Sunday, December 30, 2007

Wild Tide Take Me Away

Wild Tide

Sock one done on my plain Wild Tide socks. I didnt like the pattern that came with this in the sock club.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Two Grapey Socks

Good Grapey!

Two, Two Grapey Socks, aha ha haaaa! Doing a Bordhi reinforced heel tightens up the whole sock, and the lace seemed to make it a little tighter as well. However they are done, and drying now, soon to be sent to their future feet!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Lost Pattern

Lost Pattern

My mom sent me this picture of an afghan I did for her years ago.... If anyone recognizes it, let me know. Id really like to make it again!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

One Grapey Purple Sock

One Grapey Purple Sock

one grapey purple sock done. The fit isnt the same as my Trekking sock (same pattern and same needles, but the yarn has different stretchiness). I like them all the same though. I think I should have decreased the number of stitches at the leg, added more repeats, and made the width a little tiny bit wider, and just a few more rows before the toe.

All in all I like em!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Grape Japanese Feathers

Grapey Japanese Feathers in progress

Its looking pretty good so far, I think... kinda hard to see the picture any better.

Monday, December 17, 2007

My own Japanese Feather Socks

Trekking XXL

So I thought Id write up my pattern notes. Ive adapted Walkers' Japanese Feather pattern, so I think its okay to post it, but the Bordhi heels you;ll have to buy the book yourself!

Japanese Feather Socks with Bordhi Cedar Heels

Using Trekking XXL or other fingering sock yarn

CO 60 sts loosely with 2mm needles, join
[k1, p1, k3, p1] for 10 rows
[k1, p1] for 4 rows
knit 1 row dec 5 sts [55 sts]
change to 2.25mm needle
Begin Japanese pattern from Walkers 2nd, p285 altered to in the round and Bordhi's cedar architecture

All odd rows, 2, 4, 16, and 18 [k10, p1]
Rows 6, 10 and 14 [k1, (yo, k1)x3, ssk x3, p1]
Rows 8 and 12 [k1, (k1, yo)x3, ssk x3, p1]
Rows 20, 24, and 28 [k2tg x3, (k1, yo)x3, p1]
Rows 22, and 26 [k2tg x3, (yo, k1)x3, p1]

Complete one full repeat rows 1-28
Complete rows 1-13 rows
For Rows 14, 17, 21, 26 and 28 add [m1p] before final p1 on each repeat to increase to 80 sts as follows:
Row 14 [k1, (yo, k1)x3, ssk x3, m1p, p1]
Row 17, 21 [k10, m1p, p1]
Row 26 [k2tg x3, (yo, k1)x3, m1p, p1]
Row 28 [k2tg x3, (k1, yo)x3, m1p, p1]

using Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters book to complete the heel decreases.
G=28 sts to mark off for centered over instep, and centered over sole
H=12 wing sts

As Im not fond of lace inside my socks (it rubs!) Complete 32 rows with p1 [k4, p1] over instep to toe, and st st on bottom of foot
Standard toe decreases to 10 sts, pull thru, tie off and hide tails

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hand Dyed Delicious

Concord Grape Sock Yarn

Hand dyed some sock yarn this weekend. This purply goodness makes me crave some of those dark purple concord grapes.

Japanese Feather Socks

Japanese Feather Socks

Found a sock started so I picked out a pattern and just went with it... I used Walker's (2nd) Japanese Feather pattern, and did a Bordhi heel, expanding between the feather pattern. They are really comfy. Now for the 2nd one....

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Half N Half sweater begins

Half N Half sweater begins

What to do with really ugly Fleece Artist sock yarn? How about 6 skeins of the stuff? I still cant believe I bought this. So its gonna be a sweater, even if I have to dye it black after.

Ive crochetted the cuffs and one bottom edge panel. Hideous.

To Dye for Slippers

To Dye for Slippers

Ok these were white and black originally. Then to shrink them I put them in the washer, only I totally didnt notice one pair of jeans was new... then I had dirty white and black slippers.

Answer: Dye them. Eh Voila! They are a little on the bright side, but all in all not bad!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cat Meets Monkey


Ive finished the first sock of "Cat Meets Monkey". Monkey pattern from cuff to ankle, Cat Bordhi's New Pathways heel/foot. Now for the second sock....

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dont Walk On Me

Ive been experimenting with an old pattern I made up. Its a crochetted sock. Only its just too uncomfortable to walk on crochet, no matter how fine the yarn. So the plan is to make the foot knit and the leg crochet. That should get the anti-crochet nuts up in ... pointy sticks.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Santa's Elves

Sky Sock for Elves

I got my copy of Cat Bordhi's "New Pathways for Sock Kniters" and tried out the tester sock "Little Sky sock". Im really impressed with her ingenuity. The increases run over the instep (top of the foot) while the decreases run along the side of the bottom of the heel. You can almost see them coming to a point at the side of the foot. Truly amazing! I added the little "Elf" curl so I could give this away at an ornament exchange next week.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Hey Hey We're the Monkey Socks

Monkey socks have begun!
I ripped up the previous incarnation and started the Monkey Socks. The lace pattern isnt that hard to follow, but Im not sure the lace is going to show up all that well. Plus they already seem a little loose. Perhaps they will shrink a little? They are 80% wool, 20% nylon, but the label says no dryer. Guess I will find out eventually.

Tip Toed

foot, showing missing toe
So Ive finished my One Toe Missing socks. Im not entirely sure about the proportions of toes/no toe, but they can always be pulled out and redone.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

On Fire Socks

My first try at Magic Loop socks. They went up fast enough, although I had to take the gusset out of the first one 3 times. I will have to try this method again for a higher gauge sock. Overall Im pleased.