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8. August 2012 08:20
by Jobo
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False Start.

8. August 2012 08:20 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been working ahead on some gift socks for my holiday knitting. but unfortunately it's a false start.

 

First the Yarn:  Some of my old standby, KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Canopy

 

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the RoadI purchased a copy of "The Road Goes Ever On"  by Claire Ellen some time ago. and decided that now was the time to get started and get my Cable-On.  This collection of socks (mostly cabled, some lace) is beautifully designed and contains great charts and detailed patterns.  Each design is named for a character from the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien too. so neat back stories as well.

 

My only real complaint is that there aren't more photos of these fantastic socks.  I've been going back and forth to Ravelry to look at projects to get more ideas of how the designs wrap around the heels and legs, since many of them are quite unique.

 

I decided to start with Eomer. a very cabled pair, featuring some 2-stitch travelling cables that remind me of wrought iron gates, and some sections of double moss stitch and rib.

 

I love everything about this sock really.. the only thing I didn't account for though is the fact that I started with the "small" size, and the way that the cables run has really restricted the stretch of the ankle and leg of the sock.  But look at them!  So pretty and curving, almost like a filigree of green yarny goodness. and I was almost enjoying the double-moss.  Why is it that I can't stand K1P1 Ribbing, and would rather poke my own eyes out with a set of 2.5mms, but I actually like double moss?  Its the same darn thing!  Clearly it's in my head.  go figure.

 

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tip cables pull inSo bummer: I'm in the frog pond. I just wish I hadn't made it all the way to the heel before trying to put it on my foot. My ankles were ginormous last summer from the fluid accumulation of pregnancy, and they have shrunk back to a normalish size (I can wear my own shoes and socks again finally) but I don't think that there's even a remote chance that these will go comfortably around my ankle, let alone take the chance that they might not go over the intended gift recipient's ankle either.  The heel is so pretty too. the way the cables spread out over the top of the ankle, then turn into ribbing.  I bet it would have hugged the ankle perfectly too Smile

 

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Oh well. it's been ravelled and I'm back to the drawing board. I'm thinking maybe I'll try a Cookie A. design I've been sitting on for a while and come back to the Cabled-wonders some other time.  It's a little heartbreaking to rip back cables so lovely!

6. August 2012 09:28
by Jobo
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Red Red Socks. A Grandma Story

6. August 2012 09:28 by Jobo | 1 Comments

My nearly 80 year old grandmother has been saying for years that she's too old/tired/etc to knit anymore.  She can't see very well, requires hearing aids, and generally doesn't feel all that well most of the time.  every project she completes, she comments that she thinks it will be the last doily/embroidered pillowcase/socks that she makes.

 

Well my Mother and I have been pulling the wool over her eyes for a while now. she runs out of yarn - and we buy some more.  She comments again that it's too much work. and I drop by with a newly finished project and some skeins of wool to be wound into balls.  She has something almost finished (aka. just the last toe on a pair of socks left) and my Mom will drop off some extra pretty yarn in just the right color.  Invariably, a few days later she will have cast on another project, and will keep on picking away at it Smile  She just needs a little encouragement along the way.

 

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One such knit-trickery scheme involved my Mom bringing Grandma some bright red (Grandma's favorite color) tonal-style yarn over one day.  In the past, Grandma always knit the same pair of cabled rib socks (a-la-old-patons-beehive-leaflet) for my Grampa over and over again.  They were always blue or grey or brown.  Manly colors.  Always in Kroy or old-school wool.  This red yarn was the exact opposite of the usual cool boring muted tones - it was soft, squishy, warm rosy reds and plums.

 

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Grandma wasn`t too sure anyone would wear socks made from such a bright color.  I assured her that I wear socks of every color. the brighter the better in fact.  I see them like a beacon of happy color, hidden in shoes during the day, but peeking out over the tops like a not-so-well-kept secret.  She agreed that if I would wear the socks. she would like to try knitting with that yarn.  So that was that.

 

Now the socks are done!  What do you think?  I think they look charming and cheery in red!  And there is just enough yarn left for a little pair for the littlest beetle too. My plan is to knit up a pair that will fit the Rome-ster and we can wear our matching set when we visit Grams again.  I bet that will keep her inspired for a little while longer?

 

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4. April 2012 08:52
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Another KAL… Waterfall Socks with the Bunny-Lover-Ladies

4. April 2012 08:52 by Jobo | 0 Comments

It seems lately I have really been enjoying the camaraderie of knitting along on the same project with others.  I did a KAL for Erato ( a beautiful shawl by Romi Hill) and participated in a sock KAL with the Sock Knitters’ Anonymous group too last month. 

There is a great bunch of ladies who chat openly and often about the furry objects of their affection (mainly Angora Breed Rabbits) over on Ravelry, and they decided that it was high time for another KAL – working on a sock together to challenge some of the newer to sock knitting members and doing a TAAT (Two at a time) Toe up sock together.

The pattern:  Waterfall Socks by Wendy Johnson

I’m no stranger to TAAT… Toe up… or Wendy Johnson Patterns… so I decided I’d join in and play along too.  They promised me that I wouldn’t be left behind in a cloud of dust if life gets too busy :)

I decided to do these in some nice Caribbean ocean blue – Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder.  The ball is wound… now I just need to clean off a pair of needles and get started :)

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