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2. April 2012 04:43
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Mystery Socks… Cheery Littlebottom

2. April 2012 04:43 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I’ve been participating off and on in a couple of sock knitting groups on Ravelry for a few years, but recently have dusted off my competitive spirit and I’m trying to jump back in with both feet :)

For the Month of April… I’m planning a double dip for prizes by doing the SolidSocks Mystery sock, which also counts towards the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous April knit because the pattern is named after a literary character (a perequisite for that group’s April Sock)

The pattern is:  Cheery Littlebottom by Allison Isaac 

The name Cheery Littlebottom comes from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchet… which I haven’t read yet, but have been thinking about trying.  So – this may be the inspiration I needed to kick things into high gear!

Clue number one is up… and it looks like there will be cables in them :)  toes up, and cables!  My plan is to use the skein of “Cocoa Kiss” Dream in Color Starry that has been waiting patiently in the stash.  I wound the skein into a ball this morning while Romy napped, and hopefully will cast on tonight or tomorrow.  With these mystery Knit alongs there is a clue released each week, so I hope that I can keep up and do the required portion each week and finish when the rest of the KAL group does.  It’s kind of weird choosing yarn while not knowing what the socks will be like, but I hope I chose ok :) 

The socks can be cast on any time after April 1… and must be completed before the last day of April :)  Wish me Luck!

Dream in Color Starry

The Yarn – Dream in Color Starry – in Cocoa Kiss

29. March 2012 08:57
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Banyan Tree... completed!

29. March 2012 08:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Now I just wish I was lying in a hammock in a lovely warm tropical breeze under an actual Banyan Tree... instead of being zonked with a lovely sniffly sneezy cold :(

Either way though, the socks are lovely!

Banyan Tree Finished 2

I really enjoyed everything about this pair... from the twisted rib, to the leaves (which always seem to fly off the needles for me), to the little cables (I don?t know why I never thought of making 3 stitch cables and just moving the outside stitch? duh!) and the streamlined and simple foot.  I also enjoyed the heel flap, which isn?t rocket science, but looks so different compared to the standard slip stitch heel

Banyan Tree Finished 

All in all ? a great knit... and a free pattern!  Go check it out over at the loopy ewe :) they have fantastic yarns too by the way, and excellent customer service!

19. March 2012 18:23
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Banyan Tree Socks... one down and one to go!

19. March 2012 18:23 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Banyan Tree Sock Numero Uno

For Sock Knitter?s Anonymous this month... I decided to play along for the first time in about a year.  I used to try and work the mystery sock or KAL at least a few times a year with that group, but had fallen by the wayside when I was sick last summer with the pregnancy.  You are supposed to challenge yourself and pick something that you will learn from, etc.  I know these aren?t exactly rocket-science socks for me... but my main personal challenge is just to Knit.  Do a few rows here and there.  Make time for myself in a hectic day with a newborn, even if it?s only 10 minutes here and there, it does all add up.

One of the themes for Sockdown March was Cables... so these socks fit the bill! 

Pattern:  Banyan Tree Socks by Debbie O'Neill  (available for free over on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Solid in Peapod

Overall: 

- very well written, and a really fun knit!  I wanted to make something simple enough that I might actually be able to complete them within the 60 day time period... but not something boring.  Why is it that it takes me longer to knit plain ribbed socks than it does to do all over lace?  I figured this pattern would be just right... with a taste of leaf lace, some reverse stockinette, twisted stitch columns, and some pretty 3 stitch cables.  I started the second sock last night and finished the twisted rib cuff, and am into the leaves already.  I will definitely be able to complete these by the deadline of the end of April!  Now I?ll need to find a second pair to cast on!

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