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Next up – more socks!

My 2nd pair of socks!
So here they are, my equally non-famous 2nd pair of socks.  This pair is mine, all mine!  I think they are quite lovely, thanks.  I am not a big fan of knee or crew length socks anyway, so these quick little shortie socks are perfect for casual wear. 

Love them!  The Panda Cotton (Classic Elite yarns, colorway Seascape) is so soft and pretty silky because of the bamboo content. 

Once I finished these, I cast on a hair-tamer for a neighbor’s birthday.  Actually, it’s an early Christmas present, because her husband said we weren’t supposed to bring her a birthday gift.  So, I’m planning to wrap it in Christmas paper and make a quick little Christmas card from scrapbooking paper (I’m not a scrapper, but I have a friend who is avid and has all sorts of papers, etc.).  Tee hee…and when the hair band was almost done, I cast on another set of socks, this time made from a pattern featured in the Knitting Zone Sole Solution 2003-2004 Design Collection (Phew!  Long name!!), Hatsuyo’s Lacy Sock (page 77), and using On Your Toes Bamboo in a pretty pink/lavender twist colorway. 

Although I found the pattern through Ravelry, it isn’t actually listed there, I located it by looking at some other pattern in the PDF.  It’s a pretty simple 8 stitch x 8 row lace repeat, one that my brain can handle.  I actually used it for the hair tamer (it’s gorgeous, if I do say so myself!), in order to make sure I could manage the repeats – I get re-routed/distracted/interrupted a lot during knitting, so I wanted a lacy sock that I could put down, pick back up and not be completely lost.  This one seems to work…time will tell.

 

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Uh-oh…the LYS is calling me!

I just got an e-mail newsletter from one of the three LYS that I patronize.  Well, OK, one of the three from which I receive newsletters.  I’ve only ever bought two skeins from one of these, and those were for my not-famous first socks.  Anyway, so I got a newsletter, and right at the top is the semi-welcome news that they’ve gotten in more colors and the newest weight of my newly favorite yarn for garments, Jeannee, from Plymouth Yarns. I really love this yarn, which I’ve blogged about before, as I have been making my Dot Check Cardi Take 2 (for me) with this yummy cotton blend. It’s very silky cotton, has a nice sheen to it, drapes well and seems to show stitch definition pretty well, although I will say I wasn’t doing anything all that fancy, just a basic basket weave with a little bit of eyelet lace in it. Now, I’m not yet totally broke, but the belt probably needs a bit of tightening, what with $4.00 gallons of gasoline and everything else under the sun becoming more expensive because of it. So I probably shouldn’t be venturing the 37 miles from my house to theirs anyway, and if I did, I know I would buy yarn, lots of it. To make matters even more frustrating, this particular LYS usually has a nice basket or two by the check-out counter with miscellaneous yarns for $2 a skein or less. So I know I would spend some money, and I would enjoy the fruits of my spending. And I really like shopping in all of my LYS – most of the people that work in all three are nice, the shops are pleasantly decorated and the inventory good. And this is a well-priced yarn, too, at $4.25 a skein for 111 yards or so. Not bad at all for a quality yarn.

Here’s the rub: I can get that yarn for $3.49 a skein *discountable* at WEBS, aka yarn.com. For those not aware, if you spend $60 or more at this particular on-line yarn store, they give you a 20% discount on your purchase, unless you are buying something that’s already on sale. Now the shipping isn’t likely to cost me anymore than the gas to go the round trip of 70+ miles, so this is pretty appealing when I already know I like the yarn. Sigh…but I really like the local stores and want to be sure they stay in business. But I hate overpaying for things.

So maybe I should just stick with, “it’s not a good time to add to my stash”…but I know what I want to make with that yarn, too. This sucks. Like everyone else, I just want to win the big lottery jackpot, so I can buy what I want, when I want it, even if I don’t desperately need it. LOL!

Ah, well, I’m a grown up, I can handle this.

I think…

 

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My not-famous first socks

So I finally got a few minutes on one of the family computers, rather than just my work laptop, which means that I could upload the most-recent photos from my camera and bring some into the blog.  Here are my finished first socks:

 

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Pretty cool, huh?  Well, I like them (except that I don’t really like the colorway), and the recipient LOVES them, so I can’t ask for more than that, can I?  Many thanks to Silver for her excellent sock classes.  🙂

 

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Socks Take 1.5 and 2

Hmmm. Well, well, well. I did finish my first sock, but only after reading a certain thread on knittinghelpthat made me realize I had been knitting inside-out on my dpns for several months. Oy vey!

