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9. March 2015 20:53
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair 3!

9. March 2015 20:53 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I'm a little bit behind in posting my February socks for my self imposed Sock Knitting Challenge (to knit at least 12 pairs of socks in 2015!). 

I could blame it on the kiddos... but that's a little lame, right?  Sleep is for the weak... right?  zzzzzz.  There was a time in my life where I could polish off an entire pair of socks in a week.  This time, I was doing well to do the pair in the 28 day month.  I honestly just barely squeaked it.

February's Addicted to Sock Knitting KAL pattern was Heatherly Walker's "Love's Wings", which is another toe up lace/cable mashup.  I liked this pattern especially because of the variety of techniques.  I always find that this kind of pattern with the challenge of stitches and combinations keeps my attention better than a plain style.  I'm weird like that - I can knit interesting lace or complicated cables in half the time it takes to knit a plain ribbed sock.  Ribbing makes me want to poke my eyes out... but complicated lace where you have to follow every row of a pattern?  yes please!  It's a sickness...

The yarn I chose is KnitPicks Hawthorne... in a nice blue variegated.  I seem to have thrown out the ball band.  Woops!  I can`t remember what the colorway is and a lot of the blue and purple ones are similar.  I hadn`t used this yarn before, and found it to be ok to work with, though I found it to be a little splittier than Stroll.  I will definitely try it again though for it`s great shimmery, non pooling, rich colors!

Pair Three Success!  Onto March... and Pair Four!

8. February 2015 17:54
by Jobo
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Spinning and a Plying Ball

8. February 2015 17:54 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I've been struggling for the past week with another bout of lack of sleep... to the point of not really being able to see straight, let alone follow a pattern or count things.  lol.  Yes, that tired.  childrenpleasegtfts.

When I'm exhausted... spinning is my go-to activity.  It's repetitive, methodical, and best of all... NO counting or keeping track of anything.  Just grab a handful of fiber and draft, flick, draft, flick, wind, repeat.  It's soothing even to type it out.

I've been working on my Fat Cat Knits "Dragonfly" Gradient on Merino and it is coming along famously.  I bought 6 oz... and separated it out to make a nice fine 2-ply running from deep plummy purple through a robin egg shade of blue, into teal, and finally lime green.  (you can read more about it here)

The fiber was divided into 4 portions (2 identical pieces of purple/blue and 2 identical pieces of teal/lime) and I've completed the spinning of both the purple/blue ones - so I wound a plying ball the other night.  To give you an idea of the fineness of the singles... It took more than two hours to hand wind the ball from the full spindle cops.  I forgot to photograph the full spindles, but here is the pretty ball:

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I'm hoping there will be enough yards of thread to make a really large stole or shawl.  Ideally I'd like to make a big round something, or maybe a big rectangle wrap.  With the gradient, it will be necessary to stick to a shape that will highlight the progression... but choosing the path will be part of the fun, as it always is.

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Here is the lime green portion getting a good start... the spindle is a Grizzly Mountain Arts Bead... and the bowl is a nice shallow wooden Thai dipping sauce bowl :)  I am hoping to try and spin at least a few handfuls of fiber each day... even on the days I am really tired out.  The spinning seems to help.  Also - Chocolate and Coffee.  Forever.

2. February 2015 07:04
by Jobo
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Love You - January Ankle Socks with Heart

2. February 2015 07:04 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I have lots and lots of sock yarn leftovers... it comes with the territory.  I rarely make socks that use an entire skein.  So I thought between the January and February KnitFromStashKAL socks I might try and use up a few little scraps that are cluttering up my studio space!DSC_0681

The Yarn:

- Knit Picks leftovers... if I can remember correctly - Stroll Tonal in "Wine Tasting" and Stroll Tweed in Flagstone Heather

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lovey toes!

The Pattern:

- who needs patterns!  (yeah right!  We all do sometimes...)  I decided to fly by the soles of my feet on this one and make it up as I went!

- I began with a Turkish Cast On... aka Toe up.

- Next came a color switch, since I knew that I likely wouldn't have enough to make the entire foot in the grey shade, I thought I might go for some Valentine themed socks and throw in some purple and pink shades!  Gotta love the contrasting heels, toes and  ribbing.  Classic.

- What goes with February and Valentine's Day?  Hearts.  <3 <3 <3

- I improvised a lace heart on each of the toes.  Just one on each foot.  Simplicity Rules.

- Then I knit until I was almost out of the Pink/Purple yarn on each foot, and did a short cuff with K2P2 Ribbing, and cast loosely with a stretchy bind off.

- The heels were afterthought ones... (see my tutorial here!)

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cuffs and heels...

Notes:

- Another easy and simple pair of socks... maybe not the best design to keep feet warm in this wintery season (we just finished up with a snow and freezing rain storm over the weekend and there is another big white mess coming this evening!) but they're cute, they cleaned up a little of the yarn mess in my studio, and I think they will be perfect for lounging around the house.  Plus - they match my housecoat!  Win win win!

SOCK TALLY FOR 2015 - 2 Pairs!

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