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  • knitting1105 1:30 pm on October 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    These socks are from the Janel Laidman Knitterati sock club, July shipment.  The yarn is Lillian from Dirty Water DyeWorks, and I just love it.  The sock pattern has a twisted rib foot bottom which much to my surprise is very soft and squishy with the added benefit of really snuggling up nicely to my foot. I love these socks!


    Pattern: Dunabe
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Sock Club 2012, July pattern & yarn
    Yarn: Dirty Water DyeWorks, Lillian
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 9/?/12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s size medium

  • knitting1105 8:27 am on September 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    First Sock Syndrome 


    Second Sock Syndrome is a complaint of many sock knitters.  They seem to be anxious to try out a new pattern, and knit the first sock up, only to have the second appear less interesting to knit, and it languishes.  That was never a problem for me, as I was either anxious to finish a quick knit, or had conquered the complexities of a more difficult pattern and the second sock seemed easy by comparison.  Lately I have a new problem however, I seem to be starting and not finishing any first socks.  There is a good reason for all, but bothersome none-the-less.


    The beautiful blue socks are from the Knitteratus Scok Club by Janel Laidman, I love the pattern, the twisted rib on the bottom of the foot is so squishy and comfortable.  Almost done with sock #1 of theses.  The green pair is from the same club, a February installment.  I could not travel with these socks and follow the pattern, so they remained at home and got abandoned when I needed the needles for a pair of traveling knitting socks (ie, a less complicated pattern), and they sit dangerously off needles, and without any stitch holders to hold them in place.  The lime green pair is from the CookieA sock club, and while the pattern is interesting and different from anything I had tried, it broke one of my precious Lantern Moon needles, and I switched to metal.  I am now waiting on some Signature needles to finish these up.

    I have never had this many started socks before.  And lastly, there is the pair of CookieA socks, using some handspun yarn.  These will be for my husband, but I could not finish them while away, as I needed to get reinforcing thread for the toes.  Hope to finish these up soon.


    • Diane 8:36 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that you have any time to do quilting!


  • knitting1105 10:10 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Blocking is Everything! 

    I finally gave a proper blocking to my doily lap blanket, otherwise known as the Hemlock Ring Blanket,  that I made a couple of years ago.  It looks so much better than the lump that has been sitting on my couch for the past 2 years.  Blocking is everything!

    And I am almost finished with my KAL mystery scarf project from Janel Laidman’s Knitterati sock club.  3 rows from the end and I run out of handspun yarn!  Luckily I love Fiber Optic so much that I had the end of a blue-green gradient as a single.  I Navajo plyed it (with a couple of practices), and have what I think will be a lovely blue ending to this scarf.

    • Mimi 7:05 pm on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yesiree, blocking *is* everything! Your doily looks great! If I could justify knitting another one of these, I’d do it in a second!


  • knitting1105 1:01 pm on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I don’t get Knitting Podcasts 

    Perhaps someone can help me here.  Having watched a couple of Knitting Podcasts, some recommended by fellow knitters, I do not understand the appeal, nor why advertisers would pay for this.  Some might say the same about my blog, but you can just quickly look at the photos and don’t have to hear cats barfing in the background or the inane babbling of the host, or worse the showing of items on their iPad by bringing it closer to the camera lens.  Trying to watch one the other day and I felt like it was watching a train wreck in slow motion.  I love blogs with video, especially when it is explaining a technique, and I enjoy looking at the photos on blogs.  There is one blogger I follow where I only look at the photos, she is a great photographer, but I could never read her text—too cutsie.

    I finally blocked out my Little Wing shawl by Janel Laidman.  I wish that I had more yarn to make it bigger, but it did block nicely. It is drying outside on this beautiful day, and I will have finished photos later today.

    • Joan 10:49 pm on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I know exactly what you mean – and I only did audio podcasts! I do like Fiber Beat, because Wonder Mike does actual interviews. I think it is only available in audio.


