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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 :)

15. March 2010 10:39
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Shaking Things up with Audience Participation!

15. March 2010 10:39 by Jobo | 2 Comments

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Unfortunately, I didn't have any new photographs of yummy yarns to show you... I'm not sure what happened this week, but for some strange reason, No new yarns entered my home.  (I'm not sure how that happened, honestly!  There was lots of Knitting, just not much shopping I guess?)whatisyourfavoriteyarn

So this week to shake up Yarn Candy Monday and Turn it on it's Ear...

Readers!  My question to you is:

What is your favorite yarn and why? 

What color is it? 

What fiber is it made of?

Please tell us all about it :)

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