Socks


I am loving these socks – just need a few more conferences……

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Another yarn from the IxChel Bunny Sock Club wound for socks on the go….

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I knitted these guys up a few weeks ago while sitting in a couple of seminars/training days for work.  I always make a point of speaking to the presenter prior to the commencement and making sure they are ok if I knit.  I get some strange looks sometimes and often envious looks for others in the crowd who must be wishing they had their knitting too!  Unfortunately with these sock knitting during a seminar backfired in that I was unable to try them on & started & finished the first sock in one session.  When I finally tried it on I found the cut to be very very tight so very difficult to put on.   With the second one I added a few more stitches to the cuff and in the last round did a few K2tog to get it back to the specified number & this worked really well.  In true Cinderella style (read here Ugly Step-Sister) I made them fit & wore them to work.  By the end of the day my foot was numb – needless to say they now belong to Sophie even if a little big!

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Those socks are done and a new pair quickly following along although I have encountered a problem already but more on that next week…

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Specs:

Pattern: Cornrow socks by Preita Salyer

Yarn – Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Sock Yarn – colourway

Needles – 2.25 mm

Gauge – no idea but way too small for me!

Timing: 15th June 2014 – 16th September 2014

Yards –  I had a fair bit left over – enough for a pair of tennis socks for me.

Modifications – Nil.

I really admire people who develop and share patterns.  I appreciate the time they must put in and the generosity in sharing the pattern but that said I would NEVER knit this pattern again.  There is nothing wrong with the pattern, it’s easy to follow, the end result looks amazing but getting there for me was a huge effort.  I found the mini cables a trial and the resulting fabric doesn’t have much stretch in it so it’s definitely a time when I would have benefited from a gauge swatch!  In the end I made them for Sophie to save on extra knitting but I now lament putting in so much effort for a pair of socks that will be quickly grown out of.

I will most definitely use this yarn again & the same colour way for a plain pair of socks, it’s lovely to knit up & very effective.

All that said, I LOVE these socks.  I LOVE the way they look & feel.  It’s a pity I’ll never knit a pair for myself!

I got up this morning and did my 15 minutes of spinning despite a small disability due to almost cutting the tip of my index finger off yesterday (maybe a little dramatic but some glue or a stitch may have been a good idea, I’ve stuck it down with tape and it’s stopped oozing and throbbing unless I knock it).  It felt great (not the finger, the spinning, sticking to the plan etc), done by 7am, let’s see if I can keep it up.  I ended up doing more than 15 minutes though as today is Sock Sunday and I don’t like the socks I’m working on.  Despite only having 20 rounds of pattern to go, they are a trial.   I took them to the skate park but didn’t get them out, I took them to an afternoon kids party and left them in the car, now I am off the read good night stories and then, maybe then, tackle the last little bit.  As incentive I dug out the next pattern so hopefully I’ll have something to show next Sunday!

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I have finished a pair of socks!  These guys have been finished for a little while and they’ve been posted & received.  Disappointingly they are too big for J but she likes them anyway – I’ll actually measure her foot next weekend for a new pair because I don’t think these will give her the right feel for hand knit socks.

The yarn was from Charli’s sock club last year, it’s soft, glossy & was lovely to knit but I started way back in April which makes them a very long knit.  In the past few months I have been working pretty much full-time and going some work slightly outside my scope of practice which made it really challenging but really rewarding.  After the last school holidays life slowed down a tiny bit for a few weeks and I picked up the knitting again.  It’s feels so great.

 

Specs:

Pattern: Can’t remember the name but Charli designed them!

Yarn – Ixchel Bunny Sock Club 

Needles – 2 mm DPN

Gauge – 8 sts/inch (I think)

Timing: Sunday 13 April 2014 – 29 July 2014

Yards –  I had a fair bit left over – maybe enough for booties?

Modifications – Nil.

 

 

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After another car trip away the first of the Moda Vera Manly socks is ready for grafting.  I have modified the pattern a bit so far and really am just using the broken rib stitch pattern.  At least this seems to be working out – the layette almost has me beaten!

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