Sunday, September 30, 2007
I discovered on the start of my 3rd pattern repeat, that I forgot a row. Either row 2 or 8, but I skipped it. Happily, due to my smallish foot, this will work out as otherwise I would have to have started the gusset now. It looks okay and I think I will just call it a design adjustment (planned it doncha' know!!!)
Love working with the Yarntini and the pattern makes cabling lickety split fast (except when the stitches pull out and...)
This is a fabulous knit!!!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I am using a 2.25 mm needle - dpn, because I am finding the 2.5 too loose.
Already frogged once as I forgot that when I purl then knit, I twist my knit stitches unless I work throught the back loop.
I am using Pomtini, by Yarntini and I love this yarn!!
Friday, September 28, 2007
I finally finished my 2 back "orders" and have gotten to work on my firestarter. I'm going to do a single one for my Harvest Sock Swap pal, then move on to one for myself. I'm leaning towards Metamorphic STR for me, but I don't have the energy to wind it right now, so it's full steam ahead with my pal's. Well...full steam ahead as soon as I finish my swatching. Those are 0's, so I need to see if they will work. I have some 1's as well, but I don't have any 2's (of course, since I *just* ordered these, but didn't get any twos, not realizing I'd need them!).
What's everyone else knitting on?
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Left to right (all Socks that Rock):
- Fire on the Mountain - I thought I was going to be just like Mike ;) but my skein is lightweight and I think I need to go medium weight due to the pattern stitch count and my wide 9.5" circumferenced feet. (This fact may rule out my newly acquired Wollmeise unless there's a way to alter the pattern stitch count without too much thought?)
- January One medium weight - 'cause it's almost a fall color scheme
- Thistle medium weight - but it's not a fall color scheme
- and lastly, an unnamed medium weight mill end my friend bought me when she went to the STR camp this spring, but it's similar to the whole chicken series.
Right now I'm waffling between January One and the mill end. Any thoughts?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
i am just past the gusset on the first sock, knitting in posh yarn lucia sock in the rainbow colorway on a 2.5 mm addi circular. it was lovely meeting yarnissima this past weekend at benediktbeuern and so helpful to have her and ms. b help out with my lack of ability with reading german cable charts and cabling without cable needles. i did one more repeat of the chart before starting the gusset for size 9 women's feet, but they would have fit snuggly without it. also, i opted for a magic cast on toe with 16 x 16 stitches which i increased up to 60 before starting the foot chart. here's where i am as of tonight:
fbz aka fabienne
Originally uploaded by elemmaciltur
Start: 23rd September 2007
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Sockenwolle, colourway "Bob" (seasonal colourway - not available any more)
Needle: 2.5 mm / 80 cm Addi Turbos
Pattern: Firestarter by Yarnissima via The Loopy Ewe
At last, I got around to starting my Firestarter. It still hasn't grown more than what you can see yet, but I'm hoping to catch some time to knit on it this week. :-)
Monday, September 24, 2007
I am now up to starting the gusset and I look forward to the totally new construction. I hope I don't have as hard a time with it as I had with the traveling stitches. All I have to say is that it kicked my butt, a lot. I had never knit traveling stitches before, so it took me a while to understand what I had to do. And it took me super long to wrap my head around how to set up the stitches after the toe... lol! It was quite an experience. DH did his best to stay out of my way as I was running from the living room where I was knitting to the office where I would look up stitch explanations online and look up pictures of the pattern on Ravelry. In the end, I got it to work my way and the results are quite pretty. Updated pictures to come!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Then (of course) the whole thing had to be rewound because it was a little off. It looks very much like the Suzanne cake photo.
being the glutton for punishment that I am, I also started winding 1375 yds of merino lace. happily they divide the whole skein in half and my Mom came in to help with the second half. of course, she is taking the socks on my needles a payment.
Just a general question - doesn't it make you feel awesome when someone you care about not only loves the socks you made them (and agonized over getting just so) but literally steals the socks on your needles (cause they are just a smidgen too large for your own feet).
My mom really made me feel happy about knitting socks this weekend. (although she still things the lace work and design patterns for socks are wasted - oh well maybe she won't steal my Firestarters!!!
edited to add - here's a link for a homemade swift.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Long story short, I was so frustrated by the pattern I wound up emailing Marjan in the wee hours of the morning yesterday with some concerns I had with the pattern directions. Later on when I was more fully in control of myself I regretted my impetuosity but I get so wound up reading patterns. Hopefully you guys wont give me the pain in the butt award and kick me to the curb. :-P. Oh, and if anyone needs any help getting over the toe, I'd be glad to help.
Now that I've begun the foot and given up trying to use my new Lantern Moon Sox Stix I'm having no problems. Thanks Peaknit for letting me join. And kudos to all the posters so far. Great yarn choices!
