Thursday, November 29, 2007

My second pair are done!

I love how my Wollmeise Rhabarber knits up. It feels divine.

The only problem I had this time around is that I seemed to get some laddering when I picked up the gusset stitches (both on the p2tog & k2tbl sides) and I don't know why. I didn't have this issue with my STR medium weight pair.

usual details:
Judy's magic cast on
72 st count
extra cable repeat in the foot
size 2.25 & 2.50 mm (US 1 & "1.5") Knitpick circulars
But I'm not done w/the Firestarter! I also picked up Yarnissima's adorable XS Firestarter kit to make at least 1 mini-Firestarter ornament. The only question now is when I'll get to it.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Finally some socks to show for.

I've been slowly working away on these socks. I have to frog the first one because it's a tad to lose and long and well, the second one I made a booboo and did not pay attention to the heel flap pattern, but with some mods it fits well so I'm just gonna stick with the mistakes. So these will be my semi-firestarters. hehhe :)

Firestarter heel

Firestarter Mods
I'm sticking to it because I don't think I can take anymore frogging.

firestarter comparison
Here the two are hanging out and the left one is saying goodbye to the right one. hehe

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fiery Rhubarb

One down, one to go.

It seems like the gusset took forever for me. Plus I kept making mistakes with the purl increases (wrong round, wrong side) and had to keep fixing them.

But it's worth it! I love how the Wollmeise feels knitted up. Love it.

Deets so far:
Wollmeise sockenwolle in Rharbarber
72 st count
size 2.25 & 2.50 mm KP circs
Judy's magic cast on for the toes
1 extra cable repeat for the foot
EZ sewn bind off at the cuff

(eta: reloaded the pics)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Started...or not...

Well, I thought I had a good start on my HSS (Harvest Sock Swap) partner's sock, but if you look at the toe...well...I'll be singin' down by the pond tonight. I decided to do the figure 8 cast-on, but neglected to read all the directions. Like the part about using the working and tail yarn. Ah well, at least you can see how great the colors are in this yarn! It's Trekking XXL in color 146. I'll definitely be buying some of this for myself at a later date (although I must admit I don't love the fuzzy look).


Hello. My name is Morticcia and it's been 3 days since I started my second pair of Firestarters.


I'm addicted. What can I say for myself? The yarn is Madelinetosh Sock in the Viola's colorway.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What the heck?

I've finished my first sock, but somehow I'm now having a memory lapse. When I rearrange the stitches after finishing the toe, it seems like the beginning of the round will end up being in the center of one of the cables. This was not the case with my first sock. What the heck?! Can someone help me? Here's what I'm doing:

I knit to the first marker, then transfer these 4 stitches to the foot sole needle. Then knit throught to the end of the upper foot needle. Then I begin the foot sole needle, transfer the 4 stitches to the upper foot needle, and knit to the end. But when I get to the end of the foot sole needle, there are those 4 pesky stitches sitting there that have already been knitted from the upper foot needle. If I knit them again, things will be kind of askew in my instep, right? Unless the beginning of the round is in the center of the cable pattern?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, since I'm pretty stumped right now. :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I'm a Firestarter baby!

After much ado, I present my finished Firestarters!



Once I mucked my way through the numerous difficulties I had with the pattern's syntax and finished the first sock, the second was a breeze to knit up! I have a full wrap up, including pattern changes to account for the medium weight yarn and a smaller foot size, on my blog.

Thanks Peaknit for starting the KAL and thanks to KAL members for the invaluable help I received in getting through the pattern!

Update & quick favor?

I'll probably post a pic tonight, but I started a second Firestarter for my Harvest Sock Swap Pal -- I'm about done with the toe -- I'm using the magic 8 cast on & like it a lot more than the shortrow.
Now about the favor, lol. I need a good color copy of the pattern for my pal & my printer is on the blink. I would be forever grateful (and would, of course, paypal a few dollars) to anyone who could print off a copy & mail it to me... my email is my username at yahoo. Thanks so much!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I´m finished

My first pair of firestarter Socks are done and I´m very satisfied. More than I ever thought. They are a little too big for me and first I want to give them away, but no no, now I want to keep them for my self. Oh my god I just love them and I´m sure I will knit more pairs of Firestarter.

Friday, November 2, 2007


firestarter3I'm just about to start the gusset! Of course, I've been just about to start the gusset for days now, I keep getting sidetracked by trivial nonsense like my children and my job. Oh, and other knitting projects.

But here's what I've got so far. Interesting: I didn't actually see the striping pattern until I saw this photo. Hmm...