socks


After a slight internal struggle I decided to frog the Tantalizing sock. It really wasn’t progressing as I would like and I didn’t want to forge ahead only to be severely disappointed.
After ripping it out, I promptly cast-on the master Coriolis pattern from the same book. Here is the first sock.

Ok, it’s a little wonky looking when not on the foot. But when worn…

Much nicer. Here is a better view of the top…
I didn’t do any of the suggested variations. Instead I just knit the master pattern with a plain heel. After the heel was completed I knit for another 1 1/2″ and then did 4 rnds of 1×1 ribbing. I knit one round of purl, and then 8 more rounds of knit and cast-off. This gave it a nice rolled edge, but with ribbing to keep it in place.

I’m very happy with the way this one turned out and will be casting-on the second sock tonight.

That being said, I have a huge complaint with the New Pathways book. The patterns are revolutionary and, once you muck through everything, fairly easy to knit. However the layout of this book SUCKS! You are constantly having to flip pages just to knit one pattern. For this “master” pattern I had to have 3 pages bookmarked for reference. If I had chosen a variation it would have been more. On Ravelry there have been a lot of people who have taken their copy to Kinkos to have the perfect binding chopped off and a spiral binding installed. I’m seriously considering doing this.

On top of the layout issue, because the patterns are generalized for all the variations (and presumably unwritten variations) they are not specific enough. There were several times where I had to stop and try to figure out what they heck I’m supposed to do, and I’m an experienced knitter and very well versed in sock construction. It’s so bad that I think if I knit another project from this book I will have to go through and write everything out beforehand so I’m not constantly searching for the correct page, and possibly missing a step because I didn’t pay close enough attention. 😦

So, overall I would give the book a B. It really is innovative, but the layout went for style over ease of use and coherency. I would only recommend this book to experienced knitters. Definitely not for the beginner or novice.

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Well I think I’m slowly coming out of my creative funk without the aid of the spa (I’ll save that until I’m really stressed out!). However, I’m not there yet.

A few days ago I cast-on my first project from the new Cat Bordhi book New Pathways For Sock Knitters. I have to say when my sil first showed me this book I was blown away. The patterns are so creative and the construction is quite different. I was so excited when I received the book for x-mas! Imagine my dismay when I discovered that I couldn’t just jump into a pattern but had to read the book first, and then actually do math (shudder) to determine the number of stitches required for every pattern! I, who fearlessly knit sweaters without checking gauge, am now required to knit a swatch for every pattern just to determine the number of stitches required! Tsk! 🙂

Anyways, I dutifully did my swatch and got my numbers and then started knitting Bartholomew’s Tantalizing Socks.



I have to say that I’m not feeling the love for these. I really like the pattern, but I’m not liking the way this attempt is progressing. I think a froggin is in order.

I hope everyone had a safe & happy holiday! With x-mas over I can now finally show you what I’ve been working on for the last 3 months!

This is the Ultimate Gift sweater by Michele Rose Orne knit in Silky Wool on size 4 (yes, US4!) needles.

This was definitely the most ambitious project I’ve ever knit and I’m so thrilled that a. I finished it in time, b. it looks nice, and c. it fits! And most importantly, honey loves it!

The pattern was pretty easy to follow, but the staggered cables were a pain to keep track of. Because of that I would rate it a difficult. Really, the most difficult part was sewing it up. I’ve never made a sweater with set-in raglan sleeves before, but I really like the way it looks!

The other project you’ve already seen, but here are the completed socks upon the feet of their recipient!
Because a few of you have expressed interest in the pattern I will be writing it up. However, you’re going to have to wait a little bit for it. I think I’ve figured out how to make the pattern work top-down, and want to give that a go before posting it. Also, I think I might have a few people give this one a “test knit” before posting the pattern for general consumption.

That’s the tentative name I’ve got for these socks. I’ve finished the first & am really happy with it so far. I’m casting on the second tonight and will hopefully get a fair bit done this weekend. I’m really glad I went with the folded picot edge for this, I think it really finishes the sock off well.

I wasn’t going to post about them until after Christmas, but I just couldn’t wait.

So, Autumn… No Peeking!

2nd pair of sockapalooza 4 socks finished! 🙂

Pattern: Breeze by Jennifer L. Appleby
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in Rose.
Needles: #1 dpns

Notes: I dropped the needle size down from the recommended #2s to #1s & am very glad I did. It would have been far to open otherwise. No other modifications were made.

Thoughts: Fun pattern, although I’m not very fond of the lace work in this.. it’s just uninteresting. LOVE the cabled heel and will have to start incorporating that idea into other patterns!

I liked the yarn & will probably use it again. Its a little splity, but no more so than I expected based on the fiber content. I think it works very well with the pattern.

Overall I’m very happy with the results. I hope my sp likes them as well. Now I just need to pick up a few goodies for her package & get it ready for mailing. I’m going to try and get it out next week, before the Aug. 2nd ship date, since she lives overseas.

Things are finally settling down a bit. We were away for the 3rd weekend in a row and I’m really worn out. However, I’ve done a fair bit o’knittin.
Behold!
The first Breeze sock for my sockapalooza 4 pal. I’m nearly finished with the second sock and hope to have it completed within the next few days. I really like the way these are knitting up. 🙂

This is the Not-Quite-Straight Scarf. It’s knit on the bias and I started it while in Cold Spring. I completed it yesterday and will post the final pic once it’s been blocked.

This is the yarn used for the above scarf. It was obtained by a swap on ravelry. It’s a handspun/handpainted yarn that was originally purchased on ebay. Lovely pastel colors, that are surprisingly vibrant.

Finished socks made with Calmer. The pattern was self-designed using a Shetland Feather lace panel on the sides. The socks are very stretchy, which is a necessity in any socks knit for my mom. However, I’m not entirely thrilled with the design. Oh well, mom loves them.. and I highly recommend using Calmer for socks.. sooo comfy!

From this lovely little yarn shop in Chicago, the following were purchased…

  Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock

in Bittersweet

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock
in Mineshaft

Frog notions holder by Clover
(too cute to be resisted)

The yarns will be used for socks for Autumn & Kris, since they picked out the colors. Can’t decide if I will be hanging on to the frog or if I will be gifting it in one of my sp exchanges.

When I finished the Embossed Leaves socks I realized that I had nothing else on the needles! GASP! I thus immediately cast-on the Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke that I am making for my niece. I initially did a bunch of math to convert the pattern to a 25″ chest and cast-on. I knit about 5 rows & realized that a) I’m not getting correct gauge & b) the needles are really too large for the yarn.

I therefore ripped it out and started again. This time I am using the directions as written for the smallest size, but went down 2 needles sizes. Hallelujah! I Have GAUGE! And, no more math required, since little miss has a 25″ chest, but her arms & torso are 18″ long already! (Yes, she is going to be really tall!)

I’m a little over 1/2 done with the back and I’m really looking forward to getting to the cables (stockinette can be so boring)!

Not to be satisfied, and frankly feeling a bit inadequate after seeing mammoth stash photos over on ravelry (seriously, get on the list if you aren’t already! Love, love, love this site!), I stopped by the LYS on the way home from work & picked up the following.

I am planning on making (surprise) socks out of both of these. I’m thinking of trying Breeze for my Sockapalooza pal with the Hempathy. I’m looking for a pattern that will be good for the Calmer. These will go to my mom & will be cast-on first, since her birthday is in a few weeks. This yarn is soft, very stretchy & (most importantly) will probably hold up to my dad’s laundry practices.

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