Friday, December 31, 2010

50 Pairs of Socks

I have finished my 50th pair of socks.  When I started on this journey of knitting socks, I was determined to master it.  It has been an ongoing process and I learn new things all the time.

Some things I have learned:

1.  I hate ribbing of K1, P1.  I still use it for socks but do prefer K2, P2 or K1 through the back loop and P1.

2.  I have learned that when picking up stitches for the foot of the sock that it is better to k1 through the back loop.

3.  I have learned how to avoid holes when picking up stitches for the foot.


4.  I also have found a toe decrease that I like better than others.  It is a personal preference. I found this recipe from a sock pattern I was knitting.  The pattern was Croc socks by Monica Jines.

5.  I learned how to feel comfortable doing the kitchener stitch.  (Using a cheat sheet really helps)

6.  I’ve learned how to do a toe up sock.

7.  I’ve learned how to do a patterned sock.

8.  I’ve learned how to follow a chart.

9.  I’ve learned how to use double pointed needles.

10.  I’ve learned how to knit two socks on two needles.

11.  I’ve learned that I prefer to knit one sock at a time on two needles.

12. I’ve learned that I love sock yarn and that you can use it for other projects other than socks.

13.  I’ve learned that handpainted sock yarn is nicer to stripe than hand dyed sock yarn.

14.  I’ve learned that I love Sanguine Gryphon’s bugga and skinny bugga sock yarn, Wollmeise sock yarn, Numma Numma sock yarn, Sundara sock yarn, Socks that Rock Sock yarn,  Trekking sock yarn and Online yarn sock, and all the other sock yarn out there as you can tell from my stash.  But, I especially love sock yarn with cashmere in it.

15. I’ve learned that using size 1 needles with 64 stitches really does make a nicer sock.  It fits nicer and makes for a denser fabric. When I first began knitting socks, I would have fought tooth and nail using such a small needle.  Size 2’s were my needle of choice.

16.  I’ve learned that even though you are using a pattern designed by someone else, you can change it to suit yourself.

17.  Last but not least, I’ve learned that I love knitting socks!

Looking back, I have learned quite a bit from knitting socks.

I have finished the Embossed Leaves socks (pair number 50) by Mona Schmidt.  I used size 1.5 needles with Sanguine Gryphon’s skinny bugga in leaf insect.

Embossed Leaves Sock

So, try knitting socks if you never have and if you have tried and feel frustrated, don’t give up.  Once you do feel comfortable knitting socks, you will feel a great sense of achievement!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ready or Not–Christmas is almost here

Well, either you are ready or you are not.  I’m just about there.  All my presents are wrapped, food is bought, and I think that except for a few odds and ends, I can actually relax tomorrow.  Maybe I will even get time to knit.

Tomorrow night, my family will be visiting for Christmas.  We usually order out for pizza and I have some snacks ready plus cookies of course.  Christmas Day, my father-in-law will be up for dinner.  Then it’s all over for another year.

I did finish the one Christmas gift I was making.  I made a prayer shawl for my Mother-in-law, who is in a nursing home.  I used Marble Chunky in color MC15 with size 13 needles.  I really liked this yarn and I’m now working on a shawl for me.

Marble Chunky Shawl

I also finished the last dishcloth of the year in my Monthly Dishcloth group.  I used size 7 needles with Peaches and Crème yarn in Powder puff.  The pattern is called Snowy drops by Andi Worthy.

December 2010 Mid Month KAL

After all the hustle and bustle of this week, I will be glad for next week when I can relax and knit.  I don’t even care if it snows next week.  I’m ready for a blizzard.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Getting There

I am knitting.  Yep, I am knitting quite a few different projects and I am getting somewhat close to finishing a few of them.

I am finally on the second Embossed Leaves sock.  I should be close to starting the heel flap soon.

Embossed Leaves Sock 2

I am also getting close to the toe decreasing on the Frolicking Feet basic sock in Christmas Cactus.  I don’t think I will have these finished for Christmas, but maybe for New Years I will.