So once I finished off that first sock, which entailed some rather fascinating gymnastic moves with the last two needles so that I could graft the toes properly, I set out to re-teach myself to knit on dpns, but this time, right side out. It is amazing to me that this was so ridiculously uncomfortable. Yeesh. I think it didn’t help much that the yarn literally did not want to move across my KP Harmony dpns at all. I have definitely decided that, if I ever do something from Crystal Palace Maizy yarnagain, I will need to do so on metal needles. Since my level of trust in myself to manage metal dpns without dropping half my stitches is rather low, I’m thinking I’ll eventually be learning to either magic loop the socks or do the toe-up variety on two circs. 🙂 At any rate, it took about 3-4 tries to just cast on and join in the round correctly, and then once that was done, it was desperately clumsy and uncomfortable to knit around the outside of my needle triangle for quite a few days. Finally, it became reasonably comfortable. And then, one night recently, I had this epiphany at 2:30 in the morning. I was sleeping badly due to an apparent overdose of Sudafed (which at lower doses will make me decongest, as is proper, but at higher ones makes me totally dry, jittery and sleepless). So naturally, I tossed and turned in the bed while having a virtual sit and knit of one person. As I did so, I kept thinking about that stupid right-side-out sock and how hard it was at first, and why it was getting easier but still not great. Suddenly it hit me. I finally understood that I just had to hold the *&%%$ working needles as though they were straights, and pretty much ignore those other two needles. Gee, so basic. Really a “DUH!” moment for me. Still, it was what I needed. When I picked up the dpns to work on the sock the next night, it was really pretty smooth and easy. And then, the moment of truth. I finished the foot, grafted the toes and handed the finished pair of socks to my friend, Lisa. We took pictures of them, which I really have to download from the camera and post here, on Ravelry and so on, and then…she tried them on. For a moment, when she first slid her tootsies into the socks, I thought I might have handed her the finest chocolate or something, because she was looking quite blissful. Needless to say, she loves her new socks, and now I’m quite anxious to try my own pair on, once they are finished.

So now I’m on socks take 2, this time knitting up the afore-mentioned Crystal Palace Panda Cottonin Seascape. Love, love, looooove this yarn. Smooth, silky, slides along my needles like a dream…unless I’m getting sweaty hands due to the wondrous humidity here in Tennessee. In that case, the only thing sliding on the needles are my fingers. Everything else hits a dead standstill. And I really like the pattern the colorway is knitting up to, as well. Due to the size of the object or the plain old 2×2 rib and stockinette I’m using for the sock (simple stuff, I know!), it has a real spiral look to the color changes, and I love it.

I did take a little sock break over the last two days to work on the finishing steps for my own Dot Check Cardi. Got all the seaming done, and picked up the stitches for the neckline by last night. Whew! Still need to finish the neck and add the button/buttonhole bands, and then, of course, attach the buttons, but touchdown is certainly near. Can’t wait to wear it, as it does seem to fit pretty well. That was a bit challenging for me, as I was sort of winging the sizing, but it all worked out pretty well. 🙂

And finally, my friend Carrie, who lives in Texas, received the mailed package with *her* Dot Check Cardi in it yesterday, and immediately called to say she loves it! Luckily, it arrived when she happened to be having a perfectly awful day, and it really cheered her up. Of course, she hadn’t even put the thing on yet, having great respect for the handmade and fear of wearing it (too pretty to wear!! LOL!). Anyway, she did put it on as we chatted on the phone, and said it’s a perfect fit. Not bad, considering I haven’t actually laid eyes on her since, oh, 2001 or so. 🙂 Well, time to go sit and knit with the roadchick, a fellow Raveler who lives in the same general area as I. Bye for now! 🙂

 

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Socks – Take 1

I finished the major knitting on the Modified Dot Check Cardi I was making for myself earlier this week, and am down to the finishing work – setting sleeves, seaming the sides, and knitting on the button/buttonhole bands and neckline, plus buttons to be sewn on.  It’s temporarily hibernating, though, as I wanted to finish the chemo cap I started for theknittingguy’s mom.  Got that done last night, too…but somewhere in the middle of all this, the Harmony dpns I got in the mail last week starting begging to meet the Crystal Palace Maizy that was hiding in one of the stashboxes.  I don’t resist begging very well…

And so, after work on Friday, I cast on my first sock instead of doing the finishing on my cardi.  All things considered, the sock is coming along pretty well.  I’m working mostly from the well-reviewed sock tutorial by Silver, aka Kbelle on Ravelry. I’m making a shorter leg with ribbing down part of the instep.  I’m successfully made my heel flap, turned it, picked up and knitted the gussets, and am now doing the interminable knitting across the foot section.  I have about 2.75″ more to do before I start decreasing for the toes.  If I didn’t absolutely hate the colorway (why did I choose Hot Feet??), I’d really love the sock.  Anyway, I’m enjoying the experience so far, but it’s still only sock #1, and I have to do the toes, the kitchener stitch, and then get through sock #2 yet. 

Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying more sock yarn yesterday…went on a mini yarn-crawl with my friend Lisa in the afternoon, hitting Haus of Yarn, where I scored some Panda Cotton in colorway Seascape. Next, we went to Threaded Bliss, where I picked up a skein of On Your Toes Bamboo in colorway Tidal Blue Multi, which actually has a sort of lavender tint to it. That stuff is really soft and silky, can’t wait to try it. Lisa commented last night that she hoped I wouldn’t become one of the addicted sock knitters, because there’s such a limited assortment of yarns I can use, being allergic to wool. That’s true, and rather frustrating, I must admit. It makes me more than a little crazy in the LYSs, and even more so when I get on Ravelry or Etsy and start looking at all the gorgeous hand dyed or painted yarns, all of which would cause me to turn into a 5’2″ tall hive. Sigh…

OK, enough for now. Must try to knit a few more rounds on the sock before bed. 🙂

 

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