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Archive for June, 2016

Sail On Girly Girl Socks

Posted by Andi on June 25, 2016

New socks!
Yarn: Little Heart Yarns Joy Socks Self Striping in Sail On Girly Girl, .63 skein (248.9 yards); Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock in Elderberry, .14 skein (20.1 yards) = 279 yards total
Needles: US 1
Date started: June 7, 2016
Date completed: June 23, 2017

I love these socks! The main color is from LittleHeartYarns and it was a delight to knit up. I decided I wanted to use a contrast yarn for the heel so I wouldn’t break up the stripe pattern. I choose some leftover Wildfoote that I had from another pair of socks. I thought it was the perfect choice because it had a light blue, and a purple to match the pink, but also black so it wasn’t too matchy matchy.

I didn’t follow a pattern for these socks. I made my own vanilla sock pattern.

I cast on 64 stitches, and knit 15 rounds in 1×1 twisted rib.

For the leg, I knit a full 60 rounds. I knit the first (or front) half of the 61st round, and stopped to start the heel on the back of the round.

I used a fish lips kiss heel. I like the twin stitches much better than a traditional short-row heel. Plus, it fits great.

I knit back across with the main color, after making the heel, to finish the 61st round.

The foot was 47 rounds long, the I did a round toe from the Sock Architecture book by Lara Neel. It is the first time I used that kind of toe. Instead of using kitchener stitch to make a seam, you decrease until you can wrap the yarn through the stitches and pull – like a hat. I wanted to see how that kind of toe worked for me. It certainly feels different than the traditional kitchener toe or Judy’s Magic Cast On toe, but I haven’t worn these much yet (other than to try them on) because it’s been too warm.

I did my best to make the socks identical, but I failed in the foot at some point because the second socks has much more light blue in the toe than the first sock does. I either was off on my row count at some point in the foot, or maybe my gauge changed. I’m not sure. I don’t mind – it won’t show when I’m wearing them in shoes. I had to wind off a bunch of yarn to start off the second sock in the same place as the first, so I saved that for hexipuffs. I cast on at a color change, so I ended up with a super long tail. I cut those off, and will use that leftover yarn to sew my hexipuffs together. None of that scrap yarn will go to waste!

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Off the Wagon

Posted by Andi on June 16, 2016

I was so good at not buying yarn during the first part of the year, but YarnCon opened the floodgates.

First, one of my Ravelry friends opened her own Etsy shop. It’s called LittleHeartYarns and she dyes such beautiful self-striping sock yarn, among other things. When the shop went live I had to buy a skein. I bought some self-striping sock yarn in the Sail On Girly Girl colorway.

Little Heart Yarns Joy Socks Self Striping in Sail On Girly Girl

I tried to guess what it would look like. I figured it would have several light and medium blue stripes for each pink one, given the distribution of colors in the skein. I started knitting a sock, and discovered I was right! Here is the striping pattern:

I love, love, love how this yarn is knitting up! #knitting

I LOVE how these are turning out! I will post about the completed socks soon.

In May I was in Lafayette, Indiana. As I was finishing Tim’s new socks the cable on my circular needle broke off. It was a Knitters Pride Karbonz needle. I saw that a yarn store in Lafayette, River Knits, carries Knitters Pride, so I stopped in to see if I could replace the needle. Alas, they didn’t have the exact one I needed. So what did I do? I bought yarn!

I was excited to see that the store carries Opal yarn. I see a lot of Europe-based podcasters knit with Opal, but I don’t see it here in the US that often. I decided I wanted a skein. I chose this one:

Opal Love Story in Romantik

The colorway is called Romantik. I thought it looks like Halloween, so I plan to knit myself a pair of socks out of this yarn in October.

Tim was with me, and I asked him if there was anything that caught his eye, and he chose a skein of Berroco Comfort Sock yarn:

Berroco Comfort Sock in 1811

I was a little surprised he chose a variegated yarn, since he generally doesn’t like those. However, he was looking at the fiber content, and saw that it was 50% nylon and 50% acrylic. He read that nylon socks are better for diabetics (which he is) than cotton socks, and was intrigued by this yarn because it had a larger nylon content than most of the sock yarns I use. After buying this yarn I looked it up on Ravelry and saw that it had a lot of bad reviews. There were also good reviews, so we’ll see how this works out for us.

Finally, I went into a local yarn store shortly after going to the shop in Lafayette to buy some yarn for a pool prize. I’m not going to post about that because it’s not for me and it’s not staying in my stash. There was so much pretty yarn in there that a couple of weeks later I went back and decided to buy something for myself. I considered many skeins, but decided to get this Succulent Fiber MCN Fingering yarn in the Lemon Pepper colorway.

Succulent Fiber MCN Fingering in Lemon Pepper

I love the bits of gray in it. I can’t wait to knit with this.

So far that’s it. Even after all these purchases I still want to buy all the yarn.

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