The washcloth that kicked my arse
First round: I cast on 150 stitches twice. Because the first time I didn't start with enough yarn.
Second round: Subconscious decided that 12 bobbles was much better than the called for 6 in row 2. Decided this wasn't so grand in row 4. Did I mention 150 stitches?
Third round: Casted on 150 stitches, created the correct number of bobbles, knit to row 5 (FIVE) and realized that it was twisted. Yep, like a mobius. Somehow the: "do not twist" part alluded my incredible brain. duh.
Was I going to let the washcloth win? was I going to cast on for a 4 (FOURTH!) time? Or was I just going to smudge it cause its a washcloth for crying out loud, and create a nifty hanging loop to camouflage the funky hole. Yep. I did that.
Updated: think its going to rain?
I'm a little, ok more than just a little, behind in posting my sock history. My camera and I have been having "issues". I say turn on, it says nope. Then there are the re-chargable batteries, that the camera is eating like candy corn. *gr* Here is my story of how I walked down the road of sock knitting
When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
There is a bit of controversy on this one... I have two posts that mention my fall into sock knitting. Honestly I can't tell you which sock I started first the one in this post or when my mom gave me a copy of The knitter's handy book of patterns by Ann Budd, some Moda dea sock yarn, and let me borrow 2 12" addi turbo's size US2. Mom, do you see what you've done? ; )
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
ohhhh, boy. This is where I open the closet door and (a few) skeletons fall out. This isn't exactly my first "pair" per say. Mom knit the first sock, and didn't like how it turned out (yeah right) so she gifted it to me, along with the rest of the sock yarn to complete the next sock. (she had a PLAN you see, a PLAN!) If you click on the pic to embiggen it, you'll see how the sock on the right that mom knit has no ribbing on the foot. While my sock, on the left, has ribbing down to the end of the toe. They have held up just fine. Why? cause I never ever where them. They make my feet sweat (your welcome!) and are not even a little bit warm. And that's why neither sock has a "real matchy" mate.
Above is what you could call my first real "pair" and I wrote about here. I used Plymouth sockotta in color 5616, and size 3 dpns. You could say they have worn very well, cause they also haven't been worn that much! I didn't know all that much about gauge back then, I followed the directions in the book for the pattern I liked. Even though I used a lighter weight yarn it didn't occur to me to use a smaller needle! doh!
What would you have done differently?
With the mod dea sock knit tighter, maybe moved a few stitches back and forth where the 2 circs met up to prevent the gapping ladders, stopped knitting the ribbing when I reached the toe decreases, and used different yarn.
The sockotta sock paid more attention to gauge. Much closer attention to gauge. Stupid gauge.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
Honestly? I *heart* Vesper. My Neapolitan socks are my absolute fav. I really enjoy knitting with Schaefer's Ann, Claudia's hand painted, Socks that rock and Lorna's Laces.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
5 DPNs all the way babeee! I've knit with 2 circs before and it just killed my hands when I got to the heel flap and the gusset. 4 dpns doesn't work for me either, the way I have to hold hold the needles to knit cramps my hands. I really like how complicated and dangerous knitting with 5 dpns look. Although crocheting is lovely, and can create some beautiful pieces, It doesn't create a fabric that is right for sock making.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap, Flap, Flap! (*snicker* Mike and I say that to each other all the time. "Flap, flap, flap I'm feeling the love here!") Flap heels fit my heel better than short row. I love the look and feel of a traditional heel (k1, sl1 to end, purl next row)
How many pairs have you made?
14 pairs of adult socks, 1 pair of baby socks, 1 sock for my SSS pal Stacey and 2 pairs of itty bitty teeny socks. I've gifted a few pairs to my Dad, a teacher at Bryce's pre-school and my daughter Corra.
Here is a pic of most of my finished socks, there will be many more to come as I've found that sock knitting is portable, fun and creates a very useful finished product! Someday I hope to have a drawer full of hand knit socks!
he's a sneaky one, really he is... He is almost as good at hiding my packages as the mail man. At least the DHL guy just tries to run me over, just like I try to run him over (fun game, really. He flies up my driveway, I fly down my driveway. Good thing one of us was paying attention. Surprise! It was me!) sooo.. guess what!
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My shoes came and they are too small (!?!). Even better, there isn't another one to be found in any of the other stores in the district. Think that's going to stop me? noooo... David at my local Sears, apparently felt bad for me when he called me back to say there aren't any anywhere. He told me that he is one of the lucky to unload the truck tomorrow. He promised to call tomorrow if there are any size 8's on said truck. (he better or I'll bring all, count em' 3 kids, with me to the mall and they'll be high on sugar buddy!) If there isn't, I'm ordering a pair online. If that doesn't work. Damnit I'm calling every freaking store in New England, I want these bloody shoes. damnit. triple damnit even.
Lookie see my first socks of Socktoberfest! Whoohoot! I know they look cute in the shoes, but check em' without:
Kid update: Corra's feeling much, much better. I think it might have been the house call by Dr. Allysa.
Bryce is now sick, and Allysa is a bit sniffly. First cold of the season. At least it was this week, and not next week!
