Monday, December 22, 2008

Diamond waffle Socks - Panda Soy

Pattern: Diamond Waffle Socks - Knitty Fall 2007
Yarn: Panda Soy Solid in Twig Brown
Needles: Addi Turbo US 1.5 circulars
Size: M (my husband wears US 10 1/2 shoes)
Modifications: None!
Notes: Each of these socks used 1 skein of yarn and I had about 4 yards leftover from each, just enough to save in case they need darning in the future. I am so happy about getting the pair out of 2 balls instead of having to buy a 3rd skein like I thought I would. They fit my husband perfectly and they are just lovely.

Thanks to Crystal Palace yarns for offering the yarn as a prize in the Ravelry Vegan Sock group summer KAL.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Boy Scout Socks

Amidst all the Holiday Hoopla - I did manage to complete the Boy Scout Socks - I wore them all day yesterday and the princess sole is very comfortable - I may be doing that from now on...

They're made with 2 strands of Aunt Lydias Fashion Crochet thread in size 3 colour Sage and Scarlet.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Socks

Ugh, I've been so bad about posting here! But I've definately been sock knitting, here are three pairs that are going away as gifts:

Blueberry Waffles in Comfort Sock:


Basic socks in Panda Cotton, Sable colorway:


Another pair of basics in Panda Cotton, Fern colorway:


Monday, November 3, 2008

Pie and Waffles

Ok, maybe not real pie and waffles but the socks I've been working on both have foodie names and I thought that was kind of funny. First off, the Sweetie Pie Socks which were just published on the Sockathon Yahoo Group:

The pattern is free but you have to be a member of the Yahoo group to access it, it's free to join so check it out! I used 2 skeins of Panda Cotton in Red Lacquer and US size 1.5 (2.5mm) needles.

The other socks I've been working on are a pair of Blueberry Waffle socks by Sandy Turner:

I'm using Berroco's Comfort DK in a gorgeous purple and it's my first time knitting socks on such thick yarn with big needles (US size 5). I'm done with the first one and I love it, so soft and squishy! But these are going to be for my mom for Christmas so I can't get too attached to them!

Monday, October 20, 2008

4 Pairs of Socks in 5 Days

I've been in a bit of a knitting frenzy. It all started from 2 innocent skeins of Novita santorini yarn
3 Times Santorini
Yeah.. First I knitted the pink-ish socks for myself, but then I felt the need to buy the two other colours that yarn comes in too, and knit my mom socks as well. For some reason her socks never last long (might it be because her feet are like sand didn't hear it from me!). Novita Santorini yarn is 100% acrylic and I knitted the socks with 3,5mm needles.
Progress In a Buss
I think I might be a little bit on the fast side when it comes to knitting. I casted on for the blue socks in a buss on the way to my mom's. And on the pic above is the progress in 2½hours of time. Not bad!
Oona's socks
My mom isn't the only one I knitted socks for. My niece wanted a pair of black and white socks, and I just happened to find two skeins of un-labelled acrylic yarn in a flea market. Talk about a lucky coinsidence. These are knitted with 3mm needles.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spring Fancy Socks

Pattern: Gentleman's Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Panda Cotton Print in "Tulips"
Needles: Addi Turbos 1 1/2 two circulars
Mods: heavily modified: Magic Cast On toe-up, smaller circumference, short row toe, no stitch count changes on calf
Notes: I love this yarn. It's very soft and yet durable. It has a good amount of stretch while still being nice and cottony. I was disappointed by the big difference in color pooling between the two socks but they are still pretty.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

California Dreamin' Clog Socks

I adore the combination of pink and orange so I had to have this Red Cinnamon Panda Cotton as soon as I saw it!

The pattern is free online and I used under 2 balls of yarn on 2.5mm needles for size US7.5 socks. I could have done 5 repeats on the leg easily rather than the 4 I ended up doing but I wasn't sure if I would have enough yardage.

I adore these socks, the pattern was so easy and fun to work on and I am really enjoying knitting my way through my Panda Cotton stash!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Fools Rush Socks

These socks have been on the needles forever, I knit the first one really fast and then just never got around to knitting the second even though they were easy and fun to knit. I finally got around to finishing the pair and here they are!

