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  • knitting1105 7:47 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hand knit socks, simple sock patterns, socks   

    Socks again 

    After a summer of not posting (where did all the free time go to?), I am back again and determined to make this a more regular occurrence.

    In all of my travels this summer, I was making socks and a shawl (details on the shawl to come later).  I accomplished 3 pairs of socks, in addition to the travel shawl and finishing some projects over the summer.  Alas, no spinning or weaving though.  All of these socks were orphans most of the summer, as I started something new for each trip, not wanting to get caught without a project in hand.  Both of these socks were knit with yarn that I purchased from a fellow knitter’s destash.  The price was definitely right.

    The first pair of socks was knit with JaWoll (my favorite sock yarn), this time in a cotton blend.  this is a simple 1×1 ribbed cuff, with a K3, P1 for the body.  I love how this sock hugs your foot.

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    I used an army green superwash wool for the heels, and mixed the red and green for the toes. These socks make me happy.

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    My next pair of socks was a simple 1×1 twisted rib.   This yarn was not fun to knit with and I persevered with the second sock, determined to finish them.  The yarn was very splitty and difficult to knit with.  It does have a nice hand to it, but I will not be purchasing this in the future.

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    Heels and toes were done with a dark green yarn to accent the colors, I was nervous about having enough yarn, and I was correct in adding the contrasting yarn.  Not to mention that it looks much better.  I do like the variegation, and how the socks match, but not really.

    I have never seen this sock yarn in a local store, but will make a note to myself not to purchase it.

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    • Deborah 5:14 am on September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Your socks are very pretty. I like the contrasting heels and toes. I am also knitting a pair with k3p1 ribbing all the way to the toes. It does make the socks fit better than just knitting.

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    • knitting1105 10:33 pm on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, I do think that the 1×3 ribbing for socks is my new go-to for just plain sock knitting.

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    • Diane Hamilton 10:07 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Even though I don’t knit socks, I appreciate your persistence and thoughtful comments?

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  • knitting1105 3:46 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Rainbow colors, socks, Variegated Yarn   

    Coming up for Air 

    This has been a rough 6 weeks.  2 weddings at our house, house guests during that time, school started with huge new responsibilities for me, and 2 other weddings to attend.   I have been exhausted.  Knitting, and blogging have taken a real back seat.

    The easiest thing to knit during these times is socks, as the pattern is ingrained in my head, and they are easy to pick up at any time, and very portable (for those out-of-town weddings).  These socks are knit with some rainbow yarn that I purchased a couple of years ago at Lorna’s Laces mill ends sale.  I really love the colors.

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    As is often the case with variegated yarns, I like the skein better than the knitted project.  The larger blocks of color appeal to me, and they tend not to get as muddied out.  That said, this skein knit up better than most, in my opinion.  There was some pooling of 2 colors on the rounds that tended to swirl around the leg of the sock.

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    When I got to the heel and the toe, that swirling ceased.  It is this part of the sock that I like the best.  The colors really jump out, and it feels much more like the skein looked.

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    And, in all it’s entirety…  Waiting to decide where the new home will be.

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    • Handmade by C. Anne 5:47 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty colors in the yarn. Nice socks!

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    • Diane Hamilton 9:44 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So interesting on how socks turn out from what the skein looks like. Enjoyed both of your weddings and spending time with you. Hope things slow down soon.

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    • salpal1 9:47 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have the same trouble with that kind of yarn – it never looks like I think it will(or wish it would) but I keep trying because the skeins are just so lovely! However, I think that your socks look great, because those colors look good no matter how they play out.

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  • knitting1105 10:19 am on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Sock Vortex 

    The other day it was intimated that all I knit were socks.  Well, reading tis post, one might think that is the truth.  The reality is that they are very portable, which works great for taking in the car, to knitting night or the poolside in the summer.  And yeah, I do knit a lot of socks.

