Sunday, April 30, 2006

Fini!

The Crusoe socks for Sockapaloooza are done!




Woohoo! I finished them today and took a few pictures (I'll post more of those pictures a little later) and then they took a leisurely bath with some Lavender Eucalan. They are now drying and will be ready to be sent on Tuesday! I am so excited to be finished!

Pattern Notes:

Pattern: Knitty's Crusoe sock pattern.
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (Color P145 or #5947 - I'm never sure which is the color reference.)
Needles: Addi Turbo 12" circular US size 2, Brittany DPNs US size 2 (DPNs used only for the toe)
Modifications: I adjusted the stitch count for size. I used a round heel with these instructions. I completed the Kitchener stitch when there were 16 total stitches remaining on the needles, rather than 10.

I'm happy with how the socks turned out, and I really hope my sock pal likes them! I'm still nervous about whether they will fit, it's difficult to know for sure. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!

Until next time, happy knitting!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Finish Line...and Beyond

It's in sight. I'm making my way through the second of the Crusoe socks!





Here's a closeup of the progress on the second sock:





I'm already looking ahead to my next project. I'm beginning to realize that I am definately a "sock knitter". I think socks are by far my favorite thing to knit. I have quite a few possibilities, including three WIPs...

The first is the Georgetown socks. These socks were the second pair I ever started knitting, and it looks like I didn't get very far. The yarn is Lorna's Laces in the Georgetown colorway.





The next possibility is the second of the Jaywalker socks. Here is the first, for reference. At the moment, this project is in the lead for which will be next.





Last of the WIPs is the Savannah socks. This is my first (and only) sock with a contrast color in the heel. It's also my first lacy sock. I really like it and with Summer well on its way, I hope to finish these by June.





Of course, we have a couple items in the non-WIP category that are calling my name...

The Red Sox socks...





And a skein of Socks That Rock in the colorway Queen Rock...





Hmmm, which to choose...any opinions out there?

My favorite picture of the day:


(A closeup of the Jaywalker sock.)



Happy Knitting!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

When a problem comes along, you must rip it!

Before the knit sits out too long, you must rip it!

So, yes, there was ripping of the Crusoe sock. It was sad and it took me much longer to rip out the section of the sock than it took to knit it, which I found very discouraging.

However, rather than put the sock to the side and ignore it for a while, I decided to just go ahead and get it over with. And I did.






My guage changed during the knitting and so I realized I needed about 8 more stitches than I had on the needle. So I ripped back to the point in the gusset decreases when I had those 8 extra stitches and then worked even from there. I am now ready to start the toe decreases!





I think the second sock will go more quickly now that I fully understand the pattern and know how many stitches that I need at each part of the sock. Of course, that's assuming my gauge doesn't randomly change again. Believe me, I'll be checking frequently, especially during the gusset descreases.

(Speaking of gusset...every single time I type that word, I type "guesset" and I have to go back and change it to "gusset". Every time. I have no idea why I do this. Does anyone else do this?)

For your viewing, a closeup of the stranded pattern on the ankle and instep:




And a closeup of the heel flap, which is also stranded, but differently than the main pattern:





Happy Knitting!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Spring Ahead

Today is one of my least favorite days of the year. I do love daylight savings time. I love having more of that precious light in the afternoons and early evenings. However, for the first week or two after losing that hour today, I will probably feel like I am sleepwalking through my life. So I'm hoping to avoid too much exhaustion by going to bed every night no later than 9pm. We'll see how long that lasts.

We were away this weekend visiting family. :) After a tiring drive home today (again, I feel that pesky lost hour is to blame) we arrived to find this waiting for us.






I think Spring officially arrived while we were gone. Isn't it beautiful? I took this picture approximately five minutes after we got home.




While we were away, I did a little bit of knitting. So without further ado, I have progress pictures for the 1st Crusoe sock.









The heel is turned and the gusset is finished. I'm making my way towards the toe at this point and I expect to finish it sometime this week. I plan to cast on almost immediately for the second sock to avoid the dreaded SSS (Second Sock Syndrome). And a close up of the gusset...






I also worked a bit on a cashmere scarf that I started almost a month ago. I just work on a little bit here and there, partly to give my wrists a break from those little sock needles. Here is a view of the pattern, it's a skinny scarf which unfortunately seems to mean that it's curling quite alot. I'm hoping that blocking the scarf will take care of that.









This is being knitted from Classic Elite Lavish, which I got on sale! I really like the powdery blue color of the yarn.

Happy Knitting and Happy Spring!