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24. November 2009 08:00
by Jobo
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Sky Rockets in Flight... Afternoon Delight..

24. November 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Afternoon Delight SocksNo… Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT too young to know the words to this song… my parents always listened to the local “Golden Oldies” radio station so I am fully versed in old/obscure music ;)joy of sox

But back on topic… “Afternoon Delight” is one interesting sock!  I decided to use some Heidi’s By Hand sock yarn that I picked up over at London Wul last summer and just go for it. 

The pattern is one by Sivia Harding and can be found in Joy of Sox along with a whole bunch of other neat patterns.  Every time I look through the book I talk myself into making another pattern from it… dangerous!  I particularly like that the book is bound spiral ring and will lie open flat, which is a plus for hands-free reading and knitting.  I hope to do a more thorough review of the book once I’ve had a chance to make a few more patterns from it.

I am really enjoying this pattern… nice clear charts and descriptions (though there is an errata, which I had identified before starting by looking at the lovely socks already completed by fellow ravellers) and the design itself is fun to work on.  I haven’t been able to memorize the lace chart, but all of the practice “reading” my own knitting has really paid off because I can pick up my knitting and know where I am without having to write anything down.   The toe-up heel is a little different compared to others I’ve tried so far, but seems to have a nice fit.  I guess there are many different ways to skin a cat?

Berries and Wine Yarn for web2The yarn itself has a nice feel… a little more “tough” than squishy soft, but I know that will make for some more hard-wearing socks.  In some ways, it feels like Kroy I think.  I do this Heidi’s by hand to be a little thinner than some of the Merino yarns I’ve used lately, but I think once the finished socks get a good soak and a blocking they will soften up a bit.

Berries and Wine Yarn for webThe pinky purples are definitely what I needed for this project though!  In the book, Sivia’s original socks are knit in a tone-on-tone aqua blue, with little bits of darker and lighter colors, but overall a blended shade that reminds me of the bottom of a pool.  I decided to omit the beads, mostly because I didn’t think that beads would be very comfortable inside shoes.  It’s kind of too bad really, because pearl beads would have been really sharp, don’t you think?

I currently have both socks cast on… one of which is up past the heel, and the other which is just coming up to the gusset increases for the heel.  My goal is to get them both up to the same past heel point, and then divide the remaining yarn left in the ball in half so I can try and knit these up as far as possible.  I am not sure if I will have enough to make knee highs, or if I will decided to continue in that direction when the time comes anyways.  (I like wearing knee high socks, but have never managed to knit socks that ambitious)

  Afternoon Delight Socks2

16. November 2009 06:48
by Jobo
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Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

16. November 2009 06:48 by Jobo | 5 Comments

=  a little disappointed :(

I worked through my ?Bella Mittens? and the pattern itself is well written and the mittens turned out as they should have (though a teensy bit too small, but a vicious blocking might fix that?) except that the yarn is REALLY Itchy!  I?m not sure if it is just me, or if other people will find it acceptable.  In the ball the yarn felt really silky and smooth, but after being knit, it feels like little bits of fiber are poking into my skin.  I could hardly wear them long enough to take the pictures.  I was going to gift these for Christmas, but I think I will just give them away somewhere, they are a little small anyways, and somebody?s kid would probably think they are just the cat?s meow. 

I do think I will try this pattern again with another yarn perhaps.  I am thinking of dyeing some wool to make a nice thick chunky yarn, maybe a bright barberpole?  They wouldn?t really be ?Bella?-ish anymore, but maybe more wearable for me?  Hmmmmm Back to the design board?

lavender pewter mittens

Bella?s Mittens? Pattern good ? - - Yarn (Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends) Itchy.

13. November 2009 22:28
by Jobo
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Pine Forest Socks done :)

13. November 2009 22:28 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Finally I managed to be home during the waning daylight hours to take some photographs of these socks? they?ve been sitting on the coffee table blocked for almost a week now waiting for their unveiling!  This time of year I find it very challenging to take photos, especially since it?s dark outside most days by the time I get home.  These images were taken indoors in the best light I could find.  (Sorry if they are still a little dark)

pine socks 4

toesThe Pattern:  Kaibashira by Chrissy Gardiner

The Yarn:  Dragonfly Fibers ? Dragonsock in ?Texas Bluebonnet?

Sometimes it is difficult to know what to do with a given yarn.  I really loved the colours in this skein, but every time I tried to knit them up I just had a hard time deciding if it was the right project.  In the end I decided on this pattern because I loved the way that the colours blended into the curves, and the way that the garter stitch rows added dimension to the design.  In the end I am quite pleased with the way they turned out.

There is something very enchanting about knitting socks for me, just enough interest to keep me entertained, but the utility of the finished product is also addictive.  I mean, you really only *need* a certain number of afghans, or cardigans, or mittens? you don?t necessarily use those everyday.  But I wear socks almost every day of the year!  On Prince Edward Island it is quite chilly (and the downright cold!) from the middle of November until April sometime.  On a frigid winter?s day, there isn?t much nicer than a pair of homemade wool socks? or at least to this ?lil knitter ;)

I think I would like to try this pattern again using handspun yarn, since the ripples were so easy to do? they knit up in no time really.  I hope the pattern for this year?s SockWars is as simple? my target won?t know what hit him/her!

pine socks 2

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