    These are called Sorority Sisters.  My Junior Year of college at the University of Michigan, I lived in a women’s co-op owned by the Women’s Alumni Association, Henderson House. It was there that I made a few great lifelong friends.  The house was situated on Hill Street smack dab in the midst of Sorority and Fraternity row.  We were the polar opposites of those houses.  I remember that the women who came out of the sororities all dressed exactly the same, and the favorite colors were pink and lime green (is that still true?).  We swore that there was only one closet in each of the houses, with a few different sizes, and everyone reached into the same wardrobe.  I really thought that the pink/green color combination was atrocious, and still do.  Somehow I ended up with this variegated yarn in my stash, it must have been gifted, as I do not see how I would have purchased it.  And, immediately, those days on Hill Street came to mind, I knew that I had to elaborate on that pink and green.  I changed out the heels and toes to give it a bit of flair.

    And I am working on the afterthought heels for this pair of striped socks.  The yarn is from Vesper Sock company, and it is a pleasure to knit with.  The stripes work out nice and even, so I did not want to work my traditional slip stitch heel.  Hence, the Thought-out Afterthought Heel, and I needed to refer back to my blog post where I originally discussed how to make this, as it is only the second time that I have done an afterthought heel.

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    Now, I am thinking that I will employ this technique more often, as it really makes the sock fit nicely.  My husband particularly likes the socks that I made in the above referenced post, as he has narrow feet and a narrow heel, so he says that they fit really nicely.  For this sock I am using a bright orange accent for the heel, there is a kelly green cuff, both that I purchased as mini skeins from Vesper sock, I am hoping that there is enough for the toes in orange also.

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    Lastly, I am knitting socks with the Mrs Crosby’s yarn that I won at YarnCon.

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    It is a single ply, which gives me some pause as to durability in socks.  I must admit that I am not loving how this is knitting up, both in the handling of the yarn, and in the way the colors play together.  I will say that it is a very very soft sock, knit in a 1×1 twisted rib.  The toes and heels will definitely have to be knit with a much sturdier yarn, and I think that they will be for my husband.  Some fun contrasting colors are in order.

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    • salpal1 1:41 pm on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      all those fun heels and toes! Love’em. Interesting to hear about Mrs. Crosby – how does it feel to knit with? I actually like the colors, although it is darker than I would have expected from the skein.

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      • knitting1105 2:37 pm on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Not my favorite yarn to knit with. Since it is a single ply, I find that my needles get stuck in it periodically.

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    • 1marylou 3:55 pm on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nice colors.

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    • Yvonne Creanga 5:02 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      can you do those heels on two circular needles? Somehow I could not figure out how to carry just the yarn for each needle as I have the front/top of the sock on one and the rest on the second.
      Can you see what I am talking about?

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      • knitting1105 5:14 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You should be able to. I must admit that I have never made socks on either one (magic loop) or 2 circulars. I love the 5 double point needles. You are simply doing the heel in the round, so there should not be an issue with using 2 circulars. You might want to seek help from someone locally who uses that technique. Sorry that i could not be of more assistance.

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  • knitting1105 2:45 pm on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A New Direction 

    I purchased this gradient yarn from Knitcircus in 2014 at YarnCon.

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    Socks like these were on display in her booth, but I am guessing that the gradients are different to allow a more rapid color change

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    I did try making striped socks with this combination, but the result was so poor (very little gradation showed up), that I ripped it back and started over.  This time with just the green to blue color and a simple twisted rib sock. Enter problem # 2, I am not a fan of toe up socks, as I think that it is harder to get the size correct and a good hefty gusset.  So, I started with the light blue and knit what I thought was a good amount to use up 1/2 of the yarn, turned my heel, and then knit and knit and knit—really wanting to see the green gradient come through.  The result was laughable, but I still made the toe and sewed it together.

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    I don’t know what freak of nature these would even fit!  Therefore, I started the next sock from the opposite end of the skein, thinking that I would have opposing socks and that would solve my problem.  It wasn’t long before I realized that I needed to rip out the first sock.

