Saturday, October 14, 2006


Yup today is my mother's birthday. I am sure she would not appreciate me telling all of blog land her age..So I will withhold that information. Let's just say she's a rockin' party animal and I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with her! Party on mom! I'm gonna celebrate your birthday in style! McDonald's, knitting, and hanging out with my niece (Heather). Heck ya!

In other news (aka knitting) I wrote yesterday that I was planning on starting a new pair of socks with this lovely yarn.

Well I did,

And this is the result. Pretty no? The only thing is, it's way too big. The size 1's called for are meant for a much tighter knitter then me....So I swatched with zeroes....No dice.
So then I HAD To go to my favorite LYS (Cultured Pearls) and buy some smaller needles. I got gauge...On 000, that's triple lot folks! You know what I have to say to that? BRING IT!
And then, I saw this,

Yup that's more Claudia, in the Caribbean Blue colorway...And it just seemed so right for the pattern..........So...........I bought it. And I am now going to do the Elfine socks in this colorway..I think it goes better with the "elf" theme, and I just LOVE IT!

Don't worry about Oops though, she's going back in the stash for now...But I got plans for her. =)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Socks, Stash, Distractions, and Magic!

Happy Friday the 13th!

My first sock of my first pair of toe up socks is complete. And to avoid SSS (second sock syndrome) I made myself cast on for the new sock and finished the toe.

(I know, I know lighting sucks as usual, someday I will get the urge to photograph during the day time).

I used Trekking XXL on size zero (2mm) dpn's Crystal Palace bamboos. I have to say this was so simple compared to the top down that I did..No weird gusset, no kitchener stitch..It was easy.

I followed Wendy's toe up generic sock pattern. Her instructions call for a provisional cast on, short row toe, and short row heel. That's as hard as it gets. I like this pattern because it's pretty straight forward and allows for endless possibilities.

My only problem is I cant get the cast off right..My first try was too big: (Grumperina's method)

(Work 2 sts in pattern (either knit or purl). Move yarn to back (if the last worked st was a knit, this is already the case). * Transfer the 2 worked sts to the LH needle, and k2togTBL. Work 1 st in pattern (move yarn to back if it was a purl), * repeat between *. )
And my second try was too small (k2tog tbl, slip stitch back to L needle, rinse repeat). Hopefully my third try will be just right. I'm not sure what method to try next though.

It is all the afore mentioned Wendy's fault that I acquired this! This is Claudia's Handpainted Yarns in the Oops! colorway. Isn't that hilarious? I have often pondered why she decided to call it that. Was it a dye mess up? (If so it is a beautiful mistake) or was she just feeling silly that day?

Anyway, I have seen Wendy make numerous amounts of socks, and she raves about Claudia's Handpainted, and from the awesome results she gets with her socks using this stuff, I had to give it a whirl.

My next sock excursion is going to be ambitious. I am going to do 2 socks at one time using the Magic Loop method AND I am going to do the Elfine Leaf Lace Socks. Wish me luck! =)

Yes, I am going to start these even though I have not finished the first one's yet... What like you've never done it?

I think I am showing a tremendous amount of restraint considering all the cool stuff sitting in my stash I am yearning to try.

Here's a pic for ya:

In that sock stash there's Koigu, Lorna's Laces, Socks that Rock, Regia silk, lots of Trekking, some luscious Frog Tree (pure alpaca, it's so freakin soft!), some Knit Picks stuff, as well as some stuff I bought and lost the labels for.
Remember though that this month is not just about the socks...It's about the blankie's too.
However I have not been able to get a massive amount done 'cuz I have been distracted.

I'm trying to make all the individual squares first. They measure 4x4 inches each so I think I'm going to make it 10 squares (diamonds, whatever) wide. It takes me 40 minutes to make a square, that's why I'm taking so long to do this. I think I'm going to have to buckle down and sit with it for a few hours someday soon.

I just realized when this sucker is all done Im going to have well over 120 squares in it....120 X 40 = 4800 minutes which is 80 hours. YIKES! Thank God I love knitting and I love this project!

This is what is distracting me at the moment... It's a really cute wrap top that I am making as a sample for a LYS... I always get suckered into doing these...Read: I love making and taking pride of "my" stuff being displayed in a store..And I love the store credit I get, that I jump at the chance to make samples at any opportunity. LOL.

I've got more to post about..But I will save it for a later time. Im off now to figure out how to do a magic cast on and learn the magic loop method. Maybe it will make my socks whip out like....... Magic!

Sunday, October 01, 2006


What you ask?
Socktoberfest people!

If I could figure out how to put buttons on my sidebar it would be there, but I am html challenged. If anyone out there in blog land can throw me a bone, please help me out =)
In the meantime, here is what I can give you...

I decided to bring this baby in right.

Yup, that's a sock in progress, Sam Adams Octoberfest beer, and could it be????

The infamous Heathen Housewife Sock Blanket! I finally started it. And boy am I having a good time with it.

I have lots of plans for this "fest". I want to try out as many different ways to make socks. I have done top down socks on 2 circs before, but nothing else.

This first pair is Wendy's formula on double points in Trekking XXL. I also want to try Magic Loop, and 2 socks at a time on 2 circs or magic loop (depending what I like more) I am sure by the end of the month I will know what my favorite method is. (I can already tell you I like the toe-up method way better.)

I also want to learn different methods of sock construction. I want to learn the magic eight toe, and figure out what a partridge heel is, and learn about other things I don't even know about yet.

I have a lot of sock yarn in my stash: I have Koigu, STR, Trekking, Lorna's Laces, some Knit Picks varieties, Regia Silk, Lana Grossa, and more that I can't remember right now. I hope to make a dent in the stash, and also find out what I like.

And no, they are not all going to be plain ribbing...Life is too short for too much of that. I plan to sink my teeth into some lovely patterns I have seen around the internet. Heck, I may even do a pair of Jaywalkers! I am such a lemming.

And OF COURSE I can't forget about the sock blankie. This babie is gonna see a lot of love from me this month. It's an addicting project. Construction is easy, and with all the fun left over yarn's it gives gratification almost instantly. I'm excited about this. I am glad socktoberfest came around, it gave me an awesome excuse to start this project..Even with all the WIP's lying around the house.

So what can you expect from me for October? SOCKS! Socks, and more socks! And sock blankies.

(Of course, you may see some other FO's and WIP's not sock related this month.)

This knitter can't live on socks alone!