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4. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo
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Ribbing with a Twist: Simple Skyp Socks

4. April 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After several months of knitting complicated lace and cable socks... I thought it might be a nice change to just knit a plain pair.  Now plain (as in completely plain stockinette stitch or something similar) might not have been enough to keep me interested and enthusiastic throughout the whole pair - so I searched to find the perfect pair with a nice mix of simplicity, but with a twist to help keep my interest.

This is what I found:  Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

skyp sock5

When I first saw the pattern name, I didn't clue in that "SKYP" was actually an acronym representing the names of the stitches in the pattern - Slip 1, Knit 1, YO, Pass Stitch Over K1 and YO.  Makes total sense!  Why didn't I think of that?

skyp sock2 The majority of the design is made up of 6 x 2 ribbing, where the central 2 stitches of the 6 stitch bar have a bit of a twisted braid which does a nice job of dressing up the simple ribbing.

Because I doubt that the intended recipient washes many delicate items... I chose a workhorse style yarn to make washing and care easy.  This is the second pair of socks I've made from Regia Galaxy Saturn, and though the patterning was somewhat of a surprise, the end result has been pleasing both times.  This yarn is supposed to be washer and dryer safe, and has a reputation for being very durable.

I find it challenging to make men's socks.  I like things that are girly and patterned, and as my husband would put it - ridiculously over the top fancy.  Apparently men don't appreciate such things?  And as refreshing as simplicity can be... the thought of knitting plain ribbing for size 11 Men's feet makes me want to knit my own eyes shut.  These were a good happy medium I think :)

Of course, since it is based on a 2 row repeating pattern, this design was very easy to memorize.  I was able to work on this pair in the car, even in low lighting.  The last pair of size 11 socks I made, the second sock syndrome was pretty tough to cure.  This pair wasn't a problem though.  I think it was a combination of the interesting yarn and the fun of twisting the stitches that kept me chugging along.

skyp sock3

I followed the pattern exactly... from the slip stitch heel to the stockinette foot.  The only real modification I did was to carry the Skyp pattern down the foot on all 5 ribs (instead of just the centre 3)

It is a challenge for me to try and come up with interesting photos to showcase socks... I guess since I've knit so many different ones now that I'm running out of unique "poses" lol.

I even enjoyed working the kitchener stitch on the toe (which I am getting more and more comfortable with... I don't even have to dig out the cheat sheet now to remember which stitch goes where!)

 

skyp sock1 

I have owed this pair of hand knit socks to a certain someone for a very long time, in fact so long, that he may have forgotten that I said I would make him a pair ;) 

 

I hope he likes them!  I plan on mailing them on Monday... I figure every adult enjoys receiving mail that isn't a Bill, right?

1. March 2010 12:18
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Pleasant Polwarth

1. March 2010 12:18 by Jobo | 1 Comments

blue threeply From this:

- London-Wul Polwarth Top

- Blues and Greys

- 4 oz

to this:

- super soft, bouncy

- 3-ply fingering weight yarn

- approximately 380 yards

I very much enjoyed spinning up this fiber... even though there were a few felted bits in places.  I chose to tear this fiber up into pieces since the colors were not distributed in any even pattern.  I used my handy-dandy postal scale to weigh the torn up chunks and try and make 3 singles of similar length.  In the end I decided to make 2 plies completely baby blue, and the third ply out of the darker shades of blue and grey.  I tried to randomly disperse the colors in the darker 3rd ply.  In the end, my weighing technique was pretty close.  There was a little bit more of the dark single than the others, which I navajo 3-plied just to use it up (around 15 yards)  You can see it in the centre of the skein, about 4 strands of yarn that appear to be all one color.

This skein is destined to become a pair of squishy wonderful socks for ME!  I am thinking maybe something with cables in it?  since the yarn is very basic in color...

Happy Yarn Monday!

11. January 2010 09:02
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Mondays: Mystery Blue Clouds Fiber

11. January 2010 09:02 by Jobo | 4 Comments

Now that the Holidays are over? Yarn Candy Mondays are Baaaaaacccck!

blue clouds

This little puffy beauty is a gift from another local spinner that I was lucky enough to meet up this weekend with for my first real "Spin-in" - BrighidGreen - Thank you, Thank you!  Apparently this wool was purchased for it's super soft cloudy look and feel, and is presumed to be Polworth, maybe.  Since she had a nice big bag of it, she gave me a couple of nice sized handfuls to play with :)  The fiber itself is really light powder blue and feels like it could float away it is so poofy.  Since I don't have very much of it, I'm thinking maybe I'll try and spin it up and then ply it with something else so it will go farther? maybe with a thin bamboo single or something?  I think the shine of the bamboo will just pop next to the icy bluish blend :)

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