The yarn is the Maizy that I won from the yarn review competition on here and the colourway is Hibiscus. I could have done a longer cuff if I had longer legs as there was plenty of yarn leftover (I have a US 7.5 foot). The pattern is free online.

This is a closer view of the pattern.

I'm really happy with the way these came out and it's nice to have them finished rather than one sitting around in the knitting basket waiting for it's mate!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Spring Forward - FO

I never posted a completed picture of the Spring Forward socks for the KAL...

I love them...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hibiscus for Hope

I had to wait to publish these pictures until the new pattern for Knitters for Knockers was up - but then I sat on them for a while after that. The pattern is called 'Hibiscus for Hope' - - and I was a test knitter for the pattern back in June so I got to see it early.

I worked on these while we were at the lake and I had packed several different sized needles and my yarn as Mezzodiva was going to email the pattern.

The pattern was written for two circular needles and I had only brought dpns so I had to do a little adapting.

but it worked out just fine.

I love them!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trail Mix Socks

My first published pattern with Crystal Palace Yarns! I've been dying to share these socks for a long time and the pattern is finally up and ready to go. The socks are called Trail Mix Socks and they are knit from 2 skeins of Maizy. I used the Earth colorway. The socks are sized for men but also work for women with larger feet like me (I wear a US size 10 shoe).

Ravelry Link

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Spring Forward Finished

And now, the second one:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Spring Forward

I've got one finished so far:

I'm using Bernat Sox in Wooded Denim, it's an acrylic/nylon mix. Although I did read a bad review, I think it's just fine. It's soft (not Panda Cotton soft, but still soft), sturdy, nice colours. Admittedly it's not that elastic, but I think it's okay for me. I haven't washed it yet, but from trying it on as is, it's great.

I also love the Spring Forward pattern. I'm using 2.75mm needles and changed the ribbing a bit.

Spring Forward - Socks on the Road

I finished my first Spring Forward sock somewhere on Interstate 24 in Tennesee - I'm pretty happy with it. The yarn is a hand plied 100% cotton and it's a little snug going on over the heel - that won't keep me from making another one just like it 'though.

I really like the pattern - it's easy enough to knit in the car - I get car-sick easily and I need simple patterns that I don't have to look at very much - this one was perfect.

Spring Forward Socks - Panda Cotton

I finally finished my Panda Cotton Spring Forward's. It's the "rosebud" colorway. I used 2 1/4 skeins since I did three repeats for the leg and I have big feet. In the photo you can see that one toe is longer than the other one. I made the first sock a little short in the toe so last night I went back and made it longer. I don't feel like taking another picture though.

These were super fun to make. The yarn is soft and pretty, the pattern is easy while looking complex, and it was fun to do some heel flaps as a change from my usual short-row heels.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Spring Forward FO

I finished my Spring Forwards! In a variation from the pattern I knit the first one toe up then, once I knew how long I could make the cuff, I knit the second one cuff down. This has the added feature of meaning that the socks are a mirror image of each other. I ended up with 4 pattern repeats on the foot and 2 on the cuff, with 20 rows of ribbing. I love the softness of the panda cotton, and the colourway makes me think of purple tigers.

Now these are finished I will go back to the Broadripples I am knitting in Cascade Fixation, which I'm using for the first time and which I'm not a big fan of. It's too lumpy and I find it hard to maintain a consistent tension.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Spring Forward Socks on Vacation

My spring forward socks are relaxing in our hotel room...

They're very pretty and the pattern is super easy - you can memorize it after just a few rows.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Spring Forward Socks WIP shot

I'm using Panda Cotton Print in "rosebud" a lovely mixture of white, light pink, and peach. I'm about to start the heel. I'm using size 1 1/2 US (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circulars.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mossinette Socks


Hello again fellow sock knitters! Just a quick post to let you know about the socks in the picture above, they are the Mossinette Socks that I designed for Knit Pink, a new site that sells pattern pdfs and donates the profits to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. They are knit from 2 skeins of Crystal Palace's Panda Cotton in the Rosewater colorway on US size 1.5 (2.5mm) needles.


Here's the Ravelry Link.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Spring Forward KAL and Contest!

It's contest time once again in the land of Vegan Socks! I was hoping to get this started at the first of this month, but I had a little vacation that I just got back from. Anywho, here are the details:

1. To enter, knit a pair (or just one) of Spring Forward socks by Linda Welch in any vegan sock yarn. For every sock you complete, you will recieve one entry into the contest. So if you finish a whole pair, you get 2 entries.