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    So, now I am almost finished with sock number 2, the correct way, and have been using the ripped out sock as a blank to knit from.  Works well.  Lesson learned.

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    • Diane 3:04 pm on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      LOL…I like the 2nd sock much better too. A lot of work for a pair of socks, wear them well!

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    • conniewockensolle 12:52 am on October 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      For me, this experience is another proof for the uselessness of most of gradiant yarns…
      mostly the result is ugly…
      only very long gradiance in big projects like cardigans and not mittens or socks have a chance to create acceptable effects…

      well, after all these problems while knitting you know have to wear these… I suggest use them with boots..

      please don’t see my comment as malicious joy, I know about wasted time when knitting and the eagerness to finish a project…

      Cheers, Connie

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      • knitting1105 5:10 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Your comment made me chuckle. I love a good gradient, and I think in the end, these turned out well. Thanks for your input.

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  • knitting1105 2:58 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , monkey socks, socks   

    Colored Monkeys 

    My Monkey socks with the beautiful variegated bright yarn are finished.   The heels were knit in a lavender color, which I think helps pull out the brights.  Truth be told, any of the colors that I was looking at would have worked beautifully.  When I was knitting the foot, I was actually loving the underside with the just plain knitting (at one point I contemplated ripping both socks out and starting over!).  That inspired me to knit the toes in the same yarn, and not use a contrasting color.

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    All from this gorgeous yarn:

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    • elaine 8:43 pm on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those are the Coolest Socks Ever! Love the colors 🙂

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    • Diane 11:50 pm on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What fun socks and I know when you wear them you will think of Mom with the purple heels!

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  • knitting1105 11:40 am on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbow Groove 

    This morning I woke up to several inched of surprise snow on the ground, and only a couple of days after the first day of Spring!  Not happy.  So, this bright post will remind me of what is sure to be around the corner: colors and flowers and sun.  My knitting and spinning has been on a total Rainbow groove, I originally called it a rut, but my friend Andi from SnB said that there is no way that rainbows are a rut.  Is it my desire for spring, or just need for more color in my life?

    First I knit with this amazing yarn, Monkey socks in progress.

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    Which inspired the purchase of this fiber:

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    Which prompted me recently to go to Knitterly Things, and look at her beautiful self-striping yarns, they have been on my radar for a long time.  So, my splurge included this Vesper Sock yarn, I was originally going to get another rainbow, but opted for a more serene color palate:

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    And, while I was there, these mini wee-skeins called to me to be knit up into something hopefully creative…

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    And for a true rainbow, I am making the Dot socks from the Vogue Sock Knitting on the go:

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    Here is my cuff, using JaWoll Sock yarn for this:

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    And to be totally forthright, as I was organizing and cleaning my stash today, I forgot that I had purchased this last fall at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool from River’s Edge Fiber Arts

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    Happy Spring everyone!

     
    • FogKnits 12:40 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love each and every one of them! I’m a bit of a rainbow addict too 🙂

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    • Linda 5:07 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful socks….love the orchid heel. I have not tried this pattern yet; makes me want to get started.

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  • knitting1105 8:00 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Colorful monkey socks 

    That amazingly colored rainbow yarn from a couple of weeks ago has become the beginnings of the Monkey socks by CookieA.

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    I love love love the colors, and was uncertain how they would knit up in a patterned sock, so I opted for the Monkey socks as they normally work very well with a highly patterned yarn.

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    It seems to me that even this pattern has not stopped the complementary colors from muddying out a bit.  Not wanting to rip back, I am opting to continue with this.  My thought is that a brightly colored heel will accent the colors of the sock.

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    Here are some choices, all from jaWoll.  My tendencies are towards the blue or purple. Thoughts?

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  • knitting1105 4:27 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Color for my Feet 

    This past weekend we took a city retreat for my husband’s birthday. Very luxurious, and let us ignore the long cold winter for a bit.  Of course, I needed to take along knitting, and it needed to be a small, portable easy to work on project.  Socks it was.  I chose this yarn, that I believe I purchased from someone’s destash, but i can’t really remember where or when.

