Friday, March 30, 2007

Emerald City Socks

Pattern - my usual top down
Yarn - Lisa Souza Sock!, Emerald City colorway
Needles & Gauge - Size 1 DPNs, 9 st/in

These socks are doing double duty in knit-alongs. I originally chose this color for the March Socktopia theme of "It ain't easy being green". Then I realized that since they are green, they also work for the Green Socks KAL.

It was nice to work on a pair of plain stockinette socks after a few pair with stitch patterns. But, now I'm back to using stitch patterns.

Monsoon in Eleanor (a Socktopia Exclusive Pattern)

Watermelon Tourmaline in Stansfield #11 from Sensational Knitted Socks

Friday, March 23, 2007

A Quick Post

I finished my first Emerald City sock on Wednesday. I immediately cast on for the second sock and worked on the cuff. But then I noticed that one of the sides was longer than the others (I use 4 DPNs and a 5th to knit) and there was a little hole. At first I thought maybe I'd thrown in a yarn over between needle joins but realized that couldn't be right because I had the right number of stitches. So, since I was only a few rows in, I decided to rip it out and start over. As I was ripping, I noticed that at one point, the ripping was going in the opposite direction. I guess when I put my sock down and picked it back up, I knit in the wrong direction. Good thing I decided to rip it all out, I never would have figured that out if I would have just tried to ladder down and fix the hole.

I had planned to cast on again last night, but life had other plans. About 2ish in the afternoon, I started feeling sick to my stomach. Yep, I got the stomach bug that the kids had earlier in the week. Fortunately, it was a fast moving bug and by 10ish that night, I was keeping liquids down, but it really screwed up my plans for the night. So, tonight I will be casting on Emerald City sock #2. And tomorrow is still going to be the day to start my STR Club yarn for February!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Everyone else was doing it, so I did too!

Pattern - Monkey with a few modifications
Yarn - Austermann Step, color #01
Needles & Gauge - Size 2 DPNs, 8 st/in

I'm back to only one project in the works. My Socktopia socks for March. I've got less than 2 weeks to finish them, so I'm going to give them my full attention for the week. I should definitely finish the first sock and will likely have the second one started. But complete or not, on Saturday, I plan to cast on my February Rockin' Sock Club socks.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sock Plans

Since finishing my Opal socks, I only have one pair of socks on the needles. I am currently working on Monkey socks with Austermann Step in color #01. I like the pattern, but I'm not convinced that this is the right yarn for it. The yarn is very soft (which is really nice), but I've had trouble with it being a little splitty. I'm planning to keep going with it, though.

I've decided to go with the "It ain't easy bein' green" theme for Socktopia this month. I will be using some Lisa Souza Sock! in her Emerald City colorway for it. I'm feeling lazy now, since my last couple pair were done with stitch patterns, so these are going to be done in plain stockinette. I cast on last night but I only have a few rounds of ribbing so far.

My Rockin' Sock Club package arrived earlier in the week. I love the color! It's probably not something I would have picked on my own, and it's different from anything I've used so far or that I have in my stash. I won't be using this month's pattern. It's toe-up and I'm definitely a top-down girl when it comes to socks. I picked up a pattern (Central Air) from last year's club at Stitches East in November, so I'm planning to use that.

Now that daylight savings time is upon us, I hope to be more regular with my blog posts. I can't get good pictures without real daylight so I usually save my posts for the weekends. And since weekends tend to be full of running errands and chores, the free time I do get, I like to spend knitting.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

February/March Project Spectrum Socks

I completed my February/March Project Spectrum project. Socks, of course!

Pattern - Madder Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn - Opal, Acapulco color #1302
Needles & Gauge - Size 1 DPNs, 9 st/in

There are 4 color themes for Project Spectrum this time around and there are 4 simple ribbing patterns in the Knitting Vintage Socks book, so my plan is to use one of these patterns for each Project Spectrum color group. The April/May colors are pink, yellow and green. I've got plenty of yarns to choose from that fit that theme and I'm pretty sure I'll be choosing an Opal yarn again. I just haven't decided which one it will be.