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3. September 2010 10:30
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Back to the Loch with ye Nessie... IK2 Round 1 Socks

3. September 2010 10:30 by Jobo | 0 Comments

loch ness fog close upOne thing is for certain - while the patterns for these competitions are not always the type of design I would choose for myself, I definitely learn something from each one.

I have made it up past the cuffs and through the first pattern repeat of my Out of Town in London Fog Socks... and haven't managed to tangle my yarn or contort my circulars in too many nasty ways.  One thing is certain of the 2-at-a-time magic loop technique - it is very fiddly to get started, but not that bad once the tube is established for each sock.  I found the first half-dozen rows it felt like the tube was twisting, and I had to really try hard not to accidentally "mobius" the cuff.  After a dozen rows though, it was easy to see where I was at all times, and I was learning how to place my needles for the most comfortable knitting position.

As for the pattern, it is well written, and so far creating a pleasing textured fabric... but I sooooo wish it was lace or something!  I'm dying to cable something, or knit a few stitches together, or make a couple of Yarn Overs or something.  I know that other people enjoy these knit-purl stitch patterns, but I really don't think they are for me.  I'm sure the finished socks will look nice in the end, but I am really challenging myself to get them done.  I think it is fortunate that I'm working two at a time, because I know I'd have a rough time to finish the second at this rate...

2. September 2010 15:29
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Off to the Races... London Fog Socks

2. September 2010 15:29 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Iron Knitter 2:  Mad Knitting has begun... after a slight delay in the clue-solving (thank you Team Canada for being smarter than I and figuring it out in time!) my socks are cast on, and the ribbing is mostly complete.  90% of the knitters who complete this design will progress on to round 2, so I have to knit quickly, but really don't need to kill myself at it for this round.  I have no problems churning out a pair of socks in a weekend, and the deadline for this round is Sept 17th.

I decided to challenge myself a little here - I'm working this pair 2-at-a-time on circulars - my first time using this technique.  I hear that it's a great way to work a pair of socks quickly, especially since there is less counting and record-keeping.  Because both socks are worked at the same time, when you complete a section (ribbing, leg, heels, toes) you are completely done of that section.  I've caught myself counting the rows of 2x2 ribbing several times already... but it doesn't Matter how many rows of ribbing I do now as long as it reaches the 2 inches mark!  Freeing isn't it?

The pattern itself ("Out of Town in London Fog" by Helen Waittes) is a specially designed pattern for Iron Knitter and is named for one of the companies that employs the advertising company of Sterling Cooper Draper Price in the AMC show Mad Men.  Helen knit her test socks in a lovely grey smoke color (presumably the color of the London fog itself? though in the show, one Brit Character admits that there really is NO fog in London to be spoken of) but I decided I'd like to be different.  And since the pattern is named for a fictitious meterological phenomenon - I decided to name mine after a fictitious mythological creature... the Loch Ness Monster.  (Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed in "Spruce")

cuffs london fog

Loch Ness Socks... Cuffs - Knit 2-at-a-time on Circs!

27. August 2010 07:21
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Della Socks... a satisfying adventure!

27. August 2010 07:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

della socks closeup After the last pair of plain black ribbed socks I felt like I needed some Pizazz!  Some Adventure!  Some colour at least! lol

This pattern (Della Socks by Holly Terrell) has really hit the spot as far as interest and simplicity goes!

  • -The leg of the sock is in a zig-zaggy pattern
  • -There is a neat little band of garter stitch like a little ankle-bracelet
  • -The Heel is in a basic slipped stitch, cushy stitch
  • -The foot some fun Cable-like Ropes running from ankle to toes

    Since the initial cast on, I feel quite pleased and entertained by this sock!  I love that the pattern has changes and twists and turns along the way.  By the way things have been progressing, it looks like sock number one could be completed today... and as you can see it fits me perfectly!  The design progresses from the chevrons to the garter to the ropes with ease, and makes a great looking transition!  I also love the coloring of the yarn... just enough flashing to be interesting, without being overkill.

    Della past ankle

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