Monday, July 02, 2007

Well I Told Yall I Was Gonna Knit Like This

Sorry, I got Kelly Rowland’s new song in my head right now. Dare I say that I kinda like her better than her former Destiny’s Child counter part (shut yo mouf). Anyhoo, this is a knitting blog so lets get down to the knitty gritty (pun totally intended).

Since this is the Summer of Socks and all, I have no choice but to bombard you guys with multiple pics of socks, socks and more socks. Although this pair didn’t qualify for the SOS, here’s my finished Jaywalkers.

Started: May 25, 2007

Finished: June 22, 2007

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina

Size: Smallest size

Needle: Inox size 2.25mm / US1

Yarn: Regia 4ply Patch Antik color# 5753

Comments: Of course I knit these toe up with a reverse heel flap/gusset. This was my first time doing this pattern and using this yarn and I would definitely use them both again, no doubt.

Now moving right along to my first pair of Summer Socks

There is a story behind these. I had been drooling over Scouts handpainted yarns for a while so I finally came up with an excuse a good reason to order some. I wanted to make a pair of socks for my dad so I ordered some of her sport weight custom dyed in New York Giants colors. Needles to say, I ended up using a different yarn to make my dads socks so the yarn just sat in my stash for a while. Then the idea hit me that I should make a pair for the upcoming holiday because the colors are so similar to the American flag. So here are my July 4th socks finished just in time.

Started: June 23, 2007

Finished: June 27, 2007

Pattern: Made it up as I went. It’s 6 eyelets that move across the fabric with either k2tog, YO or YO, ssk.

Size: 56 stitches for my size 8 feet.

Needle: Addi Turbo size 3.25mm / US3

Yarn: Scouts Swag sportweight superwash merino, custom dyed in NY Giants colorway

Comments: These were knit toe up, magic looped two at a time. I absolutely loath short rows but I had knit too far to do a gusset/flap and I wasn’t froggin so I had no choice but to do it. Of course this was knit toe up and other than that it was a pleasant knit.

I had a bit of yarn left over so I made a pair of shorties for my shorty (that was funny)

Started: June 28, 2007

Finished: July 1, 2007

Pattern: Loosely based on the Thuja pattern although you can’t really tell.

Size: Around 48 stitches around for his size 12’s

Needle: Addi Turbo size 3.25mm / US3

Yarn: See above

Comments: Really quick knit. I was rushing a bit so the toe is a bit pointy and I refused to rip back. And the good news is that I always thought he was allergic to wool but these didn’t make his feet bust out in hives. Maybe the superwashness has something to do with it.

I started my new sock pattern as part of a knit-along with my meetup group and guess what? I’m actually jumping on the bandwagon kinda early on this one. No, I’m knitting Monkey’s (I’ll get to those some time next year), I’m knitting Nona’s Sidewinders. Again here are the specs because I’m just too lazy to make it all fit nicely into a well worded paragraph.

Started: July 1, 2007

Pattern: Sidewinders, a Perpensockular Pattern by NonaKnits

Size: 7/8 Wide

Needle: Addi Turbo size 3.25mm / US3

Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight in the Lucy colorway

Comments: I’m actually knitting these at a different gauge so I’m making the calculations as I go along. I could’ve went down to a US2 and probably gotten gauge but I think the fabric would have been a bit too tight for me. (and yes Hila I did the short rows)

And here’s a closeup of the markers I made just in case you can’t see them in the pic above. After I do the toe, I’ll make some that also say LEG and FOOT.

Well that’s all for sock news right now. I have been spinning a bit but I’m waiting for this upcoming weekend so I can have a whole post devoted to spinning. You know the whole Tour De Fleece thing. Did I forget to mention that I’m a part of that knit-along also? Star did it last year but I was just learning so I jumped at the chance to join this year. I’m going to attempt to spin a little every day so wish me luck.

Sock on people!

P.S. You do know I’m addicted to swapping right? Well I started a new fiber swap on swapbot here in case anyone’s interested.


Vera H. said...

Your Jaywalkers are really cool, and I love both socks you've made the Scouts yarn. The patterns work very well with the yarn.

Nancy said...

The socks all look great. Even those red white and blue ones;) I love the short ones, might have to make some for Ian.

anna said...

Oh, those 4th of July socks are adorable, both yours and the "miniature" versions, LOL.

Those Jaywalkers look mighty comfortable as well.

Can't wait to see your completed sidewinders!

Annie said...

1. You HAVE to show Nona those stitch markers.

2. You HAVE to sell those in your Etsy shop as a Sidewinder Special.

3. You HAVE to make me a set.


Rosi G. said...

I love them all and I especially like that stitch marker idea!! YES YOU MUST SHOW NONA!

HPNY Knits said...

I want to buy those stitch markers!
please let us know at sit n knit first so we can buy them out.........!

WandaWoman said...

You've been all about the socks! Love those Jaywalkers and the other two pairs of socks. The socks you designed look great!

Anonymous said...

Look at all those pretty socks! I love those red, white & blue ones; perfect for tomorrow!

Maia said...

Love the sockiness! Your Jaywalkers are fabulous. The Sidewinders are great in that yarn.

So what are you going to do for Tour de Fleece? I'm still trying to decide.

Jeanine said...

Geesh, now that song is in my head. All the socks are great. Glad to hear the shorties for your shorty didn't give him hives. I think the markers are adorable!! Have a happy 4th!

hope said...

Wow! I am thoroughly impressed. Haven't started any socks yet but yours are an inspiration.

Maribel said...

Amazing stuff...the shorty looks good in them too. Hey didn't you promise me a pattern lady?

Larjmarj said...

Love the way you zig zagged the eyelets on the RWB socks! Also, great color for the Jaywalkers. Nice work and very prolific knitting!
Summer is perfect for socks nothing hot dragging around in your lap.

schrödinger said...

That certainly is a lotta socks - I think your Dad's going to love his red, white and blue ones.

Virtuous said...

Love the stichmarkers!
I may have to bite that! :oD

Nikki said...

Socktastic! Sock it to me! Socks R Us! Yeah, I know. Anyway, the socks are great. Love the red white and blue and the moving of the YOs kinda simulates a flag blowing in the breeze, don't you think?