Frolicking Feet Basic Christmas Sock

I did start another shawl using Marble Chunky in color MC16 and size 13 needles.  I love the color.  This one is for me.

Shawl - Marble Chunky - gold

I also started a Ripple Baby Afghan to put on the back of our new Lazy Boy chair.  I am using size 8 needles in Fantasy Naturale color 8013.  Only 16 more repeats to go.

Ripple Afghan - Green FN

This didn’t stop me from buying more yarn.  I got Skinny Bugga from the Sanguine Gryphon in Arge Moth.

SG - Skinny Bugga - Arge Moth

And, I also got Gia Fingering yarn from the Sanguine Gryphon in the color Pororoca. 

SG - Gia Fingering - Pororoca

Plus, I got Little Traveller sock yarn in color balleyboley forest to use on one of the three Advent Calendar scarf patterns that are available this year.

SG Little Traveller Sock - Balleyboley Forest

The Sanguine Gryphon’s winter colors are coming out and I’m afraid that I will have no will power and will probably buy more of her yarn.  I just love it.

From the Loopy Ewe, I got Madelinetosh Pashmina in briar purple and Cascade Epiphany in color 1310.  I just had to try these two yarns.  They will be either for a cowl or small shawl.

Loopy Ewe - December 2010

Lucky that I keep casting on new projects isn’t it?

Friday, December 10, 2010

December and snow

Well, we haven’t had any snow accumulation yet, but we have had snow flurries.  It’s so pretty to see the snow when it’s flurries.  However, Sunday we could have some snow on the ground.  But, that’s okay.  I have no where to go and I can curl up and read a book or knit.  I’m just about ready for Christmas.  I only have a few small items to get and just have to wrap a couple of things.  So, bring on the snow!

I finally finished one of the Embossed Leaves socks.  I am using Sanguine Gryphon’s Skinny Bugga in leaf insect with a size one and one-half needle.  I altered the pattern a little (cuff and toe), but I like how it’s turning out.

Embossed Leaves Sock

I also finished the December KAL from my monthly dishcloth group.  The pattern is Knitted Tree by Frugalhaus.  I used Peaches and Crème in Christmas Green with a size 7 needle.  This was fun to knit.

December KAL - Xmas Tree

I also started a basic sock using Frolicking Feet in Christmas Cactus.  I'm using a size one needle.  Not sure if I will finish this in time for Christmas.

Frolicking Feet Basic Sock-Christmas Cactus

I was fascinated by another knitter’s project of the Ribbed Mobeius Scarf, so I went on YouTube to see how to do the cast on and I am loving this pattern.  It’s very easy once you get the yarn cast on.  I am using Araucania Panguipulli in color 5 with a size 10 needle.

Ribbed Mobeius Scarf - Panguipulli

I did have to buy more yarn.  I got more Marble Chunky in the color MC16 (a gold colorway).

Marble Chunky - Color MC16

And, I got Fantasy Naturale in color 8013 to make a small afghan to put on the back of our new Lazyboy chair.

Fantasy Naturalle - color 8013

I’m a happy camper. I’m enjoying my time at home, doing what I want to do when I want to do it, surrounded by yarn and knitting with my friends at the Knitter’s Edge. What more could I want?

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Finished one goal for 2010

Yippee,  I did meet my goal of reading at least 65 books this year.  I know that I won’t meet all of my goals, but at least I accomplished this one.  I have read the following books lately:

Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton

A Wish for Christmas by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer – this series is a great read.

Growing up Laughing by Marlo Thomas – I loved Danny Thomas.  This was about growing up and also some insight about different comedians.

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovitch – another great book

They call me Baba Booey by Gary Dell’abate and Chad Millman – He works with Howard Stern, but this was about his life and his mother who had mental problems.

Happily Ever After by Nora Roberts – the 4th book in the Bride series.  This really wasn’t as good as the others.

The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg – A great read for Christmas.

Dune Road by Jane Green – I love her books and this didn’t disappoint.

Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs – the third book in the series and it was really good.


I still have time to read a couple more books in the month of December.