Friday, September 21, 2007
The yarn is Phoenix Fiberworks Fetish in the colors Nymph and Blood Roses. I've always wanted some red socks for myself and thought that the Blood Roses colorway really works with the name of the pattern. But on the other hand I've always wanted Granny Smith colored socks and I think that the almost semi-solidness of the yarn would work great for the pattern. Tough choice!
For those interested Phoenix Fiberworks will be the artist featured as the October Artist of the Month at yarn4socks.
Kniterella -- I'm glad we talked you into it! :) I'm off now to *just look* at sock yarn for my harvest sock swap pal... no really... just looking.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Well, I got past the first chart and am thinking my yarn choice is too variegated. There are some awesome variegated Firestarter projects but this yarn - I love - Iris Sibirica by Wollmeise may be a bit too busy - the colors are each so vibrant, maybe they are fighting for attention? I think my cable pattern is lost in translation, the picture is kind of pathetic to boot. I am finding this pattern challenging (in a fun way), so I kinda want to capitalize on that cable pattern. Show me the cables!
So I have just finished the short row in a new colorway, Veilchen, also by Wollmeise. It's a pretty purpley blue. I also decided to go down a 1/2 needle size because my first try seemed a bit baggy - so I made some key decisions before I was beyond the point of no return, ah...early success! I feel good!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Back to my knitting!
- Cindy aka Snidknits
You can find the pattern HERE!
Yarn: Yarn Pirate Booty Club in "Calamity"
Needle Size: 2.5 mm circular
Sockblockers: My own made out of a plastic placemat (placemat was 50 cents...can't beat that!) tutorial on how to make your own blockers here.
Thank you Yarnissima for a great pattern!
Heather aka Punky Purls
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Panda Cotton "fall herbs," Socks That Rock "metamorphic,"
Here is the rest of my stash. Of this, the black/brown should be for my dh, but if ya'll tell me it would be perfect for this I could be persuaded (it's Obsidian from STR). The Mountain Colors right below it is a possibility, as is the STR Puck's Mischief (experimental cable has been frogged -- too tight) below that. The only Opal I have left is the dark brown, and about 3/4 of the skein of that reddy brown on the top right.
And sorry about the wonky picture placement, I'm too tired to figure out how to fix it!
I linked the pattern from peaknit and have been pawing through my stash for yarn.
No pics yet, but I have Colinette Jitterbug in hot pinks and Fleece Artist in Hot Pinks and Pomtini by Yarntini. So it is going to be pink, unless I fall off the sock yarn wagon.
I'm planning on swatching this one as I have had a lot of trouble with patterned socks and my gauge so far.
Thanks for the great Kal.
I am at 3redgurlz.blogspot.com and on ravelry as Gurlzmum.
Anyway, I'm excited to share in this SAL with y'all!
Pre winding as the light is too poor this evening to photograph the yarn cake.
I wound my skein of Suzanne ready for starting this pattern. I have to finish the toe on my second Monkey for the Monkey Swap3 and then I can cast on. I'm really excited!!!
Thank you Stacey for the invite :)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Wollmeise Sock Yarn: "Bob"
Originally uploaded by elemmaciltur
Okay, to kick this Sock-Along (SAL??) off, I thought that I should start posting a bit, even though I haven't cast-on for the socks yet. (Although the yarn's wound up into a lovely yarn-cake already).
Anyway, for those of you who are asking what Wollmeise colourway this is...it's the seasonal colourway "Bob" that the Wollmeise dyed up this summer. According to the Wollmeise's blog entry, Bob is supposed to have a reggae feel to it....but I find the colour perfect to represent fire....
Even though Yarnissima refers to the song, for me, the name "Firestarter" reminds me of the movie. And for some reason, I feel that Bob is the perfect candidate for this pattern. :-)
All that's left now is for me to cast-on and start knitting away on this.
So, what are you waiting for? Come on and join in on the fun!!!!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
**the pattern is available in English and German
The sock is a toe-up design featuring a cable and a funky gusset. I believe it is intended to be knit up on one circular needle - there is some information on doing the Magic Loop method here. There is a tutorial on knitting toe-up using this method and knitting two socks at once here - egads, I'm sure it is not as overwhleming as it sounds. The pattern itself includes pretty comprehensive instructions on using the crochet provisional cast on - I have found this book helpful. There is also instruction on doing cables without a cable needle - slick. An additional resource for this method is over at Grumperina's blog.
I am going to cast mine on today in Wollmeise Iris Sibirica (Claudia's shop is closed until October 1, but entirely worth the wait...I promise). I am hoping some of you many join me and share your progress, or lack there of as sometimes happens...
Bear with me as I have never tried to put together a knit-along. I am thinking it will be just like blogging with the bonus of added friends. That's where you guys come in. Please e-mail me at peaknitATgmailDOTcom so that I can invite you to join me and get your name and a link to your blog, if you would like, on the side bar. I am thinking I will try to come up with a button in the meantime - until then - come on, join me!