... knit something that you where in completely in love with? Real love. True love, because true love has things that bother you (like not putting the toilet seat down!) but you can live with because you *really* *really* love them/it.
(click on all pictures in this post to biggen them)
I'm in love with these socks. The process sucked me in and I feel deeply in love with the diamonds and how they quickly appeared. While I was knitting the second sock I kept trying it on, and take a few moments to enjoy the pattern, the fit, the color. I was in love. (aww!)
But like I said earlier, even true love has its flaws. It wasn't until I finished the first sock, wove in all my ends I realized I made a mistake and I'd be dammed if I was going to rip all the way back to it. damnit. Can you find the mistake? I decided, or justified, my mistake. Telling myself that everything has its flaws. And these socks, even with the mistake are still beautiful.
I know before I said I don't like the feel of a stockinette heel. With the pattern being incredibly awe inspiring, I followed the pattern. I still hate the stockinette heel. And hopefully won't fall for its sweet talk again.
Pattern- Gentleman's sock with lozenge pattern from Knitting Vintage socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn- Socks that Rock medium weight in boysenberry
Needles- Knit Picks US1 dpns (which are really a US 1.5 but I've ranted about this before)
and Susan Bates US 1's dpns
Started- April 14, 2007
Finished- May 6, 2007
Notes- I CO 60 sts. And worked 3 repeats of the cuff ribbing instead of 4. As this pattern was written for a man's leg, and I was modifying it to fit my (much) shorter leg. I worked 4 lozenge pattern repeats using the KP 1's and then worked 1.5 pattern repeat in the SB 1's. Which made the socks a little snugger around the ankle. I switched back to the KP 1's for the heel and foot. I decreased the toe to 24 stitched and then grafted. I love STR almost solids. These socks have my love. Even with there imperfections ; )
Bear wasn't all to amused with my socks photography shoot, see?
PS Kailey is doing better on her meds. She still has some reflux and has been spitting up and coughing more. The Dr took her off one of her meds today. So far it seems to have made her worse. So far, she hasn't had any apnea episodes! yay! The monitors main cable did go bad last Saturday. So the company sent someone to replace it that day. Why is it always a weekend that something happens? *L* Thank you everyone for your well wishes. I can't tell you how much I appreciate them.
PPS This post is just about the socks and just the socks. But Mike, I would be ever so happy if you would put the toilet seat down. You are out numbered in this house. 4 girls to you 2 boys!
Wowsa. What a week. I'm so glad it's over! I should have fun a few errands today, but opted to stay at home, play with Allysa and knit all day. I'm still in my PJ's *grin* I love Saturdays!! Mike went back to work yesterday morning. The trailer finally freaking got here on Wednesday afternoon. After they where all done trying to back it down the driveway (very scary let me tell you. As our driveway is very close to the house and the other side is a hill) it was 7pm. Urgh, lets just say this whole trailer thing has become a big mess. Mike's back at work, and its taking up half the damn driveway. Seriously, the dealership fucked this up big time. More later, and everything unfolds. ugh.
Enough whinning, how about some knitting? Yes! Somewhere in these past two weeks of Dentist appointments, Doctor appointments, mad cleaning, loads of shopping and laundry I've been knitting. Last Saturday I finished my Second Sock Syndrome sock, it was also my last sock of Socktober. I was Adelle's swapie (Is that right? She sent to me. Goodness, my mind is mush.) She sent me a fab package back in August, I casted on my sock a week before Rhinebeck (maybe on Sun the 14) with hopes that I would get it done before Rhinebeck so I could wear my SSS socks to the festival and show them to Adelle during lunch.
ha. I'm a funny one I tell ya! It took me 4 times to get the 1st row of the lace pattern right. Not that there was anything wrong with the pattern. More like a problem with my brain's ability to comprehend directions (Mike, if your reading this. Shut up. Mom you too!! : P ) You see, at the end of the 1st row for the first 3 times, I had 4 extra stitches. I couldn't figure out why. While I resisted the urge to fling the sock across the room I re-read the chart. DUH moment! Its a SSSK not a SSK, THREE SSS not two, yet THREE!!! DUH!! After that the sock just sailed. Till I got to the heel.
This is *the* coolest heel. I have no idea if I did it right, But trust me it is *the* coolest heel! It took me a bit to figure it out, but damn. It was worth it! Really cool. I love the lace pattern used in these socks! It works extremely well with the yarn
Here's the stat's:
*urgh my comptuer is being such an ass right now. I have no idea if the pictures in this post are ok or not. uuuurggghhhhhhh
It's been a few day's since I've posted. At least it feels like it been! Its a funny story really, of why I haven't had the chance to post... we came back home from Mom's late Monday night.