2. For your entry to count, please post pictures of your sock(s) to this blog and/or to the Ravelry group.

3. Prizes still aren't locked down yet, but the winner will recieve at least 2 skeins of vegan sock yarn. Other prizes will be announced later.

4. The deadline will be in about one month, August 15, 2008.

Also, please progress shots here on the blog, it's fun to see how everyone is doing!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bamboozled Anklets

Well, I can't show you the pretty socks I knit while I was at the lake yet, it's the test pattern for the Knitters for Knockers - you can read more about it here and here It's a great (and very pretty) pattern and I hope everyone will donate and knit a pair. But remember the pretty hand dyed Bamboo yarn from Poppy Flower Fibers. The Man-Cub and I stretched it all out in the hotel hallway (that was a funny sight - I'm sure) so that I could divide it into two equal balls. I just made a really simple pair of toe up anklets using 60 stitches on size 2 needles. I started out with a pretty lace stitch that I found in one of my pattern books - but I pretty quickly decided against that and went back to just plain stockinette stitch as that seemed to show off the pretty hand dyed yarn the best.

I love them - they're soft and silky and just a little bit shiny.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Crystal Palace Contest

Just wanted to make a quick entry about a contest going on the Crystal Palace Blog. The contest runs through July 31 and you can enter by knitting anything in three color ranges: A. May flowers - lilac/lavender or yellow B. June brides - white C. July fireworks - multi-colored. The prizes will be yarn or other goodies so be sure to check it out!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Simply Cinnamon


Easy peasy stockinette, I love it! These little buggers took a whole month to make because I could only work on them in between wedding madness. I used my beloved and ever so awesome Panda Cotton in the Red Cinnamon colorway. I used the 7 stitches per inches plain sock pattern, more or less, from Getting Started Knitting Socks. I used US size 2 (2.75mm) bamboo dpns, my weapons of choice for sock knitting. Wow, I just started the last three sentences with "I used," I'm blaming the allergies for my brain fog!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Brown Socks

There's that title again - they've actually been finished for a while - I've just not gotten around to photographing and publishing them.

I love them a lot - but they go with a pair of brown winter trousers - that I probably won't be wearing for a while.

I used Bernat's Cool Crochet in colour 74013 - Chocolat - I really like this yarn - I've used it several times now - it wears well and is soft and well 'cool'.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rib and Cable Socks

The pattern for these is by Nancy Bush and is in Interweave Knits Fall 2005. I used 2 balls of Panda Cotton in Seascape and 2.25mm needles. I did one less pattern repeat on the cuff than the pattern called for, had I done the extra repeat I would have run out of yarn so it was good guesswork deciding not to follow the pattern exactly!

I'm not sure why one sock is lighter than the other, I had knit the lighter yarn into another sock but ran out of yarn so perhaps it faded a bit in the process...

I'm really happy with the result, they are really comfortable (I'm wearing them today!) and medium weight so they should wear well!

finally waking up

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Brown Socks

I can't believe I just titled a post 'Brown Socks' - but I needed some brown socks...

I started these this past weekend while sitting around the pool watching the Man-Cub swim. I made good progress and I've just turned the heel. I'll finish the toe at Tae Kwon Do this week and hopefully start the second sock too.

This is Bernat's Cool Crochet in colour 74013 - Chocolat. The pattern is my old standby - and I think this is the first time I've ever made the pattern as written - I've always done 2 x 2 or 1 x 1 ribbing down to the ankle.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Laizy Maizy Socks

I've been working on these socks and the pattern for a couple of weeks and it's all finally done! This is my first pair of self-designed socks and I'm really excited about them!

I made them with 2 skeins of Maizy in the Springtime colorway using US size 2 dpns. So if you're interested in some Laizy Maizies of your own, the pattern is on my blog. Here's the Ravelry Link too. Yay for vegan socks!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Cafe Curtains Socks

I totally forgot to post these socks when I finished them a few weeks back! They are my first Panda Cotton socks and I used the pattern that can be found here (pdf link). The colourway is Strawberries and Limes.

I love the way these came out despite the pooling of the yarn and I'm working on another pair of Panda Cotton socks now as well as stocking up on more colourways as I really like it.

finally waking up