FO: Wanida

Jan. 20th, 2011 07:20 am
I love these. The color, the pattern, the fit, the yarn. I just hope Shibui Knits holds up to being worn as socks - having it fall apart or get fuzzy would be kind of sad.

Yes, there's a cat butt. They like to get in on pictures in subtle ways like that. Beats leaving fluffs of cat hair everywhere - no wait, they do that anyways.

FO: Rick

Jan. 13th, 2011 11:54 am

These came out weird - they're really loose, but the leg looks tight because of how the yarnovers and decreases are pulling against each other, and I really should have paid attention to the whole "yarnovers before purls are different than yarnovers before knits" thing. I could have done so on the second sock, but at least now the two match. I can always pay more attention if I make these again.

In positive news, they're sparkly! And seem to be looking better after a wash, though they're still too wet to find out. Maybe tomorrow.

FO: Cauchy

Jan. 9th, 2011 06:09 pm

These have to be a new Sock Innovation record - three days or something like that. Pretty plain grey socks, but with a picot edge and some purl triangles for added interest. Sadly, they are a wee bit too loose; I blame the purls for messing with my usual sock numbers. But they're still wearable, and after a series of foot armor socks (there's some serious winter gear in that book), having something I can still wear right now, when the weather is freakishly warm for January, is really a good thing.

Sadly, there's really nothing to talk about besides knitting... went to a very nice dinner yesterday, finally cast on the much talked about sweater which so far seems to be working, have a job interview Wednesday that I'm definitely looking forward to... oh, and got my first clip out of the freelance job :-) But really, not much to really expand on. Maybe I'll take some pictures of the horses next week so you have something to look at that's not my feet covered in wool :-P

FO: Eunice

Jan. 5th, 2011 11:39 am

More Sock Innovation Socks :-) This is Eunice, out of Sheldridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra, which is a fantastic yarn, not just for socks. And I adore the color, even if the pattern itself was a bit weird... who knits cables on US 0s? Well, apparently I do, because otherwise these would have been way too big. That's a first...

 Because one can never have (or knit) too many socks. I got the blue and white striped yarn at a discount store, and tracked down the red on sale at one of the local yarn stores. Yes, they're... well, very red white and blue. But you could see that however you want to: the Stars & Stripes, the Union Jack, the French flag... you could even go with Norwegian colors, though that's not really enough red. Whatever floats your boat, really :-)

These will be a belated Christmas gift for a friend, but I owe said friend a birthday gift as well, so the complete package will be very belated. I'm pretty sure she'll be ok with it though.
This sock pattern is named after the two different twisted structures that make up the pattern: a Twisted Garter Cuff and columns of cables that travel down the leg, heel flap and foot. Twist Squared is a great pattern for those variegated sock yarns that can swallow complicated stitch patterns, but looks equally nice in a semi-solid or solid yarn.

100g fingering weight (sock) yarn (350 – 450 yards, depending on foot size)
US 1½ / 2.5mm needles (DPNs or circulars for your sock knitting method of choice)
Tapestry needle for grafting toes and weaving in ends
Stitch marker and cable needle (both optional)

Twist Squared

Twist Squared is available on Ravelry as a free PDF download. Just click on the button below - no Rav account required :-)

Heel Detail

"You seem to have a problem with your brain being missing."
Well, but at least I have a nice pair of socks to show for it.

Brainless pattern from Yarnissima, Handarbeitskram sock yarn in the "Jessica" colorway - yes, True Blood Club, that Jessica, so the choice of pattern seemed somewhat appropriate :-P I haven't watched season 3 yet, but I really hope she gets a clue sometime, before I decide the writers could really introduce her to some sunlight. In fact, I don't even remember what happens to her in the books... oops.


Still waiting to hear from last week's job interview. Keep your fingers crossed for me? :-)

The first pattern in the book, supposedly easy enough for lace beginners. We'll have to agree to disagree on the suitability of "knit 3 together" for beginners, but the pattern makes a pretty sock nonetheless. Yarn is Handarbeitskram Handpainted Sock Yarn in True Blood A+, from the True Blood Club. Good stuff yet again, and very comfortable to wear as well (I wore Kai-Mei the first time a couple of days ago, which actually makes it the first time I've worn socks made from that yarn).


Obviously I've failed at writing something every day... but that's ok. I'll get back to that tomorrow :-)

They look so easy, with their ribbed leg and cute little lace pattern. Really, they made my head hurt for the first two pattern repeats. Then again when I switched from decreases to maintaining the stitch count. Good thing I got to stop before I'd have to figure out what to do on the other side of the foot :-P


They turned out nicely though, and made the best of a yarn I wasn't too sure about. But I like how the colors worked together - Handarbeitskram sock club yarns so far haven't disappointed. This was a True Blood Club colorway based on the opening credits of the series. *sings* When you came in, the air went out...

A little bit easier than Bex, even though the chart still looks crazy complicated. But at least the entire thing can be knit without a cable needle. Sometimes it's the little things that count :-)


The yarn is Zitron Trekking, bought somewhere in Cleveland... Brecksville? Broadview Heights? Somewhere around the big Metropark. Good stuff to work with, and the color changes don't really distract too much from the pattern, even though the photo makes you think so :-)

Sock Innovation is definitely an awesome book. The plan is to knit all of the sock patterns in a year, which means I need to be done in May of 2011. Doable, definitely, especially now that I think I've got the most complicated pattern out of the way.

These required two cable needles, and just about a full skein of Lana Grossa Meilenweit, which means they ate yarn like crazy. Of course it also means they're lovely and squishy and warm, and definitely worth the effort :-)

It's actually kind of weird when you're used to starting a new project as the fancy strikes you, but with no access to most of my yarn (which is currently on a truck on the way to Dusseldorf, I think), I've been keeping to one project at a time. I don't get to start anything new until I've either finished the last project, or gotten to the point where I can't go any further in the current situation - for example, I can't finish a second Veyla glove because I need to block the cuff before I can pick up stitches for the hand. Luckily, I'd subscribed to a yarn club before this whole drama started, so I have yarn and am still due four more skeins over the next two months. Plus, I should theoretically be able to get one of my boxes by the end of August - it's got WIPs and a pattern book I've been missing dearly. But I did finish a couple of things I can actually show off... a couple of scarves need to be blocked before they're presentable, and this first picture shows why that's not necessarily a good idea at the moment :-)


Yeah... I can't see white hair all over a gift scarf as a very good idea.

I also made a pair of socks (of course)... I have way too many sock patterns queued, but I only have sock yarn at the moment, so it's not too awful :-P


At least I'm getting Christmas taken care of... it makes up for not being able to cast on a shawl at the moment. Now, where would I buy lace yarn in Germany? Neither of the local places seems to carry any. They do both have walls of sock yarn, though...
A TARDIS themed shipment this time around :-) (I got these ages ago. I just forgot to post about them.)

Police Box

Control Room

One more shipment in October, and then I'm taking a break to knit down the stash some. The next club was a four seasons theme, which, while a good idea, wasn't as interesting to me as the last two. And I'm in serious sock yarn overload right now, so anyone who wants socks? Please tell me. All I need is your shoe size :-)

Yes, I'm way too excited about that, but I'll get over it eventually. The pattern is Amy Swenson's Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula, knit on US size 1's, in Lana Grossa Meilenweit Cotton Stretch. The left sock is a little too big because I forgot about stretch in a yarn called "Cotton Stretch" (yes, major "duh" moment), but the right one fits perfectly, and I loves them a whole lot :)

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