Tuesday morning while driving the kids to school. I stop at the light, while waiting for it to change the local cop passes me down the road. I go straight to go to the school, using my turn signal when I turned, please note I was *actually* going the speed limit. I look in my rear view mirror, and see flashy lights. Ok, turn signal on and pull over. The cop stops behind me. Shit. What did I do?? He comes up and says "I bet you don't know why I pulled you over." I had to tell him, "No, what did I do wrong??" He proceed to tell me that my inspection was out (shit!) he looked at my license and noticed both the time and the kids in the backseat and asked if they would be late for school. I told him, yeah, but that's ok. He handed me back my license and told me to get the inspection done. The rest of that day I spent cleaning the house, running errands, getting groceries. Very little knitting was done this day. Mostly because Corra and I spent the evening making her mask for her class Halloween party.
Doesn't she look perdy? I had a hard time coming up with an idea, something that we could do together. Note for future referance, foam sheets. Won't go through my printer. Need I say more?
Wednesday I had to go to the dentist. Oh, Lordy. I know, and can now freely admit to being a difficult person at times. I was running a bit late Wednesday morning, dropped Allysa off at the sitter's 10 minutes late and flew out to the dentists office which is 20 minutes away. My appointment is at 10. My cell phone rings at 10:03. Its the dentist office asking if I'm coming. Mind you, I've never been late, always early. I have canceled appointments the day before(which you are allowed to do, right?) The last time I was there they kept me waiting for 30 minutes *gr*. Anyway... all I can say to the secretary is "It's 10:03. IT'S.10:OOOHHHTHREEE!! It's 10:03!?!? I would be THREE minutes late right now." I just couldn't believe that she was calling me when I was a measly 3 minutes late asking me if I was coming. 3 MINUTES!! I told her, "Yes, I'm coming, its only 10OHHHTHREE!!" Isn't there some 20 minute late grace period? How come its ok for the Dentist to be running late, but its NOT ok for me to be 12 minutes late? URGH! 10OHHHFREAKINGTHREE for crying out loud!! URGH! I had a bit of a pregnatude this day. No knitting was done, till late that night. See the pic? Very little knitting. gr.
And that brings us to today. Thursday. This morning was hectic to say the least. Kids got dropped off at the sitter's, I dropped the van off at the dealership for the inspection and oil change, and I was off to the Dr's for my 28 week check up. L5 the clown car and I where only together for a small bit of time. Not enough for a photo shoot. oh. pooh. While at the Doctor's office waiting (for one bloody hour) I was able to knit quite a bit. The nurse asked me if I was knitting a scarf. Granted it could pass for a scarf, but why does every non-knitter/crocheter ask if what your knitting is a scarf? After my appointment, I discovered the dealership called. Inspection couldn't be completed, Mike didn't sign the owners card. Damn. Back to the dealership, where I wait. and wait and wait. for them to stick the sticker on the van. Got some knitting done there! Whoohoot!
I have to order more ball of WOTA to finish Dad's Christmas socks. Mike comes home for his break tomorrow! Yay! Do you think he would believe me if I told him I didn't dust because I was saving the cobwebs for Halloween? *eg*
just waiting for their cast on day, 40 pairs of potential socks... just waiting... for their turn on the needles...
Lolly said it best "every stash tells a story". I can remember where I bought each one, (hell if I can remember why I just walked into the kitchen but I remember where I bought my yarn!) 10 hanks came from my trip with Mom to Maryland Sheep & Wool just this past year. 3 where gifts, quite a few followed me home just because I had to have them.
a few have plans, the fleece artist autumn a pair of lacey leaf socks, blustery day or CTH birches either cablely socks or vanilla socks with a picot edge... when their time comes its really about what is going on in my imagination.
going through my sock yarn stash brought back memories. None going back more than a year unfortunately as I haven't been knitting socks all that long. The aquamelon and fire in the sky I bought with mom's special order Vesper yarn, the LL knit happens Mike bought for me all by himself. The girls that work there still remember him... is that a good thing? Or is it because you could never forget someone as cute as this? The strange little momma, is one of the best birthday presents I've ever received!
Tomorrow morning, hopefully before noon, we will have the van all packed and will start our drive to my parent's house in Massachusetts. Hopefully we won't forget anything, or anyone. Mom and I will be at the blogger meet up, I'm praying for anything but rain, I'm sure plenty of sock yarn will follow me home.
I'll be there, will you?
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!