Notice I changed the blog around a bit? Moved the buttons a bit, changed the look of my blogroll. If you want to see the blogs I read click on the sheep to see them. Many thanks to MandyJ who resized the pic for me, and is back to blogging! Yay!
Sometimes I forget why I hate going to the mall, or why I even hate shopping to begin with. Then after spending 5 minutes in the mall, including the walk in, I remember why I dislike the mall with such a passion its unreal. It might have had something to do with it being a Saturday and there was a Halloween Fashion show going on. Which a million people where attending. A million people who where walking so slow I could stop, wait, then walk my super walk speed for half a store front. I went to the mall on a mission, I wanted the shoes the girl from Sear's said should be in by Friday night. Guess what? They weren't there. surprised? I shouldn't be. *gr* The girl who did help me however, told me I could order the shoe's from a different store, not have to pay shipping and they could be at my house in a week or less. Of course, I wanted new shoes on Saturday and why didn't the girl on Tuesday tell me this?!? I wanted to walk out of the mall with my pretty new shoes! Not a single store had shoes that would show off my hand knit socks. I ordered the shoes from Sear's and picked up some chocolate from Gardner's. The candy store always has something I want! Saturday night I poured my frustration into finishing up my so called scarf, I might have also ate all the truffles I bought too.... take a look its so soft and luscious
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Pattern: My so called scarf from Sheep in the City
Yarn: 2 hanks of Manos in color way 109. One hank came from Jill Deal yarn shop in Milford PA and the other from Handworks in Smicksburgh PA.
Needles: size 11 Lantern Moon straights.
Time: about 3 nights of knitting.
Thoughts: Love this scarf! mmmmm Manos!! Great fall colors in this color way, the pattern was easy to memorize and I love how it broke up the colors. The Lantern moon needles where a luxurious splurge that was extremely worth every penny. The needles are so soft and smooth. I loved knitting with them!
After I finished my scarf, my needles where nakid and I needed something else to knit. Everybody together now:
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aren't they the cutest? I call them my baby Neapolitan socks. Here are the spec's
Pattern: loosely based on better than baby booties. I used the heel that they called for, but that's it.
Yarn: left over Vesper Neapolitan and a little bit of Vesper astro cause I ran out of yarn, and it used the same pink.
Needles: 4 size 0 metal dpns. (ouch!)
Time: 8 hours. Would have been a lot less if I didn't develop the inability to count to 44 and not recognize the problem till 6 rows of ribbing was knit on sock 2. *urgh*
Thoughts: awww! I have no idea if these will fit our little baby or not, but they are sooo cute! awwww!! For her next pair of socks, I'm using a size 1 needle. I don't know if it was trying to knit with yarn on a size 0 needle that was made to be knit with a size 1 needle (did that make sense?) But where the needle rested on my middle finger, owwww!!! It was a great way to use up some left over sock yarn, even if I had to dip into another skein. They are the cutest little socks!
Right now on my needles I have started a pair of vanilla socks using STR medium weight in Tiger's eye. More on that later, kids want to eat, and Corra has a sinus infection and is on antibiotics, Bryce and Allysa both have a cold. Really, what fun. That's ok though, cuddle time = knittin time! ; )
Today is a fantastic day, not only is it beautiful outside but its my Daddy's (snookie hehe) and his sister (my Aunt Liz's) birthday's today!! Whoohoo! Happy Birthday Daddy and Aunt Liz! They are twins, ok, kinda sorta not really. They are both born on the same day, different years. How cool is that?
Here's 5 reason's to celebrate Snookies Day:
- He really hates being called Snookie, but deals with it with this evil smile on his face where you know he'll get back at you. Maybe not today, or tomorrow. But someday.
- Buying me lots and LOTS of candy when I was a kid. I still remember going to Ted's smoke shop after church, where you would buy me skittles, watermelon gum, garbage pail kid cards or baseball cards. I would later gross you all out in the car by chewing up different colors of skittles and seeing what color creations they made. Ya, Mom loved that.
- He has a sick and twisted sense of humor. He said the reason why him and mom had kids was because the cats kept running away. I'll never forget the time you fed my cat Stinky peanut butter. Twisted cat loved it, and spent the 30 minutes talking like Mr. Ed.
- He helped me buy my first car, a 65 Ford Mustang when I was 15. Its still sitting in their yard...
- Him and Mom bought me a bike for my 16th birthday. See sick and twisted.
Daddy, I love you. Have a GREAT Birthday!
- She always gives the best presents. Really, Always!
- She battled leukemia and won! whoohoot!
- She loves hand crafted presents!
- She grew up with my Dad. (she should receive a metal for that!)
- She thinks my kids are sweet little angels. (HA!)
- She is the sweetest. ; )
Happy Birthday Aunt Liz!!! Hope its a good one! (Sorry, all the pictures I have of you are on Mike's laptop, and on the server that I'm not allowed to touch with out supervision!)
Happy Birthday you two!!! yay! I'm going to eat cake in your honor. hehe
(p.s. Dad reads the blog and I think Aunt Liz's checks from time to time)