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    This is so incredibly beautiful, I was saving it for the right time/person.  Unfortunately, this person stopped dyeing yarn a couple of years ago.  When I was winding it up I fell even more in love with the colors.  The dyer was Family Pendragon.

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    There was a last-minute urgent work item that I was tending to, and remembered everything but the waste yarn to do the tubular cast on.  I tried it using the same yarn to no avail, and then tried just a regular cast on.  The yarn screamed at me that it needed to be done perfectly, so I just played around with it, and when I got back home cast on with the waste yarn for the tubular cast on.

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    And I am so glad that I did.  At the moment I am doing a twisted 1×1 ribbing for the cuff, not sure where I will go after that.  I was thinking that the Monkey Socks by CookieA might be worth another go with this yarn.  In the meantime, I am really glad that I started over.  These will be so fun and bright.

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    • Erin 5:04 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous color!

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    • leslieagray2015 6:58 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful! My son walked by my monitor and was immediately struck by the stunning colors, so you know it has to be amazing! 🙂 What a gorgeous colorway!

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      • knitting1105 10:14 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I am in love with it, making me want to purchase some Vesper sock yarn now, which has gorgeous bright colors.

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    • elaine 10:26 pm on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful skein!

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  • knitting1105 2:31 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: free sock knitting pattern, Jawool sock yarn, , socks   

    Transition Socks 

    I made these socks for my BIL.

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    If you remember, We had a small family gathering and I made knitted items for 8 people.  Steve and Dan got socks.  These were made with Jawool sock yarn, which has proven to be a winner for durability and wear.  My husband has some socks from this yarn that are just now wearing out after over 15 years!  This is a great staple yarn, it also comes with a matching reinforcing thread on the inside.  Great workhorse of a sock yarn.

    988_SI started these socks with a 1×1 twisted ribbing for 24 rows in black for the cuff, then when I transitioned to the leg of the sock, I did stockinette.

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    This would work beautifully with a yarn that transitions colors also.

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    Here is the pattern:

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    • Yvonne 3:05 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Real nice. Which method do you prefer? Toe up of cuff down? I am working now on my first toe up but have been running into problems at heel. I am also doing it on 2circular needles. I think I am messing up which directions sometimes I am turning or not. I’ve already undone the heel 3 times. Crazy.

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    • knitting1105 3:13 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Yvonne. I prefer cuff down, I have a high instep and can make that to fit, and also knit the foot to the correct length. Toe-up is great if you want to use all of the yarn that you have. I have 2 small skeins of a gradient that I will be doing as toe-up to maximize the use, however I still find it difficult to get the instep I like that way. I always knit with 5 dpn’s so can’t help you much with the 2 circulars. Using the dpn’s, there is always the bottom half of the sock on 2 needles and the top on the other 2. Makes knitting the heel easier in my opinion.

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    • V o n n a 8:07 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the color.

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  • knitting1105 3:37 pm on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Just for Dan 

    This past winter Dan picked out this wool and Bison down sock yarn at the local winter Farmer’s Market.  I am finally getting around to knitting this up into socks for him.  The Bison down is supposed to be both really soft and extremely warm.  My first thoughts with this yarn is that it is a bit stiff to work with, but I am thinking that it will wash up very nicely.  Often the softer sock yarns do not have the strength to hold up as socks.

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    The pattern is a simple one designed by me.  I will post the finished pattern when completed.  It is essentially mirrored cables on each side of the leg, with ribbing in between.  The top of the foot continues in pattern to the toe.  It bugs me a little bit how the reversed cables look slightly different.  I wonder if this will even out in the washing.

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    Starting the heel, so the back of the sock pattern is stopped here.

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    At the same time I am trying to keep track of whatever I am knitting on in this journal, the thought being that I could retrace my steps with notes when I put something down for a long time.  We’ll see how it works.  Means that I must keep this book with whatever project I am working on…

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