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11. June 2010 11:29
by Jobo
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Double Take... Diagonal Lace Socks!

11. June 2010 11:29 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Yes... I realize I just completed a pair of Diagonal Lace Socks... I just enjoyed them so much that when I couldn't come up with an idea for this yarn (Fundy Footsee by Done Roving) I decided that I should just pick something and start!  So since this pattern was fresh in my mind already... out these came!

diagonal lace socks 3 I had tried a couple of patterns out with this yarn, but it seemed like the "stripes" kept being too prominent and showing up like a blue lightning streak across whatever pattern I chose. 

My solution to this problem?  Stop worrying about it and just knit.  I decided that since the striping was just not going away, and I didn't feel like knitting plain stockinette at the time, I just needed to bite the bullet and persevere regardless of annoying blue stripes!

I always enjoy seeing the pooling/flashing socks that other people make!  It never bothers me that their socks get blotches of color here and there, or if the yarn shows up in obvious bands.  For some reason I am just more critical of my own knitting than of other peoples...  who knew I was a control freak?  sheesh... this probably wasn't the first clue either!

I actually really like the end result of these socks, though I was starting to second guess myself when I got up to the first heel and saw that there was going to be a big blue blotch on one side of the gusset and a big fuschia blotch on the other side... I decided to just go with it.  Surprisingly the second sock made the exact same blotch pattern.  I must have been knitting both socks with the exact same gauge/tension?

I'll have to remember this experiment in self restraint (let the colors be... let the colors be...) next time I have a skein of unruly pooling sock yarn.  The colors are complimentary, they look good together... they will pool and flash and stripe as they want and all will be right and good in the universe!

 

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Diagonal Lace socks by Wendy Johnston... knit in Fundy Footsee by Done Roving... purchased last summer in Maine

10. January 2010 18:18
by Jobo
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Loose Ends

10. January 2010 18:18 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After Christmas, and all the commotion of getting ready, and then getting through it all I forgot to show you some of the gifts I made this year!

"Dulce" socks

After knitting, for what felt like an eternity on a pair of size 11 socks knit with light fingering weight wool and size 1 dpns? I finished Andrew"s socks!  I didn't have the proper sized blockers though, so in the end I just soaked and "hand pressed" them out into an approximate proper shape.  I was a little disappointed with the final appearance of them, but I knew that once the recipient put them on, they they would be naturally "foot blocked" anyways.  On X-mas day, he opened them, checked them out, put them on, and then continued on with the rest of the gift opening.  He still had them on when we left later on in the evening? so I think he might like them ;)  He said they were really warm, which hopefully will come in really handy living on a farm in cold little P.E.I.  I think I can call that a success.  I meant to take pics of them on his feet, hoping that they would look really good on the proper sized clod-hoppers, but then I got all engrossed with chocolates and the gifts everyone else was opening, and I completely forgot.  Oops.

Granny's Ishbel

This particular Granny did not want to exchange holiday gifts this year, which was totally ok with me, only I had already made her an Ishbel!  So instead of waiting for Christmas, I just gave it to her as a "Winter" celebration gift.  I kind of forgot to take too many pictures of this one too? since I was so excited for it to be completed and passed on to it's new owner.

ishbel

All of the other shawls I have made to this point have increases and YO's on one side only, whereas this one has YO's at the edges for oth the front and back side rows.  This made a narrower triangle, but still a pleasing wing-like shape.  For yarn, I used a spare skein of the Turkish "Ice" yarn I had eBayed, and I was okay with the results, though it did not block as distinctly as some of the other sock yarns I have knit lacy things out of.  I liked how the ends of the "wings" curled up into a cute little finial.  This Granny likes dragons and wizards and sci-fi stuff, so I thought this might look enough like fairy wings that it would be acceptable.  She tried it on right away, and seemed to like it, so I'm hoping it will get some use.

ishbel 2

It took me a few tries to make sense of the lace pattern, but Ysolda's charts were nice and concise.  As long as I wrote down where I was, and kept track on paper, things seemed to go okay.  You know how it is with lace? until the lightbulb pops on, sometimes you just have to keep plugging away at it until that point of enlightenment.

ishbel spine 

I'm not sure why exactly, but for some reason I really liked the "Spine" of this shawl? something about the way the YO K YO stood out from the plain stockinette stitch body of the piece.  To me it looks like a ladder of sorts with twisty curly rungs? all in all another happy ending shawl.  I think I will have to do this one again, but this time with gossamer, light, teensy yarn so it feels less heavy and the lace will open up wide and take centre stage in a more substantial way.

21. October 2009 12:58
by Jobo
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Neener Neener! Another finished Pair of Socks!

21. October 2009 12:58 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I think I may have found another favorite sock pattern… if that’s possible.  There is just something so curvy and feminine about the way the scallops work up… and they were so simple to work too!  A coworker said that the pattern looked much more complicated than my usual stuff, but honestly, I found these to be very simple and memorizable – and yet so satisfying!

 

 

1.  See that lovely scallop pattern?    2.  Pagewood Farms Yukon Hand Dyed Sock Yarn in ‘Santa Fe’    3.  Look up… wayyyy up to the ankle    4.  Gentle pooling in the stockinette stitch sole, pretty cool

The final verdict on the yarn:  so soo nice to work with!  I will actively search out this yarn again, hopefully soon if I can find a store that sells it locally.  The texture is super soft and smooth, and the bamboo fiber gives the yarn a glowing sheen.  They seem to just shine in the light.  As for color, the yarn did pool a bit in places, but was generally a nice spread out smattering of chocolate throughout the yarn.  Its difficult to know how a given yarn will react in different pattern situations, but It seems that this yarn is generally not a pooling one.

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closeupheelI particularly enjoyed the heel portion of this pattern.  This was my first Wendy Johnston heel… which is a toe up traditional gusset heel that looks basically like the top-down gusset heel that most people learn to do first when they learn how to knit socks.  I haven’t really had an opportunity to wear these yet to compare the fit to other types of heels.  You can see in the closeup the neat and tidy way that the Kf&b increases look along the arch, and how tidy the slip stitch heel looks along the join to the rest of the arch.  If you haven’t tried this heel yet, I highly recommend it!  I’m not sure if all of her socks follow this format, but the next pair I tried of hers  definetly did.  This heel also resulted in a nice seamless / hole-less make up.  It bugs me the way that some types of heel construction leave little ‘holes’ at the ankle that sometimes need to be darned closed – these were no problem.

 

This sock project was my first entry in the ‘Sock Knitters Anonymous’ Ravelry Group… so Thanks to those lovely ladies for introducing me to Wendy Johnston’s patterns.  I really enjoyed my first Sockdown :)

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