Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Spiral Boot Socks

Ok, my first post in this KAL. These are from Interweave Knits magazine, Summer 2007 issue. The yarn is cotton sock yarn from The Black Stitch, so not available anymore. The pattern is pretty simple, looks more difficult than it actually is.

Sorry for the crazy pictures, really hard to take a picture of one's own legs :)

All in all, I'm really happy with these socks. They are a bit too big but otherwise fine. The yarn is nice and shiny, not very stretchy (100% cotton).

Monday, September 17, 2007

So...What Puked These?

Remember the Blueberry Puke- socks? The Puke-socks series got a sequel today when these got knit. Though it's still not clear what puked these up. I used the same yarn as in the Blueberry socks, except naturally not the same colour. 100% acrylic. They took me two days to knit. Not bad.

One Monkey off my back

I finished the first Monkey sock and I'm pretty pleased with it. You can definitely see the color change at the toe - but the weight and texture of the substitution are pretty good.

Now - on to sock #2...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Yarn Substitution

You remember that I was going to run out of yarn for my Monkey socks - and you may also remember that the 'flash' yarn I was using was three distinct strands in different colors - so while I was at 'Stuff Mart' the other day - I walked past the embroidery thread display and noticed the many many colors they have. Hmmmm I thought - I bet I can match my sock yarn with that. So I went out to the car and got a piece of yarn(I rarely go anywhere without my knitting bag) and chose three colors which I thought closely matched. The little skeins are about 9 yards each and I think I only need enough for about the last inch or so of sock.

and at 10¢ each - I will spend about 60¢ to finish my sock.

I have an old drop spindle and I plied the yarn - it's a pretty close match - but in natural light I can see that the blue is brighter and the olive is darker than the original - the lime is still a good match. I shouldn't have tried to match under 'stuff mart's' flourescent lights.

Stuff Mart = walmart - if you watch the Veggie Tales Madame Blueberry - that's the store she gets all her 'stuff' at - so we've called it that since the Man-Cub was little - very appropriate...

Friday, September 7, 2007

FO: Pink Socks!!!

Whooo hooo I just finished up my pink fixation socks! I made them using the 7 stitches per inch formula in Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks. I tweaked the pattern a bit for the toes though. I used US size 3 needles and 2 skeins of Cascade Fixation, I still have a ton of yarn left on each ball though because I like short socks.