  • knitting1105 9:06 am on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Sock Report 

    The Sock Report is a new eMagazine, the brainchild of Janel Laidman, a favorite designer of mine.  It is a free bi-annual magazine devoted to socks and knitting which uses sock yarn.  And as every sock knitter knows, or if you ever start knitting socks,  it is easy to build up a stash of sock yarn.  After all, it only takes one skein to make a pair of socks, so you are not committed to purchasing a sweaters worth of yarn.  Also, one always needs to have extra colors on hand for colorwork or fancy toes.  It makes a great souvenir from a vacation.  Your husband doesn’t notice as much with one small skein at a time entering the house. And then, when you start spinning, you have even more fingering stash to use up, again in smaller quantities as you try all of the wonderfully dyed fibers available.  This magazine is right up my alley.  Here are some of my favorite projects:

    This color combination reminds me of my recent Laidman shawl:

    Doesn’t the pink gradient version look like my handspun?

    And of course, since I have so much handspun to knit, I was immediately drawn to the shawls.

    This shawl has been on my list since I first saw it.  It was in her club from last year, Arcadia:

    And there are lots of socks of course, I really want to knit a pair of these:

    And fun things too…

    As you can see, the photography is beautiful.  There are articles to read, new yarns to discover, and even a fun contest.

    One pattern for $6.50, or the whole set for $16.

    Off to read more!

    • Barbara 3:18 am on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      “Your husband doesn’t notice as much with one small skein at a time entering the house.” (Chortle) Sounds like a great reason to buy this book. The shawls and scarves look beautiful.


    • thewooleryguy 6:55 am on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      How did this escape my radar?!?! My queue just got a little longer!


  • knitting1105 6:36 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Boreal Socks 

    I finally finished my Boreal socks from the January installment of the Knitterai Sock Club by Janel Laidman.  I have to redo the cuff however, as it is too tight.  The directions called for the EZ sewn bind-off.  I chose to do a tubular bind-off instead, as it would be more elastic, and not as floppy as some I had seen online.  However, I knit the set-up rows with the twisted rib, and that has proven to be too tight, so I will have to remove the last few rows and knit them again.  I knit a few rows of 1×1 rib after the pattern to give the cuff a more finished look.

    Project Specs

    Pattern: Boreal
    Pattern Source: Knitterai Sock Club
    Yarn: Hazel Knits Entice MCN, color Iceland
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 1/20/12 (started with the knitting)
    Date Finished: 3/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

    • Gro 1:11 am on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They look stunning!


    • Barbara 4:37 pm on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They are really pretty! I see that a lot of your magnolia blossom has fallen, but it makes a very good background for the socks.


      • knitting1105 8:26 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It is a good background. Didn’t get enough tree time to properly enjoy the fragrant blossoms.


  • knitting1105 12:07 pm on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Red Socks 

    I am finally returning to finishing up the first installment for 2012 of the CookieA sock club.  The yarn was a beautiful fiery red by Alisha Goes Around called Richness (of Martens) Fingering, which is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% silk.  While the cashmere is very soft, my experience the past year with other brands has been that it pills a lot.  It will be interesting to see how this works.  This is a very hard color to photograph given the brightness of the red, and the sheen of the silk.

    I ended up choosing the Makoto socks, even though I was not initially drawn to the 3-dimensional qualities of the knit sock.  It is supposed to relate to a fortune cookie, and I think that it does a good job of that.  One of the cookie recipes was for fortune cookies, and I am anxious to make them with my own fortunes inside, I am thinking knitting themed.  Hoping to be able to do that for my SnB group on Monday.


    These need to be finished in short order, as I now have a new sock pattern and yarn coming EVERY month.  The Knitterai Club (Janel Laidman) arrived 2 days ago.  While I am not a fan of green, especially the Kelly greens, this color has grown on me as I look at it.  It is Mad Color by Fiber Arts, the color is Emerald Green (80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon), 420 yards, 4 oz.  I love the project bag that came along also.

    And, my first flower of the season as always.  Judy tried to figure out what this perennial was last year (after the flower was gone), the green foliage stays on through the summer.  I still don’t know it’s name, but love it and it will always now remind me of her and the beauty of new growth in the spring.

    • Carol 6:11 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The red socks look really cool. I would like to see them with a foot inside too. I love your green yarn. What pattern will you knit with it?
      Your flower is really pretty. I would be interested in what it is. If you want I will show it to a friend that might know.


      • knitting1105 8:27 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I found out the name of the flower. It is a Hellebore. I will never look at it again without thinking of Judy.


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