to knit them all up! Here the first sock of the pair. I have just cast on the second sock this afternoon. Hopefully in a week or so I will have that one done and cast one another pair. I just love the fact I can do these.
Sue told us to reinforce the heels and toes so that the socks would last longer. So I picked a darker color for that and I am crazy about the way it looks. The next pair will be red. I bought reinforcement yarn last night. I can't wait to see how they will turn out. I am doing a lot of pairs using Sue's design to get used to doing socks so that I can learn to do others later. Right now my feet are cold and I need some warm socks. The second pair is knit with Filatura Lanarota Country Sock yarn. It's 45% Cotton, 15% Superwash Wool and 15% Nylon.

I still have an unfinished sweater that will be a year old here shorty and two lace scarves on the needles that need to done but I keep plugging along! Stay tuned...

Monday, February 19, 2007

And then there were TWO...

I am so pleased with the way they turned out. The second pair is well underway. Hopefully by the time fall comes around again, I will have a HUGE selection of hand knitted colorful socks to sport around.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

One Down, One to Go...
I am just tickled pink with myself! I finished my sock at class last week. I really did try to finish the second one this past weekend, but I had a blow out as I was closing up the toe. I went to tighen up the Kitcher (sp?) stitch and something went horribly wrong. The left sock is now at the Knitting Corner having some repairs. Sue was nice enough to fix it for me. She called yesterday to ask me what on earth happened. I have no idea, but thankfully she said she picked it out and then ripped it out and fixed it. I am so thankful to more experienced knitters who just shake their heads and then do their thing. I am not worthy, I am not worthy, but my cute sock was!! This weekend the pair will be reunited for some serious cold piggie time on my floors!

This is the side view of the first sock at class. I am just smitten with my new creation. I am so excited that I finished the set that there is another set on the needles right now!!

Here is the first of two new piggie warmers. I hate wearing shoes even in the winter. So these will get worn until I just can't use them anymore. Thanks Sue! I am now a sock addict. Can you hear the great sock sound in my wallet?

PS. I am really sorry about my comments section. I had five comments to publish today and only one did. I have no idea who the others were who commented except for Maureen who tried to post twice. I have turned off the moderation thingy so hopefully that won't happen again. If those of you who commented on the last post could post again, that would be great. Thanks, and again I am sorry that the comments didn't post.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Green Sock Knit Along
I saw this concept posted on Wool Windings, click on her site and then it lead me here. I wanted to steal the button, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to do it yet. Sadly, I have no teenagers here to tutor me through this. See, I knew they were good for something.

I was so excited when Susan from the Knitting Corner send out an E letter saying there was going to be a sock class with dpns. I have always wanted to learn how to do it. So I plunked down my money and this coming Tuesday will be my last class in the series of four classes. I have no idea why, but I seem to have done better at this class than any of the others I have taken. My first sweater is still unfinished in the knitting basket. It’s hoping to have some sleeves, a collar and a button band someday. So I have found my niche. I am just so pleased with myself, if I do say so myself. I am so impressed with myself that I have already picked out my next pair’s yarn. I bought the yarn at Maryland Sheep and Wool last year. I have no idea why I bought it, but I got six skeins, thinking that I might use them someday. Wow, was that good or what??

The pattern that we are using for the class was designed by Sue Van Olsen. She has asked us not to copy or post the pattern anywhere and I am honoring that request, but that doesn’t stop me for showing you my progress.

This is the cuff of the very first sock. It's a top down. I am using Fortissima Colori Socka Color. It's a 100 gram skein. I am getting a little worried that I might be cutting close for the second sock. I bought some Forehlich for reinforcement yarn for the heels and toes. I ran out on the first sock about 6 rows from the last row of the toe. I haven't finished the second sock yet, so I am wondering if I will run out about the same place as the first one. Who cares? I am just happy I learned how to make a sock! I am using Takumi bamboo #1 dpns. I thought I would really like them but I am a bit indifferent about them. I can see how I have bent them trying to get the SSK done. They were really tight and I struggled with them, but by crackies I got through it. I am wondering if metal needles would be more to my liking. I am concerned about losing the package the needles came in. So I had a thought about marking them with a Sharpie. I would put one hash mark for the ones and two for the twos and so on and so forth. I wouldn't have to check their size everytime I want to find a set of dpns for a project. I am sure that the longer I knit the more I will know by sight and feel, but since I am a beginner I have come up with short cuts. Does anyone else do this?

This is the sock in progress. This is the first one and the second one is about the have the gusset done. I would really like to finish for class on Tuesday night, but I am not sure I will make it. Two socks for class would be great!

Here is where I was yesterday on the sock. I had to work today but did get the rest of the toe done. I am saving the last little bit of the toe for class in case Sue has some trick about sewing the toe together.

Now, if I can just figure out how to get the Green Sock Knit Along button on my side bar...