Monday, September 1, 2008

Me and Mine

Hi everyone,

I just joined your KAL, which is a good thing, because I cast on my first Firestarters last weekend. What a fun sock pattern and a lot of first for me.

These are my first toe up socks. I found the toe to be very interesting. I just had to tell myself to follow the directions, whatever they say (one of my knitting commandments). And it all worked out. I got about half way through the short rows when I figured out how it worked. I always wondered how those Kmart socks always had the seam on the top of the toes.

These are also the first time doing cables without a cable needle. When I think about all that time wasted on the Koolhaas using a cable needle. I am so ready to face the world now. Well, here it is. My beginnings of a Firestarter. I'm using Conjoined Creations Flat Feet, (also a first time use). I picked this pattern for the stitch count. I liked the way the colors looked on 60 stitches. The cables are showing up much nicer then the picture gives them credit for.

Thanks ya'll for letting me stop by. I've had so much fun looking at all the beautiful socks and yarn choices. Looking forward to seeing more and sharing mine.

You can check me out on my blog. Or on Ravelry: FreeRangeChick. --Krissy

Friday, July 4, 2008


firestarters are done - yay!!

great pattern, great yarn (koigu), great experience!

details are here (rav link).

thanks for putting together the sock-a-long!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Finally! Firestarters! Finally.

Started in November. Finished May 1st. Finally!
Great Pattern plus Great Yarn equals Great socks!

Wollmeise 100% Superwash Sockenwolle
Raku-Regenbogen Dark
Only 3/4 of a skein.

I modified it slightly by knitting the front of the leg in stockinette, my intent was to showcase the gorgeous colors of my yarn. After seeing them finished I'm still undecided if this was a good decision. If I knit another pair I'll probably rib the front also.

I totally cheated and used "written words" and a cable needle to knit these. I was so intimidated by the pattern, but at the same I loved it. After binding off (which by the way was cool double stranded like that-never did that before) I cast on immediately for another Yarnissima pattern and when translating the Very Terhi into words I suddenly "got it". I can totally read her charts now. No more translating! Yea!!! On to Fratello, La Digitessa, and Spina after the Terhi's!

I tried to find a way to photograph the socks that was symbolic of the name. It was hard to do without fire...there was no way I was going to put these pretties anywhere near any flame so I settled for a pile of potentially firestarting wood chips.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

First Firestarter

This is my frist Firestarter, I chose this yarn specifically for this pattern. I like this yarn, not sure if its the yarn or how it was wound (because I know the lady at the store was new and had a lot of trouble with the swift) but I keeps tangling in the ball and I have to cut and attach a new strand - after getting frustrated enough to cut once I try to untangle for several minutes.

Other than that, I am loving this pattern. Its a little confusing at times and I've had to un-knit a few rows and start again two or three times, but I think the second sock will go really well.

I was worried the sock may be a little loose, but the guage averages correctly and I think once the leg is done with ribbing it'll hold up on my leg and take up the slack in the heel that's there now.

Angela T.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Single Sock Finished

I just participated in a Single Sock Swap and decided to try out Firestarter. For a new mom who's already delirious, it took a while to wrap my brain around this pattern. But I absolutely love it and plan to knit at least three more pair in the somewhat near future. I wish this picture better represented the cables, after all, they take work, but I feel that the yarn I chose perhaps didn't highlight the pattern very well. Oh well, my swap partner loved it, so I'm happy!


Thursday, March 27, 2008


What fun to knit! I knit these with Fleece Artist Nova Sock (colorway "Jester"). Now I can't wait to start "La Digitessa"....


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I failed knitting thoses socks

Such a long time ago I started to knit the great Firestarters socks for myself, very stylish pattern, however, I encountered some big difficulties while starting the reversed heel, after a lots of frogging and reknitting, I accepted that I failed to knit thoses so cute socks, the reverse construction and the cables are quite a big challenge for me and in general, (hum in fact all the time) I prefer top down construction, and cables are not my best friends. Finally, I only managed to knit a single baby sock, with the confortable top down construction.

I'm impressed by all of you, for being able of knitting them, in adult size, following the reverse construction.

Bon tricot à toutes et tous.